Search Results: "Henry Kisor"


BOOK REVIEW

TRACKING THE BEAST by Henry Kisor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 16, 2015

"In this fifth Martinez procedural (Hang Fire, 2013, etc.), Kisor's measured yet relaxed style is a very good match for the multidimensional case."
Sheriff Steve Martinez of Michigan's Upper Peninsula tackles a complex case that involves a cluster of competing law enforcement groups plus some mobsters from Detroit. Read full book review >

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ZEPHYR by Henry Kisor
NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1994

"Presented as a microcosm in the tradition of Ship of Fools, this seems, rather, a petty and misogynistic take on the worthless passengers riding a great train served by a caring and conscientious crew."
Kisor (What's That Pig Outdoors?, 1990) records his adventures on the California Zephyr, the legendary transcontinental train from Chicago to L.A. Kisor loves the train, the crew, the chefs, the porters, and the lore of the train that ranges from an odd sexual encounter in the baggage car to the effect of altitude on Alzheimer's, from train crashes and criminals to the history of dining cars. Read full book review >

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CACHE OF CORPSES by Henry Kisor
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 1, 2007

"The subplots in Steve's third case (A Venture into Murder, 2005, etc.) are forgettable, but the central mystery is inspired, and Kisor's prose remains at a high level."
Who's salting Michigan's Upper Peninsula with dead bodies? Read full book review >

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A VENTURE INTO MURDER by Henry Kisor
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 1, 2005

"Chicago Sun-Times books editor Kisor's second Martinez mystery (Season's Revenge, 2003) has the same strengths and weaknesses as the first: strong characters, warm, confident prose and a rambling plot."
Upper Peninsula lawman Steve Martinez solves murders rooted in an old local secret. Read full book review >

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SEASON’S REVENGE by Henry Kisor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"Kisor (Flight of the Gin Fizz, 1997, etc.) effectively evokes his setting and the attractive pace of life there, though sometimes at the expense of tension in his plot."
An Upper Peninsula deputy juggles a handful of small-town cases and unravels a modest mystery. Read full book review >

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FLIGHT OF THE GIN FIZZ by Henry Kisor
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 10, 1997

"A relaxing armchair entertainment, and an empowering tale for readers who face any kind of physical deficit. (16 pages b&w photos) (Author tour)"
A deaf editor-writer learns to fly and pilots a Cessna cross- country in a nostalgic search for self and the grass-roots camaraderie that he says is waning in society but still survives in general aviation. Read full book review >

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HANG FIRE by Henry Kisor
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 19, 2013

"A confident and engaging whodunit. Kisor's prose is as refreshingly clean and balanced as the hero's investigative style."
Implacable Sheriff Steve Martinez (Cache of Corpses, 2007, etc.) investigates a series of musket murders. Go figure. Read full book review >

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THE GIFT BOX by Rohan Henry
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2012

"The open-ended finish is ingenious and satisfies without being too neat; young listeners may respond to the cue to come up with Ollie's dearly-wished-for response, or they may come up with creative ones of their own. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Elephants have a storied history in children's literature, from beloved Babar all the way up to Mo Willems' current kid-favorite Gerald. Here, a new elephant family enters the pantheon. Read full book review >

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TRUDY by Henry Cole
by Henry Cole, illustrated by Henry Cole
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 2009

"The deceptively simple story gently nudges children to look at and appreciate animals as more than just barnyard fixtures. (Picture book. 4-8)"
At the country auction, Esme and Grandfather find just the right animal for them: "Not too big, not too small. Read full book review >

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ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2010

"A rare gift: a novel with artwork as whole and vital as a picture book's. (afterword) (Animal fantasy. 6-10)"
Starting outside a house, the reader's viewpoint moves indoors page by page until there "sat Celeste, hunched over her work table" under the floorboards. Read full book review >

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ON THE WAY TO THE BEACH by Henry Cole
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2003

"Perfect for introducing youngsters to the world around them, and especially appropriate for anyone who visits or lives near the seashore. (answer key) (Picture book. 4-12)"
The mid-Atlantic coast with its myriad plants and animals comes to life in this marvelous search-and-find book. Read full book review >

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JACK'S GARDEN by Henry Cole
FICTION
Released: April 1, 1995

"Capped by a lively and elegant design, the book should supplement to an elementary science lesson; what Jack's Garden lacks in personality, it more than makes up for in attention to detail. (Picture book. 3+)"
Cole mimics the cumulative technique of ``The House That Jack Built'' to describe the garden the eponymous hero might tend in his backyard. Read full book review >