Charlotte Kills by Reb MacRath (A Review)

A Review by Don Sloan Boss MacTavin is a hardboiled P.I. with a penchant for pursuing cases in which even the most grievous wrongs can be righted. It’s a fine line, but the Southern Scot walks it well, dispensing Corrections as needed and required. Consider, for example the caper involving a mobster’s nephew, run down…

A New Family (The Bart Northcote Series Book 3) by Murray Lee Eiland Jr. (A Review)

A Review by Don Sloan Dirk Dixon’s dough has disappeared. He’s been shorn like a prize sheep, fleeced by a finagling  femme fatale, screwed like a — never mind; you get the picture. Luckily, he has one of the best private investigators in modern fiction on the case, and the resulting story is truly one…

The Night of the Eleventh Sun by Steven Burgauer (A Review)

  Transport yourself back 40,000 years, and watch a life-and-death drama unfold. Strong Arms, and his mate Brown Curls, are waiting patiently for a huge antler-animal to grow weak so they can finally kill it. It’s been two days since the big beast fell into a glacial depression, fashioned into a trap by the pair….

The Ishtar Cup by Murray Lee Eiland Jr. (A Review)

Beautiful women are typically trouble for hardboiled private detectives. Add to that a fabulously valuable golden artifact, a professional hit man, an elusive Iraqi diplomat and a couple of pointblank murders, and you have the first excellent installment in the Bart Northcote series by standout author Murray Lee Eiland, Jr. Northcote, the hardboiled P.I., accepts…

Read Cheaply: The Explosion of Free and Discounted Book Sites

Read Cheaply You love to read. And why not? The cost of books has never been lower, and they have never been so readily available. With the advent of the Internet have come dozens of discount book websites where you can download books from both established writers and brand-new Independent authors. The amount of new…

Free and Discounted Books: Where to Find Them Easily

Free and Discounted Books In this world of readily available, downloadable ebooks, the reader is clearly the beneficiary. More and more titles are sent straight to the ginormous Amazon bookshelves and offered via WiFi and datastream to a voracious reading public worldwide. In fact, Amazon offers estimates of book numbers sold daily on the World…

Nazi Saboteurs on the Bayou by Steven Burgauer (A Review)

Review by Don Sloan It is 2 a.m. on July 30, 1942, and Heinrich von Brockdorff lies dead in a French Quarter whore’s bed. It’s a quiet start to a saga that spreads from Mahogany Hall in New Orleans to the war-torn islands of the South Pacific and beyond. For von Brockdorff is no ordinary…

How to Get Book Reviews: 5 Steps for Success from a Veteran Reviewer

How to Get Book Reviews Question: How many book reviewers does it take to change a light bulb? Answer: Six. One to change the bulb and another five to offer wildly different comments on how he does it. An unfortunate truism about reviewers of books is that they all have opinions. And you know what…

The Essence of Life by Rain Arlender (A Review)

A Review by Don Sloan The Essence of Life is a superb collection of stories in the rich tradition of Roald Dahl’s adult works. These seven cunningly crafted works of fiction  — loosely connected into a saga spanning decades — draw you into a fascinating fabric  peopled with characters both comic and complex. First is…

The Beauty of the Fall: A Novel by Rich Marcello (A Review)

Review by Don Sloan Ten-year-old Zackery Underlight is dead. His father Dan, however, is just learning to live again. There is a certain haunting lyricism to this remarkable book about a father coming to grips with the death of his only son — a death he feels he caused. There’s also a tortured search for self-renewal and forgiveness that extends far beyond…