The Fear Artist by Timothy Hallinan

Another Poke Rafferty mystery is always a welcome event and The Fear Artist was no exception. As you might have guessed by the title, this volume is a little darker. It is also a little more political – not in the partisan sense per se but in the worldview sense. It has a strong message that the war on terror has gone too far and allowed America to lose track of, or ignore, its ideals. But this message, whether you agree with it or not, does not overwhelm the story. Publishers...

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Olen Steinhauer on An American Spy and Post 9/11 Spy Fiction

Great timing for this weeks Coffee & Markets podcast. Pejman Yousefzadeh and I were  joined by one of my favorite authors, Olen Steinhauer.  We discussed his just released novel An American Spy, the post-Cold War and post 9/11 spy novel, and his career as a writer while living outside the United States. Listen here. Related articles An American Spy by Olen Steinhauer (collectedmiscellany.com)

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An American Spy by Olen Steinhauer

With An American Spy Olen Steinhauer continues to explore both the mechanics of spy craft and the moral tension inherent in the trade using Milo Weaver as his lens. With this third volume in the series, Weaver is no longer a Tourist but can’t escape the gravity of the agency’s destruction. What from so many angles seems like violence and betrayal fueled by mere revenge turns out to be each side attempting to turn constantly shifting events to their advantage. Steinhauer plays the...

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Was America Built on a Lie?

How is that for link bait?!?! Watch the click through rate soar via Twitter, Facebook, etc. I kid, I kid. It is actually a book trailer for the forthcoming The Devil Colony from James Rollins.  Is the book worth the hype? Does this kind of video make you want to read the book? If anyone has read an ARC or has a opinion please leave a comment.

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