Russell, Alan. Guardians of the Night.

Seattle: Thomas & Mercer, 2014.

This is the second novel about Detective Michael Gideon, ex-K9 cop with the LAPD and now a “special cases” investigator, and his four-legged partner, Sirius. As with the previous volume, Gideon has two cases to deal with, the first involving the supposed murder of an “angel” as reported by a homeless man in Venice Beach.



Russell, Alan. Burning Man.

Las Vegas: Thomas & Mercer, 2012.0

Russell is the author of a large number of thrillers of one sort or another but I confess he’s new to me. Michael Gideon is a Los Angeles K9 cop who, with his German shepherd partner, Sirius, tracks a serial killer through a canyon firestorm and captures him, but is badly burned in the process. And that’s just the prologue.


Spark, Muriel. The Girls of Slender Means.

NY: Knopf, 1963.

Spark was considered one of the major influences on British fiction in the post-World War II years, but I’ve never been quite sure how I feel about the body of her work. She had one really big hit, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, which was equally successful as a film (starring the ineffable Maggie Smith), but nothing else she produced ever really seemed to come up to that level.


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Robinson, Peter. Playing with Fire.

NY: Morrow, 2004.

It’s a cold winter’s night and DCI Alan Banks, homicide expert with the North Yorkshire CID, is standing beside a dead-end branch of a rural canal, watching two abandoned narrow-boats burn. His shivers are only partly because of the frost; he’s also paranoid about death by fire, having witnessed the results of a particularly nasty arson back in London when he was a young detective constable. And the author doesn’t pull any punches when it comes to the horrific details, either.


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