Recent Reviews

The Scholar – The BOLO Books Review

Dervla McTiernan’s The Ruin seemingly dropped out of nowhere to garner critical acclaim, award nominations, and countless fans, but the release this week of the follow-up, The Scholar, confirms that this was not an anomalous fluke. Dervla McTiernan is a storyteller to...

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We Were Killers Once – The BOLO Books Review

The influence of true crime cases on the evolution of crime fiction is undeniable. Certain cases become so infamous that it would be impossible (and unrealistic) for authors in the genre not to reflect on them. Readers can easily find examples of novels that were...

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The Night Before – The BOLO Books Review

Wendy Walker’s first two crime novels, All is Not Forgotten and Emma in the Night established her as a powerhouse writer in the crime fiction community, but nothing prepared readers for the splendor that is The Night Before. This is Wendy Walker’s best book to date...

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Recent Interviews

Honored to be an Advocate – Kristopher Zgorski

From the Booking Desk: In case you haven't been following along, the wonderful publishing blog - The Thrill Begins - has recently launched a series of posts highlighting some folks the regular bloggers there consider to be important advocates within our crime writing...

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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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Recent Articles

Alison Gaylin – A BOLO Books Composite Sketch

From The Booking Desk: I have been an Alison Gaylin fan since the moment I first read Trashed. In fact, that book holds an unusual record: the book I carried to more Bouchercons hoping to get it signed than any other - it was something like six conventions before I...

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BOLO – Week of May 19, 2019

From The Booking Desk: Between Malice, a family wedding, and an illness, things have been quieter than normal around here. Hopefully this week will see things start to return to the status quo, but in the meantime, reviews will be a little slower than usual. But not...

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Bryon Quertermous – A BOLO Books Composite Sketch

From The Booking Desk: Bryon Quertermous has appeared on BOLO Books previously with several guest posts and I have reviewed several of his books and stories, so hopefully his name is familiar to you already. As an author, I have no idea where Bryon finds the time to...

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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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