Search Results: "Douglas Perry"


BOOK REVIEW

Mammoth by Douglas Perry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Bursting with vigor and electrified characters and with an ending the author stamps with a knowing wink."
A small group deals with the fallout of a California ski-resort town whose residents have mysteriously vanished in Perry's (Eliot Ness: The Rise and Fall of an American Hero, 2015, etc.) thriller.Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 9, 2010

"A lively history, though better at describing media sensationalism than the women who were caught up in its whirlwind."
A chronicle of the wild spring and summer of 1924, when Chicago was afflicted with a seeming epidemic of female murderers. Read full book review >

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ELIOT NESS by Douglas Perry
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 24, 2014

"Despite minor flaws, there is much to learn and enjoy for crime-solving fans and American history buffs."
A thorough recounting of the career of Eliot Ness (1903-1957), from humble beginning to humble ending, with spectacular fame in between. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: March 3, 2005

"Skip this one, unless you want to read Irene Cara's musings on inner peace or Susan McDougal's version of Whitewater."
What happens after your 15 minutes of fame? Read full book review >

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SEVEN DIALS by Anne Perry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2003

"Indefatigable Perry forgets a cardinal rule: Even if the fate of nations depends on their characters, novelists first need to make readers care about them as people."
The case seems open and shut. Read full book review >

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A CHRISTMAS MESSAGE by Anne Perry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"The parchment that's been so contested, along with two others equally sought, turns out to be something priceless, inspiring, and not at all likely to disturb any readers of this extended greeting card who keep Christmas."
Perry's 14th helping of seasonal warmth and crime (Revenge in a Cold River, 2016, etc.) is more stripped-down and elemental than ever, maybe because its Holy Land setting casts such a spell. Read full book review >

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WAS IT A RAT I SAW? by Sue Perry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 6, 1992

"Goodness knows why."
First novel in which the identity of a brutal academic murderer lies locked in the surgically separated cerebral hemispheres of a rock musician. Read full book review >

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A DISH TAKEN COLD by Anne Perry
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"20 historical hindsight to make it a dish best gulped in a sitting—or sent back to the kitchen."
The second in Carroll & Graf's series of vest-pocket fiction for publisher Otto Penzler (following Ed McBain's Driving Lessons, p. 838) unfurls an anecdote of condign revenge for the strongest reason of all. Read full book review >

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SLEEPING DOGS by Thomas Perry
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 24, 1992

"Tough and energetic, but suffering from a moral black hole at the center: the Butcher Boy himself, a finally unsympathetic antihero whose nonstop killing makes him little more than a thinking person's Terminator."
Since his Edgar-winning debut with Butcher's Boy (1982), Perry has inked a series of bold seriocomic thrillers (Metzger's Dog, Big Fish, Island) with ever more guffaws than grit. Read full book review >

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NO GRAVES AS YET by Anne Perry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Merchant/Ivory fans, Elgar devotees, Upstairs Downstairs freaks, and Galsworthy maniacs will wallow. Others may find it all a bit too stately."
Prolific period-mystery writer Perry (Seven Dials, 2002, etc.) arranges some stately murders in golden Cambridge in the last exquisitely beautiful days before the Great War. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 1997

"Just when historical sideroads and blow-by-blow battle depictions threaten to swamp readers, Perry veers back to Oates and Chamberlain, the twin Everymen of his satisfying, wide-lens perspective on history. (16 b&w photos not seen) (History Book Club main selection; author tour)"
Focusing on two Civil War heroes who commanded opposing regiments at Gettysburg, this dual biography forges an expansive, dramatic, highly readable history of the generation that came of age during that fateful conflict. Read full book review >

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DEFEND AND BETRAY by Anne Perry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Overall: another winner in this fine series."
Victorian London society is shocked by the bizarre killing of General Thaddeus Carlyon during a dinner party at the elegant home of Maxim and Louisa Furnival. Read full book review >