Search Results: "Francis Vallejo"


BOOK REVIEW

JAZZ DAY by Roxane Orgill
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 8, 2016

"Teachers, librarians, jazz-loving families: take note. (author's note, thumbnail bios, note on the photograph's influence, source notes, bibliography) (Poetry. 8-13)"
In 21 poems, Orgill introduces Art Kane's iconic 1958 Harlem photograph to young readers, spotlighting many of the 57 jazz musicians pictured. Read full book review >

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CROSSFIRE by Dick Francis
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 2010

The late Dick Francis's 44th, and last, canter around the track echoes several of his greatest hits. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: April 15, 1996

"Full- color illustrations, while offering visual information diorama- style, do not enliven matters. (Nonfiction. 6-10)"
Subtitled ``The Story of Newgrange,'' this is an account of a Stone Age burial site over 5,000 years. Read full book review >

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DEAD HEAT by Dick Francis
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 17, 2007

"Clunky expository dialogue tells you more than you probably want to know about food preparation and concertizing. But the mystery is engaging, and durable Max is a worthy addition to Francis's gallery of racetrack detectives."
Legendary racing-mystery master Francis (Shattered, 2000, etc.) partners with son Felix to bring mayhem of many kinds to the Newmarket track. Read full book review >

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EVEN MONEY by Dick Francis
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 25, 2009

"A blissfully satisfying blend of suspense, revenge and horse-racing info in a multilayered mystery that's presumably Felix Francis's distinctive contribution to his father's legendary series."
The father-and-son Francis team (Silks, 2008, etc.) turn their attention to the most reviled members of the horse-racing fraternity: on-site bookmakers. Read full book review >

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Released: May 13, 2002

"Full canvas as the blood flies."
Fourth or fifth "Return to Treasure Island" novel striving to re-create Stevenson's breezy blood-and-thunder in a new course on the old chart—and tempting the reader with leftover loot still awaiting its return to civilization. Read full book review >

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IN THE FRAME by Dick Francis
Released: March 30, 1977

"Francis stays on top because he remembers to touch bottom."
The horses age painted ones this time, but stop worrying. Read full book review >

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Code Centaurus by Francis Lentz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 30, 2012

"A well-told hard-sci-fi yarn of otherworldly jeopardy and ancient aliens that turns uncharacteristically mystical-minded in the end."
In this debut sci-fi thriller, a World Health Organization agent, while investigating a frightening new plague in the South Pacific, discovers an ancient extraterrestrial force that could advance all terrestrial life—or destroy it. Read full book review >

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SMOKESCREEN by Dick Francis
Released: Feb. 1, 1972

"This should win eased up — it's the most of the very best."
A horse story — in occasional stretches, a mystery — certainly, but primarily a supersized action-suspense novel featuring several backgrounds and situations and you can get them all together via Edward Lincoln, family man and nephew of the courageously dying Nerissa, film star — muy hombre, and patron of the track. Read full book review >

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FADE TO BLACK by Francis Knight
Released: Feb. 26, 2013

"Intensely realized and gripping, nonetheless: an auspicious inauguration."
Dark fantasy from England: Sussex resident Knight's debut and first of a series. Read full book review >

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THE LIAR’S DIARY by Patry Francis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2007

"Psychologically interesting, but weakened by melodrama."
The unlikely friendship between a small-town school secretary and a flamboyant teacher proves deadly in this psychological murder mystery. Read full book review >

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BOLT by Dick Francis
Released: March 1, 1987

"Still, it's all blandly readable—and that may be enough, along with the racecourse background, for loyal fans."
Kit Fielding, the rather colorless jockey-hero of Francis' last novel, Break In, returns—in a limp sequel that features a cardboard super-villain, no mystery whatsoever, and only sporadic flickers of genuine action-excitement. Read full book review >