Review: Barkan’s anthology, Mexico, ranges from shocking to poignant

by G. Robert Frazier There are a lot of “bad hombres” in Josh Barkan’s new book, Mexico. If this were the only book The Donald read in the White House, it would explain a lot about his push for a wall between our two countries. But that’s not to say that the book isn’t a … More Review: Barkan’s anthology, Mexico, ranges from shocking to poignant

Burning Bright’s hero has simple task: Get the bad guys, save the girl

If you can get past the almost unbelievable setup of Nicholas Petrie’s latest novel, Burning Bright, you’ll be in for an action-heavy, fast-paced read. Petrie literally chases his action hero Peter Ash up a giant redwood tree into the arms of a damsel in distress at the opening of the book. But if you’re a fan … More Burning Bright’s hero has simple task: Get the bad guys, save the girl

Review: The Dark Room holds long-buried secrets

Jonathan Moore’s The Dark Room starts like any number of Kathy Reichs’ Bones novels, with a team of detectives overseeing the exhumation of a grave as part of a criminal investigation. But it doesn’t take long—only a matter of pages—before the novel takes the first of many intriguing plot turns. Read my full review at … More Review: The Dark Room holds long-buried secrets

Review: R.G. Belsky scores a direct hit with Shooting for the Stars

by G. Robert Frazier One of the most common pieces of advice for authors is to write what you know. R.G. Belsky knows journalism. A former managing editor for NBCNews.com and the New York Daily News, Belsky has used that career of skill sets to create a thoroughly authentic investigative reporter in Gil Malloy. In … More Review: R.G. Belsky scores a direct hit with Shooting for the Stars

Review: The Wolf Road’s heroine embarks on gritty tale of survival

By G. Robert Frazier It really doesn’t matter that The Wolf Road by Beth Lewis is set in a post-apocalyptic world; it could have been set during the early frontier of America. What matters is the exciting, gritty journey Lewis and her main character, Elka, take you on. From the first page, readers will be … More Review: The Wolf Road’s heroine embarks on gritty tale of survival

NO WITNESS BUT THE MOON: Officer-involved shooting sparks tension

After a summer filled with racial tension over police shootings, it was only a matter of time before a novel surfaced with a similar theme. Suzanne Chazin presents that problem for her series character, Hispanic cop Jimmy Vega, in the first few pages of her new novel, No Witness but the Moon. Vega is first … More NO WITNESS BUT THE MOON: Officer-involved shooting sparks tension