3 Picks for February

The Red Road by Denise Mina

DI Alex Morrow gets involved with a case that involves gun-running tied to money laundering and two crimes that occurred on the same day as Princess Diana’s death. Mina’s deep characterizations and deft plotting make her one of the best authors looking at society’s relationship to crime.

Dashiell Hammet: Man Of Mystery by Sally Cline

This tight overview of the godfather of hard-boiled detective fiction challenges some of the long-believed facts of Hammett’s life, while still showing it was an interesting one. The book is at its best when chronicling the ambition and approach of each of his novels.

Blood & Tacos edited by Johnny Shaw

This collection of short stories is done in the style of the men’s action/adventure paperbacks of the 1970s and 80s. It’s a wonderful tribute to the books many of us grew up on. From Kung-Fu Fighting Sugar Brown Brookdale, to Sunshine, Stripper Assassin; these stories are filled with action, some questionable dialogue, and a lot of fun.

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