American Fire – The BOLO Books Review

Monica Hesse’s American Fire: Love, Arson, and Life in a Vanishing Land is a non-fiction book examining a string of arsons that plagued a Virginia county in the Fall of 2012 and Spring of 2013. In looking at the case from first burning ember through to conviction,...

Anatomy of a Scandal – The BOLO Books Review

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines anatomy as “a separating or dividing into parts for detailed examination” and scandal as “a circumstance or action that offends propriety or established moral conceptions or disgraces those associated with it,” which makes...

BOLO – Week of January 14, 2018

From The Booking Desk: I delayed this week’s BOLO report by a day because yesterday was a celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr.s birthday and life. With that in mind, I would like to share one of my favorite quotes from this great man: “We are not makers...

The Wife – The BOLO Books Review

“Misunderstandings don’t happen when a situation is black and white. They only happen when there are shades of gray, when there could be two different versions of the same damn thing.” (Burke, The Wife) Few art forms examine society’s ills as incisively as does crime...

The Widows of Malabar Hill – The BOLO Books Review

Sujata Massey burst on the crime fiction landscape in 1997 with her award-winning debut, The Salaryman’s Wife. This was followed by several more critically-acclaimed novels in the Rei Shimura mystery series. In 2013, Massey took a brief detour to explore India’s past...