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ANONYMOUS-9 - HARD BITE

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The hit-and-run driver took everything — his wife, child and legs.

Now a paraplegic, Dean Drayhart unleashes payback on suspected hit-and-runners in Los Angeles with helper-monkey Sid as his deadly assistant.

Dean's gentle, doting…
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Added by Colman on May 11, 2015 at 7:11pm — No Comments

Review: "Endangered" by C. J. Box

Life can be fleeting in the mountains of Wyoming and Game Warden Joe Pickett knows that all too well. Humans also have an amazing ability to be incredibly cruel. The most recent example is scattered on the ground around him on an otherwise beautiful mid-March day. Everywhere he looks he sees feathers, blood, shells, and the bodies of at least 21 dead sage grouse. Nearby a few wounded survivors who will not last much longer move around. Known to many as “Prairie Chickens” these helpless birds…

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Added by Kevin R. Tipple on May 11, 2015 at 11:05am — No Comments

DELANO AMES - CORPSE DIPLOMATIQUE (1950)

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It's 1950, and Dagobert's latest obsession is Bertran de Born, the bard of Provençal. What better reason to abandon London for the South of France? But before Jane and Dagobert can settle into the rustic Provencal village he's envisioned, they…
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Added by Colman on May 10, 2015 at 7:09pm — No Comments

Review: "13 Shots Of Noir" by Paul D. Brazill

As noted in the subtitle of 13 Shots of Noir the e-book contains 13 short, sharp stories of booze, bullets and bodies. The read fully delivers on those aspects and plenty more. This collection of dark tales by Paul D. Brazill opens with “The Tut.” While comparisons to Edgar Allen Poe’s The Tell-Tale Heart are obvious, Oliver Robinson has his own particular version of the nightmare in his west London home. So much so he killed his wife, Gloria, just…

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Added by Kevin R. Tipple on May 10, 2015 at 1:25am — No Comments

Review: "The Alabaster Skinned Mule: A Noah Milano Novelette" by Jochem Vandersteen

The young lady in security specialist Noah Milano’s office is very thin with blonde hair. In her early twenties and very pretty, Noah considers the fact that she could be an acrobat. The alabaster skinned beauty’s name is Wendy Schultz and she has a big problem that is far more down to earth.…

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Added by Kevin R. Tipple on May 10, 2015 at 12:28am — No Comments

Review: "The Fourth Victim" by Tony Spinosa (aka Reed Farrel Coleman)

It is early January 2005 as The Fourth Victim, a sequel to Hose Monkey, begins. It has been a few months since those events and ex NYPD detectives Joe Serpe and Bob Healy are both still working in the home heating oil business in the New York City area. Their plan is to take some of the profits each week and set that aside. Hopefully, in two years they will have enough to get out of the oil business they both pretty much hate for various reasons and buy a bar…

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Added by Kevin R. Tipple on May 9, 2015 at 11:44pm — No Comments

GARY PHILLIPS - HOLLIS PI (2014)

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Gary Phillips’ Nate Hollis leaps from the comic page to his first complete prose collection. Authors Juliet Blackwell, Bobby Nash, Aaron Philip Clark, and Derrick Ferguson join Phillips to create six double barrelled tales of mystery and action. The streets are mean, but…
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Added by Colman on May 9, 2015 at 6:18pm — No Comments

K.A. LAITY - HARD-BOILED WITCH: HOCUS POCUS YOU'RE DEAD (2014)

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Hecate Sidlaw eats punks like you for breakfast -- at least that's what her familiar Henry claims. When someone needs a protection spell or a nasty hex, they knock on her door. Hecate can handle most magical problems, but what happens when a new crime kingpin gets a…
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Added by Colman on May 8, 2015 at 11:22pm — No Comments

R. SCOTT MACKEY - COURAGE BEGINS (2015)

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Garrett and Tiffanie Bate had it all—youth, money, and a perfect marriage. Until Tiffanie is killed in a suspicious accident. Neither the police nor the insurance investigators can prove she was murdered and the case turns cold. Two years later…
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Added by Colman on May 4, 2015 at 9:43pm — No Comments

