Search Results: "Hillary Bell Locke"


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JAIL COACH by Hillary Bell Locke
Released: Dec. 1, 2012

"The latest from Locke (But Remember Their Names, 2011) still has zippy characters but sometimes takes a preachy turn that can be heavy-handed."
An insurance employee gets stuck guaranteeing the behavior of a Hollywood big shot. Read full book review >

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COLLAR ROBBER by Hillary Bell Locke
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 5, 2015

"Locke, who's too clever for her own good, would have done better to unfold a more straightforward plot than to concentrate on nudging the reader with needlessly highbrow references. Readers enticed by Locke's title should prepare for some confusion."
An insurance loss specialist and a lawyer work opposite sides of a case of potential art fraud, bringing danger into both of their lives. Read full book review >

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BUT REMEMBER THEIR NAMES by Hillary Bell Locke
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 2011

"Though she unleashes a few zingers, Locke's highbrow attitude puts a damper on a mystery that readers will solve long before her overeducated heroine."
Stuck-in-small-town lawyer makes the best of her time by investigating a murder. Read full book review >

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THE HOLLOW GIRL by Hillary Monahan
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"A cathartic revenge fantasy of rape recovery, Quentin Tarantino-style, weakened by the stereotype-laden depiction of Romani people. (Fantasy/horror. 14-17)"
A Welsh Romani girl faces appalling violence and responds with magic. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2002

"Narrow in scope, uninteresting in execution."
Dispatches from the frontal lobe of a Web consultant: collection of personal essays originally published and distributed online. Read full book review >

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BLUEBIRD, BLUEBIRD by Attica Locke
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Locke, having stockpiled an acclaimed array of crime novels (Pleasantville, 2015, etc.), deserves a career breakthrough for this deftly plotted whodunit whose writing pulses throughout with a raw, blues-inflected lyricism."
What appears at first to be a double hate crime in a tiny Texas town turns out to be much more complicated—and more painful—than it seems. Read full book review >

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PLEASANTVILLE by Attica Locke
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 21, 2015

"A thriller wrapped in an involving story of community and family dynamics. Locke serves up a panorama of nuanced characters and writes with intelligence and depth."
Race, politics and petty grievances muddy the quest for justice when a young election volunteer is kidnapped and murdered. Read full book review >

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GIRL WITH THE RED BALLOON  by Katherine Locke
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 1, 2017

"An absorbing blend of historical fiction, mystery, and magical realism. (author's note) (Fantasy. 14-18)"
The granddaughter of a Holocaust survivor finds herself transported back in time to East Berlin circa 1988 in this time-travel mystery debut. Read full book review >

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BLACK WATER RISING by Attica Locke
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 9, 2009

"Locke expertly etches a portrait of her anxiety-ridden protagonist, and she animates the complex plot with the assurance of a practiced screenwriter (she's currently working on an HBO series about civil rights)."
A debut thriller about an African-American lawyer with some difficult clients and a radical past. Read full book review >

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STARRING ARABELLE by Hillary Hall De Baun
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 30, 2012

"Effervescent and optimistic, Arabelle demonstrates that on stage or off, everyone should take a starring role in her life. (Fiction. 12-14)"
Arabelle's vision of a headlining freshman year of high school soon fades under the harsh glare of reality. Read full book review >