Homicide by David Simon

Homicide

In 1988, David Simon lingered like a ghost in the hallways of the Baltimore PD, immersing himself into the homicide department of one of America’s most violent cities. He rode in the backseats of department-issued Chevy Cavaliers and stood on the sidelines while detectives deconstructed grotesque crime scenes and inspected bodies still cooling on couches,…

At Home by Bill Bryson

At Home

Resident information sponge Bill Bryson goes through his home, room-by-room, to present the history of private life and how many of the items we see and interact with on a daily basis came to find their way into our everyday lives. At Home feels like a handbook for making small talk at social gatherings.  Let’s…

True Crime Addict by James Renner

True Crime Addict

In 2011, the mysterious disappearance of Maura Murray caught the eye of freelance investigative journalist James Renner.  But this wasn’t exactly new territory for Renner.  Years before, he had dug into the disappearance of Amy Mihaljevic, a case that left Renner with PTSD.  Why would he want to subject himself to this scenario again, you…

Titan Screwed by James Dixon and Justin Henry

Titan Screwed

In 1997, three organizations battled for sports entertainment supremacy. You had the juggernaut WWF (World Wrestling Federation), who despite a massively successful 1980s, had entered a cooling off period as it struggled to find its footing amid a steady stream of superstar exits. You had Ted Turner’s WCW (World Championship Wrestling), a company filled with…

Good Morning Midnight

Good Morning, Midnight

A unspecified world catastrophe forces the evacuation of a northern Canadian astronomical research station but disaffected scientist and perennial loner Augustine decides to stick around to finish his work. He doesn’t care what happened nor is he particularly bothered by the seriousness of the event – he just wants to be left alone to dither…

20th Century Ghosts by Joe Hill

20th Century Ghosts

For a long time, this book was my “white whale”.  Up to recently, I had three of Joe Hill’s novels (Heart-Shaped Box, Horns, NOS4A2) in hardcover and although 20th Century Ghosts was easily accessible in paperback or for download on my Kindle, I felt I needed to match my existing format and seek out the…

Gone Baby Gone by Dennis Lehane

Gone Baby Gone

Patrick and Angie have led rough careers as private investigators and after the events in Sacred, they’ve decided to pull back a little.  When we catch up with them in Gone Baby Gone, they’ve all but sworn off cases that could lead to violence, death and destruction.  Unfortunately for them, when young Amanda McCready goes…

Nemesis Games by James S.A. Corey

Nemesis Games

With the Rocinante laid up for repairs and Holden sticking around Tycho Station with the ship, crew members Naomi, Amos and Alex take some time off to tie up a few loose ends lingering in their personal lives.  However, it wouldn’t be a novel in The Expanse series if things didn’t go pear-shaped pretty quickly.…