Search Results: "Ayse Burke"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2013

"An enlightening quick-reference handbook for health and social service professionals working with elderly patients, but some sections might be too technical for the average reader."
This medical handbook covers a wide variety of topics related to diagnosing and caring for elderly people with psychiatric issues. Read full book review >

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FLY, LITTLE BIRD by Tina Burke
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2006

"Pre-readers and readers alike will enjoy this visual treat that tickles the funny bone while providing a tender reflection on friendship. (Picture book. 2-6)"
In her debut, Burke offers readers the essence of picture book: a nearly wordless work for which she relies on her expressive watercolors to tell the tale. Read full book review >

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EIGHTEEN by Jan Burke
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"Best of all is the Macavity-winning tour de force 'Unharmed,' which distills Burke's talents into five perfect pages."
Doubling the stakes from her current dark thriller Nine (see below), the title enumerates Burke's complete short stories since 1993. Read full book review >

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CRIME ALWAYS PAYS by Declan Burke
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 2014

"Don't blink, or you'll miss the latest realignments among criminal conspirators so uniformly energetic and amoral that long before this installment is over, it's hard to tell them apart."
Even though it's been six years since Burke published The Big O (2008), this manic sequel seems to begin five minutes after its predecessor's fade-out. Read full book review >

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4TH  AND GOAL by Monte Burke
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 18, 2012

"A winning story for fans of Friday Night Lights and believers in the American dream."
The story of a successful CEO who left his position to pursue a long-deferred dream of becoming a college football coach. Read full book review >

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THE MESSENGER by Jan Burke
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 2009

"Sudsy and unpersuasive. Fans of Burke's justly admired Irene Kelly series (Kidnapped, 2006, etc.) may follow Adrian in demanding a renegotiation."
Almost two centuries after he started doing the dreary work of the Messenger, Tyler Hawthorne finds himself stalked by the Faustian no-good who baited him into it. Read full book review >

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SAFELIGHT by Shannon Burke
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2004

"The scenes between the lovers are touching, if a tad predictable, but it's Burke's evocation of a murky world, where savior and sinner come in one macho package, that makes this an exhilarating standout."
A paramedic/photographer falls in love with an AIDS patient in a debut notable for its gritty realism. Read full book review >

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HOCUS by Jan Burke
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 1997

"The result has its high points—the wary friendship that grows between Irene and Cassidy, echoed by the unexpected tenderness between Frank and one of his abductors—but is likely to leave your manicure intact. (Author tour)"
The pranks of a group of misfits calling themselves Hocus—they've tapped into computer systems and given the citizens of Las Piernas, California, amnesty from parking tickets and library fines—begin to escalate when they free scores of dogs and cats from an animal shelter and kill the keeper. Read full book review >

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SWEET DREAMS, IRENE by Jan Burke
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 1994

"Now there's a gruesome scenario."
A second high-profile case for Las Piernas reporter Irene Kelly (Goodnight, Irene, 1993) begins when Jacob Henderson, a teenager whose father is running for D.A., asks her to pre-empt the story that Henderson's opponent, Monty Montgomery, will be spreading about Jacob's membership in a witches' coven. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: July 6, 1996

"Thought-provoking reading on the creation of gender identity for anyone who has a child or has ever been one."
Calling for ``gender independence,'' freedom from the tyranny of masculine and feminine stereotypes, Burke (Family Values: Two Moms and Their Son, 1993; Atomic Candy, 1989) relies more on anecdote and example than on theory and sustained argument, thereby giving current discussions on gender a human face—and a wider audience. Read full book review >

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DEAR IRENE, by Jan Burke
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"All Burke has done is take one of the hoariest clichÇs in the business—the letter-writing serial killer—and make it as fresh and chilling as a winter sunrise."
Somebody calling himself Thanatos, the lord of death, is writing letters to Las Piernas News Express reporter Irene Kelly (Sweet Dreams, Irene, p. 19, etc.), whom he calls Cassandra, obliquely prophesying a series of murders—and then making good on every prophecy. Read full book review >