Thursday, June 17, 2010

Mike's Hardboiled Mystery Picks


Mike, out at the Enterprise Library, always has a great hardboiled mystery on tap. He's the man to see if you need to feed your gritty mystery addiction. Each month, Mike suggests three wonderful authors in the down and dirty mystery genre. Here are his picks for the month:

Don Winslow-
The author has written a series and eight stand alone novels. The author’s Neal Carey series was published in the 1990s. Neal Carey was taken in as a juvenile delinquent by an investigator working for the Family; a wealthy banking established that does favors for its wealthy clients.

All of Winslow's stand alone novels are excellent. I especially enjoyed California Fire and Life. He is best known for The Death and Life of Bobby Z.

Reed Farrel Coleman-
Moe Prager is an ex-cop forced to retire because of a knee injury. He’s been hired to locate the son of a cop, a young man who left a party 20 years ago and hasn't been seen since. So many people have been trying to find Patrick Mahoney since he vanished that Moe doesn't hold out much hope for his search. As his investigation proceeds, he finds himself looking for two different versions of Patrick.

The first book in the series is Walking the Perfect Square. There are currently six books in this series.

Mike Doogan-
Nik Kane has just been released from a 7 year prison term resulting from a false conviction and is on his own, cut off from the Anchorage Police Department after 25 years and from his wife. Kane is forced into private investigation to make a living.

His first case takes him to Rejoice, a fundamentalist Christian community. One of the daughters of the Elders, an 18-year-old girl named Faith, has gone missing; no one knows if she has simply broken free from the restrictive life at Rejoice or has met with foul play.

The author does a great job detailing Kane’s struggle to adjust to life outside of prison and not being a cop. The first book in the series is Lost Angel. There are currently three books in this series.

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