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Death at the Movies

by Mark McLaughlin

How Hollywood handles death and the afterlife “excavate the deep and sometimes dark content of our minds.” A spiritual tone overlays these authors’ deconstruction of popular movies’ commentary on death and the afterlife. Heaven... Read More

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My Name Is Dee

by Mark McLaughlin

Who is Dee, and what is he doing? One brave author follows this tortured soul in a work of astounding complexity and perplexity. My Name is Dee is either a groundbreaking piece of science fiction with a unique language, style, and... Read More

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The Courage to Kill

by Mark McLaughlin

It’s not about the mystery, it’s about how it’s solved, in this novel filled with blood and sex. Revenge—sparked by recovered memories of childhood sexual abuse and incest—drives a series of grisly murders set in what a lesbian... Read More

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Deadly Diamonds

by Mark McLaughlin

This gangster novel is breathlessly paced and populated with priceless characters. “I’ve seen dead bodies. You can’t be even partially Irish without chalking up some more wakes than weddings.” So explains the hero of John F.... Read More

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Marcel Proust in Taos

by Mark McLaughlin

Real, engaging characters make for a relaxing summer read. Although he never utters a word or a sound in the text, the titular character of Jon Foyt’s charming romance is a white Angora cat who helps the principal character with both... Read More

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The Camel Spider

by Mark McLaughlin

A spy-thriller hero who’s just an ordinary guy brings depth and believability to this conspiracy-theory novel. What if the real leader of al-Qaeda were a Saudi prince who used bin Laden to unleash a terror war just to drive up the... Read More

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The Serapis Fraktur

by Mark McLaughlin

For a change, here’s a story of an Earth that is not post-apocalyptic—just a delightful sci-fi romp replete with adventure, aliens, and time travel. If an author’s sci-fi Rip Van Winkle-type hero is going to wake up from a 450-year... Read More

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The Silver Sphere

by Mark McLaughlin

This fresh twist on the quest fantasy novel is done with charm and humor. In "The Silver Sphere", Michael Dadich writes fantasy for a youthful audience in a literate, lively, and entertaining manner. Dadich’s short quest novel makes... Read More

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