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A Spy’s Life by Henry Porter

This is a very well-written thriller!  The action starts when a plane goes down and Robert Harland, the only survivor, hears a cell phone ringing in the East River.  He wades to the sound and finds his old friend from the CIA dead. Harland uses … Continue reading

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Stealing Mona Lisa by Carson Morton

The Mona Lisa was stolen from the Louvre in 1911.  Morton has taken the facts and created a very entertaining story to fit the circumstances.  We do know that a man named Peruggia who had worked at the Louvre, stole the painting … Continue reading

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The Double by George Pelecanos

In his Spero Lucas Mystery series, Pelecanos features a present day Travis McGee (series by John D. MacDonald). Lucas is a U.S. Marine veteran of the war in Iraq and the Washington D.C. setting is a character in itself. People come to Speros when they want … Continue reading

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Ghostman by Roger Hobbs

What a fun read!  This story about a bank robber called “The Ghostman”, who is called in by an associate to clean up a failed robbery, is a non-stop thrill ride.  He is supposed to ”tie up” the loose ends … Continue reading

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The Art Forger by B.A. Shapiro

I like to read stories set in the art world.  And what more enticing art mystery is there than the Gardner art museum theft of March 18, 1990 in Boston? None, you say. It is only the biggest art heist … Continue reading

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Internecine by David J. Schow

There are more twists and turns in this thriller than a mountain road.  If you like your action fast and furious, then this is the ticket! Gubmint conspiracy – got it! Politics – most certainly. Paranoia- for sure! Shoot outs- … Continue reading

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The Black Box by Michael Connelly

I have been reading the Harry Bosch series for 20 years and I have enjoyed every book. His first books in the series were called Black Echo and then Black Ice.  They are well written police procedurals/thrillers/mysteries. The main character … Continue reading

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The Shortcut Man by P.G. Sturges

There is a new player in town! Hardboiled has a great new addition in P.G. Sturges. This is the debut novel of the son of the director, Preston Sturges.  The Shortcut Man is an entertaining ride into the sleazy side … Continue reading

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The Skorpion Directive by David Stone

The Skorpion Directive is the fourth book in the Micah Dalton series and the pace is fast and furious.  Stone is not averse to killing off characters that have appeared in previous novels.  The bad guys (Ultra Nationalist Serbs) are really bad … Continue reading

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Indian Country (Scalped, 1) by Jason Aaron

Indian Country, a graphic novel, is written and drawn in the hard boiled tradition.  Everything is dark.  Relationships are difficult. Violence is an everyday occurrence. Dashiell Bad Horse has returned to the reservation after being away for years.  He is … Continue reading

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