Recent Reviews

The Real Michael Swann – The BOLO Books Review

Two thousand and eighteen just might become the year of the domestic thriller. Authors are blending the global and the intimate in fresh and exciting ways. Just as Karen Cleveland did in Need to Know, Bryan Reardon manages to use the backdrop of a political incident...

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Lying in Wait – The BOLO Books Review

Liz Nugent is one of those rare authors willing to take true risks with her writing. In terms of structure, themes, and character depth, Nugent defiantly refuses to adhere to long-held crime fiction conventions. Her debut novel, Unraveling Oliver, made an instant...

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Providence – The BOLO Books Review

Truly unclassifiable novels are rare these days – most everything is a mash-up of various tropes from familiar styles – but occasionally something so unique comes along, breaking new ground while seemingly utterly familiar or at least somehow anticipated at the same...

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Recent Interviews

Patti Abbott – The BOLO Books Interview

From the Booking Desk: I am thrilled to welcome Patricia Abbott here to BOLO Books today to discuss her new short story collection: I Bring Sorrow and Other Stories of Transgression. The book is available now and you all are going to want to experience these stories...

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Alafair Burke – The BOLO Books Interview

From the Booking Desk: Hopefully, at this point you have already pre-ordered Alafair Burke's new book, The Wife. Critical praise of this novel has been very strong and I even called it "an instant classic," so it should be no surprise that I invited Alafair here to...

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Kristopher Zgorski – Behind the Blogger

From the Booking Desk: Depending on what device you are viewing BOLO Books on, you may notice over the next few weeks that we are changing up the look of the blog.  I am working with someone who knows much more about these things than I do - more on that later - but...

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Recent Articles

Ann Mason – A BOLO Books Composite Sketch

From the Booking Desk: Ann Mason is one of those loyal crime fiction readers who make our tribe so enjoyable. Ann has been a supporter of BOLO Books and other literary-related sites for some time now and I was finally able to meet and hang out with her at the Toronto...

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The Scottsboro Boys – A BOLO Books Theater Review

Olen Montgomery, Clarence Norris, Haywood Patterson, Ozie Powell, Willie Roberson, Charles Weems, Eugene Williams, Andy Wright, and Roy Wright It is shameful that the names of these boys, aged 12 – 19, are not known by more people – especially Americans. The talented...

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BOLO – Week of June 17, 2018

From The Booking Desk: Later this week marks the official start of summer, so as one would expect, we have books perfect for summer vacation reading being released. I've posted reviews of two of these already, so I am just reminding everyone that they are now...

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Welcome to BOLO Books. The blog name comes from the common police acronym meaning “be on the look out.” (or “be on the lookout” – depending on your source). This is especially appropriate in this case, as this blog will focus on books in the mystery and thriller genre. Crime fiction is my passion and I want to share that with you.

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