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We’ve all heard of the ubiquitous summer reading list that everyone rattles on about as if reading is only a summer activity. Reclining in the backyard under the shade of butternut trees, glass of white wine at the ready is pleasant enough, but Fall is the season that gets my blood flowing. 

Imagine it’s chilly enough to make you throw a log on the fire and get cozy with the flames crackling away as you sip a glass of velvety smooth Merlot. That my friends makes for a nice evening that comforts the mind and spirit. Now grab that book you’ve been meaning to read and crack its spine. (more…)

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Crow’s Landing is the sequel to Red Means Run, Brad Smith’s first novel in his Virgil Cain Mystery series. In the first novel, eponymous anti-hero Virgil Cain gets all tangled up with love interest slash policewoman, Clare. The Bobby Fuller Five hit, I Fought The Law ran through my head as I turned the last page.

If you haven’t already, pick up Red Means Run; it is entertaining, full of drama, intrigue and wit.

In the second novel, Crow’s Landing, we only get mention of Clare, who is in far away France. Good thing too because one sunny day while fishing the Hudson in his cedar strip boat, Virgil hooks his biggest catch of the day – a cylinder full of cocaine.

Complications ensue and propel the story forward because, of course, drugs mean money; dirty money, dirty people and a strong foundation for a crime novel.

Crow’s Landing is crawling with a cast of nasty characters operating within the seedy underworld drugs. The rogue’s gallery includes (more…)

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There is a lot of cross-fertilization happening in Red Means Run and I’m not referring to the hay fields in Brad Smith’s newest crime-come-mystery novel.

What I’m alluding to is the blend of mystery, crime and romance offered up through a cast of characters, action and adept pacing, that makes this novel a page-turner. (more…)

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