Search Results: "Brad Smith"


BOOK REVIEW

HEARTS OF STONE by Brad Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2017

"Smith's unsparing depiction of a small-town justice system that depends on 'everybody's ratting everybody out' works against mystery and suspense but allows a sense of monstrous injustice to fester till it's ready to explode."
An Ontario felon-turned-farmer seeks justice against the petty criminals who casually destroyed his household. Read full book review >

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SHOOT THE DOG by Brad Smith
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 16, 2013

"Smith's slyly entertaining satire makes it easy to overlook the perfunctory, forgettable mystery."
Another Hollywood production ventures into the sticks, with results that are predictably droll, dry and homicidal. Read full book review >

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RED MEANS RUN by Brad Smith
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 2012

"The whodunit is both unguessable and not very interesting, but Smith (Busted Flush, 2005, etc.) makes the developing relationship between mutually wary Virgil and Claire well worth the price of admission."
A farmer accused of murder turns detective to save his skin, which is worth saving. Read full book review >

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CROW'S LANDING by Brad Smith
Released: Aug. 7, 2012

"Fifteen routine but thoroughly pleasurable rounds of detection, action, double-crossing and highly competitive treasure-hunting."
A sunken treasure that upstate farmer/fisherman Virgil Cain accidentally hooks brings him nothing but harassment, fisticuffs and murder. Read full book review >

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ALL HAT by Brad Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 2, 2003

"A hodgepodge."
An ex-convict, his former girlfriend, a rich horse-dealer's spoiled son, a preacher, a hooker, some gamblers, two low-wattage hired hands—these and others are scattered through this diffuse American debut. Read full book review >

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ROUGH JUSTICE by Brad Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2016

"A slow-burning tale of vigilante justice leading to a satisfying ending that relies equally on convenient coincidence and the audience's wishes."
The creator of sleuthing farmer Virgil Cain (Shoot the Dog, 2013, etc.) launches a new series that tosses a hard-used rape victim and her father into a sea of civic corruption in small-town Ontario.Read full book review >

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BUSTED FLUSH by Brad Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 2005

"Nicely done, and just the thing for the History Channel addict of the house."
History is littered with examples of people doing bad things in order to land rare and exquisite prizes. And so is this funny, quirky tale that plays pleasing what-if games with the past. Read full book review >

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THE BOY WHO WAS RAISED BY LIBRARIANS by Brad Sneed
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2007

"Kids should get a kick out of the geeky Melvin, his supportive clan of nurturing bibliophiles and his so-very-logical career choice. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A curious boy discovers the library is the best place to be and librarians are the best people to know in this lighthearted homage. Read full book review >

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THUMBELINA by Brad Sneed
adapted by Brad Sneed, illustrated by Brad Sneed
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"Not perfect, but collections in need of more Anderson will welcome this. (Picture book. 4-9)"
In a new retelling of Anderson's tale of a tiny girl traded from frog to bug to rodent, adaptor and illustrator Sneed creates a lush, Lilliputian world of jewel-eyed insects and gargantuan flowers. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"A serviceable continuation to a still-promising series. (Fantasy. 10-12)"
Following Grimoire: Curse of the Midions (2006), episode two is one long chase sequence as young Jarvey Midion and his capable friend Lucy Dare search for his kidnapped parents through more worlds created by his ancestors within the pages of a magic tome. Read full book review >

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WHEN MACK CAME BACK by Brad Strickland
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2000

"Readers who believe in the mystical bond that can exist between people and animals will cheer Mack on as he slowly and quietly helps heal the emotional pain of the Painter family members. (Fiction. 8-12)"
In this heart-tugging period piece about a poor but proud farming family, Strickland (The Specter From the Magician's Museum, not reviewed, etc.) invites readers into the world of backcountry Georgia at the time of WWII. Read full book review >