Search Results: "Brad Smith"


BOOK REVIEW

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Sept. 16, 1998

"Always agreeable, but Leithauser's modest passions seldom compel."
The fourth collection by the novelist (The Friends of Freeland, 1997, etc.) and MacArthur fellow demonstrates the same formal fluidity and clarity of expression as his previous books. Read full book review >

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LICK CREEK by Brad Kessler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 6, 2001

"Lick Creek does as much justice to its time and place as it does to its vivid cast. Still, the star turn unquestionably belongs to the fiercely independent Emily, with her bittersweet and eloquently told story."
Children's author Kessler's first adult novel, set in West Virginia in the late '20s, talks of love, hate, and other powerful things. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Nov. 5, 1976

"Steiger's message is harmless and possibly constructive, but his informants will try the patience even of devotees."
In this latest outreach, Steiger presents ideas given to him "during the time-out-of-time" he spent with the Egyptian goddess Sekmet. Read full book review >