The Break by Katherena Vermette

The Break

The Break begins with Stella, a woman who witnesses a violent crime from her kitchen window late at night.  Through alternating narratives, the author takes the reader through the lives of those connected with the victim, shining a light on both the violence and struggles within Winnipeg’s North End neighborhood. Katherena Vermette’s novel, is in…

The Drop by Dennis Lehane

The Drop

“Cities,” Bob’s father once told him, “aren’t run from the capitol building. They’re run from the cellar. The First City? The one you see? That’s the clothes they put over the body to make it look better. But the Second City is the body. That’s where they take the bets and sell the women and…

Live By Night by Dennis Lehane

Live By Night

Live By Night begins in the thick of the roaring 20s.  The advent of prohibition has normalized corruption among the police and criminals with an explosion of illegal distilleries and speakeasies popping up all over the country.  Despite the government’s best efforts to keep liquor out of the hands of the population, consumption has more…

Sinner Man by Lawrence Block

Sinner Man

Sinner Man tells the story of small town insurance-peddler Don Barshter, and how after a few too many drinks, inadvertently murders his wife following an errant strike.  Rather than call the police and turn himself in, Don decides to cram his wife’s body into a closet and flee town.  It’s during his aimless travels that…

She-Hulk: Law & Disorder

She-Hulk: Law & Disorder

After discovering her employer only hired her as a publicity stunt, Jennifer Walters (a.k.a. She-Hulk) leaves to open her own practice.  Unfortunately, her green skin kind of makes it impossible to hide that she’s a superhero and because of this, she begins racking up enemies quicker than a hiccup. As with most collections, this volume…

Prayers for Rain by Dennis Lehane

Prayers for Rain

Patrick Kenzie is approached by a woman named Karen Nichols who asks him to scare off a stalker.  After Kenzie, along with the always terrifying Bubba Rowgowski, put the fear of God into the guy, Patrick considers the matter settled.  About four months later, Karen leaves a vague message on Patrick’s phone asking for help…

top5in2016

Top 5 Reads in 2016

Dark Matter This book absolutely blew me away.  Given that people were rather secretive on the overall plot by throwing out testimonials like, “Just read this, you won’t regret it”, how could I pass it up?  Keeping in the tradition of the aforementioned praise, I will continue to refrain from spoiling the events in Crouch’s…

Red Right Hand by Chris Holm

Red Right Hand

Following a terrorist attack on the Golden Gate Bridge, a man long believed to be dead appears in a viral video capturing the destruction. With the FBI unable to divert their focus from the attack, Special Agent Charlie Thompson approaches Michael Hendricks to track down and secure this mystery man. But Hendricks has his own…