Category Archives: Crime Thriller

Graveyard: The Mutant Files (vol. 3), William C. Dietz (Publisher: Ace Books)

(Science Fiction, Crime Thriller, Gritty Noir, Series, Chronicle) Grade: B/Γ +— Highly enjoyable book of mixed genre. Solid story, good characters, if you like these genres, read this book. If you like one of them, but not the other, I … Continue reading

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A Reason to Live: Marty Singer Mystery #1, Matt Iden (Iden, 2012 {Audible Iden/Sherr, Narrator: Lloyd Sherr})

A Reason to Live: Marty Singer Mystery #1 by Matt Iden: When a young woman and an old case show up in Marty Singer’s life, the retired DC detective is drawn into an excellent gritty noir mystery. For full review go to http://www.sophyanempire.wordpress.com Continue reading

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Happy 3rd Birthday to the Archaeologist’s Guide to the Galaxy!

Today I celebrate the third Anniversary of this blog![1]  This year saw a continued increase in readership, and as with last year, I thought I’d do a quick breakdown of the most popular posts. First, however, I thought it only … Continue reading

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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Stieg Larsson (Alfred A. Knopf, 2008 [translated by Reg Keeland]{Audible Audio Edition, Narrator: Simon Vance})

Technically, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson is a Cold Case, Locked Door Mystery that takes place in remote Sweden, but really it’s about the personal and societal mistreatment of women. As such, a pedestrian mystery becomes a very good book to read or listen to. For a full review go to http://www.sophyanempire.wordpress.com Continue reading

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Call for the Dead, John LeCarré (Signet, 1962 {Penguin Audio, Narrator: Michael Jayston})

Call for the Dead was John LeCarré’s first novel, and not only did it introduce us to the best espionage author to date, but it also introduced us to George Smiley. A brilliant short novel (128pp), it is a wonderful read for anyone who likes mysteries and/or spies, and well worth a read even if you don’t. Continue reading

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Fatherland, Robert Harris (Arrow Books, 1992)

Fatherland by Robert Harris is a conspiracy thriller set in an alternative history Germany of 1964 where the NAZI’s won the war. It has a great premise but holds an obvious mystery and flawed characters at it head. A must read for anyone who likes Alternative histories, but unlikely to appeal to others. Continue reading

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Death Benefit, Robin Cook (Penguin Books, 2011){Penguin Audio, 2011; Narrator: George Guidall}

Death Benefit is the latest medical crime thriller by Robin Cook. It is a well written and an engaging tale, but could have been better (in my view) had it been written as a mystery. Even so, it had some great characters and interesting science. If you like crime or medical thrillers, I would highly recommend this book. Continue reading

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