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Shills Can't Cash Chips Book Review By Ron Fortier

‘Shills Can’t Cash Chips’ Book Review By Ron Fortier

SHILLS CAN’T CASH CHIPSA Cool & Lam mystery.By Erle Stanley Gardner writing as A.A. FairHard Case Crime219 pgs Best known for his Perry Mason mysteries, Erle Stanley Gardner seems to have had a great deal of fun creating and writing the exploits  Bertha Cool and Donald Lam. Cool, a heavy-set

Enter The Jackal Book Review By Ron Fortier

‘Enter The Jackal’ Book Review By Ron Fortier

ENTER THE JACKALBy Jonathan W. SweetBrick Pickle Media,LLC201 pgs. Clad in a blood-red costume and wearing the cowl shaped like a jackal’s head, the Red Jackal metes out justice to all evil-doers residing in America’s Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St.Paul. In reality, he is a communication mogul, Randolph Blake.

Barnstormers Book One Book Review By Ron Fortier

‘Barnstormers Book One’ Book Review By Ron Fortier

BARNSTORMERS  Book OneThe Adventures of Kiki and BridgetBy Matthew BieniekAvailable at Amazon262 pages We are always delighted with New Pulp writers like Matthew Bieniek self-publish. The opportunities available to creators today are wonderful. This new series follows the flying adventures of two college chums, Kristina “Kiki” Hansen and Bridget Doyle

2021 entertainment year in review

My entertainment year in review for 2020 was, unavoidably, rather underwhelming. Many of the movies I’d been looking forward to last year got postponed due to the pandemic, and I spent Christmas sick with COVID, watching Wonder Woman 1984 at home on the couch instead of the theater (hint: it

The Avenger - The Sun King Book Review By Ron Fortier

‘THE AVENGER – The Sun King’ Book Review By Ron Fortier

THE AVENGER – The Sun KingBy Matthew BaughMoonstone Books156 pgs Pulps were by no means a strictly American experience. All one has to do read is the stories of the French Arsen Lupin or England’s Bulldog Drummond to realize action-adventure novels proliferated across the glove from their inception. Whereas one

Poe Must Die Book review

‘Poe Must Die’ Book Review By Ron Fortier

POE MUST DIEBy Marc OldenA MysteriousPress.com Book349 pgs In the dark corners of the occult world, a powerful European psychic named Jonathan seeks the mystical Throne of Solomon; a magical seat of power that will grant him dominion over the entire world including the realms of Hell. But to find

Dune revisited…

After I finished reading Frank Herbert’s Dune for the first time years ago, I put down the book, fairly certain I would not be returning to that fictional universe. Although it was a science fiction classic and I appreciated its importance to literature overall, it just wasn’t for me…or so

Skim Deep Book Review By Ron Fortier

‘Skim Deep’ Book Review By Ron Fortier

SKIM DEEPBy Max Allan CollinsHard Case Crime222 pgs The best is left for last. Or so the old adage goes. From our perspective, never having read any of the previous books in this series, we are grateful to have read this supposed last entry. After reading “Skim Deep,” we truly

The Devil's Due Book Review By Ron Fortier

‘The Devil’s Due’ Book Review By Ron Fortier

THE DEVIL’S DUEEdited by Adam MesserValhalla Books229 pgs Valhalla Books is a relatively new name in the pulp field and they are off to a great start with this premier anthology, “The Devil’s due.” Presented for your enjoyment are fourteen stories in which the main characters, much to their later

Dark Territory Book Review By Ron Foriter

‘DARK TERRITORY’ Book Review By Ron Fortier

DARK TERRITORYA Sheriff Aaron Mackey WesternBy Terrence McCauleyPinnacle Western320 pgs Series books are done in two ways. The first being each installment, though it might reference previous books, can stand on its own merits providing the reader with a beginning, middle, and end. The second version is books are left

Crooked River book Review by Ron Fortier

‘Crooked River’ Book Review By Ron Fortier

CROOKED RIVERA Pendergast NovelBy Preston & ChildGrand Central Publishing400 pgs When authors make the bestseller lists as Preston and Child have done with their Special Agent Pendergast series, publishers love nothing better than filling two or three pages in each new book with review blurbs shouting the praises of the

Come Spy With Me Book Review By Ron Fortier

‘Come Spy With Me’ Book Review By Ron Fortier

COME SPY WITH MEBy Max Allan Collins with Matthew V. ClemensWolfpack Publishing238 pgs Max Collins is one of those writers who is constantly surprising us. After decades of offering up great mystery and crime tales, he then had us cheering wildly for his western actioners courtesy of the late Mickey

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