Search Results: "Con Slobodchikoff"


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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 27, 2012

"Intriguing but not entirely convincing."
The director of the Animal Language Institute gives an affirmative answer to the question: "Do animals have language?" Read full book review >

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ANTIQUES CON by Barbara Allan
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 29, 2014

"The exploits of the ditzy heroines (Antiques Disposal, 2012, etc.) remain endlessly amusing despite the rickety mysteries they often wade through."
A fashion-obsessed team of sleuthing antiques dealers takes on the Big Apple. Read full book review >

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THE CON by Alistair Boyle
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 1996

"Shaggy folderol with enough twists, forgeries, double- crosses, and switcheroos to make your head rotate."
Gil Yates, unlicensed veteran of exactly one investigation (The Missing Link, 1995, not reviewed) with a winningly malapropic way with clichÇs, is hired by Los Angeles director Franklin d'Lacy to recover a $16 million Monet purchased from London dealer Jacques Moran but exchanged in transit for an amateurish forgery. Read full book review >

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CON ED by Matthew Klein
Released: March 13, 2007

"A propulsive, noirish tale, as well as a smart allegory on the false promise of the Internet bubble."
Taking full advantage of the irrational exuberance of the dot-com boom, a veteran con man puts together one last big-money scam. Read full book review >

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CON-fidence by Todd Strasser
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 15, 2002

"While readers may identify with the premise of wishing to be popular even at a high price, the awkward narrative voice and the holes in the plot keep this from being wholly persuasive. (Fiction 10-13)"
In tackling the well-worn theme of a girl who aspires to enter the in-crowd, Strasser (Give a Boy a Gun, 2000, etc.) complicates the usual plot by introducing a female, middle-school version of a con man. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1993

"As the world that shaped this paragon fades, the legacy remains, thanks to modern technology and this sympathetic record. (Valuable discography and 26 halftones)"
A relaxed and engaging portrait of the incomparable chamber- music ensemble (1917-67) and its four most important principals, gracefully interwoven into a history of string-quartet playing in America. Read full book review >

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CREEP CON by Kim Firmston
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"Uneven though worthy in message. (Fiction. 12-18)"
A cautionary tale about male sexual entitlement. Read full book review >

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CON ACADEMY by Joe Schreiber
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Quick and entertaining, this comic romp fulfills its promising setup. (Fiction. 14-18)"
A boy from a con-artist family cheats his way into an exclusive private school only to find a rival grifter at work there. Read full book review >

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Con Game by Terry Ambrose
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 29, 2014

"A solid second round of capers featuring this attractive, cynical couple."
In this second installment of the License to Lie mystery series, con artist Roxy Tanner and criminologist Skip Cosgrove contend with a scam gone wrong, death threats and their evolving romance. Read full book review >

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KING CON by Stephen J. Cannell
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 4, 1997

"Cannell shows off his skill at Elmore Leonardstyle plot twists and slangy street dialogue, but his blend of cinematically detailed violence and pointless Hollywood fairy-tale scenes fails to convince. (Film rights to MGM; Book-of-the-Month Club alternate selection; author tour)"
Breezy, novelized screenplay from TV screenwriter Cannell (Final Victim, 1996, etc.) almost makes crime cute. Read full book review >