I grew up in a different world, when the east of our continent was hidden behind the Iron Curtain and the Berlin Wall. Some people migrated, but they migrated to do the jobs no one else wanted to do. By…

"Wolves Eat Dogs" by Martin Cruz Smith: Again the knife cuts the reader in this crime story with a surreal twist

Within the crime genre, I believe Martin Cruz Smith plays in a league of his own. His Arkady Renko series once kicked off with the now-famous “Gorky Park”, an exciting tale of murder within the once powerful nomenklatura of the…

Debating the future is a debilitating affair. If you’re with optimists, it takes on the form of a brave new world. If you with pessimists, you will see any discussion end in total annihilation of anything you can talk about,…

We never saw reality coming. It reveals itself to us at the last possible moment, every morning, always unexpected, always indelible, never foreseen. We should have looked better, some say. I hardly ever share that sentiment. The extrapolation of the…

"American Sextet" by Warren Adler: an ingenuous crossroads of politics, crime, justice and personal vendetta

Fiona Fitzgerald — star in a series of mystery novels and a soon to be TV series — is a woman of our times. She has her doubts about her job as a homicide detective, her colleagues, her boss, herself…

The crime scene is ballooning. Crimenovels are showing signs of obesity, hovering around three hundred pages each and counting. It’s hard to come upon a novel that’s under 200 pages. Yet if you look at the genre as purely entertaining,…

 "PRIVATE LIES" by Warren Adler: Love burns like the African sun in this fine novel

It makes perfect sense that Hollywood once bought the movie rights of Private Lies. It reads like a movie. If you need to be entertained, everything you need is right here: interesting characters, adventure, passion, sex, jealousy, love and hate,…