Review of Suspense Magazine

I feel like this week is all Suspense Magazine, all week! You can enter a giveaway for Suspense Magazine and a few books here and read a guest post by John Raab of Suspense Magazine here. And now a few thoughts on Suspense Magazine from me, a lover of suspense, thrills and mysteries!

First let me tell you the cycle that I’ve fallen into. Since I review books, especially thriller/mystery/suspense on Words by Webb I get contacted all the time by authors, publicists and blog tour organizers touting their latest. Did I mention I LOVE this type of book? So, naturally I can’t say no. I accept almost every book I’m sent…for a while. Then I realize I have so much to read I literally stop opening emails. Just click – trashed. Because I know I’m just a gal who can’t say no to a book that sounds good (and they all sound good).

Maybe if I had been reading Suspense Magazine I would be a little more discerning because they do a great job of introducing you to all types of writers and their work. I thought Suspense Magazine would be a collection of short suspense stories but it is so much more than that. Let’s see what I found in the issue I read:

  • essays on nonfiction topics (in this instance a cemetery with some spooky aspects)
  • short stories
  • additions to already published books (not fan fiction, but something added by the original author)
  • author interviews
  • essay and interviews giving advice to writers of the genre
  • book and movie reviews
  • even the ads and sneak peeks were fabulous
  • great photos and illustrations

This magazine is amazing! They cover everything: courtroom dramas, romance suspense, paranormal, fantasy, horror, true crime, cozies…have I missed anything? If you enjoy any parts of the genre, you have to add Suspense Magazine to your reading list. And this is coming from a girl who has NO ROOM on her reading list.

Battle Against Sock-Puppeting and other Publishing Offenses

Today, John Raab of Suspense Magazine has stopped by to write a little bit about sock-puppeting and other publishing offenses. If you’d like to check out his magazine, there’s a giveaway happening and you can enter here. And I just can’t seem to get enough of Suspense Magazine because tomorrow I’ll be giving you the lowdown on what I found when I checked out Suspense Magazine. Thanks to John and Partners in Crime Tours for the copy!

We all know that writing a book is very difficult, but marketing and getting it sold to readers is an even more Suspense_Magazine_May_2015_Cover_with_outline_1_-446x591treacherous road to travel. With that said, I’m sure you have seen in the news the last couple of months, that some authors—and I won’t name names here—have decided that shortcuts are the way to go. Well, it has worked to make some very mediocre authors a lot of money, along with some companies.

The term that has been thrown around is sock-puppeting. Now I don’t know about you, but when I he-ar sockpuppeting, I think of a young child putting a sock on his hand, drawing a couple of eyes and using his hand to make the puppet talk. But in this case, sock-puppeting is when someone creates a fake account or accounts, and begins to use that account to either talk back and forth to oneself, or simply put out fake reviews under a false name. Now, in my book, that is simply fraud. On our radio show we were going to have one of those authors, but they got caught in this fraud and we cancelled them because I simply don’t think they should get any media time.

Readers and fans need to know that when they go on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc. to buy books and look at reviews, they should feel confident they are getting accurate ones and not fake ones. What is worse than that however, is hiring people to write bad reviews against other authors, simply so they won’t sell books. This to me should be a criminal offense. It is no different than slander or liable and those authors should be sued, exposed, and basically raked over the coals for trying to sabotage someone else’s hard work.

Our readers that have been with us for a while should notice that our magazine will never publish a negative review. I’ve never explained this stance, but I will now. Suspense Magazine is in the business of being positive and not trashing someone’s work simply because one of our reviewers didn’t care for it. That being said, all reviews in the magazine are true with every word. We receive over seven thousand books each year and simply can’t review them all because of time and just not having enough eyes to read them. We do get books that our reviewers do not like for whatever reason. If that is the case, we might send it over to another reviewer to see their opinion, or simply stop reading it and move along. We tell the author and the publisher that we simply can’t review the book and give our reasons.

Giveaway of Suspense Magazine

Today you can learn a little more about a magazine I think everyone who reads my Tuesday mystery/thriller reviews will love. But don’t forget to stop by tomorrow for a guest post by editor John Raab on sock puppeting. Admit it, you’re curious!

And don’t forget to enter the giveaway. You only have until Friday!

