Search Results: "Helaine Olen"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 27, 2012

"A nice takedown, particularly in its acknowledgement that the deck is always stacked against 'participants in a vast experiment' of the deregulated marketplace—namely, the little guys."
Dishy dirt on the "financialization" of American life and the hordes of carrion-pickers who swarm us in the hope of lifting still more dollars from our pockets. Read full book review >

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LET SLEEPING DOGS LIE by Helaine Becker
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"With a smart balance of humor and heart, this is a winning sequel. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Dirk Daring, Secret Agent (2014) returns for another spy romp. Read full book review >

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MONSTER SCIENCE by Helaine Becker
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Book bait of the best sort, this is a winning combination of fancy and fact. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
The science behind the myth—or are there really monsters in our world? Read full book review >

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VICTORY SQUARE by Olen Steinhauer
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 9, 2007

"A Kafka-like evocation that loses some of its chill when the research begins to show. Still, the first 200 pages are masterful."
In the almost brilliant conclusion of his ambitious Eastern European series (Liberation Movements, 2006, etc.), Steinhauer focuses on what happens to moral codes in a collapsing country. Read full book review >

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THE CONFESSION by Olen Steinhauer
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 8, 2004

"Good enough to suggest comparison with Graham Greene: place the author in the forefront of contemporary suspense writers, and make your mouth occasionally go dry."
Postwar Eastern Europe chillingly evoked by a storyteller (Bridge of Sighs, 2003) who understands the relentless conjunction between character and suspense. Read full book review >

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THE CAIRO AFFAIR by Olen Steinhauer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 18, 2014

"Could easily dispense with a third of the pages in this le Carré wannabe."
In the new novel by the well-traveled Steinhauer (An American Spy, 2012, etc.), the death of an American diplomat in Hungary sets wheels spinning across North Africa. Read full book review >

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THE TOURIST by Olen Steinhauer
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 3, 2009

"A little too talky, a little too convoluted to rank among Steinhauer's very best. Still, only le Carré can make a spy as interesting."
In his latest thriller, Steinhauer (Victory Square, 2007, etc.) ventures into the darkest corners of the CIA and finds the place full of antiheroes. Read full book review >

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36 YALTA BOULEVARD by Olen Steinhauer
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 13, 2005

"Steinhauer, who's done excellent work in two prior suspensers (The Confession, 2004, etc.), misses here: this time out, he confronts the reader with the formidable task of empathizing with an essentially colorless protagonist."
Eastern Europe in the late '60s: a dismal time, a dreary thriller. Read full book review >

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THE BRIDGE OF SIGHS by Olen Steinhauer
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 1, 2003

"Time, place, and cast are all richly evoked in a well-written, often gripping debut."
It's 1948, and Emil Brod, newly graduated from the police academy at 22, is posted as a homicide cop to the People's Militia—a department that's as dysfunctional as pretty much everything else in Emil's unnamed little war-torn country. Read full book review >

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THE BIG GREEN BOOK OF THE BIG BLUE SEA by Helaine Becker
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2012

"The sheer breadth of information presented here and its appealing format make this an invaluable resource, especially when accompanied by a knowledgeable adult to guide and correct. (table of contents, index) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Bite-sized pieces of information and hands-on explorations teach readers all about the sea, from its composition and currents to its problems and energy potential. Read full book review >

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A SMALL HOTEL by Robert Olen Butler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2011

"As the eponymous show tune (from: 'Pal Joey') coyly asks, 'Not a sign of people. Who wants people?' One answer: Novels do."
A painful marital breakup stimulates a flow of harsh memories leading toward a decisive climactic choice, in NBA-winner Butler's emotionally charged, uneven novel (Hell, 2009, etc.). Read full book review >

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SEVERANCE by Robert Olen Butler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"Extremely well-executed (so to speak), but it still seems more like a stunt than an artistically necessary stratagem."
Decapitated heads give us their final thoughts in 62 very short stories from Pulitzer Prize-winner Butler (Good Scent from a Strange Mountain, 1992, etc.). Read full book review >