Search Results: "Claire Carver-Dias"


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THE GAMES by Claire Carver-Dias
Released: Oct. 1, 2012

"A novel about the Olympics that is nearly as engaging to read as the events are to watch."
Six athletes and a would-be terrorist prepare for the London 2012 Olympics. Read full book review >

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THE CREEPER by Tania Carver
Released: Sept. 15, 2012

"Carver doesn't stint on the fun-house shocks and shivers, and gourmands of violence, physical and psychological, will have a field day. But there's so much straining to get in your face, so many chapters from the Creeper's point of view, and such a pat motive for all the mayhem, that the nasty thrills never upstage the dysfunctional relationships within the Colchester constabulary."
A sadistic killer targets the few young women of Colchester to have survived Carver's blistering debut (The Surrogate, 2011). Read full book review >

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DEAD HEAT by Caroline Carver
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 9, 2004

"Georgia's one busy gal, and Carver (Blood Junction, 2002) just loves slathering her in hyperbole."
Intrepid Aussie survives torture, a plane crash, hungry crocs, and two men who cause heart palpitations. Read full book review >

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THE BLACK ROAD by Tania Carver
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 15, 2014

"Overly long and lacking in polish."
Carver (the pen name of a British husband-and-wife team) adds another grisly layer to her Marina Esposito series. Read full book review >

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BLOOD JUNCTION by Caroline Carver
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 24, 2002

"A plot-driven debut evidently motivated by pipe dreams of a movie sale."
India Kane is a high-powered journalist who carries a teddy bear in her backpack because it's a comfort. Read full book review >

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BEST AMERICAN SHORT STORIES, 1986 by Shannon Ravenel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 30, 1986

"But, otherwise, tired nags ran this course, on the whole."
If this year's edition were a horse race (and these "bests" can't be denied their competitive aspect), it would be a $3000 claimer. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 11, 2006

"Raymond Carver fans will welcome this up-close, very personal glimpse into the life of the talented but troubled writer."
A bittersweet account of the author's hardscrabble life with her husband, the writer Raymond Carver. Read full book review >

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AMERICAN SHORT STORY MASTERPIECES by Tom Jenks
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 3, 1987

"But however that may be, one hardly finds here yet the anthology deserving the mantel of its—and of that earlier—august title."
It's hard not to be cynical about an anthology of proclaimed "masterpieces" that includes, without apology, a story by one of its editors; and although some may consider Carver a contemporary master, remarkably few other indisputable gems are brought together here—Flannery O'Connor's "A Good Man Is Hard to Find," Philip Roth's "Tire Conversion of the Jews" and Bernard Malamud's "The Magic Barrel." Read full book review >

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ERROR OF JUDGMENT by Dexter Dias
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 14, 1996

"An even more feverish follow-up to Dias's memorably unpleasant debut (False Witness, 1995), with a particularly nasty series of surprises that don't get sprung till you're convinced you already know the absolute worst about everybody involved."
How's this for an impossible case: Barrister Nick Downes has been assigned the defense of the nameless amnesiac (he turns out to be poet and painter Will Turner) who was caught in a Vice sweep of a Queensway brothel shortly after he told the lady-in- charge that he'd buried a body in a chalk pit in Kent. Read full book review >

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From Under The Mulberry Tree by D. Carver Brazwell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"More characterized by sentimentality than strength."
These collected verses address matters of nature, faith, time, and love. Read full book review >

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ONCE UPON A CLOUD by Claire Keane
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 24, 2015

"Guaranteed to appeal to fans of Frozen and other princess tales. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Celeste ponders the perfect gift for her mother all day until bedtime, when "the Wind bl[ows] in and carrie[s] her away." Read full book review >

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MAGICAL MAIL by Claire Barker
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"Not a patch on Lyn Gardner and Mini Grey's Into the Woods dyad for meta-literary fairy-tale fun. (Fantasy. 7-10)"
Faith Smyth is perfectly ordinary, out of place in her competitive family, with only tiny blue Bus Bear to keep loneliness at bay. Read full book review >