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Without Mercy: A Body Farm Novel by Jefferson Bass

Reviewed by Jud Hanson

Without MercyDr. Brockton is called to a murder scene that shocks him like no other one ever has: a body found in a rural Tennessee county, chained to a tree and badly mutilated. There are clues that would lead one to believe this murder to be a hate crime but the anthropological evidence says otherwise. As Brockton works with the local and state authorities to try and solve the case, he receives some unsettling news: Nick Satterfield, a savage serial killer with a grudge against Brockton, has escaped from federal prison and appears to be on a quest for revenge against him. As the investigation progresses, Brockton begins to wonder if the murder case he’s working on is the work of Satterfield and realizes he must find a way to both solve the case and protect his family. Read the rest of this entry »

The Force: A Novel by Don Winslow

Reviewed by Caryn St. Clair

The ForceDenny Malone is a hero in many people’s eyes. He and his crew tagged “the force” have made one of the biggest heroin busts in the history of the NYPD. Malone and his crew’s rise to stardom was fast in coming. His elite unit was given pretty much free reign to do whatever it took to keep Manhattan North safe for the good people living and working in the area. But time and again, history has shown unchecked power leads to abuse. So while many herald Malone as invincible and untouchable, rumors start to surface, because not only does unlimited power lead to corruption, it also leads to jealousy and bad blood. Winslow’s The Force is the story of Malone and his crew’s fall from grace. Read the rest of this entry »

Fallen: A Novel (Will Trent) by Karin Slaughter

Reviewed by Allen Hott

FallenThis is a slightly older book (2011) but somehow I missed it. And now that I have read it I would like others to take the opportunity. Karin Slaughter can write and she really does in Fallen. It is quite a story about Faith Mitchell and her partner Will Trent. Slaughter has written several books about these two Georgia Bureau of Investigation police officers but this one really gets deep into their private lives. In doing so the reader gets to see how being a cop can often get a person’s private life mixed in with their daily jobs. Very interesting tale that keeps a reader’s interest all the way to the end even though there many, many, characters and many, many happenings. Read the rest of this entry »

Night Watch: A Novel (Kendra Michaels) by Iris Johansen and Roy Johansen

Reviewed by Allen Hott

Night WatchI have to believe this was written mostly by Roy Johansen, the son of Iris Johansen because of all of her books that I have read she has never gone into sex as part of the story.

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This one begins to at one point but then, thankfully, backs off of it and goes ahead telling the story without that element. Good job!

Like some of her other books though it does border a bit on the occult or at least on things that are not truly in our element yet. This one gets into the possibility of regenerating parts of the human body. Kendra Michaels was blind from birth but had her sight restored in a special maneuver by Doctor Charles Waldridge. In growing up without sight she with the help of her mother really built her other senses to where she has remarkable talents such as memory. She also has the uncanny ability to connect things about people and their habits, abilities, and their thinking potential. She can also place where people have been by seeing things on their shoes or clothes that they may have come into contact with such as sand or pieces of grass. Her use of all her mental facilities far exceeds anyone else in the world. Read the rest of this entry »

The Criminalist: A Novel of Forensic Science Suspense by John Houde

Reviewed by Jud Hanson

The CriminalistThe Criminalist by John Houde, is an average mystery. The plot involves a forensic scientist, Paul Connert, teaming up with Vika Koslava, to try and find her half-sister. They had come to America for be models for an adult-themed photo shoot but when one of the key people disappears, things begin to go awry. First, Vika’s half-sister comes up missing after a wild night of partying. Then, Vika crosses paths with Paul, who is involved in an investigation of a possible sex-trafficking ring. They ultimately end up working together to catch the renegade cop who is part of the ring. Read the rest of this entry »

She Rides Shotgun: A Novel by Jordan Harper

Reviewed by Laurie Weatherlow

She Rides ShotgunOpen the door and hop on in for the ride of a lifetime. Polly and her dad Nate will explain everything as we travel along the open road. But be on the lookout for gunfights and shadows lurking in the night. It has become their way of life.

