Reviews and Recommendations by Mel Odom, Professional Writer

Archive for the ‘Noir’ Category

ANGEL BABY by Richard Lange

June 24, 2013

Richard Lange is new to me, and Angel Baby is his second novel, though the first one of his books I’ve read. A lot of readers are making comparisons to Elmore Leonard, and I think I have to agree, but I could also throw in Don Winslow and Dennis Lehane. There is a small, defined […]

LITTLE GREEN by Walter Mosley

June 22, 2013

It’s been six long years since Easy Rawlins drove his car off a cliff at the end of Blond Ambition. I honestly thought we’d seen the last of Easy, and I lamented his loss at the time, and I’ve thought fondly of him over the years since. Thankfully, Walter Mosley wasn’t finished with the character, […]

A TAP ON THE WINDOW by Linwood Barclay

June 9, 2013

A Tap on the Window by suspense author Linwood Barclay is a long, involving read. The book starts out so simply, a young girl tapping on the car window of a middle-aged man who thinks twice about allowing her inside his car in spite of the rain coming down. Then she tells him she knows […]

THE LAST KIND WORDS by Tom Piccirilli

May 31, 2013

I’ve read Tom Piccirilli for years, dipping into his suspense, horror, and Western novels. Some of his books have been hit and miss with me because the different facets of horror are an acquired taste and I don’t like all horror. But I’ve always enjoyed his crime novels. The Last Kind Words tends to stay […]

JOYLAND by Stephen King

May 27, 2013

Joyland consumed me, took me down into a world I can still remember outside of the novel because I lived through those times as well, and left me nostalgic and emotionally exhausted. This book is one of Stephen King’s best, a steady, haunting melody of memory and youth and innocence that was euphoric. Readers looking […]

BYE BYE, BABY by Max Allan Collins

April 21, 2013

Bye Bye, Baby isn’t a detective novel as much as it is a love letter from the author, Max Allan Collins. Collins makes no bones about his attraction to Marilyn Monroe, her story, or the mystery that surrounds her murder or suicide. Most of America is still split over exactly how the movie star’s death […]

DEAD THINGS by Stephen Blackmoore

February 24, 2013

Dead Things by Stephen Blackmoore was recommended to me by an editor friend who not only reads my books, but also reads a lot of the same stuff I do. So I have her to thank for this one. After I saw the cover and read the description, I ordered the book immediately. I’d been […]

DEAD AIM by Joe R. Lansdale

February 17, 2013

Joe Lansdale’s latest book snuck up on me. I didn’t know it was already out until I tripped across it yesterday on Amazon. I downloaded the ebook and tucked in, instantly transported to East Texas crime noir with series heroes Hap Collins and Leonard Pine. I’ve been reading the Hap and Leonard books for a […]

THE LOST ONES by Ace Atkins

December 29, 2012

I was kind of tepid on the first Quinn Colson novel by Ace Atkins. I thought The Ranger had a great sense of place and character, but there just wasn’t enough going on to suit me. The pot needed a little more stirring. However, after reading and being suitably impressed with the author’s Spenser novel, […]


September 3, 2012

I have to admit, it took me a second try to get into The Sword-Edged Blonde. I blame me, though. I must have been looking for something different when I first picked it up. Or maybe I was looking for a more sedate or a more pure read. Alex Bledsoe’s first Eddie LaCrosse novel is […]