The Durango Telegraph

Jeff Mannix   

Jeff Mannix is the owner and operator of Santa Rita Ranch and Santa Rita Press in Durango, CO. Jeff has been writing performance art and book reviews, as well as feature articles, for more than 20 years. Murder Ink, now in the Durango Telegraph online, has been his column for the past 3 years.


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By Joe Ide
ISBN: 9780316267724
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Published: Mulholland Books - October 18th, 2016

IQ is the name of today’s nonpareil, written by Japanese-American writer Joe Ide. Although the Los Angeles resident has been a screenwriter, this is his first book. Now, notwithstanding my confessed penchant to wax lyrical, IQ will make Ide deservedly rich. It will be nominated for every crime fiction prize in the country, set the standard for veteran writers every-where and be the litmus test that shames away newcomers who can’t face the dross they’re capable of cobbling together. MORE...

Her Every Fear Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062427021
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Published: William Morrow & Company - January 10th, 2017

As with IQ, another new work that indulges my grandiloquent appreciation for the raw talent of fiction writers is Her Every Fear by Peter Swanson. Released by the William Morrow imprint of HarperCollins on Jan. 10, this will not only put Swanson on the map as a major literary crime fiction writer, but also put him in the running for all the major literary prizes this year. And, as with Ide’s debut tour de force, I suspect it will garner top recognition. This is a stunning book and indeed a stunning story reminiscent of Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window: a psychological thriller where home becomes a threatening and evermore dangerous place. MORE...

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ISBN: 9780802125743
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Published: Atlantic Monthly Press - December 6th, 2016

Val McDermid is arguably the doyenne of Great Britain crime fiction, with 11 million books sold in 30 languages since 1987. She has set the standard for rich, plot-driven mysteries of the peculiar Scottish frankness with muscular characters. A month ago Atlantic Monthly Press released her 30th book, Out of Bounds – yet another comfort read with which to sit warm and cozy in your favorite reading place, with a cup of tea while snow pelts your windows and the world is at a dead stop. McDermid novels are winter reads, never suitable for the indifferent days of summer when the edgy mysteries are more suited for listless moods and enervated bodies. MORE...

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ISBN: 9781464207075
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Published: Poisoned Pen Press - January 3rd, 2017

From a small, bumptious publisher out of the mainstream in Scottsdale, Ariz. – perhaps even thumbing their noses at the two-martini Manhattan lunch bunch – comes this year’s most mind-blowing and droll crime fiction book. Poisoned Pen Press will release Australian writer J.M. Donellan’s debut novel Killing Adonis on Dec. 16. Notwithstanding the radar-like gathering of hot new releases by Maria’s Bookshop’s Jeanne Costello, and our finely attuned public libraries, you’re probably going to have to order this book. I promise you won’t be disappointed if you do.  MORE...

Black Widow: A Jack Parlabane Thriller Cover Image
ISBN: 9780802125736
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Published: Atlantic Monthly Press - November 2016

In awarding Scotland’s prestigious 2016 McIlvanney Prize for Crime Book of the Year to Christopher Brookmyre for Black Widow, the citation read: “Like watching Olympic diving – just when you think the plot can’t twist again, it takes a new turn. Even the twists have twists.”

Black Widow is the mystery reader’s pound of chocolate. Irresistible. Nefarious. Satisfying and fattening. MORE...

Redemption Road Cover Image
ISBN: 9780312380366
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Published: Thomas Dunne Books - May 3rd, 2016

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ISBN: 9780316267946
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Published: Mulholland Books - April 12th, 2016

"With no word limit for “Murder Ink” on the Durango Telegraph’s website, and as promised last month, here comes a flood of short reviews of books every one of which will thrill mystery readers down to their socks.

They’ve been piling up threateningly here on my desk, an oddity that so many outstanding books should come along one right after the other, but a gold mine for those of us who are seriously addicted to reading and hopelessly strung out on crime fiction. The challenge is to read as many as you can before September so we can get caught up and back to a book a month, and for September, I have a blockbuster I’m just about finished reading that will knock those socks off." MORE....

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ISBN: 9780062442970
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Published: Ecco Press - June 14th, 2016

"Creating characters vulnerable and brave is Harvey’s artistry. Putting them to the test in all too real situations that affect our culture makes literature. The blighted housing projects of Brighton, Mass., like all ill-conceived ghettos in every large city, breed crime and ruin the lives of nearly everyone confined within the graffitied walls, barred windows and damaged chain-link fence caging everything. The Boston suburb of Brighton contains real people with hopes and dreams – and mostly fears. The lucky ones who get out of these roach- and rat- and garbage-infested ghettos are usually gifted athletes, or dead. But there’s always that one kid out of nearly all the others who lives to a certain age has an uncle or teacher or coach or older friend he or she connects with who can reach into a damaged mind and force goals beyond inherited reach. Kevin Pearce is that kid in Brighton, and Bobby Scales, a wiseguy drug dealer, criminal entrepreneur and standup mensch who knows right from wrong and good from bad is Kevin’s white knight." MORE....

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ISBN: 9781101903735
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Published: Crown Publishing Group (NY) - April 5th, 2016

"Every now and then a book comes along that eclipses even the most striking, well-written and skillfully plotted blockbuster from one of the select masters of the craft and marketplace. They’re knuckleballs, these rarities, and not many writers have the temerity or bent grip to produce such an irregular offering. Released last month in cloth cover by Crown Publishing Group, Dodgers, by Bill Beverly, is such a book, and it shouldn’t be missed. A guy who writes a debut novel with these twitchy moves may decide never to write another. Or with the mind of a knuckleballer, he may leap off a building to research what goes through his head during the fall." MORE....

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