Suspense Magazine

by John Raab

on Tour June 2015

coverSuspense Magazine is an all digital magazine that was founded in 2007. We publish short stories, interviews, exclusive excerpts, articles and more. We have also in the past published alternate endings to very popular books, IE: Sara Paretsky’s book “Critical Mass”.

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—Tess Gerritsen, International Bestselling Author


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John Raab founded Suspense Magazine in 2007. Also the host of three radio shows on Suspense Radio Network (Inside Edition, One on One and Beyond The Cover) also the producer for two more shows, Crime and Science Radio and The Story Blender.

The CEO / Publisher of Suspense Publishing a book publisher that publishes #1 NY Times Bestselling Author Paul Kemprecos, along with several other authors.

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The Last Witness

The Last Witness

by Jerry Amernic

on Tour May 2015

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The year is 2039, and Jack Fisher is the last living survivor of the Holocaust. Set in a world that is abysmally complacent about events of the last century, Jack is a 100-year-old man whose worst memories took place before he was 5. His story hearkens back to the Jewish ghetto of his birth and to Auschwitz where, as a little boy, he had to fend for himself to survive after losing his family. Jack becomes the central figure in a missing-person investigation when his granddaughter suddenly disappears. While assisting police, he finds himself in danger and must reach into the darkest corners of his memory to come out alive.

Book Details:

Genre: Historical Thriller

Published by: Story Merchant Books

Publication Date: October 29th 2014

Number of Pages: 334

ISBN: 9780990421658

Purchase Links: Amazon Barnes & Noble Goodreads

 

Read an excerpt:

Chapter 1

New York City, 2035

 

He was a tough sort. Ninety-five years old with elastic skin stretched across his bones like taut canvas, he was supposed to be an easy mark. Fragile and weak. A pushover. Albert Freedman lived by himself in a flat on the upper East Side, and when they came for him they didn’t expect any trouble. Albert knew something wasn’t right when the second one walked in, but the voice was soft and reassuring.

“We’re here to change your palm reader,” he said through the door. We’re doing all the apartments on your floor today and you’re the first. It won’t take five minutes.”

“You’re here to change my what?”

“Your palm reader.”

“I donno what yer talkin’ about. Go away!”

“You don’t understand. There’s a problem with the sensor. You know, the thing that opens your door when you put your hand in front of it? The palm reader?”

“What?”

“It scans your hand. Your print. Then it lets you in.”

Nothing.

“Look,” the man said, more softly now. “Mr. Freedman? You are Albert Freedman, aren’t you?”

“Yes.”

“I realize you don’t want to be bothered but this is for your security. It’s like putting a new lock on the door.”

“A new lock?”

“That’s right. The sensor in your palm reader is ten years old.”

“It is?”

“The year’s inscribed on the side of the door. It says 2025. See for yourself.”

Albert looked, but he didn’t see anything. His eyes weren’t good. “Where does it say that?” he said.

“On the side of the door. It might be hard to read. The numbers are small.”

“Where are they?”

“Trust me. The thing is ten years old and it’s not working right. But we have new ones now that are much better. But it’s not only that. You see there was a break-in last week and they want everyone’s palm reader changed. That’s why we’re here. You’re the first one on our list, Mr. Freedman. We’ll be done in five minutes. Can we come in?”

“Five minutes you say?”

“That’s all it takes.”

He started jiggling the latch from the inside and then he stopped. “Wait a minute. Why am I the first one? This isn’t the first flat on the floor. You should be down at the end of the hall. Unless you’re doing it alphabetically and then you wouldn’t be starting with me. Why am I the first one?”

He was ninety-five years old. He wasn’t supposed to be asking questions like that. He was just supposed to open the door so they could kill him and make it look like a robbery.

There was an audible sigh from outside the door. “Look Mr. Freedman. It’s like this. Doing all these sensors isn’t going to be much fun for us but the landlord said you’re a nice guy and we thought we’d start with you.”

At first nothing and then the jiggling from inside the door started again.

“All right. Come in. But make it fast.”

Albert released the latch that was linked to a sensor that had nothing wrong with it in a building where there had been no break-ins the past week, the past month or the past year. The first man through the door was short and slight, thirtyish with close-cropped hair and a soothing voice. He had a tattoo on his arm that looked like a snake, and if Albert had seen that he wouldn’t have opened the door. But then it was too late.

