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Strong Darkness by Jon Land

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My Best Friend and Loyal Companion

My Best Friend and Loyal Companion
by Nancy Eaton

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Strong Darkness by Jon Land

Strong Darkness

Reviewed by Russell Ilg

Jon Land’s brand new Caitlin Strong novel, as hard as it is to believe, is his best to date in this stellar series that’s one of the best being written today. Every one of the novels has a life of its own from the first page to the last, but Strong Darkness seems to jump off those pages in terms of detail as well as character, achieving a life and vitality rare for fiction in general and thrillers in particular. The book doesn’t even give you a chance to get settled in your chair, just throws you back so far so fast you feel you’ve been struck by the train on the book’s creepy cover.

The real conductor here is Land’s heroic Caitlin Strong, a fifth generation Texas Ranger who’s kind of a throwback in terms of temperament and attitude. For her the past is never far behind, literally since her family history always plays a key role, taking us back to the earlier, sometimes very early, days of the Rangers in cases somehow connected to whatever Caitlin’s investigating in the present with the help of her reformed outlaw boy friend Cort Wesley Masters. Masters has two teenage sons for whom Caitlin assumes a maternal role in stark contrast to her gunfighter mentality. It’s a curious juxtaposition, kind of like a mother bear protecting her cubs, and one that creates the perfect balance between the twin sides of her nature.

Remains of Innocence: A Brady Novel of Suspense (Joanna Brady Mysteries) by J.A. Jance

Remains of Innocence

Reviewed by Allen Hott

She just continues to write great stories! J. A. Jance has been writing suspense type mystery stories for some time and it appears each gets better. This one has one of her favorite main characters, Sheriff Joanna Brady of Cochise County, Arizona. But to be honest it wouldn’t matter whether it were Brady or J. P. Beaumont, another of Jance’s favorite heroes it would still be a really good read as hers always are.

In Remains of Innocence there are two pretty much main story lines that the reader finds are coming together as he gets further and further into the book. The one involves Sheriff Brady as she tries to unravel the murder mystery that centered on a slightly retarded missing young man. When the young man’s body is found in the bottom of a glory hole in a cave outside of Bisbee, Arizona there are several questions. First off did he accidentally fall or was he pushed? Also what sort of connection is there between the young man’s dead body and several dead animals found beneath it? And why was the mutilated but alive kitten next to the body?

Unseen by Karin Slaughter


Reviewed by Allen Hott

Another of her Georgia cop stories and this one is moved out a bit from Atlanta as the storyline carries most of the action into the Macon area. That allows Will Trent, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation agent, to get deeply involved in the happenings. Will Trent also gets involved into other happenings as he becomes more deeply into the relationship with Sara Linton, the lady doctor at Grady Hospital that he recently became acquainted with.

But Will has also just been drawn into a case where one of his former partners and her husband were targeted for assassination by an unknown someone. Will was on the scene just minutes after the attack occurred as he was working undercover and had been hired as a lookout unbeknownst to him for the assassins.

The Associate by John Grisham

The Associate

Reviewed by Allen Hott

An intriguing story of monster law firms and how they operate. Perhaps not always on the up and up but always with growth in mind. They have the finances, know-how and personnel to pull off some unbelievable feats.

The Associate tells of a young man who has been an excellent student his entire life and now looks to get into the legal profession. He has been somewhat pulled in that direction because his father has run a successful business in a small town for many years. Although his father is a very good lawyer he has never attempted to become one of the “big boys” in his profession as he favors working with and for the people in a small town. He is well known, well liked, and makes a better than decent living in this small town.

Missing You by Harlan Coben


Reviewed by Allen Hott

What an ending! Wait a minute. That is not the regular way to start a review of a book is it? In this case it is quite appropriate. Mr. Coben has put together one of his best stories yet (and possibly the best). But regardless of all the twists and turns nothing can hold a candle to the final chapter! It will bring readers to their knees and just shaking their heads saying “I didn’t expect that”.

Missing You tells the story of Kat Donovan, a NYPD detective, who loses her fiancé early on and is constantly trying to figure out why and where did he go. However she is also at work trying to solve a really big mystery.

Hazardous Homecoming (Love Inspired Suspense\Wings of Danger) by Dana Mentink

Hazardous Homecoming

Reviewed by Jane Squires

A story you won’t be able to put down. Many twists and turns that keep one guessing and at the end you’ll be surprised to learn the truth.

A little girl abducted in the woods 20 years before, a locket found in an eagles nest reopens the case, and more.

A cold case means danger for Ruby and Cooper. Both of their brothers have been suspects before and again.

The Target (Will Robie Series) by David Baldacci

The Target

Reviewed by Allen Hott

The Target’s main characters have moved or grown into today’s world from the days of Mr. Baldacci’s Camel Club. He does specialize in the government’s happenings and especially those of the various defense segments of the Washington arena. In The Target he again uses his new favorite agents. Will Robie and Jessica Reel may be American citizens much like the older crew from the Camel Club but they are much more refined and definitely much more up to date with the latest technology and know-how than the previous characters.
These two spend most of their lives doing the most dangerous assignments that can be handed down by the CIA and sometimes even higher persons in the U.S. government. However on one of their last missions they had actually over fulfilled their goal. During the operation Reel had discovered that two of the top CIA agents actually were turncoats and were going to not only abort the mission but they planned to kill several high level government personnel. Reel with some help from a wounded Robie at the time finished their mission while also killing the two turncoats.

Miracle in a Dry Season by Sarah Loudin Thomas

Miracle in a Dry Season

Reviewed by Jane Squires

Perla Long and her daughter arrive at her Aunt’s house trying to avoid gossip. But gossip is everywhere and people in the church and town are quick to judge her without knowing circumstances.

Caswell struggles with fact that Perla has a daughter and no husband. Sadie, the daughter, is blessed with a loving nature.

Living in a small town, I know what it is to not be accepted. I have felt the judgment of others first hand.

Mr. Mercedes: A Novel by Stephen King

Mr. Mercedes

Reviewed by Allen Hott

Stephen King is known for his suspense and is thought of for those dealing in psychic matters like Carrie and The Shining. However he can really write a tremendous suspense filled thriller with everyday happenings and no spooky things involved. Mr. Mercedes has to be one of his best.

The title is not really the name of a person or even a nickname. In fact the Mercedes part is an automobile which plays a part all of its own in this case. The book starts with a huge crowd of people standing in line to hopefully gain early entrance into a Job Fair. The horrible thing that occurs to that line of hopefuls leads King into his tale.

Field of Prey by John Sandford

Field of Prey

Reviewed by Allen Hott

Lucas Davenport, one of the oldest ranking deputies in the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, is off of a truly wild and confusing case. The whole thing started when two young lovers were parked out in the boonies planning on a fun filled evening of what young lovers like to do. However before they got very far along in their festivities they noticed a horrendous smell in the area. They decided they could live with it for the short period and went on about their business.