Search Results: "Barry Maitland"


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MAITLAND by James Patrick Hunt
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 21, 2005

"A world-weary but hopeful hero, a nice eye for the difference between professional and emotional involvement, and almost too much action for Maitland to handle. Hunt could be Elmore Leonard's less humorous son."
An antiques dealer who moonlights as a bounty hunter runs into enough trouble to make him wonder whether he should have stuck to his day job. Read full book review >

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Released: July 1, 1991

The trial of Washington, D.C., mayor Marion Barry, with its titillating mixture of sex, lies, and videotape, not only attracted worldwide attention, but gave rise to more serious questions—which are partially addressed here by Voice of America's Agronsky. Read full book review >

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BABEL by Barry Maitland
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 2003

"Maitland has always been a notable spinner of mysteries, but his fifth case continues to extend his range, depth, and mastery into Ruth Rendell territory."
The shooting of a controversial prof in front of horrified witnesses reunites shaky DS Kathy Kolla, sidelined after the traumatic showdown of Silvermeadow (2002), with Chief Inspector David Brock. Read full book review >

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CRUCIFIXION CREEK by Barry Maitland
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"First of a series. Though you'll wonder early and often how Harry can possibly survive for any sequels, you'll hope again and again to be proved wrong."
The creator of DS Kathy Kolla and DCI David Brock, those ornaments of the Met (The Raven's Eye, 2013, etc.), goes Down Under to feature an even more hard-used cop. Read full book review >

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SPIDER TRAP by Barry Maitland
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 4, 2007

"Though Maitland (No Trace, 2006, etc.) is never less than sensitive and professional, Brock and Kolla's delayed-action ninth case is their most routine."
A schoolboy's grisly discovery in South London takes DCI David Brock on a most unsentimental journey into a case he fumbled long ago. Read full book review >

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ALL MY ENEMIES by Barry Maitland
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 15, 2009

"Average for this outstanding series—in other words, a must-read for fans of the British procedural, with a hair-raising denouement."
While completists wait for October and Kathy Kolla's latest case (Dark Mirror), they can savor the 1996 novel that introduced her to the Met's Serious Crime Division, though not yet to the United States. Read full book review >

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THE VERGE PRACTICE by Barry Maitland
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 2004

"Despite the story's tendency to split into two unrelated parts, Maitland burrows so deeply into the lives of Charles Verge, his associates, and the investigators that you'd think he was channeling P.D. James."
Chief Inspector David Brock and Sergeant Kathy Kolla (Babel, 2003, etc.) consider the fate of a prominent architect who's disappeared without a trace. Read full book review >

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THE CHALON HEADS by Barry Maitland
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"The third and finest case so far for this underrated pair of coppers (The Malcontenta, 2000, etc), and the most satisfyingly twisty mystery of the year."
Chief Inspector David Brock has nothing but bad memories of Sammy Starling, the petty crook he helped build a case against years ago. Read full book review >

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THE MARX SISTERS by Barry Maitland
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 1999

"A clever, flavorsome debut with a particularly deft knack of pulling the rug out from under you in between chapters, just when you think you're safe."
Detective Sergeant Kathy Kolla, handling her very first murder investigation, isn't even sure Meredith Winterbottom was murdered. Read full book review >

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DARK MIRROR by Barry Maitland
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 6, 2009

"Like All My Enemies (2009), average for this distinguished series. But Kathy's fans, presented with two installments of her adventures in two months, can hardly complain."
Researching eminent Victorians can be dangerous, DI Kathy Kolla realizes; you can end up as dead as they are, and by the same means. Read full book review >

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NO TRACE by Barry Maitland
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 9, 2006

"Maitland, perhaps the most underrated writer currently working the whodunit field, puts it all together—a memorably twisty plot, cut-and-thrust interrogation, unsparing forensics, psychological penetration—in the complete mystery package."
The third kidnapping of a young London girl blows the case into a dark new dimension for Chief Inspector David Brock and Sgt. Kathy Kolla. Read full book review >

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SILVER MEADOW by Barry Maitland
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 2002

"Not even the most hard-bitten readers, however, are likely to forget the monstrous terrarium world of Silvermeadow."
Four years after cold-blooded Gregory North killed two guards during a bank robbery in Ilford, Chief Inspector David Brock of Scotland Yard is still hunting him down the most unlikely byways. Read full book review >