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A strong and forceful debut

Book Review By Derryll White Melander, Jakob (2014). The House That Jack Built. On starting this first novel by Jakob Melander I thought, oh my god, there really is a defined Scandinavian literary style: dark, really black perspective on what … > Read More

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Knight’s first novel a teeth grinder

Book Review By Derryll White Knight, Renėe (2015). Disclaimer. This is Renėe Knight’s first novel. She is British, living in London and that is where the story is set. She has worked in TV, directing and writing film scripts, and … > Read More

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Denise Mina is an astute writer

Book Review By Derryll White Mina, Denise (2013). The Red Road. I am interested in writers from other countries because I find they often feature their nation and city as primary characters. This seems to be particularly true in the … > Read More

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A novel of bold twists and turns

Book Review By Derryll White Todd, Charles (1996). A Test of Wills. ‘The Proper English Gentleman’                   And eats in the regular mess and calls the men by name                   And shares the dirty work with ‘em, what’s called the … > Read More

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Lead character transcends ‘job title’

Book Review By Derryll White Faust, Christa (2011). Choke Hold. Christa Faust belongs with Hard Case Crime, the publishers of this novel. I instantly believed she had lived at least some of Angel Dare’s hard-core pulp life. She reaches way … > Read More

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11th Hour was a waste of time

Book Review By Derryll White Patterson, James and Maxine Paetro (2012). 11th Hour. This is a novel of the Women’s Murder Club series, set in San Francisco. The “murder club” is comprised of four women. Dr. Claire Washburn is the … > Read More

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Engaged from the first page

Book Review By Derryll White Cornwell, Patricia D. (1993). Cruel & Unusual. This is the fourth in Cornwell’s series featuring the State of Virginia’s chief medical examiner Dr. Kay Scarpetta. I am surprised at how quickly Cornwell has hit her … > Read More

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A fast and funny read

Book Review By Derryll White Block, Lawrence (1978). The Burglar In the Closet. Sir, he who would earn his bread writing books must have the assurance of a duke, the wit of a courtier, and the guts of a burglar. … > Read More

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Exuberance and lust for life stand out

Book Review By Derryll White Whittall, Zoe (2007). Bottle Rocket Hearts. Zoe Whittall is a young talent from Quebec’s Eastern Townships. She immersed herself in the urban cultural frenzy of Montreal as events started to sweep the city away. This … > Read More

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Winslow dredges up all kinds of cool

Book Review By Derryll White Winslow, Don (2012). The Kings of Cool. Don Winslow is a forensic anthropologist, taking apart the wonderful social scene of the 1960s and ‘70s. For anyone who wandered south of the border into the shimmering … > Read More

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