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LAST RIGHTS

This (Prayer for the Dead) will be my last submission to the original MEAN STREETS review blog, and I will be reposting it on a new blog which I hope will be followed by all the old MEAN STREETS devotees. … Continue reading

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PRAYER for the DEAD – James Oswald

Reporter Jo Dalgleish is not one of Inspector Tony McLean’s favourite people, but he cannot totally avoid her plea to help find her missing colleague. Then his body is found in a carefully staged and bizarre condition in a cave … Continue reading

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HOPE TO DIE – James Patterson

This is the second half of Cross my Heart, previously reviewed on MEAN STREETS back in March 2014, but a much better piece. It is very much more in line with the nail biting Patterson his many fans remember. Certainly … Continue reading

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The Ways of the Dead – Neely Tucker

I agree with the assertion by Michael Connelly: “If this is Tucker’s first novel, I can’t wait for what’s coming next.” on the cover of the thriller, The Ways of the Dead. Probably the most admirable is the author’s protagonist, … Continue reading

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BURN – James Patterson & Michael Ledwidge

Detective Michael Bennett returns to New York City, having spent some time in Witness Protection. He is reassigned to an “Outreach Squad” in Harlem as a spiteful move by his superior, which move, for the reader, is quite intriguing as … Continue reading

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Seven Wonders – Ben Mezrich

Convincingly researched, historically, this tale of pursuing ancient clues is action packed. A headlong sleigh-ride from one Wonder of the World to the next with unerring accuracy, keeping one step ahead of a tribe of Amazons bent on preserving the … Continue reading

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An Event in Autumn – Henning Mankell

Considering a move to the country, the Swedish detective, Kurt Wallender, takes a look at a country house that was recommended to him, and comes across a shallow grave in the garden. Which is the start of a half century … Continue reading

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PRIVATE INDIA – James Patterson & AshwinSanghi

Jack Morgan’s international investigation company has a branch in Mumbai. Headed by Santosh Wagh, Private India is called upon to help the local police chief to investigate the deaths of seemingly unconnected people, strangled in a chilling yellow-scarf ritual with … Continue reading

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PERSONAL – Lee Child

He may be a transport system for his wanderlust toothbrush, but ex-Military Policeman Jack Reacher likes to get a look at the obit pages of the Army Times, now and then, to see if any of his old mates feature. … Continue reading

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SKINJOB – Bruce McCabe

Take a ringside seat for the fight at the Techno ring. The antagonists are the Porn Biz vs. Big Church Biz, and the fight starts with a bang when a Dollhouse, a new-wave pleasure-palace with lifelike robot prostitutes nicknamed Skin-jobs, … Continue reading

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