Search Results: "Ronald Tierney"


BOOK REVIEW

THE CONCRETE PILLOW by Ronald Tierney
Released: April 19, 1995

"Despite all the action, though, geriatric poster-child Shanahan—now in a fourth outing—doesn't seem feeble, just understandably world-weary."
Nobody in Luke Lindstrom's family wants him to hire aging Indianapolis p.i. Read full book review >

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KILLING FROST by Ronald Tierney
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 2015

"Deets winds up the case in routine but satisfying fashion. The real prize here is the tone, which Tierney keeps expertly hovering between compassionate valediction and civic outrage."
Tierney celebrates the 25th anniversary of Indianapolis shamus Deets Shanahan's debut with an autumnal 11th case whose subject is its biggest mystery. Read full book review >

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GOOD TO THE LAST KISS by Ronald Tierney
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 2011

"Every year the genre has its Goliaths, bigger and better ballyhooed than this modest entry. Come Edgar time, however, Tierney's well-written, tidily plotted, character-driven David of a book deserves to be remembered."
Tierney (Bullet Beach, 2011, etc.) serves up a dark, twisty little gem in which a pair of embittered detectives and a not-quite-dead victim combine irresistibly. Read full book review >

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ECLIPSE OF THE HEART by Ronald Tierney
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 13, 1993

"MacGuffin-hunting, and now and then dips into bathos, but his writerly skills are also evident."
Melancholy derring-do introducing celibate-homosexual Zachary Grayson, a stodgy, middle-aged San Francisco food writer, whose life is turned upside down when he's befriended by the companionable Manny, who suggests he accompany him to Puerto Vallarta. Read full book review >

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THE BLACK TORTOISE by Ronald Tierney
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 21, 2017

"A disappointingly perfunctory novella whose main revelation is that when the author of the hard-nosed Deets Shanahan stories (Killing Frost, 2015, etc.) takes off the edge, he takes off quite a bit more along with it."
A second case for forensic accountant Peter Strand (The Blue Dragon, 2015) ushers him into a San Francisco nonprofit to investigate rumored problems that get a lot bigger and more concrete shortly after his arrival. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DEATH IN NORTH BEACH by Ronald Tierney
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 1, 2010

"Tierney (Death in Pacific Heights, 2009, etc.) places a pair of bright, appealing protagonists in a dim, derivative story even they can't rescue."
A tell-all book gets its author silenced. Read full book review >

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ASPHALT MOON by Ronald Tierney
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 2007

"Fast, smart and blessedly short—the genre's good old way."
From outside his house, someone takes aim at Deets Shanahan (Nickel-Plated Soul, 2005, etc.) and narrowly misses. Was the bullet really meant for Shanahan? Read full book review >

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THE IRON GLOVE by Ronald Tierney
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 11, 1992

"A modestly clever puzzle, but the book's strength (typical of Tierney's work) is the warm, appealing byplay between Deets and his lady friend Maureen."
This time out, aging Indianapolis p.i. ``Deets'' Shanahan (The Stone Veil, The Steel Web) is hired to dig up evidence that young boxer Emilio Ramirez didn't kill Senator Holland's do-gooder wife Sally in his apartment, then set her adrift in the river. Read full book review >

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BULLET BEACH by Ronald Tierney
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 2011

"Tierney is as entertaining as ever. In particular, thumbs up for the nice, understated septuagenarian love story."
In his 10th appearance, Deets Shanahan (Bloody Palms, 2008, etc.) becomes his brother's keeper, more or less. Read full book review >

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BLOODY PALMS by Ronald Tierney
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 2009

"Another solid performance from a savvy writer who knows that the best way to plug plot holes is with engaging characters."
At 71, Deets Shanahan (Asphalt Moon, 2007, etc.) might be ready to pack it in. But that's easier said than done. Read full book review >

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NICKEL-PLATED SOUL by Ronald Tierney
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 1, 2005

"It's nice to see Deets still in there pitching, even if this case, which spends too much time among closemouthed nonentities before delivering its climactic surprise, isn't his finest hour."
What's the first thing you'd do after 35 years in stir? Hire somebody to prove you're innocent, of course. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE STEEL WEB by Ronald Tierney
Released: Nov. 25, 1991

"Who better than Deets?"
A new adventure for Indianapolis old-timer Deets Shanahan (The Stone Veil, 1989), the antithesis of trendy, who now sets out to prove that street-punks Leo and Billy did not bayonet to death Sam Puckett, a cop working undercover on a cocaine bust. Read full book review >