Search Results: "Connie Dial"


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UNNATURAL MURDER by Connie Dial
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 26, 2014

"The big reveal manages to be at once surprising, logical and untidy in wrapping up a case with more loose ends than Josie's domestic situation—and that's saying quite a bit."
A killer declares war on Hollywood's transvestite community.
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SET THE NIGHT ON FIRE by Connie Dial
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 29, 2016

"The mystery actually gets less and less interesting as it limps along to the final hollow surprise. As usual in this series, Dial's precise eye for the carrots and sticks of the LA justice system is the standout feature."
Capt. Josie Corsino's fourth case is a prequel to her first three (Unnatural Murder, 2014, etc.) set so far back in the past that she isn't even Josie Corsino yet.Read full book review >

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THE BROKEN BLUE LINE by Connie Dial
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 2010

"Fans of hard-boiled detective fiction may not be impressed, but there's soft-boiled satisfaction to the departmental intrigue and the meting out of justice, Sergeant Turner-style."
Relegated to busting cops for soliciting sex, Sergeant Mike Turner (Internal Affairs, 2009) finally gets a case with real promise—a renegade cop on dubious disability linked to illegal guns and armed robbery. Read full book review >

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THE THIRD HELL by Connie Dial
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"Both the tale and the landscape against which it unfolds are so glum that the glimpse of promised happiness at the end is almost too much to bear."
Dial takes a break from her six tours of La-La-Land's mean streets with Detective Josie Corsino (Set the Night on Fire, 2016, etc.) for an even deeper descent into the city's dark side as a retired LAPD detective searches frantically for his 13-year-old son. Read full book review >

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FALLEN ANGELS by Connie Dial
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 2012

"A veteran cop herself, Dial (The Broken Blue Line, 2010, etc.) does authenticity to the max, and readers will like that. But it's tough, vulnerable, never-say-die Josie that they'll love."
She's a wife, a mom, an LAPD captain and compelling no matter what she does. Read full book review >

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INTERNAL AFFAIRS by Connie Dial
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 2009

"A tough potboiler with swagger to spare."
LAPD veteran Dial's debut uncovers a web of sex, narcotics and blackmail in the law-enforcement hierarchy. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2012

"Definitive and exhaustive, animated by a profound respect and admiration."
The second volume of the author's massive biography of legendary baseball manager Connie Mack (1862-1956). Read full book review >

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CONNIE CAME TO PLAY by Jill Paton Walsh
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 1996

"From the author of Pepi and the Secret (p. 560), it's grand to see such a typical preschool scenario handled without preachiness. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Connie came to play and Robert doesn't want to share his toys. ``This is my train!'' he tells her. ``All right,'' says Connie. ``You play with that one. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 8, 2008

"Close to authoritative but far from thrilling: Considering the tumultuous events the author chronicles, his account is surprisingly dry."
How the giant media and advertising conglomerate got so big. (Hint: It wasn't high-quality programming.) Read full book review >

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DIAL-A-GHOST by Eva Ibbotson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

"While much of this territory may seem familiar, it is never old to young readers who like their humor laced with blood-curdling screams, and just can't get enough. (Fiction. 8-14)"
If R.L. Stine, Charles Dickens, and Lemony Snicket gave a writers' workshop, any resulting fiction might not be a literary masterpiece, but it would have deliciously wicked currency with young readers. Read full book review >

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THE BEST OF CONNIE WILLIS by Connie Willis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 9, 2013

"Ranging from the hilarious to the profound, these stories show the full range of Willis' talent for taut, dazzling plots, real science, memorable characters, penetrating dialogue and blistering drama—and may guide inquisitive readers toward her equally accomplished and acclaimed novels."
Ten award-winning stories, 1982-2007, plus three equally well-regarded award acceptance speeches, from the much-celebrated author (All Clear, 2011, etc.). Read full book review >