Kevin R. Tipple's Blog – September 2013 Archive (11)

Review: "Beat To A Pulp: Hardboiled 2" Edited by David Cramner and Scott D. Parker

Reviewing short stories either as a single or in a collection or anthology is always a bit tough as one does not want to give away too much. Books, such as this one, where every single story has plenty of twists and turns make it easy. What you have below is just the barest beginnings of these very complicated tales.

 

Beat To A Pulp: Hardboiled 2 opens with “The Takedown Heart: A Charlie Byrne Grind” by Kieran Shea in a claustrophobic gym office.…

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Added by Kevin R. Tipple on September 29, 2013 at 5:46am — No Comments

Review: "Long Fall From Heaven" by George Wier and Milton T. Burton

Cueball Boland, owner of NiteWise Security Company as well as a couple of other things in Galveston, Texas has a very unpleasant task when he knocks on Micah Lanscomb’s trailer.  Cueball needs Micah’s help because a fellow guard, Jack Pense, is dead. Jack was on the job in the Demour warehouse when somebody hit him on the head, tied him up, and then beat him to death.  Cueball wants Micah to go have a look at the crime scene before they have to call the cops.

 

Jack Pense died…

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Added by Kevin R. Tipple on September 29, 2013 at 12:57am — No Comments

Review: "Storm Front: A Virgil Flowers Novel" by John Sandford

Virgil Flowers is on a case about fake antique lumber when his boss Lucas Davenport calls him with another assignment. An Israeli investigator is on the way and needs to talk to a professor who lives in the area. In addition to being a professor the man, Elijah Jones, is also a Lutheran minister. The investigator wants to talk to the professor who apparently stole an important artifact from a dig in Israel and smuggled it back home.

 

The investigator, Yael Aronov, isn’t…

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Added by Kevin R. Tipple on September 29, 2013 at 12:00am — No Comments

Review: "Like A Bone In The Throat" by Lawrence Block

There is no question that William Charles Croydon did, with malice aforethought, abduct Karen Dandridge, repeatedly sexual assault her as well as cause her death by manual strangulation. A brutal crime made worse by the defendant’s claim to not remember the actual murder and his insistence that Karen had enthusiastically participated in the sexual acts and had supplied the drugs that led to her untimely death.

 

The fact that the evidence clearly showed otherwise brought…

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Added by Kevin R. Tipple on September 27, 2013 at 12:51am — No Comments

Review: "Hell Up In Houston: A Jack Laramie Beat" by Garnett Elliott

Private Detective, Jack Laramie, is back in another gritty fast moving tale that is also very good. First seen in The Drifter Detective Jack makes his money by drifting from city to city across Texas doing work as a private detective while living out of the horse trailer he tows with his Desoto. Having wrapped up the current case after discovering the real truth of the matter the grandson of legendary US Marshal Cash Laramie is headed to Galveston to deal with a client as…

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Added by Kevin R. Tipple on September 26, 2013 at 11:44pm — No Comments

Review: "Keller On The Spot" by Lawrence Block

Somewhere in the Dallas, Texas area is the setting in this tale that opens with Keller at a party.   Not that Keller is the party type by any stretch of the imagination. Keller is on a reconnaissance mission because, though he had seen a picture when he got the assignment in the old man’s study back in White Plains, he needs to see the target where he lives. The mission has to be done correctly or folks start losing confidence in him and that would be a bad thing.

 

So, that…

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Added by Kevin R. Tipple on September 26, 2013 at 11:08pm — No Comments

Review: "Billboard Man" by Jim Fusilli

Some know him as Sam. Others know him as J.J. Walk or other names. Still others know him as Donald Harry Bliss. In a sense the man once known as Donald Harry Bliss is dead though he still lives. His wife is dead and he is drifting--literally and figuratively. The powerful Wall-Street mogul Francis Cherry still wants to get him. Unfortunately, good help is so hard to find and former MI6 operative Ian Goldworthy hasn’t proven to be good help, let alone any real help at all, despite his alleged…

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Added by Kevin R. Tipple on September 16, 2013 at 3:39am — No Comments

Review: "Safe From Harm: A Sugar Land Mystery" by Stephanie Jaye Evans

Pastor Walker “Bear” Wells and his wife Annie Laurie get plenty of dinner invitations. But, being invited to Gina and John Redman’s house is always a special treat. This one was as well and the coolness of October evening had allowed the four to sit outside on the Redman’s back porch and enjoy the Texas evening. That is until the text from their 15 year old daughter, Jo, hit Bear’s cell phone.

 

“Come Home.”

 

That was the message. She doesn’t answer each time…

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Added by Kevin R. Tipple on September 3, 2013 at 12:56pm — No Comments

Book Review: "Robert B. Parker's Damned If You Do: A Jesse Stone Novel" by Michael Brandman"

Paradise Police Chief Jesse has a feeling he knows the dead woman from somewhere. Found in a bungalow at the Surf and Sand motel the dead woman might be 20 or a little younger. Whether the name she used on the motel register is correct or not is any one's guess. Naked and dead with no identification makes things hard with identifying her. Then there is the compounding fact she drove a car with stolen plates.  Finding out who she was is going to be a huge problem and a definite hindrance to…

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Added by Kevin R. Tipple on September 3, 2013 at 6:17am — No Comments

Book Review: "Thuglit: Issue 6" edited by Todd Robinson

The recently released Thuglit: Issue Six keeps the reading momentum of recent issues going with eight more hard hitting stories to mess with your mind. Characters at the edge and desperate for a way out no matter the odds populate these stories in locales familiar and not. As always in the Thuglit series, these are short stories so in the interest of avoiding spoilers, details will be limited.

 

This issue opens with “PIN” by Hugh Lessig. The robbery…

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Added by Kevin R. Tipple on September 3, 2013 at 1:06am — No Comments

Review: "HIGH HEAT: A Jack Reacher Novella" by Lee Child

It is July 13, 1977 in New York City as the High Heat: A Jack Reacher Novella opens and Jack Reacher is three months shy of his 17th birthday. It is 8:30 in the evening on a day that has been a scorcher. He has just witnessed some sort of altercation between a man and woman that has resulted in the woman being slapped in the face.

 

A son of a Marine does not allow that to go unchallenged.

 

Being the son of a Marine that was stationed all…

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Added by Kevin R. Tipple on September 2, 2013 at 12:25am — No Comments

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