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Daemon by Daniel Suarez
Daemon

P.A. Brown, January 30, 2013

This book and it's sequel, Freedom, is by far the best cyberthriller I've ever read. In fact, I would rate it as the best thriller I've ever read, period. From the first page it is riveting, and the conflicts only increase. Suarez keeps the reader on his toes with twists that I never saw coming. Because of his background, the threat and possibilities laid out in both books is mind boggling. But where so many thrillers have flat, cardboard characters there to perform a role, Suarez's characters are well rounded, flawed and sometimes irremediable, but always interesting.

If you only read one thriller this year, this should be the one. Or two, since Daemon and Freedom need to be read in order. This is not a sequel that can be read on its own.

Buy it, read it and spread the word.
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Gotham: A History of New York City to 1898 by Edwin G Burrows
Gotham: A History of New York City to 1898

P.A. Brown, September 5, 2011

This is a fantastic book, with a detailed description of New York City to the time it was New Amsterdam and was little more than a trading post. It contains a number of sketches from each time period discussed. It goes up to 1898, pre-Twentieth Century and it evolved into the city of today.

If you have a hankering for an indepth look at the city that never sleeps, you can't go wrong with Gotham.
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A Pickpocket's Tale: The Underworld of Nineteenth-Century New York by Timothy J. Gilfoyle
A Pickpocket's Tale: The Underworld of Nineteenth-Century New York

P.A. Brown, August 15, 2011

This book is a fascinating look into the underworld of New York in the 1800s. an already rich time period no matter how you look at it, but this gives a view of an entire society normally hidden from respectable people's lives. More personal than The Gangs of New York this book follows George Appo from the Tombs to Sing Sing, through opium dens and the streets of Manhattan where he was a successful pickpocket - until he got caught.
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Boulevard by Stephen Jay Schwartz
Boulevard

P.A. Brown, March 17, 2011

Boulevard is a stunning debut novel. It fully reflects the dark underworld of a Los Angeles few people see. A world of vice, corruption and dark desires. Boulevard's protagonist is Hayden Glass, an LAPD homicide detective in the elite Robbery Homicide division. He's at the very top, but Glass is a tormented man.

Alcoholic cops are a staple of crime fiction. So much so they've become a tired cliche, along with the broken marriage and the ennui that drags these cops down. Schwartz has picked a more interesting vice for his detective. Glass is a sex addict. He craves it 24/7 and is incapable of forming a relationship with a woman. Instead, he picks up the street hookers he should be arresting and uses them to assuage his driving need. It never works and he sinks deeper into his dark world.

Then a series of homicides start showing a pattern. There's a serial killer on the loose, but Glass is the only one who can see the pattern. And when it turns out that pattern is linked to Glass himself a harrowing race begins to find this killer before he can destroy Glass's already fragile life.
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Boulevard by Stephen Jay Schwartz
Boulevard

P.A. Brown, March 17, 2011

Boulevard is a stunning debut novel. It fully reflects the dark underworld of a Los Angeles few people see. A world of vice, corruption and dark desires. Boulevard's protagonist is Hayden Glass, an LAPD homicide detective in the elite Robbery Homicide division. He's at the very top, but Glass is a tormented man.

Alcoholic cops are a staple of crime fiction. So much so they've become a tired cliche, along with the broken marriage and the ennui that drags these cops down. Schwartz has picked a more interesting vice for his detective. Glass is a sex addict. He craves it 24/7 and is incapable of forming a relationship with a woman. Instead, he picks up the street hookers he should be arresting and uses them to assuage his driving need. It never works and he sinks deeper into his dark world.

Then a series of homicides start showing a pattern. There's a serial killer on the loose, but Glass is the only one who can see the pattern. And when it turns out that pattern is linked to Glass himself a harrowing race begins to find this killer before he can destroy Glass's already fragile life.
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