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Eleven is much too young to learn the reality of prison hierarchy and the long tentacles of murderous gangs. But that is just what Polly must face if she is to survive in a kill-or-be-killed world. She has her best friend bear with her for comfort and companionship, but her father thinks she is a little nutty to treat a stuffed animal like he is alive. Polly’s father Nate has just been released from prison after five years. A run in with the fierce leader of the Aryan Brotherhood has set in motion a greenlight being placed on the lives of Polly, his ex-wife and himself. Nate’s sole mission is to keep Polly safe and alive until he finds a way to get the greenlight lifted. But Nate doesn’t anticipate the strength and fight that is in his daughter or the love that begins to bloom in his heart for this little girl. Read the rest of this entry »

Live by Night: A Novel by Dennis Lehane (Review #2)

Reviewed by Laurie Weatherlow

LIve by NightLive by Night by Dennis Lehane is a 2012 William Morrow publication.

At the age of thirteen Joe Coughlin began his ascension of the organized crime ladder. He was born the third son of Thomas Coughlin, a well-respected Boston police captain. Joe’s life of crime began by knocking off paper stands with the Bartolo brothers.

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At the age of twenty, Joe met Emma Gould during the robbery of a speakeasy owned by Albert White. Joe’s boss Tom Hickey and White were heated rivals in the bootlegging business. This was the turning point to Joe’s intensification into the gangster world. A world that was fueled by prohibition and the underworld of bootlegging. Joe was an excellent business man with a compassion seldom seen in a gangster. During this time, criminal gangs were rampant and ethnic prejudices ran high. Rumrunning prospered from the streets of Boston, Massachusetts, crawling with Irish and Italians, to the backwaters of Ybor City and Tampa Florida, with Cubans and Latino’s. Joe’s bootlegging and cigar businesses of Ybor became his life. But the mob bosses make the decisions and give the orders of how you live and if you survive. Read the rest of this entry »

Law and Disorder by Mike Papantonio

Reviewed by Jud Hanson

Law and DisorderAttorney Nicholas “Deke” Deketomis is a hard hitting lawyer in Spanish Trace, FL and a monumental thorn in the side of corporations who put profits before people. He has a reputation for going after companies with everything he has and obtaining large settlements for his clients. Deke’s life becomes very complicated, however, after he is framed for murder while litigating two major tort cases against Bekmeyer Pharmaceauticals and S.I. Oil. Substantial money is at stake and conservative forces backing both companies seem to be conspiring against Deke to shatter his credibility and destroy his reputation. The question is, will he be able to beat the odds once again or is this the end of his stellar career?

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Playing with Fire by Peter Robinson

Reviewed by Jud Hanson

Playing with FireOne dark night in Yorkshire, DCI Banks and DI Cabot are called to the scene of a fire. Two derelict boats have been set on fire and there are two victims: the daughter of a local doctor and a marginally successful artist. Much is revealed as Banks and Cabot investigate, including the possible existence of an art forgery ring involving Leslie Whitaker, a local book seller and Cabot’s newest love interest, Phil Keane and that the artist’s death might be the result of a blackmail attempt. This could be the most challenging case yet for Banks and Cabot and time is running out as more fires are set and more people fall victim to the unidentified arsonist. Read the rest of this entry »

The Promise: An Elvis Cole and Joe Pike Novel (An Elvis Cole Novel) by Robert Crais

Reviewed by Allen Hott

The PromiseAnother very interesting read by Crais. He is one of the best in building stories that seem to be entirely possible in our lives. The only problem is that as usual he has about twenty gazillion characters in this one again. Always does he seem to overpopulate his stories with characters that do play fairly important roles in the story. Sometimes I feel like I need a scorecard by my side as I read.

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Elvis Cole, one of his favorites, is a private investigator who has been hired to find a missing woman. She is a federal employee with not only the ability to get to weapons but she is also still very distraught over losing her son in the fighting in the Middle East. She wants to get some sort of revenge. Read the rest of this entry »