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SIGNATURE KILL by David Levien
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 24, 2015

"The combination of peerlessly depressive Behr and the formulaic serial-killer plot produces a thriller at once mordant, grueling and routine."
When a sex killer terrorizes Indianapolis, ex-cop Frank Behr (Thirteen Million Dollar Pop, 2011, etc.) swings into action, with darkly mixed results.Read full book review >

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13 MILLION DOLLAR POP by David Levien
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 9, 2011

"A professional-grade actioner that offers compelling evidence for Rickie's dictum: 'When pros lock up, everyone gets hurt.'"
Indianapolis ex-cop Frank Behr (Where the Dead Lay, 2009, etc.) gets dropped into the middle of a case that promises to end his days as a bodyguard as well. Read full book review >

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WHERE THE DEAD LAY by David Levien
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 7, 2009

"A gifted writer's sophomore slump. Wait till next year."
Indianapolis private eye Frank Behr, who debuted so memorably in City of the Sun (2008), juggles a caseload of felonies that all lead to the same perps. Read full book review >

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CITY OF THE SUN by David Levien
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 4, 2008

"Despite some pivotal plot twists that are more emotionally wrenching than plausible, the novel is a remarkably assured exercise in grabbing you by the throat and shaking you until the very end."
In this debut novel from screenwriter Levien, a kidnapped child leads an emotionally wounded private detective and his client down a relentlessly grim trail from middle America to the darkest deserts of Mexico. Read full book review >

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WORMWOOD by D.J. Levien
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 14, 1999

"It's still among the top savagings of Hollywood since Budd Schulberg's 1941 What Makes Sammy Run?"
The town where the laughing images are made transforms itself from Hollywood to Wormwood for the brilliant young narrator of this debut novel by screenwriter Levien, who coauthored (with Brian Koppelman) 1998's star-heavy film Rounders. Read full book review >

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SWAGBELLY by D.J. Levien
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Elegantly emprosed. Calling Jack Nicholson."
Novelist (Wormwood, 1999) and screenwriter Levien herein creates a world-swallowing publishing Gargantua whose hungers mirror those of Bellow's Henderson the Rain King (‘I want, I want, I want!').Read full book review >

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DAVID OWEN
by Alex Layman

The American West has long been a place of myth and wonder, of dramatic canyons, mesas, and mountain ranges. These dramatic landscapes have wooed Americans for centuries, and The New Yorker’s David Owen isn’t immune to its siren song. Though Owen has lived in Connecticut for most of his adult life, he spent the summers of his youth in ...


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DAVID SAMUEL LEVINSON
by James McDonald

“I'm just furious,” David Samuel Levinson says, agitation lending his voice both energy and an edge. “I'm furious that we have to talk about this in 2017.” It was less than a month into the new administration when we discussed his novel, Tell Me How This Ends Well, and the dangerous implications for minority groups of ...


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LOVE YA
by Bobbi Dumas

Hi friends!

I don’t read a lot of Young Adult/New Adult books, but I’ve become a fan of Huntley Fitzpatrick.

I think I’ve read all of her books now (and hope a new one is coming out soon!).

I just finished What I Thought Was True, and I invite you all to read it!

Sometimes, with YA, I feel ...


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DAVID GARROW
by Gregory McNamee

Barack Obama has been portrayed as being many things over his life and political career. Some have thought him flippant, coasting by on charm and glibness. Others have thought him suspect. Admirers and detractors both have found him aloof, though very few have doubted the fact of his formidable intelligence.

And admirers and detractors alike have also found Barack Obama ...


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A READING YEAR: SOMETIMES A CHANGE OF PERSPECTIVE IS USEFUL
by J. Kingston Pierce

Last December, after posting my “favorite crime novels of 2015” list, I put together a rather different assessment of the year’s new offerings in this genre. Rather than confine myself to picking 10 books (all released in the United States) that I judged to have been particularly well-written and memorable—a traditional and potentially valuable, but admittedly limiting exercise—I expanded my ...


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HOW MACHINES WORK by David Macaulay
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2015

"'So clever!' murmurs the elephant shrew, admiring himself in a mirror. No argument here. (glossary, some unattached pieces) (Pop-up fiction/nonfiction hybrid. 7-9)"
A pair of would-be escapees discovers the uses and misuses of simple machines in this slapstick STEMwinder. Read full book review >