The Good Cop by Peter Steiner

The Good Cop is a book that holds up two things: meticulous detective work and painstaking journalism. Set in Munich between the wars, Steiner has written about the rise of Nazism from the point of view of the police force and the press. The book is just about 200 pages, but it is filled with... Continue Reading →

Heaven, My Home by Attica Locke

After the events of Bluebird, Bluebird, Darren Matthews is stuck in an office in Houston compiling evidence on the Arryan Brotherhood of Texas. His marriage has found stability, but his mother is blackmailing him about the location of the weapon used in the grand jury investigation. He appeases her with money, but it is a... Continue Reading →

The Passengers by John Marrs

One of the best ‘puppet-master’ thrillers I’ve ever read. The Passengers is an explosive look at innovation, social media, and autonomous vehicles. A near-future Britain has mandated Level 5, fully automated cars... and one morning a terrorist named The Hacker takes over the controls of eight vehicles. The inside of these cars are then broadcast... Continue Reading →

Ration by Cody T Luff

In a chilling dystopian world, the economy is ruled by the calorie, the measure of life, of trade, and of pain. Farms of young girls are set up in dilapidated apartment buildings... they serve many purposes: to breed, to grow new organs, and to feed the wealthy of the population. Ration focuses on one particular... Continue Reading →

The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware

This book belongs in a special category here on Paul's Picks... it is a rare one-day read. I was obsessed with this one. A scorcher of a slow burn that took me back to its pages in 5 sittings. I just had to finish. Ware has a unique way of depositing her characters alone in... Continue Reading →

Null Set, A Cas Russell Novel by S. L. Huang

I read Zero Sum Game last year and enjoyed Cas Russell's character and her new crew's fight against the telepaths. But at the heart of it, Cas is the draw of this series. The vectors and statistics, the automatic mathematical deductions, and her mysterious past... She's a loner who now has a 'found-family' in Arthur,... Continue Reading →

Dead Girl in 2A by Carter Wilson

Jake and Clara meet in first class on a flight from Boston to Denver. After quitting her teaching job and becoming a recluse, Clara has decided to kill herself and thinks the Maroon Bells in the Rockies would form the best background for her final resting place. Jake’s life is spinning out of control: his... Continue Reading →

The Body in the Castle Well by Martin Walker

Three things you can depend on in one of Martin Walker's Bruno novels: deliberate investigations, small provincial-town politics, and a full feast of French food. The Body in the Castle Well starts with the death of a visiting art student. Claudia is a young American PhD student who is visiting St. Denis to study with... Continue Reading →

Sworn to the Night by Craig Schaefer

NYPD detective Marie Reinhart and her partner believe they are on the trail of a serial killer... but the answer just might be more deadly. A "Most Dangerous Game" cult, a Presidential candidate, a coven of witches, and a new drug called Ink... all combine to cut across the layers of power in New York... Continue Reading →

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