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Suspense Central Selections for
2018

*2018 selections for Suspense Central are
listed below by month.  If you have difficulty
seeing a title and/or author, all selections are
listed on our Yahoo site and our meetup site.
Recaps, comments
Noir by Christopher Moore
Thursday, A
ugust 16, 2018 - 8p
Uncle Giuseppe's Marketplace, 10 Triangle Plaza (Route 17 North) · Ramsey, NJ
*Please note new night for Suspense Central, beginning July SC moves to Thursday

Full line-up of 2018 titles is listed below - please scroll down

This group meets on the third Thursday of each month to discuss a specific mystery,
horror, or intrigue novel. Join Moderator Aurelia Long as we discuss this month's featured
selection.

Noir by Christopher Moore:
The absurdly outrageous, sarcastically satiric, and always entertaining New York Times
bestselling author Christopher Moore returns in finest madcap form with this zany noir set
on the mean streets of post-World War II San Francisco, and featuring a diverse cast of
characters, including a hapless bartender; his Chinese sidekick; a doll with sharp angles and
dangerous curves; a tight-lipped Air Force general; a wisecracking waif; Petey, a black
mamba; and many more.

San Francisco. Summer, 1947. A dame walks into a saloon . . .
August
Vanished by Kat Richardson
7/1
9/18 recap

AM
Vanished was the fourth book by author Kat Richardson. Many of us had read the four previous books
and welcomed the return. As Chris put it, it was like visiting an old friend. Vanished finds the main
character of the Greywalker series, Harper Blaine, traveling across the pond to look into a mysterious
disappearance. While in London, Harper also tries to get answers about her father. The book was
nicely paced, had great characters and garnered strong B+/A grades from everyone. Diane had not
previously read the series but quickly read the first book, Greywalker, and Vanished prior to the
meeting and was impressed. All agreed we'd like to include book 5, Labrynth, in the 2019 line-up. Fun
night, great discussion.
Sandman Slim by Richard Kadrey
5/14/18 recap

AM
Sandman Slim had a host of criminals carrying on all sorts of nefarious deeds that started with a not
very nice guy sending the main character - James aka Sandman Slim - to Hell mostly because he was
jealous of James talent with magic. When the Sandman escapes Hell, he is going home with plans to
look up some old friends. Sandman Slim is gritty, dark and often hilarious. James, Sandman Slim, is
irreverent, battle scarred, steals cars constantly, cannot stop destroying all of his clothes and doesn't
play well with others. He makes anti-heroes look like angels. An assortment of side-kick characters are
richly written and help keep things interesting. There is not one boring character in the book. Some
found the strong language a bit much but in keeping with the characters. Sandman Slim received strong
scores from the majority - B/B+ - with Liz giving it an incomplete (didn't finish). If you're looking for
urban fantasy done dark with humor pick up this series.
January - 2019
February - 2019