Monthly Archives: September 2012


Congrats to thriller writer Meg Gardiner for RANSOM RIVER, a brisk, creepy and terrific mystery that taps into that prototypically American genre, the small-town noir (think BAD DAY AT BLACK ROCK).

Meg introduces a great new protagonist, outside of her two series starring Evan Delaney and Jo Beckett. I don’t know if she intends the new heroine, Rory MacKenzie, to be a stand-alone or a series character, but she sets up the latter possibility nicely.


RANSOM RIVER is a nifty thriller. One of the best I’ve read this year.


A Dozen Years After the War

Reading Richard Holbrooke’s account of the negotiations to bring peace to the former Yugoslavia (“To End A War,” Random House, 1998), I was struck by his description of the Bosnian town of Mostar.

In 1995, it was a scene of great strife between the Bosnians and the Croats; two sides both embattled against the Serbs. Holbrooke describes the famous bridge at Mostar destroyed, with guards glaring at each other from the Muslim and Croat sides of the river. He described a city of “rubble and tension.”

I was there last week. Only a dozen years have passed, but the tension is gone. The ancient bridge has been reconstructed.

Still, walls are riddled with bullet holes while others show the scars of rocket-propelled grenades.

I loved Mostar. Reading of its recent sectarian violence is painful. But I’m thankful that those days are behind the city and its multi-ethnic population.


Conventional Wisdom

Folks! Oh, this is gonna be a good one!
Bouchercon 2012, the World Mystery Convention, is Oct. 4 to 6 in Cleveland, Ohio. You gotta come out and see this gig!
Who are the big draws? you ask. How ’bout Elizabeth George? How ’bout Robin Cook? Did I mention Mary Higgins Clark? Does the name John Connolly ring a bell there?
I’m telling you. Do not miss B’con 2011.
See you in Cleveland.


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