Search Results: "Franklin Allen Leib"


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THE HOUSE OF PAIN by Franklin Allen Leib
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 13, 1999

"Some good ideas are shortchanged by Leib's heavy hand, which makes for limp dialogue and few nuances."
A so-so legal thriller by Vietnam vet Leib (The Fire Dream, etc.) that begins better than it ends—with a kidnaping in which the kidnappers are . . . kids. Read full book review >

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BEHOLD A PALE HORSE by Franklin Allen Leib
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 2000

"Despite its melodrama, strong on authenticity throughout, especially about the fine points of rifles and assassinations."
Smartly told thriller by Leib (The House of Pain, 1998) about a presidential assassination and the brilliance of the assassin hired to do the deed. Read full book review >

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VALLEY OF THE SHADOW by Franklin Allen Leib
Released: June 1, 1991

"Well told and free of Rambo excess."
A Navy lieutenant leads a mission to locate and rescue his companion-in-arms, held prisoner by the Vietnamese in Laos. Read full book review >

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DON'T WAKE THE BABY by Jonathan Franklin
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 30, 1991

"The illustrations for this commendable debut are unusual for their energy and subtle use of vivid color; the concluding twist—the baby wakes Marvin—provides a satisfying irony. Especially appropriate for a parent/preschool group. (Picture book. 3-7)"
While Mother cautions eponymously from the next room, Marvin plays rambunctious imaginative games (cowboy, magician, pirate, etc.) around his sibling's crib, finally falling asleep in the crib. Read full book review >

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BILLY WATSON'S CROKER SACK by Franklin Burroughs
Released: Feb. 4, 1990

Five gentle nature essays and a postscript add up to a very lean (123-page), very likable first book by an essayist and professor (English/Bowdoin) whose work won the Pushcart Prize in 1989. Read full book review >

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MISTRESS OF THE ART OF DEATH by Ariana Franklin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 6, 2007

"A potentially winning formula, delivered with panache."
CSI meets The Canterbury Tales. Read full book review >

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CUP OF LOVE by Franklin White
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 21, 1999

"Socially and culturally, White's morality play may be a useful intervention, but as a novel it's little more than baling wire and string."
A heavy dose of cheerleading for God from a writer often considered a presenter of role models for African-Americans (Fed Up With the Fanny, 1998). Read full book review >

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THE SERPENT’S TALE by Ariana Franklin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 31, 2008

"A warm, promising continuation of the series."
Medieval forensic specialist Vesuvia Adelia Rachel Ortese Aguilar returns to action in the second installment in Franklin's historical series (Mistress of the Art of Death, 2007). Read full book review >

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YANKEE GONE HOME by Franklin Hook
Released: March 24, 2017

"A sweeping and heartbreaking story of modern war and its personal costs."
A book examines a 20th-century American military campaign and one man who endured it. Read full book review >

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MISSISSIPPI NOIR by Tom Franklin
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"On the whole, this latest entry in the long-running Akashic Noir series presents tale after tale of people who can't get out of their own ways."
The big city has no lock on misery in these 16 portraits of dark doings in the Deep South. Read full book review >

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SMONK by Tom Franklin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"Horror and history rendered with gusto and buckets of blood."
No one is safe in a 19th-century Alabama town devastated by the Civil War, gripped by a hideously perverted religion and haunted by rabies. Read full book review >