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BOOK REVIEW: “A Brief History of Seven Killings” (Marlon James – 2014)

Marlon James’ “A Brief History of Seven Killings” (2014) is a challenging, demanding historical fiction narrated by multiple characters, giving a complex viewpoint of Jamaican crime, gang culture, and politics over several decades.  It’s a character-driven epic, told in non-linear time, and focuses on the ripples and consequences of the people involved in the attempted

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BOOK REVIEW: “The Lock Artist” by Scott Hamilton (2010)

  FOUR STARS (****)  The Lock Artist is everything they say it is:  a rich, funny, entertaining, character-based coming of age crime story filled with believable, interesting characters in a well-paced thriller. To say that I’m behind in reading the seminal novels in this genre is an understatement.  But there’s a good reason why, if you

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What Makes a Good Heist Story?

I know you know this feeling. I scroll for hours through endless choices on any of the ninety-two different streaming services that I subscribe to since cutting the cord to save money on cable TV, which it doesn’t seem like I’m doing at all now. Most of my evening is spent looking for something interesting

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BOOK REVIEW: “Artemis” (2017) by Andy Weir

Andy Weir’s Artemis succeeds in telling a fast-paced, well-plotted tale, but this sci-fi heist story ultimately suffers from underdeveloped characters, unnecessary juvenile humor, and a largely absent antagonist. Artemis has a great hook; a heist caper set on a future lunar colony. We’re introduced to a plucky heroine named Jazz Bashara, 26, a Saudi Arabian

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