“Thank you,” the man said with a disarming smile.

The one behind him, younger and bigger with straggly hair and brown skin, burst through the door and pushed Albert out of the way. Old Albert fell against the wall and managed to brace himself with his hand, but the sudden impact jarred his wrist. The arthritis. Then the girl appeared, tall and skinny, dressed in black. Albert never got a good look at their faces, but it didn’t matter. He would be dead before they left.

“Where do you keep the money?” the girl screamed at him. “Tell us!

The small slim man with the snake on his arm turned, retreated into the hallway and closed the door behind him. In his hand was a little gadget with a screen on it. He touched the screen and a list of names came up. He ran his fingertip over the last name – Albert Freedman’s name – and it disappeared. Then he was gone.

The girl began riffling through Albert’s cupboards and drawers. Albert was confused. He didn’t get many visitors.

“Where do you keep the money?” the girl said again.

“What do you want?”

“Your money!”

The man who was now inside Albert’s flat didn’t waste any time. He came for him with his fists clenched. He hit him in the face and knocked him to the floor. Albert fell on his side, his hip, but was close enough to the door so he could reach behind it for his cane. The one with the heavy metal handle. He always kept it there.

Blood dripping from his nose, he scrambled to his knees, brought the cane back over his head, and with every ounce of strength he had walloped the intruder or thief or whatever he was across the ankles. There was a loud cry, but Albert wasn’t finished. He got to his feet, straightened up, and brought his cane back a second time. Now he turned on the girl and landed that metal handle square on the back of her shoulders.

“I’ll kill you both!” he said.

But Albert was old and the man was enraged now. He tore the cane from Albert’s hands and started hitting him with it. He hit him on the head. He hit him on the chest. He hit him on the arms. Albert tried to shield himself with his flailing hands, but the blows were relentless. They kept coming and coming and coming. The girl was going through his drawers, throwing everything she found on the floor. Albert always kept his place neat and he didn’t like that, but he could barely see through his eyes now.

“Here’s his wallet,” she said. “Get it over with.”

The beating took less than a minute. Albert, barely conscious, lay on the floor, bloodied and battered to a pulp, a near corpse of broken bones. He couldn’t move and the only thing to feel was pain. The man with the brown skin and straggly hair turned him over so he was face down and all there was to see was the cold dusty floor. It was the last thing Albert would see in his ninety-five years. He sniffed at the acrid air as a knee went deep into his back and the cane came up under his chin. Albert gurgled a few times, there was a crack, and his body went limp.

 

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QUMRAN

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Jerry Amernic’s next novel QUMRAN is a biblical-historical thriller about an archeologist who makes a dramatic discovery in the Holy Land. It’s something that could set the world on its edge. He is both an atheist and an expert on the Romans, but this find more than upsets his logical theory of the universe, leading to a struggle between science and religion. Indeed, this intersection where science meets religion is the theme of the novel.

In historical flashbacks, we see him as a young archeology student who helps discover the Dead Sea Scrolls at Qumran, just off the Dead Sea, and it happens when the State of Israel is being created. Later, he gets involved with investigating the legends of the Holy Grail and Holy Shroud of Turin, and each time out another Arab-Israeli war is tearing the Middle East apart. Throw in his close friend who is a brilliant Egyptian pathologist, along with his Israeli research assistant and his wife who is an authority on ancient languages and you have a foursome standing against the world. But the new discovery must be studied in secret. Or all Hell will break loose.

 

Author Bio:

authorJerry Amernic is a Toronto writer who has been a newspaper reporter and correspondent, newspaper columnist, feature writer for magazines, teacher of journalism, and media consultant. His first book ‘Victims: The Orphans of Justice’ was a true story about a former police officer whose eldest daughter was murdered and who became a leading advocate for crime victims. This resulted in Jerry’s column about the justice system for The Toronto Sun. More recently Jerry co-authored ‘Duty – The Life of a Cop’ with Julian Fantino, the highest-profile police officer Canada has ever produced and now a member of the Canadian Cabinet. In fiction, Jerry’s first novel ‘Gift of the Bambino’ was praised by The Wall Street Journal in the U.S., The Globe and Mail in Canada, and others. His latest novel is the historical thriller ‘The Last Witness’. Just released is the biblical-historical thriller ‘Qumran’.

