Cast the First Stone – The BOLO Books Review

“And so you left your hometown
To try out for the part
Everybody’s pretty little angel
With a pretty little heart”

  • Melissa Etheridge, Map of the Stars

Hollywood has always been that elusive locale folks dream of running off to – a place where stardom, acceptance, and wonderful weather are easily, and eternally, within one’s grasp. But Hollywood also has a dark underbelly – a place of facades and facelifts, where it seems everyone is out to take advantage of the naïve and each decision seems destined to rot away innocence. It is into the midst of this duplicitous location that James W. Ziskin chooses to drop Ellie Stone is his latest series novel, Cast the First Stone.

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The Long Drop – The BOLO Books Review

Denise Mina’s The Long Drop is a unique book in the crime fiction genre. Not quite true crime, but also not a fictional tale, The Long Drop is somewhat similar to the method Truman Capote used with In Cold Blood – fiction inspired by actual events. However you classify it, The Long Drop is a well-written account of both a diabolical criminal and some of the oddities within his story.

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BOLO – Week of May 21, 2017

From The Booking Desk:

We are heading into the Memorial Day Holiday this coming weekend, so that is the perfect time to check out one of this week’s new books or to catch up on previous titles you may have missed. The unofficial start of Summer is upon us.

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More Bookshots – The BOLO Books Review(s)

From the Booking Desk:

On a recent road trip, my car-mates and I decided to listen to two novellas from James Patterson’s Bookshots output during the journey. My only other experience with Bookshots was reading and reviewing The Witnesses, written in collaboration with Brendan Dubois. Just as with that time, these current choices were rooted in my interest in the collaborator – not so much James Patterson or the publishing experiment itself. I will read anything Duane Swierczynski publishes, so it was inevitable that I would get to these particular Bookshots. Let’s take a brief, closer look at both The Shut-in and The House Husband.

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Anthony Award Nominations 2017

From the Booking Desk:

The 2017 Anthony Award nominations have been announced on the Toronto Bouchercon website. Please check there for any changes or updates. Below is a list of the nominees along with links to the BOLO Books review of those titles covered here on the blog. Congratulations to all the nominees!

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Marathon – The BOLO Books Review

When a writer sets out to tell a very timely story with direct correlation to current events, it can be a tricky endeavor. For most, reading is viewed as a pastime, an entertainment if you will, and being bombarded with depressing current affairs can sometimes alter that enjoyment. However, when done well – as it is in Brian Freeman’s Marathon – a topical novel can still be enjoyable while also being educational without becoming heavy-handed and didactic.

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