Category Archives: San Francisco

What Lies Within – Clare de Lune

(Reviewed by JD Jung) “…I learned how a body could become a beautiful contribution to the power of cosmetics…the most exquisite, deepest shade of blood red lipstick you’ve’ ever seen, rich soaps made from the finest fats…all those parts put … Continue reading

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The Painted Gun – Bradley Spinelli

(Reviewed by JD Jung) “I was in it now, there was no getting out. But since Ashley was painting creepy snapshots of my life, I guess I was always in it. The fact that I didn’t know what I was … Continue reading

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Ghosts – Chip Scarinzi

(Reviewed by Jennifer Wells) “You can’t run. From what you are.” Ghosts by Chip Scarinzi is a crime novel with a sci-fi twist in which we’re taken through the dream-like tale of Bennett Covington. This isn’t your average mystery. This … Continue reading

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Slow Days, Fast Company: The World, The Flesh, and L.A. – Eve Babitz (Author), Matthew Specktor (Introduction)

(Reviewed by JD Jung) “Los Angeles isn’t a city. It’s a gigantic, sprawling, ongoing studio. Everything is off the record. People don’t have time to apologize for its not being a city when their civilized friends suspect them of losing … Continue reading

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Quest for Kriya – Rahul Deokar

(Reviewed by JD Jung) Her aroma engulfed him, enticing him to stay. A few seconds seemed like an eternity, but still not enough. Strangers that they were, they stood lost in each other anyway, holding their longing gaze for some … Continue reading

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The Last Good Place – Robin Burcell

(Reviewed by JD Jung) A serial killer is on the loose, attacking at San Francisco landmarks. This “landmark strangler” has put the city on edge. When Trudy Salvatori is strangled during her morning run around the Presidio, it looks like … Continue reading

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The Moment of Everything – Shelly King

(Reviewed by JD Jung) “After working in software for a decade, I understood the bits and bytes of e-mail, Facebook posts, tweets, and texts, but dropping a piece of paper into a box and it appearing on the other side … Continue reading

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Die For Me: A Bragg Thriller – Jack Lynch

(Reviewed by JD Jung) “Follow the grief and you’ll find the killer.” Peter Bragg, a former San Francisco Chronicle reporter turned private investigator is contacted by a woman, Maribeth, from his past. It’s not what you think. When he was … Continue reading

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You Can’t Win – Jack Black

(Reviewed by JD Jung) “From the day I left my father my lines had been cast, or I cast them myself, among crooked people. I had not spent one hour in the company of an honest person. I had lived … Continue reading

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A Child Out of Alcatraz -Tara Ison

(Reviewed by J.D. Jung) When I visit San Francisco, I often gaze over the bay to that small island that radiates so much history. This island housed some of America’s most infamous criminals: Al Capone, Robert Franklin Stroud (the Birdman … Continue reading

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