Search Results: "Bernie MacKinnon"


BOOK REVIEW

SONG FOR A SHADOW by Bernie MacKinnon
FICTION
Released: April 1, 1991

"He is, and that sucks cuz she's a cool lady''), this young man's appreciation for the things his new friends and family take for granted is expressed with sympathy and understanding. (Fiction. 14-17)"
With his mother in a psychiatric hospital again and his ever-absent father, rock-star Danny ``Spider'' Webb, out on a hugely successful comeback tour, 18-year-old Aaron makes a break: he pushes his car over a cliff and thumbs his anonymous way toward Canada, ending up in Fox Hill, Maine, working in Jerry Ferguson's grocery. Read full book review >

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LUCIFER'S DRUM by Bernie MacKinnon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 28, 2014

"An epic novel in which the historical and thriller elements enrich each other."
Nineteenth-century federal agents hunt for a vicious murderer in the midst of the Civil War in MacKinnon's (Song for a Shadow, 1991, etc.) historical novel. Read full book review >

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MURDER TAKES TWO by Bernie Lee
Released: May 31, 1992

"Underplotted, unmysterious, and—except for Pat and Tony's relentless Oregon cheerleading—utterly unremarkable."
Off to London to direct a series of TV commercials for Thomas Baking Company, would-be adorables Pat and Tony Pratt (Murder at Musket Beach, Murder Without Reservation) watch as the mudslinging among their co-workers gets more and more uninhibited—Thomas marketing director Chet Norris carps endlessly about peerless Paul Taylor's voice-overs; advertising agent Gary Bonham insists that Norris has been threatening to bolt Bonham's agency unless he gets a kickback; Taylor demands that Bonham keep Deborah Thomas, the president's daughter he's just taken to bed, out of the whole mess- -until Pat opens a sound-stage door and Bonham's body tumbles out. Read full book review >

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MORNING SPY, EVENING SPY by Colin MacKinnon
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 3, 2006

"A nicely written thriller, and about as mercifully free of cliché as the genre will allow."
The facts surrounding 9/11 are blended with fictional Mideast intrigue in MacKinnon's slow-paced but solid spy thriller. Read full book review >

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FIRST VICTIM by Douglas MacKinnon
Released: June 1, 1997

"But MacKinnon cheapens the theme of spousal abuse by being content to use it for cynically melodramatic effect: Turner is a one-dimensional monster, and the novel he's in soon becomes merely a routine (and bloody) thriller."
Debut political thriller by nationally syndicated columnist MacKinnon (the nonfiction Footprints, 1989, not reviewed), who worked as a writer for the Reagan and Bush administrations and knows the White House corridors well. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"MacKinnon is a fine storyteller and his crisp, imaginative writing is well-suited to this somewhat unorthodox detective story enmeshed in the secret history of the country's volatile politics."
A journalist turns detective in the case of his dead uncle, murdered during the unrest of the Dominican revolution. Read full book review >

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RIDE LIKE THE WIND by Bernie Fuchs
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2004

"An engaging depiction of a unique slice of American frontier history. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Having just embarked on his leg of the Pony Express, young rider Johnny Free is pursued by Paiute Indians and eventually rescued by his loyal horse in this compelling tale set in the Nevada desert. Read full book review >

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TETHERED by Amy MacKinnon
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 2008

"A more resourceful writer would have painted a less monochromatic world and offered her heroine some hope for change."
There's no end to the misery in this dispiriting first novel featuring a funeral home, a child predator and a parade of victims. Read full book review >

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OUT AT THE OLD BALL GAME by Bernie Bookbinder
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1995

"With tongue firmly in cheek, Bookbinder attempts to skewer some of the most sacred cows of sports, with only limited results."
A slight but amusing satire of baseball and homophobia. Read full book review >