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So what exactly was the Holocaust and D-Day?

 

 

Losing Faith

Losing Faith

Author: Adam Mitzner

Hardcover: 368 pages (also available in paperback, ebooks and audiobook)losing faith

Publisher: Gallery Books (April 14, 2015)

Synposis:

Aaron Littman is the premier lawyer of his generation and the chairman of Cromwell Altman, the most powerful law firm in New York City, when a high-profile new client threatens all that he’s achieved—and more. Nicolai Garkov is currently the most reviled figure in America, accused of laundering funds for the Russian Mafia and financing a terrorist bombing in Red Square that killed twenty-six people, including three American students.

Garkov is completely unrepentant, admitting his guilt to Aaron, but with a plan for exoneration that includes blackmailing the presiding judge, the Honorable Faith Nichols. If the judge won’t do his bidding, Garkov promises to go public with irrefutable evidence of an affair between Aaron and Faith—the consequences of which would not only destroy their reputations but quite possibly end their careers.

Garkov has made his move. Now it’s Aaron and Faith’s turn. And in an ever-shocking psychological game of power, ethics, lies, and justice, they could never have predicted where those moves will take them—or what they are prepared to do to protect the truth.

Review:

Author Adam Mintzer is sneaky. He hides evil in the most unlikely places so that when it finally shows itself you are astonished. Overall I enjoyed Losing Faith for its peek into the minds of powerful people who, as you might have guessed, have minds and consciences that work very differently than the average Joe’s.

What would you do if you were faced with a choice where it seemed every action was equally distasteful? More than one character faces that quandry in Losing Faith. If you enjoy thriller that are more about the minds of the players than the actions, this is the book for you.

 

Giveaway and Review: Double Mint

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Author: Gretchen Archer

E Book: 267 pages (also available in paperback)

Publisher: Henery Press (July 21, 2015)

Synposis:

It’s convention season at the Bellissimo Resort and Casino and Davis Way Cole barely notices. It’s hard to pay attention when you live in a Jambalaya Junkyard. But when Special Events Coordinator Holder Darby walks off the job just as five hundred Alabama bankers pour in the front door, Davis steps up.

Or would that be in? Definitely in. Davis steps in.

It.

Not only has the convention director vanished, but a certain Bellissimo guest is missing. One who forgot to pack the million dollars he left in the bathtub. It looks like our redhead newlywed Super Secret Spy’s lazy summer is over when the Bellissimo vault is robbed. Can Davis connect the dots before it’s too late? Can she get her Taser gun back from Bianca Sanders? Will she be stuck with Eddie Crawford’s 1962 Cadillac forever? What Davis needs is a little faith. And a lot of luck.

Review:

I took Davis Way to the beach with me. It may have rained at the beach but I had a great time. Double Mint is the fourth book in the Davis Way Crime Caper series and, since it doesn’t revolve around the crime of murder book four is as fresh and surprising as book one — the crimes, capers and complicated scams always have something new to offer. Davis reminds me of me. Reading a mystery book I always pick who I “just know” did it and try to fit the clues to fit my theory. Davis does the same thing. She just knows who is behind some weird happening at the casino and argues herself blue in the face trying to prove it. Then finally, just as you the reader are beginning to believe her, BAM! the crime goes in a totally different direction. Which makes these books almost impossible (for me) to predict.

Even if I didn’t like crime capers, I would read these books just for the humor. They’re the type of book you read, giggling quietly to yourself, until the other people around the pool begin to look strangely at you. Author Gretchen Archer isn’t satisfied with just her core group of characters…this time there are a few Pine Apple residents just passing through, guest appearances from some of the other books and some new additions I hope will be returning (Sears, the lady parts doctor, Dewey, and a few surprise guests that we learn about on the last few pages!)

Don’t miss this book! It is absolutely perfect for an afternoon by the pool (of course, when you begin laughing to yourself people may give you some strange looks).

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Ryder: Bird of Prey

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Author: Nick Pengelley

E Book: 243 pages

Publisher: Alibi (May 5, 2015)

Synposis: Fans of Steve Berry and James Rollins will devour Ryder: Bird of Prey, the latest white-knuckle thriller featuring Palestinian-born, British-educated adventurer Ayesha Ryder. She’s one of fiction’s boldest heroines—and now she’s rewriting royal history.

