Search Results: "Collin Wilcox"


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EXCEPT FOR THE BONES by Collin Wilcox
Released: Nov. 1, 1991

"A civilized way to be scared."
Book three in the author's Alan Bernhardt series (Silent Witness, 1990; Bernhardt's Edge, 1988) has a token appearance by Frank Hastings, SFPD, and a practically invisible Bernhardt, who merely hovers at the edges of his case: to find out who wealthy, powerful real-estate mogul Preston Daniels was carting to the Cape Cod dump in a garbage bag. Read full book review >

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DEAD CENTER by Collin Wilcox
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 15, 1992

"Solid, steady detective work from old pro Wilcox (17 Hastings titles to date), this time displaying a casual cynicism toward the mores of the power elite and a deepening vulnerability in Hastings's character."

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HIRE A HANGMAN by Collin Wilcox
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 4, 1991

"No pyrotechnics here, but the S.F. locale and cop camaraderie are first-rate."
Long-running Lieutenant Hastings and his co-captain of San Francisco homicide, the irascible Friedman, suspect early on that surgeon Brice Hanchett, shot leaving his mistress's apartment, was not a random mugging victim—but pinpointing the killer takes a while. Read full book review >

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CALCULATED RISK by Collin Wilcox
Released: Sept. 6, 1995

"Janet Collier to ratchet up the tension as Hastings closes in on his prey."
Wilcox's 30th novel starts off with a routine gay-bashing in San Francisco's Castro neighborhood that turns not-so-routine when the late Charles Hardaway's phone records link him and his AIDS-stricken roommate, Randy Carpenter, to Carpenter's old school friend Harold Best. Read full book review >

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FIND HER A GRAVE by Collin Wilcox
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 1, 1993

"Flawed but clever."
Capo Carlo Venezzio dies of a heart attack while in prison, but not before he's ordered right-hand man Tony Bacardo to see that a million dollars' worth of diamonds has been salted away for his illegitimate daughter, Louise, and her daughter, Angela. Read full book review >

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SWITCHBACK by Collin Wilcox
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Surprisingly sloppy work from Wilcox (he puts credit cards in the victim's purse, for instance, then later says she had no charge cards), but he almost salvages this with a deft plot-twist or two and a compelling portrait of the beginnings of an affair."
San Francisco homicide co-commander Frank Hastings (Dead Center, etc.), in trying to make sense out of beautiful Lisa Franklin's life and death (a jogger found her body out at Baker Beach), interviews her neighbors, the burned-out Jamie and the spaced-out C.J., along with her roommate Barbara Estes—and learns not only that the two women were lovers but also that Lisa, a self- labeled ``courtesan,'' was being kept in solvency by three men, one of whom was the target of an SEC investigation. Read full book review >

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FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"Kids with an appetite for spooky stories will breeze right through this inoffensive volume. (Fiction. 9+)"
Instead of grisly horror stories, McDonald (The Chilling Hour, 1992, etc.) specializes in psychological suspense with a supernatural twist. Read full book review >

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VENOMOUS by Christie Wilcox
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"Wilcox writes in a lively style, but the book is likely of greatest interest to those already drawn to the subject."
How the creatures that embody some of mankind's deepest fears use toxic substances to defend themselves against predators and to prey on the creatures they eat—and why this is important to us today. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Plenty of unsubtle shivers. (Short Stories/Fiction. 10-13)"
A snowed-in, freezing family almost makes the mistake of climbing into the Black Van that stops for them...a locket with an old photograph becomes a slow, deadly trap...a substitute teacher returns to his hometown after many years to take revenge on the children of his tormentors...a seemingly ramshackle house proves to be a gateway to past and future. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1997

"The book often reads like an oral history, and that is both a strength and a drawback: The narrative is frank and lively, but it lacks the objectivity and research notes one expects in a serious work of history. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
A behind-the-scenes history of American fighter pilots, from Vietnam to Desert Storm. Read full book review >

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THE LAST DECISION by Victoria Wilcox
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 5, 2015

"A must-read for fans of the Old West."
The third book in Wilcox's (Gone West, 2014, etc.) historical fiction series finds dentist Doc Holliday heading to Tombstone, Arizona, to meet up with Wyatt Earp and his brothers for gunfights and adventures. Read full book review >