Search Results: "Dean Starkman"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 7, 2014

"As fair and balanced as a solar-plexus punch can be."
A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist summarizes and analyzes the reasons the press, prior to the 2008 mortgage crisis, failed to pursue some obvious villains. Read full book review >

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POISON by Neal Starkman
Released: Dec. 24, 2011

"An inventive farce waylaid by excessive absurdity and a sprawling cast."
Starkman's (Great Places to Learn, 2006, etc.) debut novel features a postal carrier named Cleve and a coterie of eccentric neighbors who attempt to solve a series of bizarre local mysteries. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 25, 1993

"Starkman's self-focus diminishes the struggles of thousands of other families trying to reconcile responsibilities to aging parents and growing children without strangling the creativity of the middle years."
A curious compendium of self-oriented reflections on the four years Starkman helped care for her mother-in-law. Read full book review >

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THE MONSTER TRAP by Dean Morrissey
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Aug. 1, 2004

"Morrissey uses light and shadow expertly to add a feeling of mystery to each scene, but by the end, there are definitely no nightmares left in the closet. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Mercer Mayer meets Rembrandt in the tenebrous, accomplished oils that illustrate this lad-meets-night-monsters tale. Read full book review >

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SHIP OF DREAMS by Dean Morrissey
FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"A handsome book that, despite its efforts to be wondrous, is just pleasantly decorative. (Fiction/Picture book. All ages) (First printing of 100,000; Book-of-the-Month Club alternate dividend selection; author tour)"
Joey wants a glimpse of the Sandman. Read full book review >

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THE BIG ONE-OH by Dean Pitchford
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2007

"For those who want to be grossed out and especially for reluctant readers, this succeeds brilliantly. (Fiction. 10-13)"
Charley is about to turn the big one-oh and wants to have a birthday party in celebration. Read full book review >

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MURDER IN CHINA RED by Dean Barrett
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 2002

"But despite repeated flashbacks to scenes of his hero's Beijing torture, is as flimsy as the paper target in a shooting gallery."
After pretty Judy Fisher thumbs through her sleeping john's credit cards, she heads for the shower—and steps out to find there are two more guests, uninvited and armed, in Room 1204 of the toney Palace Hotel. Read full book review >

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THIS HUMAN SEASON by Louise Dean
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 5, 2007

"Not a wasted moment in this terrifying and terribly funny book."
"The Troubles" of Northern Ireland haunt the weeks around Christmas 1979 for a prison guard and the mother of a prisoner. Read full book review >

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FROM THE CORNER OF HIS EYE by Dean Koontz
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 26, 2000

"Is Koontz, like Stephen King, being sucked toward the mainstream novel? Not a smart move, though this one fumbles for the heartstrings."
Koontz's magnum opus swells to over 600 extra-deep pages and takes big chances but remains a staunch page-turner throughout. Read full book review >

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DEATH OF A CRITIC by Dean Fuller
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 11, 1996

"Delap's murder gets solved, too."
Moments after his late arrival for the premiere of Eurydice, theatrical critic Virgile de la Pagerie (``Delap'' to his enemies, who are legion) collapses and dies of cyanide poisoning. Read full book review >

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FALSE MEMORY by Dean Koontz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 28, 1999

"Although the whole story could have been told to better effect in 300 pages, Koontz deftly sidesteps clichÇs of expression while nonetheless applying an air pump to the suspense: an MO that keeps his yearly 17-million book sales afloat."
Koontz widens his canvas dramatically while dimming the hard brilliance common to his shorter winners:1995's taut masterpiece, Intensity, and 1998's moon-drenched midsummer nightmare, Seize the Night. Read full book review >

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90 CHURCH by Dean Unkefer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 2, 2015

"Though entertainingly readable in a grimy sort of way, this is more a tangle of sex, violence, and betrayal than a serious true-crime narrative about this little-discussed era."
A grim, fevered memoir of pre-Drug Enforcement Administration anti-drug warriors raising havoc in New York City. Read full book review >