Search Results: "Darby Morrell"


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ORPHAN by Faith McNulty
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1992

"A charming vignette. (Nonfiction. 7-11)"
A New Yorker writer with several children's books about wildlife to her credit describes adopting an unweaned ``chuck'' found near her Rhode Island home, raising him, and then returning him to the wild. Read full book review >

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BURNT SIENNA by David Morrell
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 2, 2000

"A standard Morrell performance (Black Evening, 1999, etc.): Sturm und Drang signifying not much. (Film rights to MGM Pictures & Pierce Brosnan's production co.)"
Hokey suspense thriller about a tough ex-marine and world-class painter (think Rambo-Rembrandt) who risks all for a beautiful woman. Read full book review >

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DOUBLE IMAGE by David Morrell
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 12, 1998

"Think Vertigo rewritten for Steven Seagal. (Book-of-the-Month Club alternate selection)"
Morrell (Extreme Denial, 1996, etc.) slams two wildly unrelated stories together to produce this misshapen, empty, though greased-lightning thriller. Read full book review >

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THE ORPHAN GAME by Ann Darby
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1999

"Newcomer Darby tries hard to map the hostile and difficult terrain of family life, but her characters are too weak to give her much help."
A slight first novel with a sluggish plot whose elliptical segments explore unsatisfactory family relationships and a teenage pregnancy, though in a nicely detailed 1960s suburban Californian setting. Read full book review >

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HARPOON by Andrew Darby
NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 2008

"An exciting, in-the-chase, up-to-the minute look at the state of global whaling—nice companion volume to Eric Jay Dolin's Leviathan (2007)."
Sydney Morning Herald reporter Darby ventures from Tasmania and Japan to Antarctica and Mexico as he tracks the ongoing destruction of the world's whale population. Read full book review >

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DESPERATE MEASURES by David Morrell
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 20, 1994

"Fairly gripping in portions, but this has all been done better before. (Author tour)"
The prolific Morrell (Assumed Identity, 1993, etc.) produces another high-speed but hollow thriller. Read full book review >

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LONG LOST by David Morrell
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 8, 2002

"It could be argued that Petey's monstrosity is overdone, but that would be carping. Altogether: good storytelling, neatly plotted and admirably paced, Morrell's best in years."
Cain and Abel rematched—in a surprising and savvy departure for spymeister Morrell (Burnt Sienna, 2000, etc.). Read full book review >

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RULER OF THE NIGHT by David Morrell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"Richly detailed and engrossing; Morrell animates the Victorian era and delivers genre thrills with rare style and panache."
Railroaded in Victorian England. Read full book review >

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THE CONVENANT OF THE FLAME by David Morrell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 13, 1991

"It's hard to believe that the author of the brooding thrillers First Blood and The Totem fashioned this literary vacuum, devoid of most anything except windy actionbut that at such a high velocity as to perhaps justify the 100,000 first printing."
Watch out for those guys with the gray eyes: Their ashen orbs mark them as pagan eco-terroristsand the villains of this achingly silly but super-swift addition to Morrell's popular conspiracy-thriller series (The Fifth Profession, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE SPY WHO CAME FOR CHRISTMAS by David Morrell
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 28, 2008

"Thrillermeister Morrell (Scavenger, 2007, etc.) offers an item slender enough to fit neatly in a Christmas stocking, but the story's on the thin side too."
Yuletide in Santa Fe, a good spy beset, and what's this about a very special baby? Read full book review >

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INSPECTOR OF THE DEAD by David Morrell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 24, 2015

"A propulsive, richly imagined yarn that never loses steam or insults the reader's intelligence."
God save the queen—or failing that, send in the opium sot. Read full book review >