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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

The Lesser Dead by Christopher Buehlman

The Lesser Dead by Christopher Buehlman

The Lesser Dead by Christopher Buehlman (Berkley, Oct. 7th, 2014)-I know what you’re thinking (or might be thinking): ugh, vampires, soooo done to death (sorry about that). But bear with me, here. We’re talking about Christopher Buehlman, author of Those Across the River, The Necromancer’s House, and Between Two Fires. This man has a very solid history of excellence, so when I saw that The Lesser Dead was a vampire … Continue reading

We Are Not Good People by Jeff Somers

We Are Not Good People by Jeff Somers

We Are Not Good People by Jeff Somers (Gallery, Oct 7th, 2014)-Warning: I reviewed Trickster a while back, and this is the coverage of book 2 in the Ustari series, which is included in one volume here with Trickster, so there are inevitable spoilers for the first book. If you’re not caught up, feel free to catch my Trickster review. Otherwise, proceed at your own risk! I was blown away … Continue reading

The Wolf in Winter (Charlie Parker #12) by John Connolly

The Wolf in Winter (Charlie Parker #12) by John Connolly

The Wolf in Winter by John Connolly (Emily Bestler, Oct 28th, 2014)-Prosperous, Maine is an interesting little town. The name is a perfect fit, because for ages, they’ve been a town of prosper, and tolerance, and general well-being, and if their little church, the Congregation of Adam Before Eve & Eve Before Adam (brought brick by brick from Northumbria, in England), is a little odd, well, there are always odd … Continue reading

Broken Soul (Jane Yellowrock #8) by Faith Hunter

Broken Soul (Jane Yellowrock #8) by Faith Hunter

Broken Soul by Faith Hunter (Roc, Oct. 7,2014)-No spoilers for this one, but may be inevitable spoilers for previous books. Oh Jane. We’re on book 8 and you haven’t let me down yet. It’s time for another shindig (sort of) and Leo, Master of New Orleans has of course asked Jane to handle the security. This time it’s a delegation of Eurovamps that want to test Leo’s weaknesses and hope … Continue reading

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