tailed reviewTAILED is the third book to feature Brian M. Wiprud’s character of Garth Carson, but no need to worry if you haven’t read any of the other two. All are stories that stand by themselves, with only a little bit of minor continuity.

Garth works for a insurance company examining taxidermy collections, and he has been asked to examine one belonging to a football player/big-game hunter. When he arrives at the estate, there is no one to great him, so he presses on into the home, only to make a grisly discovery: the owner is dead, and from the looks of it, killed by his own stuffed bear paw.

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SEARCH ME >> 5.07

Our monthly depressing look at the search terms that bring pervs to BOOKGASM!

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hooked reviewOn the first page of Matt Richtel’s debut novel, a man at a Starbucks-esque coffee bar is handed a note that tells him to “Get out of the café – NOW!” One line after he reads it, the place explodes.

No wonder this thing is titled HOOKED.

Thanks to the note, health journalist Nat Idle is one of the lucky survivors of the explosion. Was it an act of terrorism? Why was he forewarned? And isn’t it weird that the attractive woman who slipped him the note reminded him of his girlfriend, who died in a boating accident four years prior?

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Showcase Presents Legion of Super-Heroes: Volume 1

showcase legion superheroes reviewIt’s kind of disheartening to know that teenage cliques will remain alive and well in the 30th century, and few are as snobby as the one on display in SHOWCASE PRESENTS LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES: VOLUME 1.

Like a malt-shop arm of the Justice League, the Legion is comprised of vibrant Aryan youths with incredible crimefighting powers. For instance, Bouncing Boy can, um, inflate and bounce; Triplicate Girl can, er, divide into three versions of herself; and Cosmic Boy can … well, I can’t remember, but I’m sure it’s awfully keen and strikes danger in the hearts of bad guys everywhere.

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The Good Guy

good guy reviewDean Koontz is the master of the high-concept thriller, cranking out novels whose devilishly clever, insta-hook scenarios can be described in one sentence. In the case of THE GOOD GUY, it’s this: Mistaken for a hitman, an Everyman is given $10,000 and instructions to kill a woman.

That Everyman is Tim Carrier, a bricklayer by trade winding down after a hard day’s work at his best friend’s bar. A mysterious man sidles up beside him with a bag of dough, a photograph and tells him it’s on. In disbelief, Tim plays along for a moment, but by the time he reveals he’s not who they think he is, it’s far, far too late.

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BULLETS, BROADS, BLACKMAIL & BOMBS >> Insert Generic Spy Joke Here

bullets broads blackmail and bombsquiller memorandum reviewYep, it’s another spy-rific spectacular, but if you’re expecting some of the usual suspects, sorry to disappoint. This week, I’m covering three authors new to this column, all of whom have their own series, whether long-running or short-lived.

THE QUILLER MEMORANDUM by Adam Hall – This is the first in the lengthy Quiller series. The only thing we know about our hero is his code name: Quiller. He’s just finished a six-month assignment in Germany when he’s approached by one of his contacts for another job. It seems Quiller is a bit of a Nazi hunter, and he’s told of rumblings regarding some former Nazis still in Germany, so Quiller begins a quest to infiltrate the group. But everywhere he goes, people die.

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NEWSGASM >> 5.28.07

newsgasmAll the news that’s fit to capsulize!

dont hassle hoff reviewFLY AIR HOFF!
David Hasselhoff has a book out. It’s an autobiography called DON’T HASSEL THE HOFF. Don’t care? What if I told you publisher St. Martin’s celebrates said release with your very own printable David Hasselhoff paper airplane? Yeah, I thought so!

For anyone else who has long suspected that Amazon’s “#1 reviewer” Harriet Klausner doesn’t even read the books she reviews, this Dayton Daily News article is a must-read.

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White Corridor

white corridor reviewGetting a new Bryant & May mystery is a drop-everything-else affair. Over the past few years, with very little fanfare, Christopher Fowler’s series on the British senior-citizen detective duo quietly has shaped itself into the most original and imaginative mystery franchise on shelves today.

As their fifth adventure WHITE CORRIDOR opens, Bryant & May find their Peculiar Crimes Unit being shut down for a week for improvements, so they utilize the opportunity – Bryant willingly, May reluctantly – to attend a spiritualists convention. Snowy travel conditions, however, strand them in a blizzard so bad it’s downright life-threatening.

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Bone Valley

bone valley reviewI started Claire Matturro’s BONE VALLEY with some trepidation. She had written a ravingly positive blurb for a book I really didn’t like. And the hippie-dippie holier-than-thou stances of her protagonist didn’t sit very well with me. But once I let a few preconceptions go and started reading, what emerged is a pretty darn fun and tightly plotted novel of suspense that has a solid bedrock of fascinating fact as background.

Attorney Lilly Cleary is a high-profile lawyer, one used to winning big, profitable cases. So it seems odd that she’s stuck defending two small-time environmental activists who are being sued for libeling an orange grower. But one of the activists ends up being killed by a bomb. And then a man who is deeply involved in phosphate mining, and not at all keen on the environment, is found dead with his head submerged in a gyp stack.

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hellcity reviewSupposedly, there’s a sign above the doors to Hell that reads, “Abandon hope, all ye who enter here.” There needs to be a sign at the top of this graphic novel that reads, “Here’s that hope for comics you’ve been looking for,” because HELLCITY is one hell of an awesome book.

Taking place in Hell, natch, we’re introduced to a skewed, mirror image of New York, where life is made irritatingly difficult by demons – for example, the doorman to your building slams the door on you as you walk in, or a random demon squats up and down the street, unavoidably crapping all over the sidewalk. It’s a walking nightmare from which no one ever will wake.

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