Monday, August 24, 2015

Pierce’s Picks

A weekly alert for followers of crime, mystery, and thriller fiction.

Every Night I Dream of Hell (Mantle), the fifth novel from award-winning Scottish author Malcolm Mackay, returns readers to the murky environs of Glasgow’s underworld, where Nate Colgan--who used to be merely “smart muscle” for the notorious Jamieson organization, before some of its most powerful members were incarcerated or else killed--has now been promoted to “security consultant.” His managerial skills and intelligence will be put to the test promptly, as a new cadre of criminals, supposedly hailing from south of the border, begins challenging the Jamieson forces for dominance, threatening a local war. Colgan needs to find out who’s behind that other gang. At the same time, he must fend off a detective inspector who sees in the brewing rivalry an opportunity to further expand his record of success, and also try to determine the reason for the sudden reappearance of his young daughter’s scheming mother. The chance to learn more about Colgan, one of Mackay’s continuing characters, is certainly welcome. Allegiance, by Kermit Roosevelt (Regan Arts), is a historical legal thriller built around President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s decision in 1942, not long after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, to deport and incarcerate tens of thousands of Japanese-descended Americans who had been living on the West Coast of the United States. Protagonist Caswell “Cash” Harrison is a young law student of upper-class Philadelphia stock, who, after being rejected for military service because he failed his physical, signs up instead to clerk for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black. In that capacity, he unearths what might be nefarious efforts by some powerful, avaricious players to influence the Court’s decision making. Amid the violence and clues to conspiracies, Roosevelt--a professor of law and the great-great-grandson of President Theodore Roosevelt--shows us Harrison’s growing disillusionment with the profession he had for so long sought.

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