Gimbling in the Wabe – The Things You Learn…

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I am currently reading The Severed Streets, sequel to Paul Cornell’s exemplary supernatural  crime novel, London Falling, and the concept of ostentation came up for discussion (with author Neil Gaiman – who is a rather fateful fictional iteration of himself in the book – as the literary provocateur).  Not the notion of ostentation as “a [….]

LitStack Review: The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith

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The Silkworm Robert Galbraith Little, Brown and Company Release Date:  June 19, 2014 ISBN978-0-316-20687-7 I daresay, even if I didn’t know that Robert Galbraith was a pen name of J.K. Rowling, I still would thoroughly enjoy the Cormoran Strike detective novels, of which The Silkworm is the second installment (The Cuckoo’s Calling being the first). [….]

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

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Gone Girl Gillian Flynn Crown Publishers Publication Date: June 5, 2012 ISBN 978-0-307-58836-4 This is going to be a short review.  Not because I didn’t thoroughly enjoy Gillian Flynn’s runaway best seller, Gone Girl, but because I did.  Because writing even little details about this entertaining thriller would potentially give away something that would best [….]

LitStack Review: Deadline by Sandra Brown

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Deadline Sandra Brown Grand Central Publishing ISBN-10: 1455501514 One of my favorite elements of suspense is something I call the “gasp factor”—the number of times and ways the author surprises the reader with a development in plot or character. It’s that twist in the story you didn’t see coming or the secret revealed that you [….]

A Farewell to Elmore Leonard

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Leonard Elmore died on August 20, 2013 at his home in Bloomfield Township, Michigan, after suffering a stroke on July 29.  He was 87. Even if you hadn’t read any of his early pulp Western stories or his later crime thrillers, there’s a good chance that you are still familiar with his works.  The 1995 [….]

Blog Tour: London Falling by Paul Cornell

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London Falling Paul Cornell Tor Books First Edition:  April 13, 2013 ISBN:  978-0765330277 Two undercover officers, one a veteran, the other a rookie, at odds, suspicious of the other as far as techniques, motivations, loyalties.  Add to that their abrasive, hard-nosed commander, who will battle for every inch even as he feels the war slipping [….]

Dark Currents – Agent of Hel by Jacqueline Carey

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Dark Currents:  Agent of Hel Jaqueline Carey A ROC Book First Edition:  October 2, 2012 ISBN 978-0-451-46478-1 —♦— If you’ve read much of what I’ve had to say here at LitStack then you probably know that I am a huge fan of Jacqueline Carey.  Her Kushiel Legacy series – especially the Phèdre and the Imriel [….]

Lake Country by Sean Doolittle

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Lake Country Sean Doolittle Initial Release: July 31, 2012 Bantam Books ISBN 978-0-345-53392-0 Crime and/or suspense novels aren’t really my thing.  Not because they aren’t potentially great reads, but I tend to like my literature at least one step removed from reality – sometimes the setting and situations in these works hit too close to [….]

Featured Author Interview: Don Winslow

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This month, we’ve had the pleasure of hosting the criminally talented Don Winslow as our Featured Author. We hope you’ll check out the reviews of his previous and new titles we’ve featured. We’d like to thank Mr. Winslow and his publicity team at Simon and Schuster for their encouragement and support of LitStack. Remember that [….]

LitStack Review: The Gentlemen's Hour by Don Winslow

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    The Gentlemen’s Hour Don Winslow Simon & Schuster ISBN-10: 0434019259 — ♦ — Let’s play “True Confessions.” I’ve never read a detective novel before. I’ve seen quite a few detective films, though I suspect that if I listed them, you’d tell me that they weren’t the good ones. I read comics without regard [….]