Life And Death Behind The Brick And Razor By Isaac Alexis, MD

Life and Death cover.
 I learned quite a bit from this book. Dr. Alexis talks about many medical problems and how they are handled in prison.
I didn’t understand a lot of the medical stuff, but I understood enough to know that many if not most people in prison are not considered worth the cost of health care. Or at least not anything remotely expensive.
He quotes a lot of statistics that show that the U.S. has more people in prison that than other countries, most are from lower socioeconomic classes, and that young black males make up a much larger percentage of the prison population, than the general population. Pretty much proving that judges/juries are more inclined to sentence them to prison than men of other races.

We need to find more ways, or more effective ways, to help folks out before they get to that point. Prison should not be the first resort.

Not an easy read, but worth it.
Book Details:

Book Title: Life and Death Behind the Brick and Razor: Code Red Diamond
Author: Isaac Alexis, MD
Category: Adult Non-Fiction, 100 pages
Genre: Education and Reference
Publisher: Independent
Release date: October 17, 2017
Tour dates: Dec 4 to 15, 2017
Content Rating: PG-13 for mature themes

Book Description:

A prison doctor offers insights into the system’s “Correctional Medicine”

Dr. Isaac Alexis’ newly-released book Life and Death Behind the Brick and Razor: Code Red Diamond tells of his varied experiences as a physician in correctional medical facilities while at the same time urges teenagers to make better decisions to avoid the perils of incarceration.

Dr. Isaac Alexis brings the fast-paced, high-pressure reality of correctional medicine to readers in his new book. He discusses health problems that inmates face during incarceration and offers detailed descriptions of medical complications that plague many people inside and outside of prison. He also speaks directly to young people about avoiding gangs and drug addiction, as well as respecting their bodies in order to preserve their physical and mental health and their freedom. Dr. Alexis’s personal experiences growing up in a tough New York neighborhood act as examples of how young people can overcome obstacles and achieve their goals.

The desire to help people who do not have access to quality health care drove Dr. Isaac Alexis to focus on correctional medicine. The author also shares how his faith empowers him to advocate for the best medical treatment for the population he works with.

A fascinating and important book, Life and Death Behind the Brick and Razor: Code Red Diamond is a book that should be read by anyone dealing with teenagers and young adults whether in the home, public or educational facilities.

To read more reviews, please visit Dr. Isaac Alexis’ page on iRead Book Tours.
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Isaac Alexis, MD, completed an internship in trauma surgery at Cornell University at New York Hospital of Queens, and he cross-trained in family medicine and anesthesiology. Dr. Alexis served as medical director at the Department of Justice as well as director of infection control and chair of the quality improvement medical committee. He has several years of correctional medicine under his belt.Dr. Alexis’s book Life and Death behind the Brick and Razor-Code Red Diamond relays his experiences as a physician in correctional medical facilities while also challenging teenagers to make better decisions to avoid the perils of incarceration.Connect with the author: Website

Interview with Dr. Isaac Alexis:
Can you describe your book in 20 words or less?
My book deals with the medical complications that can affect many people both inside and out of prison and also counsels our young people against STD, Drugs and gangs.What do you hope your memoir/reference book will do for your readers?

I would hope my book would encourage young people to make positive choices avoiding STD’s, gangs, and drugs.
What was the hardest thing about writing this book? The easiest?
The hardest thing about writing my book was revealing my cousin who died of a drug overdose but I did it to show that all our choices in life have a consequence. The easiest thing about writing this book is knowing that as a Physician how can I possibly be silent when people can benefit from leading healthy lives.
What is the funniest (or strangest, or scariest) incident that has ever happened to you?
The funniest thing that happened to me was when my daughter was 6 months old she would crawl on the floor like up at me with those adorable little baby eyes and then when I was not looking she would proceed to bite my leg with all her might making me jump as high as Michael Jordan of the Chicago Bulls.
Can you share with us some of the people you admire the most?
People I admire most one of whom is a deity is 1) Jesus, 2) Mother-legendary work ethic, 3) Wife,  4) Children,  5) Dr. Benjamin Carson,  6) Dr. Keith Black, 7) Dr. Alexa Canady, and 8) Dr. Leonidis Berry.
Any future projects you would like to share with us? 
There is another book that I’m in the process of writing.
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Mistletoe And Murder By S. L. Smith

Mistletoe and Murder by S. L. Smith.
I enjoyed reading this mystery.  It is well written and has a few twists. I didn’t have a clue who did it till right at the end. I like that.

