Search Results: "Donald Harstad"


BOOK REVIEW

CODE SIXTY-ONE by Donald Harstad
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 16, 2002

"The same spellbinding detail that Harstad fans ate with relish in Carl's debut shocker, Eleven Days (1998)—where he was pitted against a satanic cult given to demonic atrocities. Yummy."
Fourth procedural featuring former Deputy Sheriff Harstad's gritty but amusing and warmhearted, middle-aged hero, Deputy Sheriff Carl Houseman. Read full book review >

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KNOWN DEAD by Donald Harstad
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 20, 1999

"Others may complain that the slow-starting suspense proves that there really isn't much to do in Iowa, even when you're battling the forces of evil."
Now that the loonies of Carl Houseman's colorful debut, Eleven Days (1998), have been locked up or buried, the portly Nation County, Iowa, deputy sheriff can turn his attention to what looks like a routine surveillance. Read full book review >

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ELEVEN DAYS by Donald Harstad
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 15, 1998

"Harstad may have a hard time later equaling this wild and woolly weirdness."
Debut police shocker, inspired by a real event and written by a 26-year veteran of the Clayton County Sheriff's Department in northeastern Iowa. Read full book review >

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A LONG DECEMBER by Donald Harstad
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"Top-drawer Harstad, full of really cool dialogue."
With 26 years as an Iowa police officer behind him, the retired Harstad handles his procedurals with absolute authority and his rural Nation County, Iowa, characters with a dry wittiness. Read full book review >

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THE BIG THAW by Donald Harstad
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"After so much loopy plotting and Heartland folks, the slam-bang militia madness comes on a bit too furious. Harstad's strength is in the wry and dry details of a cop's life, and in his unbending compassion for deceptively plain people who cast long shadows in the subzero snow."
Plenty of laughs, skewed violence, and marvelous takes on how weird Iowa winters can be—in the third, and best, procedural featuring easygoing Nation County Deputy Sheriff Carl Houseman (Known Dead, 1999, etc.), from a former Iowa deputy sheriff who knows the territory inside out. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DONALD TRUMP by Jill Sherman
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2017

"A prefab profile that will be outdated long before it becomes available. (source notes, timeline, further reading, index) (Biography. 10-12)"
A quick scan of the recently elected chief executive's family, background, and campaign. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: March 12, 2002

"Intelligent, thoughtful, and deliciously gossipy: a must for anyone interested in book publishing."
Charming WWII-era letters exchanged by the founders of Random House. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"Voters ready to pull the trigger one way or another probably won't be swayed by these revelations, but they are highly damning indeed."
The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist takes aim at his longtime bête noire, "a modern P.T. Barnum selling tickets to a modern variation of the Feejee Mermaid." Read full book review >

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BUZZ ALDRIN, WHAT HAPPENED TO YOU IN ALL THE CONFUSION? by Johan Harstad
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 7, 2011

"A modern saga of rocketships, ice floes and dreams of the Caribbean, and great fun to read."
Or, the long-awaited Great Faroese Novel: a splendid confusion about life, love and intrigues in the land of the midnight sun. Read full book review >

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172 HOURS ON THE MOON by Johan Harstad
Released: April 17, 2012

"Interesting and original. (Science fiction. 12 & up)"
Three teenagers join an expedition to the Moon in 2019 and find horror there. Read full book review >

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OUT OF AFRICA by Isak Dinesen
Released: March 1, 1937

"Anecdotal — incidental — in character, but it is the manner of telling that gives it such rare charm, the fluency and case and delightful with and subtlety, which characterized her Seven Gothic Tales."
The author of Seven Gothic Tales — presents here reminiscences of twelve years on a coffee farm in Africa, at the foot of the Ngong Hills. Read full book review >

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CHURCH OF GOLF by Spencer Stephens
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 25, 2014

"An odd but entertaining novel of unexpected redemption."
Stephens outlines a washed-up golden boy's second chance at enlightenment in this debut novel. Read full book review >