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Book Review: Jack of Spades by Joyce Carol Oates

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Jack of Spades by Joyce Carol Oates

Publisher: Grove/Atlantic

Pub Date: May 5, 2015

ISBN-10: 0802123945

ISBN-13: 978-0802123947

201 pages

Jack of Spades is a quirky and wonderfully written psychological thriller by one of America’s greatest storytellers. Andrew Rush is a best selling author and enjoys all the trappings that go along with his achievements. But he also writes very dark and disturbing fiction under the pseudonym “Jack of Spades.” But is Andy really Andrew or is he Jack? The lines are blurred and when he is sued for plagiarism by a local woman, who herself is an odd character, the pressure mounts and Andrew begins behaving oddly himself. His external struggles with family and friends pale in comparison to his percolating internal struggles. This story will grab you quickly and not let go.

 
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Posted by on May 15, 2015 in Book Review, Writing

 

Book Review: Compulsion by Allison Brennan

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Compulsion by Allison Brennan

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Pub Date: April 7, 2015

ISBN-10: 1250035023

ISBN-13: 978-1250035028

384 pages

Maxine “Max” Revere is tough, smart, focused, relentless, and doesn’t suffer fools well. These characteristics work well for the well-known, well-respected investigative journalist. They also lead her into more trouble than she could ever imagine. When she turns her lens on Adam Bachman, who is on trial for a series of murders, she opens doors to her past, her family, and her own weaknesses. Was Bachman a lone killer or did he have a helper? More than one helper? Max believes so. Few buy her theories and as she tries to prove them wrong, she discovers things are not as she suspects. Not even close. Was this all a set up? A trap just for her? And if so, why? And by whom?

This is a well-plotted, crisply written thriller that is impossible to put down. Highly recommended.

 
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Posted by on April 7, 2015 in Book Review

 

Book Review: Crash & Burn by Lisa Gardner

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Crash and Burn by Lisa Gardner

Publisher: Dutton Adult

Pub Date: February 3, 2015

ISBN-10: 0525954562

ISBN-13: 978-0525954569

400 pages

Who is Nicole “Nicky” Frank? Is that even her name? Is she crazy? Does she indeed have traumatic brain syndrome from the multiple head injuries she has recently suffered? And who is Vero? A long lost daughter? A figment of Nicki’s imagination? And is her husband Thomas who he says he is? Is he her guardian or her worst enemy? These are the questions Lisa Gardner, the queen of the psychological thriller, poses in Crash and Burn.

And these are the questions Sergeant Wyatt Foster must answer. Brought to the scene of a single car accident, where Nicki rolled her SUV down an embankment, he quickly realizes nothing is at it seems. This disturbing and convoluted thriller will capture readers early and drag them along to the final page. Highly recommended.

 
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Posted by on January 12, 2015 in Book Review, Writing

 

ORIGINAL SIN Review

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A good review of ORIGINAL SIN by Jon Land in the Providence Journal:

Dr. Doug Lyle puts his medical and forensics training to excellent use in the stellar“Original Sin” (Reputation Books, 238 pages, $19.95) that reads like Robin Cook’s “Coma” on steroids. Lyle treats us to not one, but two terrific heroines in Dr. Lucy Wagner and her friend, as well as ours, ex-cop Samantha Cody. It’s a classic riches-to-rags tale that starts when the famously successful Wagner loses a patient and then nearly everything else. Enter ex-boxer Cody. Never one to shy away from a fight, she encounters more than her share of opponents in trying to get to the bottom of a conspiracy at the hands of those who are about to learn to take a punch. Lyle adroitly balances spot-on medical science and technology with adroit plotting and masterful characters. A mix of Michael Crichton and C. J. Box that adds up to seasoned and savory brain candy.

This and other excellent reviews: http://www.providencejournal.com/features/entertainment/books/20141005-thrillers-novels-that-range-from-old-fashioned-to-cutting-edge-cliffhangers.ece

More Info on ORIGINAL SIN: http://www.dplylemd.com/DPLyleMD/Books-SCody.html

 
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Posted by on October 16, 2014 in Book Review, Writing

 

Book Review: Full Measure by T. Jefferson Parker

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FULL MEASURE is now available and is excellent.

T. Jefferson Parker has won three Edgar Awards for a reason—he’s a great writer. With FULL MEASURE, he steps away from more traditional crime fiction and into the mainstream literary genre. The result is this wonderful book. Want to know what a character-driven story feels like? Read FULL MEASURE. Characters that will linger with you for a long time. Highly recommended.

http://www.tjeffersonparker.com

 
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Posted by on October 10, 2014 in Book Review, Writing

 

Book Review: Strong Darkness by Jon Land

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STRONG DARKNESS IS AVAILABLE TODAY

Caitlin Strong is back. Boy is she ever. STRONG DARKNESS starts with a bang and never let’s up. With nods to the infamous Judge Roy Bean and her ancestor Texas Ranger William Ray Strong and settings as diverse as Texas and Rhode Island, Caitlin confronts forces that test her skills and threaten her life. As with each Caitlin Strong story, the writing is crisp, and moves with break-neck speed. Jon Land has always known his way around a thriller and this is an outstanding addition to this series. Read this one. Read all of them. You will no doubt become a Strong fan. STRONG DARKNESS is a wild ride. Highly recommended.

Visit Jon’s Site: http://www.jonlandbooks.com

 
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Posted by on September 30, 2014 in Book Review, Writing

 

Two Excellent Books From Dianne Emley and Janice Gable Bashman Out Today

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The Night Visitor by Dianne Emley

Murder in La La Land. In The Night Visitor, Dianne Emley takes us into the flashy and trashy world of A-List Hollywood. The good, the bad, and the very ugly. Sex, drugs, and rock and roll as well as greed, corruption, jealousy, and a thirst for power and money infuse every page. This story will hook you from the start and not let go.

http://www.dianneemley.com

Predator

Predator by Janice Gable Bashman

Sixteen-year-old Bree Sunderland expected a quiet vacation in Ireland, where she and her scientist father plan to study bog corpses. But a young Irish man steals her heart—-and more. Werewolves, genetic therapy, and a mercenary lycanthropic army—-what’s not to like?

http://www.janicegablebashman.com

 
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Posted by on September 16, 2014 in Book Review, Writing

 
 
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