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 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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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 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 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 >

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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 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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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 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 WOMAN WHO FELL FROM GRACE by David Handler
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 15, 1991

"Full of incredible coincidences and too cute by half—but Hoagy's laid-back humor is easy to take, and the convoluted mystery will keep you guessing midway through the finale."
Edgar-winning Handler's hardcover debut—another headliner in Doubleday's new Perfect Crime series—takes his ghostwriter-sleuth Stewart Hoag to Staunton, Virginia, to work on the sequel to beloved historical blockbuster Oh, Shenandoah, at the request of the family of author Alma Glaze, killed 50 years ago in a car accident. 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 >