Author Archives: Bill Brown

‘Freedom’s Forge’ by Arthur Herman – How US Industry Mobilized for WW II


This is an excellent book and a must read for anyone interested in business history. It is the story of how US business ramped up from a dead start and produced all those tanks, airplanes, and ships that won WW … Continue reading

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4-Stars! The Godfather of the Knight-Errant Thriller Novel – John D. McDonald, Dress Her in Indigo, and Travis McGee


“I think I discovered John D. MacDonald’s Travis McGee thriller novels when I was a senior in high school and devoured all 21 at least once. At the time, they were breaths of fresh, exciting air from one of the … Continue reading

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“Tragic” – Whoever Stole My Robert Tannenbaum, Please Give Him Back!


I used to love this series of excellent suspense novels and bought the new book as soon as it came out. Robert K. Tannenbaum has published 25 novels, perhaps a dozen of which feature crime busting New York City DA … Continue reading

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The Story Just Ran Out of Gas – The Racketeer by John Grisham – Book Review


John Grisham is the master of the southern legal thriller, with well-known and best-selling books and films such as “The Firm,” “The Pelican Brief,” “A Time to Kill,” “The Client,” “The Runaway Jury,” “The Chamber,” and many more. “The Racketeer” … Continue reading

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The Hunter and The Outfit by Richard Stark – Two Thriller Novels – Book Reviews


Donald E. Westlake was one of the most amazing and perhaps least known American writers of the 20th Century. As unbelievable as it sounds, he was the author of over 100 novels, screenplays, and short story collections written under 14 … Continue reading

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“The Colonel’s Mistake” by Dan Mayland – Book Review – Thriller Novels


“The Colonel’s Mistake” by Dan Mayland is the first book in a three book series of thriller novels featuring Mark Sava, the aging, low key, former CIA Station Chief in Azerbaijan in former Soviet Central Asia. It is an excellent, … Continue reading

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Silence of the Lambs – From Novel to Screenplay to Movie – Thriller Novels


Whether you look at the thriller novel written by Thomas Harris in 1988, the working screenplay and storybook by Ted Tally from 1990, the resulting movie directed by Jonathan Demme in 1991, or the magical performances of its lead actors, … Continue reading

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Book Review – Flowers From Berlin – Noel Hynd – Thriller Novels


“Flowers From Berlin” by Noel Hynd was first published in in hardback 1985. Kindle released the “25th Anniversary Edition” last year, and while I don’t quite understand Amazon math, like “Day Of the Jackal,” in 1971, “The Eagle Has Landed,” … Continue reading

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Book Review – First to Kill – Andrew Peterson – Thriller Novels


“First to Kill” is the first book in what is now a four book series of action-adventure thriller novels from Andrew Peterson featuring the lead character, Nathan McBride. He is a cerebral CIA Special Ops contractor and ex-Marine sniper who … Continue reading

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Book Review – “Deadly Stillwater” by Roger Stelljes – Thriller Novels and Suspense


“Deadly Stillwater” is the third book of what is currently a five-book series of police, action-adventure mysteries set in St. Paul, Minnesota. No doubt, there will be more to come. Although series books are very much in vogue these days; … Continue reading

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