Mintwood Place by Bob Gilbert

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    Bob Gilbert’s brawny writing makes it a delicious read, right up to the satisfying conclusion.

    Bob Gilbert’s novel Mintwood Place is a delightfully fresh version of the noir tradition, offering the reader a contemporary Cassablanca in Washington D.C.

    The book’s narrator, Renaissance man Joe Green, has plenty to say about love, politics and the male psyche in this page-turning romantic suspense. Joe runs a bookstore and a bistro, and painfully navigates a modern divorce while the Senate Intelligence Committee investigates his relationship with Cosmo, a protégé, who has recently been paroled after serving five years in prison for the ambiguous killing of a local black youth.

    Green, a proud Jersey boy, can all at once relax by watching his tortoises, hand out liberal advice to his three teenagers, and pack serious heat. He is a twenty-first century American male if ever there was one.

    About Bob Gilbert:

    Bob Gilbert
    Bob Gilbert

    Bob Gilbert was raised in Ocean County, New Jersey but moved to Washington, D.C. to attend American University. He worked several political jobs in the nation’s capital before moving to Minnesota in 1984 to manage a congressional campaign in Minnesota’s 8th district, which includes Duluth and the Iron Range.

    Instead of returning to Washington he remained in Minnesota where he worked as a waiter and a newspaper reporter. He returned to D.C. in 2011. An avid scholar, he loves the used bookstores of Washington and the Twin Cities. He’s also a backpacker who has led over a dozen trips for the Sierra Club to the mountain ranges of the far west.

    He’s also trekked the Himalayas in Nepal three times in the past five years. He can be found on Twitter here: @BobGilbertDC.

    Review by Larry Kahaner:

    This is the not the kind of book I usually read. I’m partial to high intensity thrillers but Gilbert struck a nerve with me. I can’t quite explain it – although the DC venue is a plus as I live there. The book was well written, thoughtfully written, in fact.

    Lots of dialogue, which was well done without being distracting. Every once is a while the author’s knowledge of history and book smarts come through without being annoying.

    I pay it high compliment when I say that the book was just damn enjoyable to read.

    Review by Amy M. Mayers:

    Mintwood Place protagonist Joe Green is indeed a 21st century man’s man, with his own code of honor and a film noirish shadow.

    He’s tough, he’s quirky and it’s a hell of a lot of fun to watch him navigate the characters who people his world.

    Bob Gilbert’s brawny writing makes it a delicious read, right up to the satisfying conclusion.