Search Results: "Christopher Leonard"


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THE MEAT RACKET by Christopher Leonard
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 18, 2014

"An authoritative look at a ruthlessly efficient system."
An engrossing report on the industrialized American meat business. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A COYOTE’S IN THE HOUSE by Elmore Leonard
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2004

"Good fun. (Fiction. 9-13)"
The author of Get Shorty turns to children's books with a character study of three very different types. Read full book review >

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Released: Feb. 4, 1990

This biography of the volatile basketball coach profits from the author's sense of fairness and objectivity but, lacking Thompson's cooperation and input—and that of friends, associates, and players—fails to get to the man behind the great teams and bitter controversies. Read full book review >

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Released: March 29, 1989

Cullings from the "Missing Links" column that paleontologist Khrishtalka writes for a bimonthly Carnegie Institution magazine. Read full book review >

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THE GLASS MOUNTAIN by Leonard Wolf
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 17, 1993

"Wolf's ease with the genre (which allows us to savor his crisp reenactment of stock fairy-tale scenes) falls short of an ability to integrate its ancient symbols with the angst of his alienated royals."
The Polish fairy tale ``The Glass Mountain'' appeared in Lang's The Yellow Fairy Book (1894) and more recently was given a mordant urban twist by Donald Barthelme in a short 1970 piece (same title). Read full book review >

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TIME’S FOOL by Leonard Tourney
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 2004

"The Bard comes off poorly in this faddish incarnation. He fails to use either his imagination or even rudimentary logic to uncover obvious clues, demonstrates no sense of humor (where did those comedies come from?), and is all too similar to his own creation, the mopey, indecisive Hamlet."
Or, "The Dark Lady's Revenge," as characters from William Shakespeare's past revisit him at the peak of his career as England's leading dramatist. Read full book review >

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OVER THE SHOULDER by Leonard Chang
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 14, 2001

"A smoking Korean-American Presumed Innocent presented almost entirely in breakneck dialogue, with occasional pauses for scene changes and gunfire."
Jettisoning the literary pretensions that blunted his powerful Dispatches from the Cold (1998), Chang unfurls a thriller that's content to grab you by the neck and shake hard. Read full book review >

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OUT AFTER DARK by Hugh Leonard
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 15, 1991

"Powerful, funny, and moving: an effortless series of incidents full of droll wisdom."
Strong, original, wrenching account of growing up out of wedlock in a small Irish town, by memoirist (Home Before Night, 1980) and playwright (Da) Leonard. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: July 13, 1994

"Suspenseful and awful in its grisly details, but done with good taste and compassion."
Sanders (Fort Worth, 1984, etc.) puts the novelist's eye for detail and a sharp sense of pace to good use in this outstanding true-crime narrative about the rape and murder of a retired Oklahoma schoolteacher. Read full book review >

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UP IN HONEY’S ROOM by Elmore Leonard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 8, 2007

"Despite constant threats of violence and occasional doses of same, the lazy plot is almost an afterthought to the spectacle of a bunch of 'useless spy ring guys' as compulsive as windup toys, and about as consequential."
Tulsa deputy U.S. Marshal Carl Webster, his hell-raising reputation secured by The Hot Kid (2005), tangles with Nazis in a slow-motion dance in wartime Detroit. Read full book review >