Search Results: "Christopher Sandford"


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POLANSKI by Christopher Sandford
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Engrossing, lucid presentation of a uniquely complicated and productive life."
The tumultuous story of a director whose signature movies—dark, bleakly funny, shot through with perversity and paranoia—reflect the sensibility of an artist shaped by circumstances more harrowing, unpredictable and absurd than any Hollywood melodrama. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 2011

"More a double portrait than an account of a friendship, but a fascinating account of an unlikely relationship framed in a good deal of lightly sourced dual biography."
Veteran celebrity biographer Sandford (Polanski, 2008, etc.) brings together two fierce yet mutually respectful antagonists on the subject of spiritualism. Read full book review >

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KEITH RICHARDS by Christopher Sandford
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2004

"Less than a glance at what drove 'the man death forgot.'"
Hollow if high-revved portrait of the Rolling Stones guitarist and songwriter from rock-music biographer Sandford (Mick Jagger, 1994, etc.). The only thing missing, tellingly, is his subject's voice. Read full book review >

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MICK JAGGER by Christopher Sandford
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 16, 1994

"Sandford may manage to inch closer to the real Jagger, but only die-hard fans will be caught up in his account."
A sloppily rendered bio of the Rolling Stones' lead singer offers glimpses of a more human Mick Jagger than previously seen, but gets mired in contradictions and the details of the group's long decline. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 5, 2014

"Crisp personal portraits of two leaders (and their wives) shaping the new world order."
Exploration of the deepening friendship between two contrasting Western leaders at a time of perilous Soviet brinkmanship. Read full book review >

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PAUL MCCARTNEY by Christopher Sandford
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 2006

"Initially thrilling but finally artless, with little for the casual fan."
The cute Beatle may not have been quite so cuddly. Read full book review >

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NAKED PREY by John Sandford
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 12, 2003

"Nonstop drive, dialogue that amuses and surprises, deft characterizations. But most notable of what Sandford continues to do—better, perhaps, than anyone in crime fiction—is humanize his monsters: that makes for a special kind of creepiness."
By the time a series gets appreciably past its salad days, the signs of writer fatigue are usually unmistakable. Which is what makes this 14th outing from Sandford so remarkable: the brilliant Prey series goes bopping along, taking steps two at a time, acting like your basic spring chicken. Read full book review >

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CERTAIN PREY by John Sandford
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 10, 1999

"Top suspense."
After ten thrillers in his series about Minneapolis cop Lucas Davenport (Secret Prey, 1998, etc.), Pulitzer Prize—winning journalist John Camp, writing under his Sandford pen name, hits a home run over the curve of the earth as the brilliantly swift Certain Prey sinks a meat hook under the reader's jaw on page one and never lets up. Read full book review >

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THE NIGHT CREW by John Sandford
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 7, 1997

"A credibly gallant woman on the trail of a notably demented weirdo in a host of after-hours venues—a winning and suspense-filled combination for the ultraprofessional Sandford."
The pseudonymous Sandford takes a break from his popular series featuring top Minneapolis cop Lucas Davenport (Sudden Prey, 1996, etc.) to offer a thriller whose gutsy heroine pursues the psychopath who's stalking her around the Los Angeles Basin. Read full book review >

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THE BOYS ACROSS THE STREET by Rick Sandford
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2000

"There is an ugly subgenre of gay fiction that appeals mainly to pedophiles, and Sandford's work—prurient, vulgar, misogynistic, blasphemous, tasteless, pompous, and subliterate—falls deep within its bowels."
A strange, pointless, highly offensive debut novel about a homosexual porn star who fantasizes about seducing the boys who study at the yeshiva across the street from him. Read full book review >

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DARK OF THE MOON by John Sandford
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 25, 2007

"A high-fatality, low-octane procedural that has its points but lacks the wow factor. Bring back Lucas Davenport. "
Virgil Flowers, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension investigator introduced as a sidekick to Lucas Davenport in Invisible Prey (2007), gets a death-enriched case of his own. Read full book review >

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SECRET PREY by John Sandford
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 11, 1998

"Not a bad idea."
Deputy chief of Minneapolis PD Lucas Davenport returns for Sandford's ninth outing in the well-received Prey procedurals (Sudden Prey, 1996, etc.). Read full book review >