Review: "Hellboound" by Chester Campbell

The man known to others as Bryce Scott isn’t thrilled about taking the “Lovely Lane Sliver Shadows” bus trip to New Orleans. The possibility of a hurricane that is currently in the West Indies arriving at New Orleans isn’t what concerns him. Not only is he doing to be forced to spend time with other people from a local area church  and talk to them, he is going to be forced into dealing with the very real possibility his cover has been blown.…

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Added by Kevin R. Tipple on May 4, 2015 at 12:39pm — No Comments

STARK HOLBORN - NUNSLINGER 3: A PILGRIM AND A STRANGER (2013)

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The year is 1864. Sister Thomas Josephine is on her way from St Louis, Missouri, to Sacramento, California. During the course of her journey, however, she'll find that her faith requires her to take off her wimple and pick up a…
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Added by Colman on May 3, 2015 at 6:08pm — No Comments

LIZ NUGENT - UNRAVELLING OLIVER (2014)

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'I expected more of a reaction the first time I hit her.'
 
Liz Nugent's gripping novel of psychological suspense, Unravelling Oliver, is a complex and elegant study of the making of a sociopath in the tradition…
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Added by Colman on May 1, 2015 at 10:52pm — No Comments

GUY WARE - THE FAT OF FED BEASTS (2015)

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Monday lunchtime: a bank is being robbed. The gunmen tell everyone to get down on the floor, but an old man refuses. Behind him in the queue is Rada Kalenkova, an investigator for the Office of Assessment, recording everything she sees. Shots are fired and a woman…
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Added by Colman on April 30, 2015 at 6:21pm — No Comments

DANE COOLIDGE - TEXANS DIE HARD (1936)

With nothing yet logged in the library from 1936, though I’m fairly sure that in a few month’s time I would have had a candidate for this monthly meme, most probably Graham Greene’s A Gun for Sale. With that in mind and loathe to buy anything I had a hunt around the net for something…
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Added by Colman on April 29, 2015 at 11:00pm — No Comments

NIGHTSCAPES

 New release. Ten dark tales from the landscape of human fears. At Amazon Kindle. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00WN490SY

Added by William Wilde on April 29, 2015 at 3:02am — No Comments

BRIAN GARFIELD - WHAT OF TERRY CONNISTON?

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A lawyer tracks a gang of amateur kidnappers across the southwestern desert



By the time Carl Oakley gets to Soledad, the town is an empty shell. But the lawyer isn't looking for the city; he wants to find Terry Conniston.…

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Added by Colman on April 28, 2015 at 7:09pm — No Comments

LAWRENCE BLOCK - THE CRIME OF OUR LIVES (2015)

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An MWA Grand Master tells it straight:
Fredric Brown: “When I read Murder Can Be Fun, I had a bottle of bourbon on the table and every time Brown’s hero took a drink, I had a snort myself. This is a hazardous undertaking when in…
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Added by Colman on April 26, 2015 at 4:20pm — No Comments

Review: "A Deadly Affair At Bobtail Ridge: A Samuel Craddock Mystery" by Terry Shames

As A Deadly Affair At Bobtail Ridge opens Samuel Craddock is awakened by a pounding at his door. His neighbor, Jenny Sandstone is on his porch and very upset.  Her mom, Vera Sandstone, apparently has had a stroke and has been rushed to a hospital in nearby Bobtail, Texas. Jenny needs to get to the hospital and wants Samuel to call Truly Bennett to take care of her horses. Despite his aversion to horses, Samuel takes care of them himself and before long he is at the hospital.…

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Added by Kevin R. Tipple on April 26, 2015 at 1:00pm — No Comments

TOM O. KEENAN - THE FATHER (2015)

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Shortlisted for the CWA Debut Dagger, 2014. Mental illness, alcohol abuse, and the tedium of pursuing typical killers, leave Sean Rooney a pathetic man, a failed forensic profiler, a bit of a loser and definitely retired. DCI Jacqueline Kaminski…
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Added by Colman on April 25, 2015 at 6:13pm — No Comments

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