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Eight-ball Boogie
Eight-ball Boogie
by Declan Burke
Edition: Paperback

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars hardboiled and noirish, yet fresh and hip, 15 Aug. 2003
This review is from: Eight-ball Boogie (Paperback)
Declan Burke has written a wonderful book. I love the main character, Harry Rigby. He is such an everyman. He has troubles, and he has bad habits. And there is a part of me in there that I hate to admit to.
The story itself is great. It's fast paced and filled with wonderful characters through out. A PI story that moves forward like freight train. I felt every punch thrown, I shivered when the setting got cold.
I hope to see many more from this author.


The White Road: A Charlie Parker Thriller: 4
The White Road: A Charlie Parker Thriller: 4
by John Connolly
Edition: Hardcover

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the Wait!, 24 Mar. 2002
I love this series!! And after devouring last year's The Killing Kind, I couldn't wait to read more Charlie Parker. I was not disapointed.
Charlie is asked to come to South Carolina to help an old friend with a case. The old friend being a lawyer, defending a young black man charged with murder.
The book brings the past into the present, tying threads of various lives together through a common thread revolving around the racism of the old south. As usual, things seem to escalate quickly around Charlie. To add to the tornado of events is a figure from the past looming in the background.
Angel,Louis,and Rachel are all along for this ride. And What a ride it is! I finished it in one sitting. Fast pacing and wonderful characters and an uncanny insight into human nature help make this a terrific book.
Jon Jordan


Sinister Heights (Amos Walker)
Sinister Heights (Amos Walker)
by Loren D. Estleman
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best in the Amos Walker series, 5 Feb. 2002
Sinister Heights by Loren Estleman
In Sinister Heights, the 15th Amos Walker book, Mr. Estleman has surpassed himself. It's not just hardboiled, It's rock hard. Full of short bursts of Detroit and the auto industry's history. Enough to educate, but not long enough to bore. Estleman's love of this city and surrounding area are very evident. This book is crime literature at it's finest.
Amos is hired by the widow of a Detroit industrialist to clear up some old family business. Along the way he gets tangled up with the steel haulers union, dirty cops, shady politicos, and the intrigue of a strange plan for extortion. Also along for the ride is his old friend Iris, who is running a shelter for abused women. Caught in the middle, a young boy. Walker handles this case like all his others, with the style of by gone era, making it timeless.
The book has a fast pace and never slows down. Walker's way of dealing with obstacles is as ever, down and dirty. I can safely say that this is by far my favorite in the series so far. Amos Walker at his best. And that's saying a lot, because Estleman is one the finest mystery writers writing today.
And the finish will knock your socks off.
Jon Jordan


Little Girl Blue
Little Girl Blue
by David Cray
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful New York City Police Thriller, 10 Dec. 2001
This review is from: Little Girl Blue (Hardcover)
The book starts out with the discovery of a body. A little girl dead in Central Park. The case comes to Julia Brennan, who starts calling the girl, Little Girl Blue. Julia is a Lieutenant, a Detective who is hoping to move up. And the more she finds out while tracking down who is responsible, the less she seems to care about moving up. It becomes a personal quest. One that take her into a dark area of humanity. Pedophiles. She is given the name of a cop who can help her. But the cost of his help is unknown, as is most things about him. And as Brennan and Foley go after the people responsible for the initial homicide, bodies start to follow their investigation.
Cray writes with a tight and relentless grip on the reader. Instantly drawing you in and not letting go. The book moves like a carnival ride not letting you guess what's coming next. The characters are well written and believable. And the procedural part of the police work involved rings true. The villains are not over the top and are in fact all to real.
This was a wonderful book, one I could not put down till it was done. And then I was disappointed that there was no more left to read. I'm going to pick up Cray's first two novels, and plan to buy what ever else he may write.
Jon Jordan


The Bone Yard
The Bone Yard
by Paul Johnston
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I want to go back the future with Quint, 26 Nov. 2001
This review is from: The Bone Yard (Paperback)
The Bone Yard is the second book in this series from Paul Johnston. The first was titled The Body Politic. The series is set in Edinburgh, Scotland. In the 2020's. The general run down is, the world has gone to hell, and the city has closed itself off. The allow tourism, which is the source of income. The city is ruled by a group of people known as The Council. There is also a police group known as The Guardsmen. Our hero, Quintilian Dalrymple, is a former guardsman who now operates as a detective for hire.
Quint is approached by a citizen who is being followed/stalked, and Quint doesn't think much of it. He promises to look into it just to make the guy happy. Of course mysteries being what they are, the guy turns up dead. And it's then that the story kicks in. The council brings him in to find the killer. He asks for and is given the assistance of a guardsman named Davie who is also a freind of Quint's. Together they investigate the murder, which turns into murders. Along the way there are illegal drugs, strange deaths, and people hiding the truth.
The book is a great read. Social commentary mixed in by way of Quint's outlook on the future city, and who runs it. The story is tight and the investigative work believable. Quint is a hardboiled detective typical of this fiction and fun because of it. The book wraps everything up in a wonderful ending that left me wanting more. Which I will soon have, as I have ordered everything available by this author.
Jon Jordan


Sleepyhead (Tom Thorne Novels)
Sleepyhead (Tom Thorne Novels)
by Mark Billingham
Edition: Hardcover

6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sleepyhead would not let me sleep, 13 Nov. 2001
I have read a lot of books that deal with detectives tracking down killers. And a lot start to feel the same.
With this book I think Billingham has set himself aside as a wonderful writer. He has a feel for characters that is wonderfully real. The book moves at a beautiful clip and the ending is wonderful. The killer is not a typical hack and slash artist. His reasoning almost makes sense, in a twisted way.
The main character, Thorne, is wonderfully real, and hopefully will be seen again. This is not a typical book. Abd that's a great thing.
I will be buying Marks books from here on.
I would suggest you do the same.


Poet in the Gutter: King of the Streets (C-Format PB) (Sam Taylor Mysteries)
Poet in the Gutter: King of the Streets (C-Format PB) (Sam Taylor Mysteries)
by John Baker
Edition: Paperback

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sam Turner Rocks!, 23 Sept. 2001
I read this book and was amazed. John Baker has created a wonderful PI in Sam Turner. The book is well thought out, and the characters breath with every turn of a page.
Sam becomes a PI almost by accident, and takes to it with gusto.Along the way he manages to put together a group of people to help him out and before he knows it, he has his own agency going.
His first case, tailing a wife to see if she is cheating, soon escalates, as his client is murdered. The plot follows nicely with some twists and turns. And Baker's feel for the characters is only surpassed by his feel for the city it takes place in, York.
I highly recomend this series!


Winter Of The Wolf Moon (Alex McKnight)
Winter Of The Wolf Moon (Alex McKnight)
by Steve Hamilton
Edition: Paperback

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Put on a heavy coat, 10 Sept. 2001
This book has such wonderful imagery that I had to read under quilts. A native American girl is missing and Alex McKnight is coerced into finding her. Along the way he forms a reluctant partnership, and gets tossed around pretty good.
A great book by a great new writer.


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