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Quarry's Cut - Hardcase Crime

Quarry’s Cut by Max Allan Collins is book four of the Hardcase Crime series. In 1977 it was printed as The Slasher. There was a whole decade before the fifth novel came out. These books are a series, but are also stand alone novels. This bo...

3 Stars

The Wrong Quarry

The Hard Case Crime stories are really fun and they remind me of crime stories like Dick Tracy. The stories are from the Pulp era, an era that made crime novels what they are today. The women are deadly and the men mean business. I like tha...

4 Stars

Drug of Choice - Hard Case Crime

Mr. Crichton begins Drug of Choice with a police chase that makes the characters come alive. Readers will be pulled into the storyline from page one. The characters at the hospital were some of my favorites, with their quirks and unique per...

4 Stars

Scratch One

Scratch One presents itself as a summer read with the beach towel on the front and the girl laying out in the sunshine. While it is a good summer time read, the steady action is far from laid back. The mixture of guns, interesting locations...

4 Stars

Odds On

Any crime novel with a robbery involved catches my interest. I love to read about the planning especially. Michael Crichton includes all of that in Odds On. The addition of three lovely ladies as the thieves will intrigue any reader. The ex...

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Binary

The cover of Binary, by Michael Crichton, is interesting to say the least. The red color, dark, shadowy skulls and naked woman have all the details of a James Bond type storyline. The presentation of the novel, or format, is incredible from...

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Easy Go

Easy Go, by Michael Crichton, takes place in a magical, sandy place full of mysteries. His descriptions of Egypt make me want to go explore a few dig sites myself. Harold Barnaby is a delightful character who often acts before he thinks. Hi...

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Grave Descend

Grave Descend, by Michael Crichton, has an intriguing cover that pulled me right in. I am a lover of water stories and mysteries so this Hard Case Crime novel seemed perfect from the get go. James McGregar is an expert diver with lots of ex...

4 Stars

The Venom Business - Hard Case Crime

The Venom Business is yet another great Hard Crime novel by Michael Crichton writing as John Lange. Charles Raynaud is one of my favorite characters. He has so many different sides to him. His adventures in this book are fun, outlandish and...

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Zero Cool - Hard Case Crime

Dr. Peter Ross takes a Spanish vacation to rest up from the last four years of study and stodge. He’s been told that a certain beach is the perfect place to drink and meet women. He isn’t disappointed. What he didn’t suspect was getting cau...

5 Stars

The Secret Lives of Married Women

The Secret Lives of Married Women is two stories within one binding. Had I read only the first one my rating would have been much lower. While the plot drew me in, and even took an unexpected turn, the main character’s limits weren’t explor...

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Joyland

I'm an avid Stephen King reader. One of my favorite books is THE SHINING. I've read it so many times and watched it on TV quite a few times. Talk about scary. That it is. Another one that was great was MISERY with Annie Wilkes, a crazy book...

5 Stars

The Cocktail Waitress - Hard Case Crime

The Cocktail Waitress is not the type of novel that would normally draw my attention. But this book is one that will draw a reader in and leave them guessing. On one hand, the deaths that seem to stalk Joan Medford through her life seem, in...

4 Stars

The Twenty-Year Death - Hard Case Crime

This novel is written in the form of three separate novels taking place in three different time periods (1931, 1941 and 1951). It’s certainly a change from the mystery novels written in the not too distant past. The story in each decade men...

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