Review: South California Purples a gritty, 1970’s-era Western crime thriller

by G. Robert Frazier Ty Dawson just can’t catch a break. After serving as a military police officer, Dawson wants nothing more than to live out his life in peace and quiet. But in the turbulent 1970s—as America’s last soldiers return home from Vietnam amid protests and political upheaval—even the remote region of Meriwether County … More Review: South California Purples a gritty, 1970’s-era Western crime thriller

Review: Paranoia runs deep in Patrick Flanery’s I Am No One

By G. Robert Frazier If you’ve ever wondered if Big Brother is watching you, you’d know how Jeffrey O’Keefe feels. A professor at New York University following a ten-year stint at Oxford University in England, O’Keefe is the unfortunate narrator in Patrick Flanery’s third novel, I Am No One ($16, Tim Duggan Books). Though his … More Review: Paranoia runs deep in Patrick Flanery’s I Am No One

Mystery, thrills abound in this summer reading list

by G. Robert Frazier Looking for a good read this summer? Here are a few excellent books for your consideration: Stephen Florida by Gabe Habash Stephen Florida by Gabe Habash is a frenetic, frantic, frustrating and, above all, fun read. Habash is the product of an MFA program at New York University and the fiction reviews … More Mystery, thrills abound in this summer reading list

Review: Ketchum presents more subtle shocks in The Secret Life of Souls

by G. Robert Frazier If you’re a fan of author Jack Ketchum, you probably expect cannibals and sadistic backwoods tribes to cause trouble for hapless victims in isolated situations. He built his reputation on such novels with the likes of The Girl Next Door, Off Season, and The Offspring. His newest book, however, shirks his tendency … More Review: Ketchum presents more subtle shocks in The Secret Life of Souls

Katie Ganshert’s ‘Life After’ a deeply moving story of survivor’s guilt

In Life After ($14.99, Waterbrook), the new novel from Christy Award-winning author Katie Ganshert, the story surrounds the lone survivor of a train bombing in Chicago and the lives of those left behind. It is a novel that is deeply moving and enthralling from the first page. … More Katie Ganshert’s ‘Life After’ a deeply moving story of survivor’s guilt

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