Detective Novel

The Burning Room by Michael Connelly

December 2, 2014

Maybe it's just a coincidence, but my two absolute favorite detective fiction series feature main characters who are Vietnam War veterans. That would be Dave Robicheaux, the flawed Cajun detective hero of twenty smashingly good procedural/thrillers…

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Nightmare Range by Martin Limon

October 18, 2013

I can’t say it better than Lee Child:  “Martin Limon is one of the best military writers ever. His stories are addictive entertainment today---and valuable slices of history tomorrow.”  The two protagonists on the seventeen…

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Light of the World by James Lee Burke

October 9, 2013

I've lost track of how many of James Lee Burke's entertaining and literarily satisfying Dave Robicheaux detective thrillers I've read since 1993 when I was blown away by the sixth book in the series,  In…

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Expiation by Rudolph Pommer Saxon

January 19, 2013

In Rudolph Pommer Saxon's novel Expiation (CreateSpace, 362 pp., $9.99, paper) the title is explained early on, well before the first chapter starts.  There is no biographical information on Saxon, nothing to indicate that he has…

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The Black Box by Michael Connelly

November 23, 2012

Twenty years ago, I opened the pages of a first novel by a young former Los Angeles Times police reporter about a quirky, troubled L.A. homicide detective: The Black Echo by Michael Connelly. I was…

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The Drop by Michael Connelly

December 15, 2011

I have been a big, big fan of Michael Connelly’s best-selling Harry Bosch detective procedural novels since the first one, the Edgar-Award-winning The Black Echo , burst on the scene in 1992. Bosch is an…

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