What we've been reading lately

Welcome to the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association redesigned Killer Books page. Below, you will find selections from members' blogs and webpages that post mystery reviews. If you've read the book discussed, or would like to, we welcome your comments.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012


The Professionals by Owen Laukkanen
What a great thriller! Debut author Owen Laukkanen is sure to become a
legend with his fast paced and unique style.
Four recent college graduates are very frustrated when they find
themselves with plenty of education but no job. They joke about
robbing banks or perhaps kidnapping. The second option becomes a
reality when they find how easy it is to find a ?mark? via the
internet and demand a small enough ransom that the family will pay it
quickly and not call the police. Although they swear it is just a
temporary situation, the easy money and greed keep them in the racket
for two years. Things suddenly get much more complicated when they
kidnap Terry Harper whose wife pays the ransom but his ego will not
let him be victimized so easily and he reports the crime to the
police. Next, the foursome fail to do enough research on a victim and
kidnaps, and in a moment of panic, kills Donald Beneteau, a huge
figure in organized crime. The result is they have law enforcement on
their tail, as well as some ruthless organized crime thugs hired by
Beneteau?s family.
The amateurs are forced to become professionals with the action never
stopping and becoming increasingly explosive until the ultimate brutal
and final confrontation.
The Professionals will be released on March 29, 2012 and we have
signed copies on order. Owen is working on a second novel. He is
definitely worth waiting for!
-- Bunny Hand, Mysterious Galaxy San Diego

G.P. Putnam?s Sons , $24.95.

The Gods of Gotham by Lyndsay Faye
The wars of New York City are heating up 1845. Nationality, religion
and sibling rivalry all play starring roles in this intriguing
historical mystery. Author Lyndsay Faye writes a gritty and compelling
fictional story that clues the reader into the fledgling days of the
New York City police department and the political and social issues of
a turbulent time in American history. The Gods of Gotham is a great
addition to the personal library of anyone who enjoyed The Gangs of
New York.
-- Nicole Porter, Mysterious Galaxy Redondo Beach

Amy Einhorn Books, $25.95

-- Maryelizabeth Hart

Mysterious Galaxy Books
San Diego, CA
Redondo Beach, CA (October 2011)

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