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BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 14, 2010

"A well-organized resurrection of yet another lost memory of the Holocaust era."
A methodical chronicle of a once-thriving farming town in western Ukraine that was obliterated by the Nazis and resurrected by witnesses' testimonies. Read full book review >

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VAL EMMICH
by Kelly Stocker

You see a lot of Val Emmich in his debut novel, The Reminders. It's musical, playful, poignant, smart, and endearing with surprising insight into real-life complicated relationships. Emmich is a long-time musician, an actor with past roles on Vinyl, 30 Rock, and Ugly Betty, a husband, a father to two daughters and now, a published author. On our phone ...


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WHO WANTS BROCCOLI? by Val Jones
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 16, 2015

"Readers longing for a lid to their own pots, or with similarly challenging behaviors, will find comfort in Broccoli's tale. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The tricks that make a dog unadoptable in some people's eyes are just the ticket home for Broccoli. Read full book review >

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JAMES DEAN by Val Holley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 30, 1995

"A biography by the numbers that never quite adds up. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
The author of this quotidian, excessively anecdotal life of James Dean has done a lot of research, but too rarely does he conjoin it with any real understanding. Read full book review >

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THE GIRL WHO SLEPT WITH GOD by Val Brelinski
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Despite the wrenching shift in tone, a soulful exploration of the limits and consequences of familial control."
A family of evangelical Christians is derailed by a daughter's pregnancy. Read full book review >

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DEAD BEAT by Val McDermid
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 26, 1993

"Lacks pep, sizzle, not to mention good work ethics."
McDermid (Open and Shut, Report for Murder) introduces tough- minded Manchester, England, p.i. Read full book review >

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KILLING THE SHADOWS by Val McDermid
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"McDermid has handled the duel between serial killers and profilers better in The Mermaids Singing (1996)."
As Francis Blake leaves the Old Bailey, gleefully celebrating the dismissal of the charges against him for raping and murdering a young mother on Hampstead Heath while her two toddlers watched, neither Steve Preston of the Met nor his good friend, psychological profiler Fiona Cameron, is supposed to still be working the case. Read full book review >

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CROSS AND BURN by Val McDermid
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 22, 2013

"McDermid earns her customary high marks for planting clues, mastering procedural detail and maintaining suspense as the net closes. As usual, however, the endlessly fraught relationships among the continuing characters are the real draw."
The abrupt departure of DCI Carol Jordan leaves the Bradfield Metropolitan Police ill-equipped to deal with a killer whose targets bear a truly unsettling similarity to one another. Read full book review >

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A READING YEAR: JUDGING CRIME WORKS BY DIFFERENT STANDARDS
by J. Kingston Pierce

Back when I began writing for Kirkus Reviews, almost half a decade ago, I had an editor who was frequently after me to publish lists of things—rundowns of especially dependable crime novelists, or books I’d like to read again for the first time, or once-popular detectives about whom I thought more should be written. “People like to read lists,” ...


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BOOK REVIEW

THREAD OF THE SPIDER by Val Davis
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"There's plenty here for conspiracy buffs; others might give it a miss."
Still jobless and looking for something to do while her resumé makes the rounds, historical archaeologist Nicolette "Nick" Scott joins her father, Elliott, the world's leading Anasazi scholar, and Fremont Indian expert Dr. Reed Austin as they poke around Utah caves last entered by Hyrum Boyce at the turn of the last century. Read full book review >