According to the last words of a dying man, the Maltese Falcon was no mere legend: The fabulously jeweled golden bird really existed—still exists, in fact. And Ayesha Ryder is hot on its trail. Rumor says the Falcon conceals clues to the burial place of Harold II, the conquered Anglo-Saxon King of England—and to an artifact of astonishing significance that few besides Ryder would understand.

Hunted by Scotland Yard, MI5, and those who seek the Falcon to break up the United Kingdom, Ryder joins forces with Joram Tate, a mysterious librarian with a reputation for turning up things that don’t want to be found. Soon Ryder and her handsome, erudite new companion are venturing through lost tombs and ancient abbeys, following a trail left ages ago by the Knights Templar.

Ryder knows she’s close to a game-changing secret, hidden for a thousand years beneath an English castle. But with ruthless killers waiting in the wings, Ryder must go medieval—to defend her life, her country, and the world as we know it.

Review:

Too often when I read a series it becomes predictable — a formula — as the books continue. Nick Pengelley manages to avoid this trap with Ryder: Bird of Prey. Although several characters from past books make an appearance in this book, two new major characters (which I have a feeling we’ll be seeing more of) were introduced. One new character had me sitting there with my mouth hanging open, wondering “How the heck did that happen?” Perhaps the best (and worst) part was that you only got a taste of the explanation leaving much of it (I hope) for book four in the Aeysha Ryder series.

Pengelley did retain all the addictive qualities of his first two books: fast paced action, historical puzzles and surprise u-turns. I admire Pengelley’s gift of creating characters that are mysterious — no, they don’t disappear into the fog — but rather they have ambiguous motives and backgrounds. There are no clear cut good guys and bad guys which makes the outcome of the book even more intriguing. You will find yourself swept along with Ryder: Bird of Prey not able to stop reading until you reach page 243.

Ryder: Bird of Prey is Nick Pengelley’s third book in the series. You can read my review of Ryder: American Treasure here.

The Sussex Downs Murder

The Sussex Downs Murder (British Library Crime Classics)
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Author: John Bude

Hardcover: 288 pages (also available in e-books and audio)

Publisher: The British Library Publishing Division (January 15, 2015)

Synposis:

Already it looked as if the police were up against a carefully planned and cleverly executed murder, and, what was more, a murder without a corpse! Two brothers, John and William Rother, live together at Chalklands Farm in the beautiful Sussex Downs. Their peaceful rural life is shattered when John Rother disappears and his abandoned car is found. Has he been kidnapped? Or is his disappearance more sinister – connected, perhaps, to his growing rather too friendly with his brother’s wife? Superintendent Meredith is called to investigate – and begins to suspect the worst when human bones are discovered on Chalklands farmland. His patient, careful detective method begins slowly to untangle the clues as suspicion shifts from one character to the next. This classic detective novel from the 1930s is now republished for the first time, with an introduction by the award-winning crime writer Martin Edwards.

Review:

My new friend Martin Edwards is back, this time with an introduction for The Sussex Downs Murder. Have you ever wished there was one more Agatha Christie or Ellery Queen or Dorothy Sayer book out there for you to devour? Well, it turns out there are plenty of well-written detective novels from the Golden Age that have long been out of print but are coming back, with the help of The British Library Publishing Division.

Oh, John Bude you crafty writer. At first I was oh so smug…I knew who did it and it was SO obvious. Turns out it is SO obvious that I am not adept at unraveling the trials left by Bude, his murderers and his detectives. Perhaps the best part is Superintendent Meredith, a stubborn detective who is like a dog with a bone, might not have had a murder to investigate if not for a chance discovery. Meredith seems to solve the murder and everyone is happy — everyone except Meredith. To the community’s dismay he wants to tie up a few loose ends and only manages to uncover more and more things that don’t add up. The higher-ups want to wrap this up…if only they could get Meredith to STOP INVESTIGATING. This is a fun book full of possibilities and flawlessly crafted to keep you guessing.

The Golden Age of Murder

The Golden Age of Murder

Author: Martin Edwards            Print

Hardcover: 528 pages (also available in e-books and audio)

Publisher: HarperCollins (May 1, 2015)

Synposis:

A real-life detective story, investigating how Agatha Christie and colleagues in a mysterious literary club transformed crime fiction, writing books casting new light on unsolved murders whilst hiding clues to their authors’ darkest secrets.

