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Strong beginning for noted and gifted series

Book Review By Derryll White Block, Lawrence (1997). Burglars Can’t Be Choosers. I return to writers like Lawrence Block, Stewart Kaminsky and John D. MacDonald to revisit where the mystery genre came from. Their writing is clear and very good. … > Read More

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Dangerous book will rev up your cynicism

Book Review By Derryll White Bacigalupi, Paolo (2015). The Doubt Factory. RULES TO LIVE BY – First Rule: You’re always watched.   Second Rule: See rule one. This novel has ‘newness’ and ‘different’ written into it from the very beginning. … > Read More

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Celebrating best and worst of the human condition

Book Review By Derryll White Nichols, John (1994). The Milagro Beanfield War. I really consider this book an unexpected treasure. It was given to me by a close friend who uncovered it at a Library Book Sale for the princely … > Read More

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Reading Burke again like finding a long-lost friend

Book Review By Derryll White Burke, James Lee (1987). The Neon Rain. This is the first of James Lee Burke’s novels to feature Dave Robicheaux, a Lieutenant with the New Orleans police department. First and foremost, Burke is an exceptional … > Read More

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I wanted to, but I didn’t get it

Book Review By Derryll White Lynn Coady (2011). The Antagonist I am a fan of Lynn Coady’s ever since her collection of short stories, ‘Play the Monster Blind.’ I found her voice clear and strong through her next novel, ‘Saints … > Read More

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More than a self-help book on grief

Book Review By Derryll White Ware, Bronnie (2011). The Top Five Regrets of the Dying. “Pride is such a waste of time.” One of the nice things about public routine, such as stopping at Hot Shots Café almost every day … > Read More

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Readers with British bent may find Rendell satisfying

Book Review By Derryll White Rendell, Ruth (2009). The Monster In the Box. I have only recently started to read Ruth Rendell. I thought most of her work was horror/science fiction, even though I have sold a few of her … > Read More

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Night Heron is a significant first novel

Book Review By Derryll White Brookes, Adam (2014). Night Heron. “ STABILITY OVERRIDES EVERYTHING” This is Adam Brookes’ first novel, an espionage thriller. I know nothing about the author except that he grew up in Oxfordshire and worked as a … > Read More

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Power of the short story in full display

Book Review By Derryll White MacLeod, Alistair. As Birds Bring Forth the Sun and Other Stories.             “It is hard to not known what you do know.” This is MacLeod’s second collection of short stories. His memory is that of … > Read More

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Lee does her job exquisitely

Book Review By Derryll White Lee, Nancy (2014). The Age. “To finish life as a disappointment to oneself, that is a black hole beyond any man’s reckoning.”  – Henry Cross. I have been waiting for this novel for a long … > Read More

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