What about a vampire novel without any vampires? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller? There may or may not be a vampire in this one. I’m not telling. But, I will tell you that a vampire isn’t the real villain in this well-written horror novel by the late Richard Laymon. In fact, although the vampire-adjacent content in the […]Read more "The Stake, by Richard Laymon — a book review"
After reading the name of the author in the title of this post, you’re thinking: “I know that name. Where do I know Stephen J. Cannell from?” Cannell was an American television producer, writer, and occasional actor. He created or co-created several dozen successful television series from the 1970s through the ’90s, including The Rockford […]Read more "King Con, by Stephen J. Cannell — a book review"
True story. The only time I ever visited San Francisco was many years ago now. Maybe ten years, but not more than fifteen. I could probably narrow that down further, but it would require getting out of my office chair. That’s not going to happen right now. I recall being in a bookstore somewhere in […]Read more "Hoodwink (Nameless Detective #7), by Bill Pronzini — a book review"
If you’re lucky enough to own a first-edition copy of this novel, you will notice that the author’s name printed on the dust jacket is “John Macdonald.” Kenneth Millar chose to write under a pseudonym because his wife, Margaret Millar, was already a well-known mystery novelist. The John Macdonald name was chosen after his father, […]Read more "The Moving Target, by Ross Macdonald (Lew Archer #1) — a book review"
The last time I read one of the late Elmore Leonard’s novels was around this time last year. The book was Hombre, a western. I’ve read a few of the author’s westerns, and I’ve enjoyed all of them. Of course, I’m a fan of the western genre and will occasionally read a novel about gunslingers […]Read more "Touch, by Elmore Leonard — a book review"
This 1994 novel is a sequel to To Save the Sun, which was published in 1992. I remember enjoying the first novel, also co-written by Ben Bova and A.J. Austin, but I’m afraid I read it too long ago to remember the details. What made me enjoy the novel is that it reminded me of […]Read more "To Fear the Light (To Save the Sun, Book 2), by Ben Bova & A.J. Austin — a book review"
Daniel Abraham is one-half of the pseudonym James S.A. Corey, with Ty Franck, who, together, are the authors of The Expanse series of space opera novels. Since Ty Franck has no other writing credits to his name, I’ve always assumed that Abraham was the true author, while Ty Franck was the worldbuilder and story contributer. […]Read more "A Shadow in Summer (Long Price Quartet #1), by Daniel Abraham — a book review"
Nearly twenty years ago now, I read the first six books in Robert Crais’s Elvis Cole series, and then stopped. I’m not sure why. I enjoyed reading the novels, as far as I recall. I know, for a fact, that if I didn’t enjoy them, I would remember that. I believe it’s that embarrassment of […]Read more "The Forgotten Man, by Robert Crais (Elvis Cole #10) — a review"
This is the third media tie-in novel for the television series Supernatural that I’ve read, and the second one written by DeCandido. He wrote the first in the series: Supernatural: Nevermore. I gave that one a respectable grade in a review you can read here. I look for certain things in a media tie-in. The […]Read more "Supernatural: Bone Key (Supernatural #3), by Keith R.A. DeCandido — a book review"
Prior to reading this novel, I read Hill’s first published novel, Heart-Shaped Box, and a collection of his short stories, 20th Century Ghosts. I loved both of these books. This first was a horror novel about an aging death-metal rocker who purchases a ghost online. It elevated a run-of-the-mill ghost story into something infused with […]Read more "Horns, by Joe Hill — a book review"