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53: Words “The Art of Fielding” by Chad Harbach

26 Oct

The Art of Fielding is set against the backdrop of college baseball but has little to do with sports. Reminiscent of Bernard Malamud and Saul Bellow, the tone is cloudy as a Wisconsin autumn afternoon with characters that jump off the page. Seems the best sort of fielding is done without a glove.

The Art of Fielding « Adult Books 4 Teens


Certainly one of the most buzzed-about books of the fall, Chad Harbach’s debut is a generous old-fashioned novel of baseball and literature at a small Wisconsin college. Diane’s review really says it all as far as teen appeal



53: Words “Bad Luck and Trouble”

25 Sep

Reacher. He’s the good guy. Don’t mess with him or his special investigators. In “Bad Luck and Trouble,” the bad guys mess with the investigators and pay the price. Lee Child has a deft hand at furious action, bigger than life characters and even a bit of humor. One of the series’ best.


Bad Luck and Trouble TV trailer

The TV trailer promoting Bad Luck and Trouble by bestselling author Lee Child.

53: Words- “Shelter” by Harlan Coben

22 Sep

Exit Myron, enter Mickey. The first in a new YA series from Harlan Coben, “Shelter” picks up with the rather lame “Live Wire” ended. There are more threads here than in your Egyptian cotton dress shirt and a few either don’t organically hang together. That said, “Shelter” is a fun, fast-paced read.



On sale September 6, 2011. New from #1 New York Times bestselling author Harlan Coben. Mickey Bolitar’s year can’t get much worse. After witnessing his father’s death and sending his mom to rehab, he is fo…

53: Words- “The Cleaner” by Brett Battles

19 Sep

Quinn is a throwback. He is a cleaner who fixes messes for some top secret governmental agency. He’s a thinking man’s agent but with enough muscle, acumen and derring-do to get his way. “The Cleaner” is the first in the series and while a bit meandering in spots is a pleasing worthwhile thriller.

The Cleaner – Brett, Battles | Louella Bruning

Brett Battles‘ first novel, The Cleaner (2007), introduced recurring character Jonathan Quinn, freelance intelligence operative. Brett Battles (Brett Battles) on Myspace Brett Battles (Brett Battles)’s profile on Myspace

Publish Date: 08/29/2011 8:38


53: Words “Fun & Games” by Duane Swierczynski

3 Sep

Duane Swierczynski smiled and handed me an autographed copy of “Fun & Games” at the big bookshow. To date, one of my top reads of 2011.  Charlie Hardie, an ex-Philadelphia cop of sorts with a bad case of PTSD, stumbles upon a group of cleaners who specialize in righting wrongs.  Thrill ride ensues.

Reading Duane Swierczynski’s Fun and GamesMulholland Books

53: Words “Even” by Andrew Grant

3 Sep

Tommie Aaron. Ron Allen. Casey Affleck. Lesser brothers of star siblings. Andrew Grant is to Lee Child. “Even,” is David Trevellyan–Jack Reacher minus machismo + British pedigree.  Setup is crisp. Middle meanders and hits potholes. Ending -solid and sequel worthy. Not the real thing but a good step-Child.

Andrew Grant Interview | CrimeSpree Blog

53: Words– Pocket-47 by Jude Hardin.

31 Aug

Nicholas Colt: Lynyrd Skynyrd meets Mike Hammer by way of Jeff Foxworthy. Pocket-47 is a compelling thriller that starts off strong before taking a few odd turns but hitting its stride again for a solid finish. This is one novel that begs for a series featuring this offbeat Southern gumshoe.

Pocket47 – Get your copy today! | Oceanview Publishing

Jude Hardin Pocket 47 We celebrate the newest title to join Oceanview's extraordinary list of innovative works! Pocket47 by Jude Hardin is now available wherever fine books and e-books are sold.

Publish Date: 02/07/2011 11:19