Monthly Archives: November 2011

Dark Revelations


Dark Revelations
Dark Revelations by Anthony E. Zuiker
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Steve Dark would never have thought that his career hunting Level 26 killers and his role as a father could coexist. Indeed, it had taken Dark a long time to know he could do both. But now there is something worse than a Level 26 killer out there, Labyrinth is out there, and Steve Dark’s next job might be the most important job a father ever had.

Dark Revelations will have you racing through a suspenseful maze of twists and turns, told in the first-person narrative by both Dark and Labyrinth. Every twist foretold with a riddle and a clue, every turn with a deadline. Every deadline counted down with lethal anticipation, until the very last second. Faster and faster, deeper and deeper, into the maze, until the final turn, until Labyrinth’s final gift to the world.

Only a team of the very best can hope to stop Labyrinth. It will take a team with brains, brawn, beauty, and unlimited resources – weapons, money, computers, and access. And this team will need a man-hunter, the best of the best, someone with experience catching Level 26 killers – someone like Steve Dark.

But even with Steve Dark on the team, will they be able to stop Labyrinth before it is too late, or is it already too late?

Dark Revelations will be released on December 29, 2011.

Better not hesitate, or you’ll never find your way out of the labyrinth.

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A Case of Lone Star


A Case of Lone Star
A Case of Lone Star by Kinky Friedman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Written in the Kinky Friedman vernacular, this book is a hilarious read, a colorful journey. Fun, splendid, you really ought to read it.

The Lone Star Café itself was practically an institution in New York, sometimes bordering on a mental institution. There was enough Irving Berlin’s White Christmas around on any given night to decorate a large nativity scene.

The setting for this murder mystery who-done-it is, well, the Lone Star. And private investigator Kinky is never at a loss for words, hard-boiled quips, or kinky-isms.

It was Thanksgiving in New York, and about the only thing I was thankful for was that I didn’t live in New Jersey.

I liked him so I always gave him a little extra rope. Figured he’d either hang himself or start up a rope factory.

‘I’m pretty busy,’ I said. Actually, I had enough spare time to macramé my nose hairs, but it’s never a good idea to let people in New York think you’re not busy.

‘Money may buy me a fine dog,’ I said with some dignity, ‘but only love can make it wag its tail.’

When he’s not solving a murder mystery you might find him “doing a little horizontal mambo” with Uptown Judy or Downtown Judy. The eccentric Kinky enjoys making coffee, lighting cigars, and talking to his trusty cat, Cat.

I put on my hat and coat, grabbed a few cigars for the road, and told the cat she was in charge while I was gone.

I sat up in bed and looked first at the cat and then at the clock. The cat yawned. The clock said nine-thirty.

“Zany!” that’s the word I was looking for. A great read. I really enjoyed it.

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If you are from my generation, the David Bowie song “Changes” may come to mind when you think of ch-ch-changes. Those from a younger generation may be more familiar with the version of the song as performed in Shrek 2.

Of course, there have been countless songs written about the subject of change over the years. I went to and typed in the word “changes” and came up with many different songs under several different genres.

And why not? Life is full of changes. Big changes, small changes. I’ve made a “big” change myself recently. Did you notice?

I changed the look and design of my blog page this week. Do you like it? Let me know what you think.

Back to the subject of music. Here’s a fun song about change:

Ohhh change is gonna do me good