Search Results: "David Liss"


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RENEGADES  by David Liss
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"Every plot contrivance is a reason to put the book down, but there are just as many reasons to keep reading late into the night. (Science fiction. 10-16)"
The Randoms series rides plot contrivances along to its conclusion. Read full book review >

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RANDOMS by David Liss
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Real geeks wouldn't have it any other way. (Science fiction. 10-16)"
Part of Spider-Man's appeal is that he's a geek; people love him because he gets picked on as much as any nerdy teenager. Zeke Reynolds follows in the same tradition. Read full book review >

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THE DAY OF ATONEMENT by David Liss
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 23, 2014

"Historical fiction buffs will enjoy an action-packed adventure in an unusual setting."
Liss (The Twelfth Enchantment, 2011, etc.) delves into a bitter corner of history to chronicle the tale of a young man trapped in the Portuguese Inquisition. Read full book review >

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THE DEVIL’S COMPANY by David Liss
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 14, 2009

"Witty and stimulating, albeit demanding, entertainment."
The Edgar Award winner's serial protagonist Benjamin Weaver (The Whiskey Rebels, 2008, etc.) grapples with financial chicanery and diversified villains in 18th-century London. Read full book review >

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REBELS by David Liss
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"Grade-A geeky fun. (Science fiction. 10-16)"
After a brief stay on Earth after Randoms (2015), Zeke struggles with a new space mission and the possibility of the Phandic Empire striking back. Read full book review >

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THE WHISKEY REBELS by David Liss
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 2, 2008

"Uneven, sometimes risibly overstuffed narrative that's nevertheless compulsively readable."
Edgar-winning Liss (The Ethical Assassin, 2006, etc.) channels early American history in a thickly plotted tale of conflicts between revolutionary idealism and fiscal skullduggery. Read full book review >

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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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THE ETHICAL ASSASSIN by David Liss
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 2006

"Imagine David Lynch's bizarre masterpiece Blue Velvet scripted by Edna Buchanan and Carl Hiaasen. It's a blast."
The brainy young author of three critically praised historical mysteries (including the Edgar-winning A Conspiracy of Paper, 2000) moves on to a murderously funny thriller set in contemporary Florida. Read full book review >

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A CONSPIRACY OF PAPER by David Liss
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 8, 2000

"Liss's readers will hope that implied promise is soon kept. (First printing of 150,000)"
A well-researched and highly entertaining historical mystery debut that compares favorably with An Instance of the Fingerpost, Iain Pears's recent runaway success. Read full book review >

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THE TWELFTH ENCHANTMENT by David Liss
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 9, 2011

"This odd mixture of industrial history and the occult world lacks charm and coherency, but it earns points for ambition and characterization."
In this change of literary direction, Liss mixes his considerable knowledge of 19th-century England and its industrialization period with a touch of literal magic. Read full book review >

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A SPECTACLE OF CORRUPTION by David Liss
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 23, 2004

"Furthermore, it all ends with yet another twist that seems to promise we'll hear more from—and of—the indefatigable Benjamin Weaver. Let's hope so."
With eloquent wit, Liss manipulates the concepts of misdirection and probability theory in his serpentine third novel (after The Coffee Trader, 2003). Read full book review >

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THE COFFEE TRADER by David Liss
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 11, 2003

"A vigorous display of the author's mastery of his material, though it lacks the novelty and strong narrative drive of its terrific predecessor."
Second-novelist Liss moves from 18th-century London to the mercantile culture of mid-17th-century Amsterdam. Read full book review >