A solid, often engaging thriller that will likely appeal to fans of conspiracy theories and high adventure.


The Greater Glory

Ruppert (The Seven Watchmen, 2009) delivers a fast-paced, intelligent thriller about a police detective’s journey into an intricate underworld of religion and politics.

Gallagher, a hardened, sharp cop from Washington, D.C., investigates the bloody death of a Jesuit priest. Although it was first ruled an accident, Gallagher believes the priest was murdered and, as the story goes on, risks his career and reputation to prove his suspicion. He teams up with a helpful fourth-grade teacher, Laura Miller, and uses tough investigative tactics, and a bit of larceny, to finds what he needs—plunging into a shady, intricate netherworld of Jesuits, South American revolutionaries, Vatican and CIA officials, Cold War secrets and more. Ruppert expertly sets his characters on the trail of intrigue and adventure, and his prose is consistent and straightforward, offering guidance to the reader when necessary. That said, it sometimes offers long, unnecessary exposition and explanatory dialogue, during which some readers may become lost. At times, the narrative tells instead of shows, instructing readers about a character instead of providing subtler character development (as when it refers to one character’s “sharp mind.”). Readers will likely enjoy the mystery at the heart of this thriller, but repeated, vague references to “a giant man” and a “well dressed man” plotting from positions of power may frustrate some readers. However, these minor flaws are, in the end, forgivable. Overall, the author has a clear knowledge of his engaging characters, settings, plot and ideas, and most readers will appreciate the attention to detail in this complex, well-planned narrative.

A solid, often engaging thriller that will likely appeal to fans of conspiracy theories and high adventure.

Pub Date: May 4, 2013

ISBN: 978-0615677415

Page Count: 350

Publisher: The Greater Glory

Review Posted Online: June 12, 2013

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A strict report, worthy of sympathy.


A violent surfacing of adolescence (which has little in common with Tarkington's earlier, broadly comic, Seventeen) has a compulsive impact.

"Nobody big except me" is the dream world of Holden Caulfield and his first person story is down to the basic, drab English of the pre-collegiate. For Holden is now being bounced from fancy prep, and, after a vicious evening with hall- and roommates, heads for New York to try to keep his latest failure from his parents. He tries to have a wild evening (all he does is pay the check), is terrorized by the hotel elevator man and his on-call whore, has a date with a girl he likes—and hates, sees his 10 year old sister, Phoebe. He also visits a sympathetic English teacher after trying on a drunken session, and when he keeps his date with Phoebe, who turns up with her suitcase to join him on his flight, he heads home to a hospital siege. This is tender and true, and impossible, in its picture of the old hells of young boys, the lonesomeness and tentative attempts to be mature and secure, the awful block between youth and being grown-up, the fright and sickness that humans and their behavior cause the challenging, the dramatization of the big bang. It is a sorry little worm's view of the off-beat of adult pressure, of contemporary strictures and conformity, of sentiment….

A strict report, worthy of sympathy.

Pub Date: June 15, 1951

ISBN: 0316769177

Page Count: -

Publisher: Little, Brown

Review Posted Online: Nov. 2, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 1951

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Cheerfully engaging.


From Australian Moriarty (The Last Anniversary, 2006, etc.), domestic escapism about a woman whose temporary amnesia makes her re-examine what really matters to her.

Alice wakes from what she thinks is a dream, assuming she is a recently married 29-year-old expecting her first child. Actually she is 39, the mother of three and in the middle of an acrimonious custody battle with her soon-to-be ex-husband Nick. She’s fallen off her exercise bike, and the resulting bump on her head has not only erased her memory of the last 10 years but has also taken her psychologically back to a younger, more easygoing self at odds with the woman she gathers she has become. While Alice-at-29 is loving and playful if lacking ambition or self-confidence, Alice-at-39 is a highly efficient if too tightly wound supermom. She is also thin and rich since Nick now heads the company where she remembers him struggling in an entry-level position. Alice-at-29 cannot conceive that she and Nick would no longer be rapturously in love or that she and her adored older sister Elisabeth could be estranged, and she is shocked that her shy mother has married Nick’s bumptious father and taken up salsa dancing. She neither remembers nor recognizes her three children, each given a distinct if slightly too cute personality. Nor does she know what to make of the perfectly nice boyfriend Alice-at-39 has acquired. As memory gradually returns, Alice-at-29 initially misinterprets the scattered images and flashes of emotion, especially those concerning Gina, a woman who evidently caused the rift with Nick. Alice-at-29 assumes Gina was Nick’s mistress, only to discover that Gina was her best friend. Gina died in a freak car accident and in her honor, Alice-at-39 has organized mothers from the kids’ school to bake the largest lemon meringue pie on record. But Alice-at-29 senses that Gina may not have been a completely positive influence. Moriarty handles the two Alice consciousnesses with finesse and also delves into infertility issues through Elizabeth’s diary.

Cheerfully engaging.

Pub Date: June 2, 2011

ISBN: 978-0-399-15718-9

Page Count: 432

Publisher: Amy Einhorn/Putnam

Review Posted Online: April 4, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15, 2011

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