Search Results: "Gary Alexander"


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ZILLIONAIRE by Gary Alexander
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 17, 2011

"Grandiloquently goofy, with madcap pacing, dead-on riffs on cultural inanities and a plethora of lawyer puns. Come on, aren't you ready for a good laugh?"
Kooky alliances chase a zillion-dollar payday. Read full book review >

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DEADLY DROUGHT by Gary Alexander
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 24, 1991

"The silliness is a bit less inspired than in previous outings, but, still, this one's very, very funny: Alexander has no competition for the role of court-jester to the mystery."
Does landlocked Southeast Asian Luong really need an admiral? Read full book review >

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UNFUNNY MONEY by Gary Alexander
Released: May 12, 1989

A return to the goofy Southeast Asian kingdom of Luong (Pigeon Blood), where Bamsan Kiet, the police superintendant, tries to buy some shrimp and is informed by the fishmonger that his zin is counterfeit. Read full book review >

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BLOOD SACRIFICE by Gary Alexander
Released: July 5, 1993

"Wry commentary on personalities south of the border and, maybe, the most accurate guidebook ever to Cancun and its hustling of gringo tourists—all with a plot as lively as Mexican jumping beans and, in Luis Balam, a droll hero worthy of his Luong counterpart."
Alexander, after six mysteries set in the mythical kingdom of Luong (Kiet Goes West, etc.), moves to the ``electroplated glitz'' of Cancun to introduce ex-cop Luis Balam, a full-blooded Mayan who supports his two daughters (their mother ran off) as a tour guide, a vendor of black coral, and, occasionally, as a private eye. Read full book review >

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DEAD DINOSAURS by Gary Alexander
Released: Oct. 20, 1994

"A giddy gallimaufry of fraud, paranoia, corruption high and low, and simple deceit, though the plotting is too slapdash to fulfill the promise of its opening 50 pages."
Yucat†n tour guide/souvenir retailer/detective Luis Balam's second case (following Blood Sacrifice, 1993) is a tale of two gamblers. Read full book review >

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INTERLOCK by Gary Alexander
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 11, 2012

"Like Zillionaire (2011) and its predecessor, a gleefully demonic chase after MacGuffins, plumped up with veggie recipes rife with cusswords and comedy routines skewering society's foibles."
Which is worse, being hounded by Russian oil plutocrats or stingy American insurance agencies? Read full book review >

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KIET GOES WEST by Gary Alexander
Released: June 1, 1992

"The emphasis on Binh rather than Kiet, and the flight from Luong, the funny-bone of the world, mark this as a lesser effort, though Alexander still gets off a few well-aimed zingers at Americanisms."
Sixth in the saga of Southeast Asian Luong finds Superintendent Bamsam Kiet en route to Seattle to recover his national budget—which has been successfully pilfered by an American computer nerd. Read full book review >

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MAGIC THUMBELINA by Alexander Pogrebniak
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 29, 2011

"Not the slickest app ever, but the art is well worth second and third looks. (iPad storybook app. 7-9)"
An alternate track of instrumental rock adds an unusual dimension to this paraphrased version of the classic female-bondage/abandonment tale. Read full book review >

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LILA BLOOM by Alexander Stadler
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 5, 2004

After a bad day at school a little girl named Lila announces to her caretaker aunt and her ballet teacher, Madame Vera, that she wants to quit her strictly run ballet class. Read full book review >

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DUNCAN RUMPLEMEYER’S BAD BIRTHDAY by Alexander Stadler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"The Message hangs heavy over this, but Duncan's distinctive voice, plus a light touch with the moral, makes it a persuasive exercise in the benefits of socialization. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Stadler's jagged, thick-lined art may resemble William Steig's, but his young narrator is pure Jules Feiffer: "Why share? Read full book review >

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THE BEST PART OF DADDY'S DAY by Claire Alexander
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 12, 2016

"A pleasant celebration of father-and-son love. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Bertie the beagle wants to grow up to be a builder, just like his dad. Read full book review >