Search Results: "Baron R. Birtcher"


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HARD LATITUDES by Baron R. Birtcher
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 15, 2015

"Birtcher's latest is an agreeable but undercooked mystery about the sex trade."
In Birtcher's fourth Mike Travis novel, the Hawaii-based PI, reluctantly answering a cry for help from his brother, finds himself threatened by a Hong Kong sex-trafficking ring. Read full book review >

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RAIN DOGS by Baron R. Birtcher
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 15, 2013

"Both a convincing period piece and a timely effort in addressing drug and immigration issues."
In this gritty, wide-angled, modern noir, sweeping changes in the Mexican drug trade in 1976 imperil the lives and fortunes of two small-scale marijuana growers and a pair of corrupt American border cops. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2003

"Convincing argument that the return of the big carnivores will sharpen the debate over how humans situate themselves in the environment—at least, it certainly should. (3 illustrations, 2 maps, not seen)"
A thoughtful history from environmental reporter Baron elegantly forewarns of the mountain lion's return to human-populated landscapes. Read full book review >

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LA DOLCE VITA by Herb Baron
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 6, 2012

"A heartfelt, touching look back on a full life."
A World War II vet and businessman reflects on a life spent with his beloved wife. Read full book review >

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Unraveling the Christmas Star Mystery by Irene Baron
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 8, 2012

"Intriguing study of the 'Christmas star' but in need of further scientific backing."
Debut writer and former science teacher Baron tackles the ancient mystery of the Christmas star—the astronomical phenomenon recorded in the Bible as having heralded the birth of Jesus Christ. Read full book review >

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DEFRIENDED by Ruth Baron
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 1, 2013

"Baron produces a novel that feels based on adult assumptions regarding teens' use of Facebook; it will likely appeal only to the disconnected adult gift-giver with no sense of teen reading taste. (Horror. 12-16)"
A ghost-story wannabe for the digital age. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 2011

"A misguided focus on sex and booze overshadows the moments of insight and inspiration."
A memoir of one young woman's experience working as Ralph Reed's spokeswoman. Read full book review >

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Released: Dec. 31, 2012

"H.R. Giger meets Keith Haring, illuminated by the artist's engaging insight."
Part monograph, part manifesto, Baron's (El Paso, 1981) illustrated book presents an overview of his life's work creating "embellished fantasy images." Read full book review >

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SHATTERED by Kathi Baron
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 28, 2009

"Still, this poignant story of multigenerational abuse is a compelling read. (Fiction. 11-13)"
It ought to be the best day of 14-year-old Cassie's life—the day of her violin solo with the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra—but her always-angry dad is more jittery than usual. Read full book review >

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Stumble Stones by Marilyn Baron
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 19, 2016

"A romance with a clichéd premise but some political and emotional depth."
A TV writer and a banker try to return priceless diamonds to their rightful owners while neo-Nazi dealers in stolen merchandise pursue them in thisromantic suspense novel. Read full book review >

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THE MOURNING SEXTON by Michael Baron
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 19, 2005

"Attractive and credible characters in slightly-less-credible circumstances."
The redemption of a once-jailed, once-super lawyer accelerates when he's asked to file suit on behalf of a young woman killed in the crash of an SUV. Read full book review >