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Rage Against the Dying by Becky Masterman

Rage Against the Dying by Becky Masterman

Rage Against the Dying by Becky Masterman (Minotaur, March 2013)-Masterman has given us a unique heroine to root for: Brigid Quinn, a 59 year old former FBI agent, who, in many ways, has just really started her life. She’s deeply in love with her husband Carlos, but has painstakingly tried to keep her past dealing with the darkest kinds of criminals out of their perfect life. But, her past seems … Continue reading

Mythbreaker (Gods and Monsters) by Stephen Blackmoore

Mythbreaker (Gods and Monsters) by Stephen Blackmoore

Mythbreaker (Gods and Monsters) by Stephen Blackmoore (Abaddon, Dec. 2014)-Louie “Fitz” Fitzsimmons has been hearing voices all of his life, and it’s landed him in more than one hospital and mental facility, but he’s finally got a gameplan. With a bankroll of millions stolen from his boss, a failed record producer turned drug dealer named Blake Kaplan, he plans to finally get away, not only from the criminal life, but, … Continue reading

The Silent Girls by Eric Rickstad

The Silent Girls by Eric Rickstad

The Silent Girls by Eric Rickstad (Witness Impulse, Nov. 25th, 2014)-If you’re a fan of gritty thrillers, you’ll love The Silent Girls. More than a few girls have gone missing in and around the rural town of Canaan, Vermont, and one of the girls is the niece of Harlan Grout, the lone detective on the Canaan Police force. After finding her abandoned car on the highway, Grout calls Frank Rath, … Continue reading

Half-Resurrection Blues (Bone Street Rumba #1) by Daniel José Older

Half-Resurrection Blues (Bone Street Rumba #1) by Daniel José Older

Half-Resurrection Blues by Daniel José Older (Roc, Jan 6th, 2015)-I’ve been waiting so very long for a full length novel featuring Carlos Delacruz, who works for the New York Council for the Dead. I first met Carlos in Older’s magnificent story collection Salsa Nocturna and so, of course, I couldn’t wait to dig into this. A bit of history: Carlos is an inbetweener, both alive and dead, and he has … Continue reading

Invisible Streets by Toby Ball

Invisible Streets by Toby Ball

Invisible Streets by Toby Ball (Overlook, July 2014)-Like your noir with a political twist? I do, and Invisible Streets, although it’s set in the turbulent 60s, it’s rather timely, which makes it even more fascinating for me. Again, it’s the 60s in the City, and this City doesn’t exist on any real map, which gives the author a certain amount of freedom with the prose, even as he sticks to … Continue reading

Nyctophobia by Christopher Fowler

Nyctophobia by Christopher Fowler

Nyctophobia by Christopher Fowler (Solaris, Oct. 2014)-Christopher Fowler is a very versatile author. He’s well known for his Bryant and May mystery series, and he can do noir with the best of them. But, he’s also known for horror, but he’s not pinned into only one style of horror either. He can do subtle, he can do not-so-subtle (Hell Train), but Nyctophobia falls firmly between those two states, and it … Continue reading

Wakening the Crow by Stephen Gregory

Wakening the Crow by Stephen Gregory

Wakening the Crow by Stephen Gregory- Oliver Gooch has a wife named Rosie and a young daughter named Chloe. He used to work in the mobile library, but that closed, so he’s opened a bookshop in the converted church where they live, in a suburb of Nottingham (Robin Hood statue and all), called Poe’s Tooth Books. Rosie works at a school during the day and Oliver and Chloe happily putter around … Continue reading

We Are All Completely Fine by Daryl Gregory

We Are All Completely Fine by Daryl Gregory

We Are All Completely Fine by Daryl Gregory (Tachyon, August 2014)-Dr. Jan Sayer has gathered together a very interesting bunch for her new group therapy session. There’s Harrison, an aging Monster Hunter, and Barbara, who is still struggling through life, and the trappings of a family, 20 years after the Scrimshander carved his handiwork on her bones. There’s Stan, who is missing limbs because of his ordeal with the cannibalistic … Continue reading

Brood by Chase Novak

Brood by Chase Novak

Brood by Chase Novak (Mulholland, Oct 7th, 2014)-There are inevitable spoilers for Breed, the first book in this series. Proceed at your own risk. Here’s the thing. Breed, and subsequently Brood, are very scary, gory, creepy, sometimes over the top, and frequently satirical, so if you like this sort of thing (I do), then you’ll like these books. Chase Novak, aka Scott Spencer, is a pro, and he writes horror … Continue reading

The Black Road by Tania Carver

The Black Road by Tania Carver

Black Road by Tania Carver (Pegasus, Aug. 2014)-The Black Road (Choked in the UK) is my first thriller by Tania Carver (the British writing duo of Martyn and Linda Waites), and it won’t be my last. It’s actually book 4 in the series featuring DI Phil Brennan and his now wife, criminal psychologist Marina Esposito. The focus in this one, however, is on Marina, because in the first scene, the cottage that they’ve … Continue reading

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