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Review: THE PANIC ZONE by Rick Mofina

THE PANIC ZONE by Rick Mofina

Mira Books, July, 2010

Tall Mass-Market Paperback

ISBN: 978-0-7783-2794-3

$9.99/$11.99 CAN.

When Emma Lane's family picnic ends in a horrendous car crash, she is told her husband and infant son both died in the wreckage. Then why does she remember someone taking little Tyler from his car seat just before the wreck explodes into flames?

Jack Gannon is sent from New York to Rio De Janeiro to help cover a bombing that… Continue

Posted on March 29, 2010 at 4:14am

Review: DYING GASP by Leighton Gage

Soho Crime, 2010

ISBN: 978-1-56947-613-0

Hardcover, 336 pages


Reviewed by Larry W. Chavis

This is the third novel in the series featuring Chief Inspector Mario Silva of the Brazilian Federal Police, and in it he faces one of the grim problems of his country: the forcible prostitution of the very young. I so doing, he must deal with corruption in the local police force, as well as higher-level… Continue

Posted on January 9, 2010 at 6:00am

Review: THE BRUTAL TELLING by Louise Penny


Minotaur Books, 2009

ISBN: 978-0-312-37703-8

Hardcover, $24.95

372 pages

Reviewed by Larry W. Chavis

One way for a great reading experience to occur is when a reader approaches a book skeptically, then is completely won over by the end. This was one such book for me. I had always heard good things about Louise Penny's Three Pines novels, but assumed they weren't my cup of tea.… Continue

Posted on December 24, 2009 at 4:20am

Review: DOUBLE EXPOSURE by Michael Lister

Tyrus Books, 2009

ISBN 13: 978-0-9825209-2-5

Trade Paper, 204 pages

$14.95, U. S. / $16.50, Canada

Reviewed by Larry W. Chavis

Remington James has a lucrative job in advertising, a wife he loves but from whom he is drifting, and an emptiness of soul he can not fill. When his father dies, Remington returns to his northwest Florida hometown to carry on his father's business and see to the needs of his invalid mother.… Continue

Posted on October 5, 2009 at 2:30am

Review: REVELATION by C. J. Sansom

REVELATION by C. J. Sansom

First published 2008 by Macmillan

Paperback Edition, 2009, Pan Books

ISBN 13: 978-0-330-44710-2

REVELATION is the fourth of C. J. Sansom's masterful stories about Matthew Shardlake, a hunchbacked barrister of Lincoln's Inn, London, during the time of Henry VIII's reign, specifically the boisterous decade of Henry's break with the Church of Rome. It is during… Continue

Posted on September 21, 2009 at 7:00am — 1 Comment

Review: SOVEREIGN by C. J. Sansom

In the spring of 1541, Henry VIII faced another conspiracy in the north of England, whose people and nobles were still largely opposed to the 'new religion' and still loyal to Rome. While the conspiracy was uncovered and many of its leaders imprisoned and executed, Henry and his advisers hurriedly organized a grand Progress,setting out to York in July to consolidate his authority. This forms the backdrop to the third of C. J. Sansom's Matthrew… Continue

Posted on August 30, 2009 at 2:09am — 1 Comment

Review: FAULT LINE, by Barry Eisler

FAULT LINE, by Barry Eisler

Ballantine Books, March, 2009

Hardcover, $25.00 ($28.00 Canada)

ISBN: 978-0-345-50508-8

Reviewed by Larry W. Chavis

The United States has a long and treasured heritage of respect for the rights of the individual, personal liberty, and the rule of law. While it certainly hasn’t always played out that way in our history – one can think of our less-than-honorable treatment of the Native Americans, for example – still, this has been… Continue

Posted on January 20, 2009 at 3:49am

Review: BURIED STRANGERS, by Leighton Gage


By Leighton Gage

ISBN: 978-1-56947-514-0

Soho Press, 2009

Hardcover, $24.00

In what has been called the largest urban forest in the world, the Serra da Cantareira, a young man seeking a dog stumbles across what turns out to be an entire clandestine cemetery. The local police delegado, Yoshiro Tanaka leads the investigation, but the case has also drawn the attention of the federal police, and Chief Inspector Mario Silva, who assigns his team to it… Continue

