*THIS REVIEW CONTAINS CHARACTER SPOILERS BUT NOT ANY PLOT SPOILERS*
Once, Oscar Wilde wrote "Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth."
They’re bestsellers for a reason
I usually review science fiction novels here. But when I came across Pushback, an adrenaline pumping mystery novel by John Stith, who wrote Red Shift Rendezvous, one of my all-time favorite science fiction novels, hey, how could I resist? Besides, the who dunnit of mystery and detective fiction is a close cousin of the what dunnit of science fiction.
How many times have you heard people say "don't drink the Kool-Aid" when you were getting a little overzealous about something? This, perhaps, somewhat insensitive phrase refers to the Jonestown Massacre when cult leader Jim Jones forced over 900 people to commit suicide by drinking a grape-flavored drink laced with cyanide.
When it comes to organized crime, no one does it quite like the mafia.
A serial killer is the real-life version of the boogeyman.
I've been reading true crime for a long time, and have become a bit of a connoisseur on the subject. Once you get into it, you'll never know how fictional crime ever kept you happy before! Here are six to get you started!
The year 2018 was great for crime novels. Exciting new releases from big names in the genre were released, including Ruth Ware and Megan Abbott, as well as some incredible thrillers and noirs from new authors like Oyinkan Braithwaite. Betrayal, murder, cover-ups, and confusion—these books will take you through all sorts of things, to all sorts of places, with all sorts of people. Although there's no way to objectively measure the best of a genre, there's no doubt that these are some of the most incredible crime novels of 2018, and must-adds to any crime lovers' to-read list.
The first story in this collection by author Chris Roy is, "Her Name Is Mercie." It is a taut thriller with a lovable duo caught up in a conspiracy that reaches deep into the local police department. The author's powerful prose and tight pacing keeps the reader cheering for Mercie Hillbrook and her affable young companion, Kermit, a Vietnamese street-kid.
Serial killers are a very uniquely warped, sick type of criminal—and that's exactly what makes them so fascinating. In the world of true crime, their strange crimes and bizarre way of thinking generated an entire genre of books that captivate readers and remind us of how horrible humanity can be.
I hated it. All that the people could talk in the month of January is the resolutions they (had) made! Now, I knew that the motivation to keep going with the resolution would die in a week (or less) for the most people. So, I never dared to make any resolutions of my own.