It is set in Minnesota in the winter. Made me really glad I live farther south. I don’t care for the cold too much. Made a good background for the story though.

This is part of a series about the same detective Pete Culnane. You don’t have to read the others to understand and like this book, but you will probably want to read them too.

Good read.

About the book:

Auld Lang Syne with a Twist

As Collette Hammond orchestrates an elaborate New Year’s Eve wedding reception for her brother in St. Paul’s historic Union Depot, she never anticipates the evening might end in her own mysterious death. She collapses just beforemidnight. A fresh needle mark suggests narcotics. St. Paul police detectives Pete Culnane and Martin Tierney are called away from their holiday celebrations to investigate, launching a trip through a labyrinth of intrigue and deception.

About the author:

 S.L. Smith is a native of Minnesota and has spent most of her life there. So, it comes as no surprise that her Pete Culnane Mystery series takes place in the Twin Cities. Thirty-two years working with the Department of Public Safety gave her the experience and the contacts to bring her stories to life. Mistletoe and Murder, the fourth book in the series, launched July 26, 2017 and will make its debut August 24 at the Minnesota State Fair in St. Paul.

I received a free book to review.

The Hard Way By Cathi Stoler

Cover of The Hard Way by Cathi Stoler.The Hard Way by Cathi Stoler is a pretty good mystery. The characters are interesting and seem real and this is the third book about these characters so you can look forward to reading more about them.

This particular book is about solving a crime in Las Vegas. In a very fancy casino.

From the description of the casino it is a place many of us would love to visit. Hopefully it is based on a real life one(so we actually CAN visit it). If not…well maybe some rich dude will read this book and go build it.

This is also an easy read that keeps you interested.

About the book:

Private Investigator Helen McCorkendale’s childhood friend, Jimmy Scanlan, has just opened January, the most lavish casino and hotel resort on the Las Vegas Strip. After attending the grand opening, Helen returns to New York and encourages her friend, Laurel Imperiole, Senior Editor at Women Now magazine, to create a get-away contest for readers offering a weekend at the hotel as the grand prize. The winner, Dawn Chapman, a jewelry store employee from Cincinnati, denies entering the contest and initially refuses the trip. Finally persuaded by Laurel to accept, she arrives at the hotel and nearly faints when she passes the hotel’s elite meeting rooms where the International Diamond Dealers Consortium is holding its annual meeting. She insists on returning home immediately.

Suspicious of her behavior, Jimmy visits her suite to encourage her to attend the Saturday afternoon pool party, saying she can leave on his private jet the next day. Later in the afternoon, he finds Chapman’s dead body by the pool. She’s been murdered—an unusual double poisoning by cyanide and diamond dust.

Dawn Chapman was not who she appeared to be, and therein lies a mystery. But to Helen and Laurel, the main task is to take Jimmy Scanlon off the suspect list and clear his name. Will their luck hold? Or will it be a crap shoot, as they roll the dice and do it ‘the hard way,’ going for doubles when the odds are against them. Losing may mean losing their lives.

About the Author:

Promo picture of Cathi Stoler.Cathi Stoler’s mysteries feature PI Helen McCorkendale and magazine editor, Laurel Imperiole. The Hard Way is the third book in the series. The first, Telling Lies, took on the subject of stolen Nazi art. Book 2, Keeping Secrets, delved into the subject of hidden identity. Stoler’s short stories include: “Magda,” in the Criminal Element Anthology Malfeasance Occasional: Girl Trouble, “Out of Luck,” in the Anthology, Murder New York Style: Fresh Slices, “Fatal Flaw,” a finalist for the Derringer for Best Short Story and “Money Never Sleeps” both published at Beat to A Pulp. Cathi is working on a novella, Nick of Time, which features International gambler, Nick Donahue. She is also starting a new series, Bar None, A Murder On The Rocks Mystery, with female bar owner, Jude Dillane. Cathi is a member of the New York/Tri State chapter of Sisters In Crime. She is also a member of Mystery Writers of America.