Posted on January 6, 2009 at 9:41am

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At 12:17pm on July 22, 2010, JackBludis said…
Thanks, Larry. Looking at your list of books, you might like "Heresy" by S.J. Parris. It is placed in England at the time of Elizabeth and features Giordano Bruno, a real life person who out Galileoed Galileo by claiming not only was the sun the center of our system but that the sun was nothing special in that there were millions of civilizations in the stars. (Not in this book, but later in his life, Bruno was burned at the stake as a heretic.)
The story in this book is a mystery that Bruno solves and perhaps regrets that he hadn't.
At 1:14pm on August 30, 2009, Donna Carrick said…
Great site, Larry! Good to meet you,
At 12:43am on July 30, 2008, L.J. Sellers said…
Thanks for your support. I hope you enjoy THE SEX CLUB!
At 3:33pm on July 29, 2008, L.J. Sellers said…
Hi Larry
Just dropping in to "meet" you.
At 8:15am on July 28, 2008, Rick Mofina said…
Larry, thank you so much for the kind note on A Perfect Grave. I am glad you enjoyed it and the theme of redemption and trying to rise above the mistakes we make in life. Deeply appreciated, thanks again.
At 1:58am on July 12, 2008, Maryann Miller said…
Larry, tried to find an e-mail addy for you but was unable to, so dropped by here to thank you for the great review you did of my book, One Small Victory.
At 2:22pm on February 15, 2008, Michelle Gagnon said…
Hi Larry! The Tunnels is actually available now, and I'll be sending you an ARC of Boneyard next week when I get my shipment from MIRA...
At 2:06am on January 7, 2008, Dennis Leppanen said…
Hi Larry,

Just finished Estleman's Black Powder, White Smoke, over the holidays. It just may be his best.

At 1:29am on June 9, 2007, Dennis Leppanen said…
Same here, Larry.

I just ran across him last fall.
At 2:59am on June 7, 2007, Dennis Leppanen said…
Hi Larry,

I just finished the Master Executioner and I agree with you---it was excellent, yet totally different from Estleman's other works. Try Black Powder, White Smoke when you get the chance.


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Pine Bluff, Arkansas ...
About Me:
. But I live in south-central Mississippi. Still have a growing hankering to go back across the River to Arkansas one of these days.

I'm just a more-or-less traditional Southern boy, I like to hunt, fish, and practice the shooting sports, when time permits (not often, as I teach physics & math in high school), and I write whenever I can. Crime fiction, of course, but I've also tried my hand at a few other things. I recently had a story published in Crime & Suspense Ezine,(, which was, in fact, my first publication anywhere. (Still pumped over that.)

Happily married for nigh onto thirty-three years, now (this November), with two grown young'uns and three of the finest-looking little grandkids you'll ever see (Landon, 9, and Lauren, 6, and Kaitlyn, 7 months).

That's about all I've got to say about that.
I Am A:
Reader, Writer
Books And Authors I Like:
I read anything by James Lee Burke, James Patterson, and Michael Connelly just on their names, though I'll confess each of them has - on occasion - fallen short of his best.

I like some of the old classics - Earl Stanley Gardner, Mickey Spillane, Dashiell Hammett; and I'm exploring some of the current crop of excellent writers - Tess Gerritsen, Kathy Reichs, are two relatively new in my list, and I've just discovered Lisa Gardner. Excellent.

I also have a deep love for stories of the Old West (both the real thing, in fiction and nonfiction, and the Hollywood version), but that's a bit off-topic for this forum, I expect.

Sprinkle in a significant interest in the Middle Ages, particularly Scottish-Irish-English history of that time, Christian history & theology, physics and cosmology, and that's pretty much me.

(Oh, there's more, but without doubt,you're heartily sick of me if you've read this far.)
Movies And TV Shows I Like:
TV: "CSI Miami" (LOVE the magical DNA equipment, which takes a little vial, spins it in a centrifuge, then spits out a full profile of the killer, complete with address, phone, and social security numbers. Yes, yes, I know DNA forensics is real, but methinks they take a few shortcuts on the show; good fun, anyhow).

"Criminal Minds;" and who COULDN'T love the "Law and Order" franchise in its three incarnations (original, CI, SVU)?

Beyond these, I watch a lot of the History Channel, Discovery Channel, etc.

NO so-called reality shows ;-)

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