Tag: Review

All McBain, All the Time (Part Three)

All McBain, All the Time (Part Three)

A quick tangent before getting to the reviews… Readers of the blog have heard me lament the fact that book reviews are the worst performing posts on the site. From a content perspective, I couldn’t care less: I’m still going to write the damned reviews. But, on some level, I suppose it makes me sad … Continue reading All McBain, All the Time (Part Three)

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All McBain, All the Time (Part Two)

All McBain, All the Time (Part Two)

Hello, friends, and welcome back for another set of reviews about Ed McBain’s 87th Precinct series. In the first installment of “All McBain, All the Time,” I offered a brief introduction as to why I enjoy the author's writing, then followed that up by reviewing three of the 87th Precinct books. If you’d like to … Continue reading All McBain, All the Time (Part Two)

All McBain, All the Time

All McBain, All the Time

Readers of this site know my affinity for Ed McBain, specifically his series of police-procedural novels set in the 87th Precinct. Late last year, during a review of a Lawrence Block book entitled Ronald Rabbit Is a Dirty Old Man, I said McBain would be on my Mount Rushmore of favorite writers. In fact, after … Continue reading All McBain, All the Time

The Best of 2017

The Best of 2017

Well, 2017 is in the rearview mirror, and what a year it was: the introduction of a divisive president; a rash of deadly shootings, including the atrocity in Las Vegas; myriad high-profile stories about sexual harassment and improprieties by men against women; deadly hurricanes that devastated the southern states; and on and on. While each … Continue reading The Best of 2017

Review of Lawrence Block’s Ronald Rabbit Is a Dirty Old Man

Review of Lawrence Block’s Ronald Rabbit Is a Dirty Old Man

If I was asked to recreate Mount Rushmore using the faces of my four favorite authors, the monument would include Stephen King (no introduction needed), Ed McBain (prolific writer of crime fiction, best known for his 87th Precinct police procedurals), Joe Abercrombie (the best fantasy writer working today; yes, even better than George R. R. … Continue reading Review of Lawrence Block’s Ronald Rabbit Is a Dirty Old Man

Number Forty-Two: Review of Ray Garton’s Murder Was My Alibi

Number Forty-Two: Review of Ray Garton’s Murder Was My Alibi

I have a confession to make in regard to Ray Garton: he scares the shit out of me, and I mean that with the utmost respect and admiration. As a fan of horror and suspense novels, this is hard to come by these days. Lord knows Stephen King has given me some sleepless nights over … Continue reading Number Forty-Two: Review of Ray Garton’s Murder Was My Alibi

Number Thirty-Eight: Review of Gwendy’s Button Box by Stephen King and Rich Chizmar

Number Thirty-Eight: Review of Gwendy’s Button Box by Stephen King and Rich Chizmar

[Spoiler Note: I have done my best to review the book without revealing spoilers. I think I’ve succeeded, but if you want to go into the story completely blind, you may want to skip this blog entry.] Stephen King has been my favorite author since I read Misery close to three decades ago. While he’s … Continue reading Number Thirty-Eight: Review of Gwendy’s Button Box by Stephen King and Rich Chizmar