Search Results: "Charles Osborne"


BOOK REVIEW

SPIDER’S WEB by Agatha Christie
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 1, 2000

"If this adaptation repeats the sales of those two, expect an Osborne version of Verdict, Christie's last original mystery play, in time for next Christmas."
Osborne's third novelization of a Christie play—this one based on a 1954 original that ran for two years alongside the West End perennials Witness for the Prosecution and The Mousetrap—takes place in still another country house that, except for the impending hush-hush visit of the Prime Minister and the Soviet premier, could be frozen back in the '20s. Read full book review >

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THE UNEXPECTED GUEST by Agatha Christie
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"Here, though, Osborne, working with much less creaky material than Black Coffee, manages a few surprises worthy of his master."
Christie biographer Osborne's second novelization of a Christie play (Black Coffee, 1998) opens with a wonderfully arresting scene: engineer Michael Starkwedder, having run his car into a ditch while poking around the Welsh countryside looking at houses, enters Richard Warwick's house looking for help, only to find the man himself, a big-game hunter now confined to a wheelchair, shot to death. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Osborne breaks little new ground and fails to plumb Early's motives or complex personality; nonetheless, his engaging biography gives due attention to a Confederate who has been unfairly neglected by Civil War scholars. (Maps, 16 pages of photos—not seen.)"
Osborne (Verdi, 1987; Schubert and His Vienna, 1985, etc.) makes a solid foray into military biography with this crisp narrative about Lee's pugnacious and erratic subordinate. Read full book review >

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THE DISTANCE BETWEEN by Eliza Osborne
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2000

"Still, it's intelligent and quite moving in its way."
A modern young woman's experiences on the road to Damascus—which, in her case, turns out to be I—80. Read full book review >

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THE FORGIVEN by Lawrence Osborne
Released: Sept. 25, 2012

"A gripping read with moral ambiguity galore."
Violence and debauchery in the Moroccan desert lead to cultural misunderstandings...and to more violence and debauchery. Read full book review >

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WINTER'S BULLET by William Osborne
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"An intriguing alternative history lesson wrapped in a nail-biting adventure. (Historical fiction. 12-14)"
Hitler plans to unleash his greatest weapon in a last-ditch effort to win World War II. Read full book review >

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BUILDING HEAVEN by Andrew Osborne
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2016

"A terrifically energetic, modern update of Dante."
A law professor sets out on a philosophical quest, examining the nature of the afterlife. Read full book review >

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THE JOB by Steve Osborne
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 21, 2015

"Despite their anecdotal nature, these punchy policing tales seem provocatively true to life."
Raucous recollections from a career as a New York City cop, from a veteran of The Moth storytelling series. Read full book review >

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THE COMING by David Osborne
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"An epic story sure to be a hit with readers interested in the American western expansion."
Nonfiction author Osborne (The Price of Government, 2004, etc.) has written a historical novel beginning with the Lewis and Clark expedition and ending with the decimation of the Nez Perce tribe. Read full book review >

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HUNTERS IN THE DARK by Lawrence Osborne
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 12, 2016

"Complex in plot yet simple and intense in style, Osborne's narrative takes us into an Asian heart of darkness."
A journey through contemporary Cambodia, where we encounter gambling, drugs, murder—and the mystery of human identity. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 2004

"Personable and keen-minded."
A wide-ranging journalist/author takes to the oenophile road. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"A minor story, to be sure, but very well told."
A bright if modest tale of stiff-upper-lip indomitability against deadly odds. Read full book review >