Review of "The Black Cage" by Jack Fredrickson

Here is my review of Fredrickson’s new mystery. Originally appeared in the Chicago Tribune, Feb. 11, 2020.

“If most crime novels cut sharp, crooked paths to their resolution, this one moves slowly, as if finding its way through a fog. There are no sudden breakthroughs to provide excitement; revelations arrive via the local line, not the express.”

Review of "Purgatory Bay" by Bryan Gruley

Here is my review of the latest wild thriller by Chicago writer Gruley. Originally published in the Chicago Tribune, Jan. 28, 2019.

“Even by Gruley’s irrepressible standards, Purgatory Bay is pretty loopy – a monster movie dressed up as crime fiction.”

Back and running

Still a few tweaks to make, and we’re having movers over to haul all of the T Bone Burnett book and tour stuff to its own menu page. But LloydSachs.com is back. Hope you like it.

“[Sachs'] Critical Point of View Stands Out as Good as Burnett's Musical History" – Critics At Large Blogger John Corcelli

Elvis Costello and T Bone Burnett (right) at McCabe’s Guitar Shop, Santa Monica, California, 1984. (Photo: Sherry Rayn Barnett)

“In telling this story, Sachs has done roots music a great turn, in fine style" – From Songlines' 4-Star review

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“An impressively deep and broad look at Burnett’s career,” writes Jeff Kaliss in British magazine.

Here’s the full review:

Capturing notes in words – the books that shaped the music critic

I was asked by the now defunct UK website Books Combined to write about important books in my life and career. Here it is:

“New biography of T Bone Burnett is fascinating, revealing”

Lauren Dailey, writing for Massachussetts’ South Coast Today.