This is the first book about the Detection Club, the world’s most famous and most mysterious social network of crime writers. Drawing on years of in-depth research, it reveals the astonishing story of how members such as Agatha Christie and Dorothy L. Sayers reinvented detective fiction.

Detective stories from the so-called “Golden Age” between the wars are often dismissed as cosily conventional. Nothing could be further from the truth: some explore forensic pathology and shocking serial murders, others delve into police brutality and miscarriages of justice; occasionally the innocent are hanged, or murderers get away scot-free. Their authors faced up to the Slump and the rise of Hitler during years of economic misery and political upheaval, and wrote books agonising over guilt and innocence, good and evil, and explored whether killing a fellow human being was ever justified. Though the stories included no graphic sex scenes, sexual passions of all kinds seethed just beneath the surface.

Attracting feminists, gay and lesbian writers, Socialists and Marxist sympathisers, the Detection Club authors were young, ambitious and at the cutting edge of popular culture – some had sex lives as bizarre as their mystery plots. Fascinated by real life crimes, they cracked unsolved cases and threw down challenges to Scotland Yard, using their fiction to take revenge on people who hurt them, to conduct covert relationships, and even as an outlet for homicidal fantasy. Their books anticipated not only CSI, Jack Reacher and Gone Girl, but also Lord of the Flies. The Club occupies a unique place in Britain’s cultural history, and its influence on storytelling in fiction, film and television throughout the world continues to this day.

The Golden Age of Murder rewrites the story of crime fiction with unique authority, transforming our understanding of detective stories and the brilliant but tormented men and women who wrote them.

 

Review:

Martin, you’re killing me! I’ve always been one of those people with a stack of books to read but after reading the Golden Age of Murder I’ve been introduced to so many authors. I fear if I get all the books that I was introduced to in The Golden Age of Murder some day the pile will topple over and I will be the first reader officially killed by her TBR pile!

If you enjoy murder mysteries to any degree you will find The Golden Age of Murder eye opening. Reading this book feels like taking a college course in the Golden Age of Murder. I even enjoyed reading the chapter footnotes. Not only does Edwards dissect various titles and types of mysteries but he also takes on the authors’ personal lives, writing weaknesses, competitiveness, unrealized talent. I feel as if I will appreciate the writings of the authors mentioned in The Golden Age of Murder because I know so much about the authors as well as how other books and authors influenced them.

Up next for Edwards is compiling some anthologies of Golden Age detective fiction for the British Library, one of which I’m reading: Resorting to Murder. I just finished a Golden Age detective novel that is being republished by the British Library Crime Classics series: The Sussex Downs Murder. Watch for the review next week!

Threshold

Threshold

Author: G.M. Ford            threshlod

Paperback: 254 pages (also available in e-books and audio)

Publisher: Thomas + Mercer (April 21, 2015)

Synposis:

Between the end of his marriage and the excessive force complaints against him, Detective Sergeant Mickey Dolan is running out of chances. When a powerful and connected city councilman reports that his wife and two daughters have disappeared, Dolan is assigned the case—knowing full well that his career is riding on the outcome.

While investigating, Dolan meets Eve Pressman and her remarkable daughter, Grace. Gifted with the ability to bring people out of comas, Grace is reluctant to be thrust into the public eye but determined to help those in need. Eve and Grace may know where Councilman Royster’s family is and the terrible truth that sent the three of them into hiding in the first place. Now, Dolan faces the toughest choice of his career: is he still a good cop if he has to do the wrong thing?

Review:

If you like tough guys who are just barely hanging on to their shield you’ll love Mickey Dolan. Threshold is a book that truly blurs the lines — upright citizens are anything but, crime bosses are the invisible force behind good works and the people changing the world…are they changing it for money? But G.M. Ford gives the hardboiled cop story an unusual twist by adding a touch of paranormal to it.

Threshold has all the predictable characters: crime boss, rogue cop, dumb low level criminals, criminal with a heart of gold but add to the mix Grace, an albino women who can bring people out of comas and this novel is anything but predictable. Wishing that a lost Dashiell Hammett book would be discovered? Well, while you’re waiting try G.M. Ford’s Threshold.

 

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