Search Results: "David Handler"


BOOK REVIEW

DAVID by Mary Hoffman
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 11, 2011

"Nonfiction masquerading as a novel and failing as either sort of narrative. (character list, historical note, glossary) (Historical fiction. 13 & up)"
The author of the Stravaganaza series reveals the muse behind Michelangelo's David. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 2005

"Of much interest to serious students of espionage and spy-novel aficionados alike."
A spy comes in from the Cold War, with eye-opening tales to tell. Read full book review >

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PHANTOM ANGEL by David Handler
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"Veteran Handler (The Coal Black Asphalt Tomb, 2014, etc.) has a knack for lively plots and quirky yet believable characters. Despite one hint too many about the murderer, Benji's second adventure is no exception."
A legendary Broadway producer's attempts to fund a musical ring down the curtain on his own life in a sequel to Runaway Man (2013).Read full book review >

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RUNAWAY MAN by David Handler
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 20, 2013

"So what if Handler, best known for his Berger and Mitry series (The Blood-Red Indian Summer, 2011, etc.), isn't the keenest plotter in the genre? He definitely knows his way around adorable, cute and schmaltzy."
Introducing private eye Benji Golden, part nebbish, part mensch, who's surrounded by women with bountiful racks and wriggly tushes. Read full book review >

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THE SHIMMERING BLOND SISTER by David Handler
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 12, 2010

"Though you're not likely to share Des and Mitch's infatuation with each other, you might just learn not to take everyone at face value."
Even in toney Dorset, background checks are advisable. Read full book review >

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THE BRIGHT SILVER STAR by David Handler
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 10, 2003

"Not exactly a testimonial to marriage or a paean to suburban morality. Or to clever plotting either, but if you won't mind that the murderer is apparent very early on, a nicely delineated study of sins that are usually whispered about, at least in Connecticut."
Sex in the suburbs. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE BOY WHO NEVER GREW UP by David Handler
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 8, 1992

"An ebullient exposÇ of what you only wish were Steven Spielberg's private life."
Veteran ghostwriter Hoagy Hoag (The Woman Who Fell from Grace, etc.), bereft of his wife Merilee, is back in Hollywood to help Boy Wonder director Matthew Wax tell the story of his life—or his side of the story, since his wife Pennyroyal Brim, America's Sweetheart, has just filed for a messy divorce. Read full book review >

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THE COAL BLACK ASPHALT TOMB by David Handler
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 25, 2014

"Berger and Mitry's 10th case (The Snow White Christmas Cookie, 2012, etc.), set in a model old New England town, has an enjoyably twisty plot. The lead couple, despite the occasional descent into cuteness, is still more palatable than most of the starchy suspects."
A determined cop and the man in her life take on an old murder in their quaint New England town. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE MAN WHO CANCELLED HIMSELF by David Handler
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 7, 1995

"Even so, Handler's easy mastery of sitcom cant and sitcom madness will keep you reading long after you've given up on the conscientious, forgettable plot."
TV comic Lyle Hudnut is in such deep doo-doo—he's been caught in a Vice sweep of a New York adult cinema—that he needs the best ghostwriter on earth to write his comeback autobiography. Read full book review >

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THE BLOOD RED INDIAN SUMMER by David Handler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 11, 2011

"Des (black) and Mitch (Jewish) are more appealing than usual (The Shimmering Blond Sister, 2010, etc.) as they deal with her father's depression and his parents' relocation."
A suspended NFL superstar and his entourage move to Connecticut. Mayhem ensues. Read full book review >

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THE HOT PINK FARMHOUSE by David Handler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 11, 2002

"Scads of movie references for fans of vintage horror, but the gratingly cute Berger-Desiree by-play and the usual blather about village charm versus modernization make this sequel less appealing than Berger's sharp debut (The Cold Blue Blood, 2001)."
Pudgy film critic Mitch Berger, a New York City Jew, and his unlikely love Desiree Mitry, a black cop with a sensational tush who's now contentedly directing traffic outside Center School in tony Dorset, Connecticut, discover that life and love in the 'burbs can be every bit as calamitous as in the big city. Read full book review >

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THE SWEET GOLDEN PARACHUTE by David Handler
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 29, 2006

"Mitch and Des (The Bright Silver Star, 2003, etc.) serve only fans of coy dialogue and romantic soul-searching. But Handler does better with wacky Poochie and chary aspiring novelist Justine, clearly the products of upscale Connecticut inbreeding."
Can a pudgy, Jewish movie critic and a bootylicious black state trooper find happiness in Connecticut? Read full book review >