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Lou Reed: A Life by Anthony DeCurtis

   (in progress)

The Night Trade - Barry Eisler (revew published)

The Woman in the Window - A.J. Finn - (review published; just get your hands on this and read it!)

The Kremlin's Candidate by Jason Matthews - (review published)

Into the Black Nowhere - Meg Gardiner - (review just published; superb)

Agent in Place - Mark Greaney (Gray Man thriller, review up)

The Saboteur - Paul Kix (review up)

The Escape Artist by Brad Meltzer (review published)

Operator Down - Brad Taylor (done, great book)

Robicheaux - James Lee Burke (in progress - outstanding, of course)


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Joe Rogan Experience #1058 Dec. 28 2017 . Nina Teicholz

Tuesday
Jan302018

Into the Black Nowhere by Meg Gardiner

 

Oh man, what a gripping, suspenseful ride author Gardiner provides in her second UNSUB novel, Into The Black Nowhere. Even with the kudos from writers I trust such as Don Winslow and Stephen King, I was unprepared for how deeply I fell into the exploits and story of FBI profiler Caitlin Hendrix. This is another of those books that follows me around the house, and anywhere I go when I think I may have a few free minutes. Forget about checking Twitter; I’d rather pull Into The Black Nowhere from my laptop bag. 


Agent Hendrix is in Texas hunting a seemingly charismatic killer who somehow is snatching blond women from plain sight. Their bodies eventually turn up as if on display, in white nightgowns, surrounded by creepy Polaroid photo displays. None of the usual weirdo-abductor-creep rules seem to apply to this case. 

Gardiner came up with an innovative, complex plot loosely based upon the 1970s serial killer Ted Bundy. Reading, I never fell into comparing Into The Black Nowhere with what I knew and remembered about Bundy, but the comparisons are concrete. I found the character of FBI agent Caitlin Hendrix fully-formed, she’s flawed and insightful like all of us, and felt her journey through the world of crisis call centers was particularly well drawn and vivid on the page. 

Hendrix gets into situations rivaling the most action-packed of thrillers. The complexities of profiling, searching, and how this process gets into Hendrix’ head and emotions is engrossing and unbelievably well written. From the first page to the last, the great story pulled me along and Gardiner’s writing and thoroughly-developed characters fed my brain and emotions.

I’m impressed with Into The Black Nowhere and Meg Gardiner’s casual (to my reading) expertise as a writer. Hollywood is all over her for the book; it’s already sold to CBS for series rights. Frankly, I’m excited to discover a writer I’ve only read about but never actually read a book by until this. Let the searching for Meg Gardiner’s other titles begin!

@MegGardiner1, @DuttonBooks, #IntoTheBlackNowhere

Tuesday
Jan302018

A.J. Finn halfway through follow-up to Woman in the Window

In a podcast interview on Modern Signed Books, A.J. Finn tells Roger Nichols he's halfway through his second book, following in the hot footsteps of The Woman in the Window. Finn sets this next book in San Francisco, and yes, it's another psychological thriller!

If somehow you've not gotten your hands on Woman in the Window, as fine a first effort as I've ever read, and certainily one of the most satisfying novels in a long time, get to it immediately! This is a truly superb book you won't want to put down, and you'll be passing along to friends and family to readd. My copy is on it's third set of eyes.

@WmMorrowBooks, @AJFinnbooks, #womaninthewindow

Thursday
Jan252018

Craveable Keto (for bacon and butter lovers) by Kyndra Holley

Review soon for this delicous-looking cookbook, Craveable Keto. Anyone who reaches out to bacon and butter lovers like Holley does, is all right in my mind.

@peacelovelocarb, @VictoryBeltinc, #craveableketo

Sunday
Jan212018

Four Great Authors, Four Highly Anticipated New Releases

I've been waiting for James Lee Burke's Robicheaux for a long time. Not merely the year since his last novel, but as many years as this bookshelf encompasses. This is just how long I've read and admired and purchased the writing of Burke, whom I consider one of the great living American novelists. 

Mark Greaney, thriller author, creator of the Gray Man, author of some Tom Clancy-series novels, continues his acclaimed Gray Man series with Agent in Place. I've read each of the Gray Man novels and expect nothing less than non-stop action and intrigue from Greany in this one.

Marc Cameron's National Security comes hard on the heels of his first Tom Clancy-series work, Power and Empire, which I enjoyed immensely, calling it the best Clancy since Tom Clancy passed away. National Security will be only my second Cameron book, but my expectations are high.

The Atomic City Girls looks very interesting, and different. Telling the Manhattan Project story from the untold human, mostly female, side, is a fresh take from author Janet Beard. The cover alone is very striking and makes one want to open up the book immediately.

#atomiccitygirls, @janetbeardauthor, @WmMorrowBooks, @JamesLeeBurke, @SimonSchuster, #robicheaux, #marccameron, #nationalsecurity, @KensingtonBooks, @MarkGreaneyBook, #agentinplace, @BerkleyPub

 

Sunday
Jan212018

Mike Ripley's Kiss Kiss Bang Bang makes me afraid...

Since discovering Shane Whaley and the Spybrary podcast and Facebook group, my book reading and collecting life has been enhanced, improved, and expanded. Two bookcases have been added (happily) to my life. In my iPhone is an ever-expanding list of books I am looking for (need or want, what's the difference?).

Now, a few months after Shane's August 2017 interview with Mike Ripley, I finally bought a copy of what appears to be a magnificent history of British thrillers, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. Yes, I've been looking forward to reading Ripley's book, but at the same time I'm confident I'll be adding more writers I'm unfamiliar with at the moment to my want list.

This isn't really a problem, I'm aware. But I know myself, and my inner collector has been strong lately! In all seriousness, listen to Whaley's interview with Ripley and you'll also find yourself ordering Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang. Lee Child wrote the foreword, Ian Rankin blurbs about the book on the back cover - do you need an invitation?

Oh, and Kiss Kiss, Bant Bang is beautiful. The graphic design and layout are to be admired; there's something about the feel of the book telling me it's a labor of love and appreciation. Just look at the inside front cover, and tell me you're not in love.

Ripley has a column in Shotsmag writing about and reviewing thrillers. Check it out, he's prolific and knowledgeable.

@Shotsblog, @Spybrary, #kisskissbangbang, #mikeripley