Search Results: "Colin Harrison"


BOOK REVIEW

AFTERBURN by Colin Harrison
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 2000

"A practically perfect literary thriller with a bitter lingering 'afterburn' indeed. (First printing of 100,000; author tour)"
The handy cliché alleging that a thriller is so good it transcends its genre has rarely been truer than in the case of this breathtakingly suspenseful meditation on the interwoven ambiguities of life and death. Read full book review >

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THE HAVANA ROOM by Colin Harrison
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2004

"Plenty to like in Harrison's specialty mix of immensely engaging characters in immensely extreme situations, including ingestion of psychotropic fish."
Manly middle-age obsessions, including sex, restaurants, real estate, drugs, health, death, sports, fatherhood, and the law, combine agreeably in another intelligent thriller from the author of the 2000 Afterburn. Read full book review >

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RISK by Colin Harrison
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"If this fast-paced, surprisingly reflective yarn doesn't measure up to Harrison's more ambitious thrillers (The Finder, 2007, etc.), it's well worth its price and length."
Harrison's fleet seventh novel, originally serialized in the New York Times Magazine, follows an insurance attorney down a trail he wishes he'd never taken. Read full book review >

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BODIES ELECTRIC by Colin Harrison
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1993

"Walt Whitman haunts the story throughout and to great effect. (First printing of 60,000)"
Harrison (Break and Enter, 1990) returns with the story of a 35-year-old widower who takes in a fleeing wife and her four-year- old daughter—at the same time that he's fighting for survival at the top of a communications conglomerate. Read full book review >

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MANHATTAN NOCTURNE by Colin Harrison
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Sordid stuff sure to tickle any voyeur's fancy, written with skill and considerable visceral force—even if occasionally straying beyond the credible. (Author tour)"
In fair homage to the noir tradition, Harrison (Bodies Electric, 1993, etc.) turns all of Manhattan into one man's personal sinkhole, where he can indulge a passion for moment-of- death stories and the twists elevating brute violence into tragedy. Read full book review >

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THE FINDER by Colin Harrison
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 10, 2007

"Love, lust, money, treachery, death and violence, all in a nice tidy package."
Lawless Chinese capitalists attack lawless American capitalists in a smooth thriller that includes a little sex, the mob and a load of sewage. Read full book review >

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YOU BELONG TO ME by Colin Harrison
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 6, 2017

"For fans of the Larsson/Ludlum flavor of action-packed, cynical thriller, where no good deed goes unpunished."
Gritty whodunit by thriller-meister Harrison (Risk, 2009, etc.), the bard of Gotham mayhem. Read full book review >

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COLIN HARRISON
by Gregory McNamee

In his 1954 James Bond novel Live and Let Die, Ian Fleming observed that owning a large number of books tends to go hand in hand with “serious criminal tendencies.” Bibliophiles may object to the thought, but over the long run of history, collectors of many things—paintings, postage stamps, golf courses—have been implicated in all sorts of crimes connected ...


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RORY HARRISON
by Alex Heimbach

A boy and girl go on a road trip to California. They visit the World’s Largest Ball of Twine. They fall in love. The plot of Rory Harrison’s debut novel, Looking for Group, sounds typical enough; the book itself is anything but.

Dylan is 17 and just found out that he is not, in fact, going to die. After years ...


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BOOK REVIEW

THE STEEL PAN MAN OF HARLEM by Colin Bootman
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 2009

Bootman delivers a reimagined "Pied Piper of Hamelin," set in 1940s Harlem. Read full book review >

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CUSHIE BUTTERFIELD by Colin McNaughton
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 15, 2005

"ISBN: 0-00-715467-4). (Picture book. 5-7)"
McNaughton borrows a name from an old comic ballad (a reference likely to escape most readers on this side of the pond, though Sting has recorded it for a children's album) for a tricky calf who schemes to stay home from school for a week and a day. Read full book review >

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THE PARADISE GARDEN by Colin Thompson
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1998

"Not all children will know how to take their futures in hand as Peter does, but the knowledge that they can try resides within these illuminating pages. (Picture book. 8-13)"
Thompson (Tower to the Sun, 1997, etc.) spins elements not so much of escape as solace in his story of a boy who flees the rattle and nonsense of his home life for the pastoral confines of an apparently endless city park. Read full book review >