You can follow Cathi Stoler on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, and her website.

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The Rainy Day Killer By Michael J. McCann Review

Cover of The Rainy Day Killer by Michael J. McCann.The Rainy Day Killer by Michael J. McCann is a really good crime novel. It starts out at a crime scene and just gets more interesting from there.

I like the detectives in this book. The man in charge of the investigation is not only smart but nice and the woman seems like someone you could actually hang out with.

The story in this book is about a serial killer who picks up women in the rain (or just before it rains) and taunts the cops by sending the victims clothing and jewelry to them and making phone calls to whoever is in charge of investigating.

The killer has gotten away with it a few times before but this time he has met his match.

I really like the way he was caught.

The main characters in this book also star in several other books. I expect those books are just as good as this one was and I will read them as soon as I get a chance.

About the book :

A man in a business suit offers the protection of his umbrella to an unsuspecting woman, and several days later she turns up dead on a river bank, raped and strangled. The terrifying serial killer known in the press as the Rainy Day Killer is now hunting new victims in the city of Glendale … whenever it rains.

Homicide Lieutenant Hank Donaghue leads the investigation as the killer begins to communicate directly to him through phone calls and grisly packages containing body parts of his victims. Assisted by FBI profiler Ed Griffin, Donaghue and Detective Karen Stainer pursue an elusive predator who leaves no physical evidence behind.

The timing couldn’t be worse, however, as Karen Stainer’s attention is divided between the investigation and preparations for her upcoming wedding. Distracted and uncertain about her future, Stainer is furious when she learns that the Rainy Day Killer has followed her to Virginia, where the wedding will take place, and that he intends to make her his next victim!

About the Author :

picture of Michael J. McCann.Michael J. McCann was born and raised in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada. He earned a B.A. (Hons.) in English from Trent University and an M.A. in English from Queen’s University. He has worked as an editor and a project and training consultant and manager with the federal government. He is an author of crime fiction and supernatural thrillers. His Donaghue and Stainer Crime Novel series includes Blood Passage, Marcie’s Murder, The Fregoli Delusion, and The Rainy Day Killer. He is also the author of the supernatural thriller The Ghost Man and is currently working on another supernatural novel.

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The CEO By Steve Bederman Review

Cover picture of The CEO by Steve Bederman.The CEO by Steve Bederman is a pretty good read. It is a corporate thriller which basically means it is about big business and the people who run the corporations.

The story is basically about a corporation and the man who runs it being attacked by someone trying to take it over or destroy it and the man who runs it.

This book is pretty much action packed from the start and the story takes place in lots of different places all over the world.

It also has some romance and murder and crime. It pretty much covers everything.

The author knows the subject as he has been the CEO of an international company himself. That is probably one of the reasons the book has made it to the best sellers list on

About the book (from the back cover) :

Climbing the corporate ladder is murder.

Faced with the constant revelation of corporate and personal threats Mitch and his team of loyalists race against time to uncover a plot to expose a 200 year old secret between two of the world’s most powerful countries. If revealed it could destroy the delicate balance of power, but if protected could crush all that Mitch Jacobs desires – including the woman he loves.

The CEO takes readers behind the scenes of back office meetings between corporations and countries where powerful business leaders are zealously protected by small corporate armies whose power will surprise. Being on top means always watching your back. Keep your friends close, and enemies closer.

About the Author :

Steve Bederman, himself a long time international CEO, draws from his real life boardroom experience to blend believable corporate drama with international mystery and intrigue. He is the Founder of Commerce for Peace, a non-profit international organization committed to overcoming cultural, ethnic, and religious differences by working together toward common business goals. Steve is a long time resident of Denver, Colorado where he lives his wife Judy and daughter Tiffanie. When he is not busy putting Mitch Jacobs in mortal danger, Steve is CEO of an international technology company.

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