Search Results: "David Handler"


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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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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 COLD BLUE BLOOD by David Handler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 22, 2001

"Here's hoping that Handler, creator of the Stewart Hoag series (The Man Who Loved Women to Death, 1997, etc.), explores this question in more first-rate puzzlers."
She's a lean, mean Vietnam vet who carries her Sig Sauer and her tough-girl attitude to work every day at the Connecticut State Police Major Crimes Squad. Read full book review >

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THE GIRL WHO RAN OFF WITH DADDY by David Handler
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 1996

"Gathering the suspects around Hoagy's own home tames his usual zany gaiety; this accomplished puzzler is probably as sober, even ruminative, as we'll ever see mystery's liveliest ghost."
Where does Handler get those outrageous ideas for celebrity ghostwriter Hoagy Hoag's adventures (The Man Who Cancelled Himself, 1995, etc.)? Read full book review >

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CLICK TO PLAY by David Handler
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 1, 2009

"Harlan Coben wannabe Handler (The Sour Cherry Surprise, 2008, etc.) almost pulls it off until the pat revelations on that fifth tape drag his fantasy back down to earth."
A Hollywood ending is rewritten. Read full book review >

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THE SOUR CHERRY SURPRISE by David Handler
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 2008

"Des and Mitch (The Sweet Golden Parachute, 2006, etc.) have friskier sex lives apart than together. Apart from their extracurricular activities, it's mild entertainment at best."
Bedlam in the 'burbs. Read full book review >

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THE GIRL WITH KALEIDOSCOPE EYES by David Handler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"The set pieces, from the killing to the denouement, feel staged and forced, but the characters and dialogue don't disappoint, and the sorely missed hero's mixture of cynicism and sweetness plays as well as ever."
Who says there are no second acts in American lives? Twenty years after his most recent case (The Man Who Loved Women to Death, 1997, etc.), celebrity-biography ghostwriter Stewart "Hoagy" Hoag runs into more murders in 1992 Hollywood. Read full book review >

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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 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 >

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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 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 MAN WHO LOVED WOMEN TO DEATH by David Handler
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 1997

"No feast for the fainthearted, then, even though most readers won't put it down before the last hypnotic page."
Eighth in Edgar winner Handler's series showcasing rich, cool, self-searching novelist-ghostwriter-to-the-famous Stuart (Hoagy) Hoag (The Girl Who Ran Off With Daddy, 1996, etc.). Read full book review >