Review: 'Colorblind' is well-written, fast-paced yarn

"Robert B. Parker's Colorblind" (G.P. Putnam's Sons), by Reed Farrel Coleman Small-town Massachusetts Police Chief Jesse Stone's lifelong drinking problem hit bottom in "The Hangman'...

Latest Pelecanos book about transformative power of reading

"The Man Who Came Uptown" (Mulholland Books), by George Pelecanos Anna Byrne, a prison librarian in Washington, is good at selecting books that keep prisoners entertained, but seldom...

Review: Author weaves 2 related stories in "Sunrise Highway"

"Sunrise Highway" (Minotaur), by Peter Blauner. Forty years ago on Long Island, a teenage boy helped murder a young girl and then lied about who did it, sending an innocent black man...

Review: Reluctant mobster pulled back in 'Bones of Brooklyn'

"Bones of Brooklyn" (Permanent Press), by Ira Gold Howard Fenster, son of a bookkeeper for the Mafia, has been "in the life" since he was 10. But now, he and his girlfriend, Ariel, h...

Author unleashes non-stop action in 'Swift Vengeance'

"Swift Vengeance" (G.P. Putnam's Sons), by T. Jefferson Parker A drone circles like a bird of prey, waiting for a clear shot at a terrorist. Thousands of miles away in America, its o...

David Joy's novel is chilling tale of vengeance

"The Line That Held Us" (Putnam), by David Joy Life is hard in the corner of the Smoky Mountains where the Hooper, Moody and Brewer families live. Drug abuse is rampant. Jobs are sca...

Review: 'The Dollar-a-Year Detective' is entertaining

"The Dollar-a-Year Detective" (Permanent Press), by William Wells Jack Starkey was a Chicago police detective until he got shot, took his disability pension and moved to Fort Myers B...

Lawrence Osborne succeeds as author of Philip Marlowe novel

"Only to Sleep: a Philip Marlow Novel" (Hogarth), by Lawrence Osborne As only the third author ever authorized by Raymond Chandler's estate to write a Philip Marlowe novel, Lawrence ...

Action is fast-paced in Laird Barron's 'Blood Standard'

"Blood Standard: a Novel" (G.P. Putnam's Sons), by Laird Barron Isaiah Coleridge, muscle for the Chicago mob's Alaska subsidiary, isn't your typical Mafia hit man. ...

'Annie's Bones' by Howard Owen is stylishly written

"Annie's Bones" (Permanent Press), by Howard Owen Grayson Melvin was just 18 when Annie, the girl of his dreams, broke up with him in a North Carolina college parking lot. Weeping, s...

Review: 'Our Little Secret' is remarkable debut by Roz Nay

"Our Little Secret: a Novel" (St. Martin's Press), by Roz Nay Ten years ago, in the little town of Cove, Vermont, a quiet girl named Angela Petitjean fell in love with the dashing ca...

Review: 'Caribbean Rim,' latest Doc Ford novel, disappoints

"Caribbean Rim: a Doc Ford novel" (G.P. Putnam's Sons), by Randy Wayne White Leonard Nickelby, a bureaucrat in the throes of a midlife crisis, impetuously decides to make some change...

Review: Neil Olson's 'The Black Painting' is complex tale

"The Black Painting" (Hanover Square), by Neil Olson The wealthy, reclusive patriarch of the Morse family summons his estranged children and grandchildren to his mansion in rural Con...

Amateur detective drawn into murder case in 'Tango Down'

"Tango Down" (Permanent Press), by Chris Knopf Sam Acquillo is plagued with problems in "Tango Down," the latest in Chris Knopf's entertaining and well-written series about a former ...

Review: Robert Crais' 'The Wanted' is rewarding page-turner

"The Wanted" (G.P. Putnam's Sons), by Robert Crais Devon Connor is beside herself with worry. Her teenage son, Tyson, keeps showing up with things that neither of them could possibly...