Search Results: "Hugh McMahon"


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L.A. MENTAL by Neil McMahon
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 27, 2011

"The plot reads as if dashed off to meet a deadline, but the book is somewhat redeemed by decent writing."
Seasoned mystery writer McMahon (Dead Silver, 2008, etc.) steps into a new genre with his first thriller. Read full book review >

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DANCE OF KNIVES by Donna McMahon
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

"A brisk, well-constructed swirl of murky plots and dark psychology, if rather heavy on the lesbian angle: a debut that, despite impressive ingredients, lacks warmth."
By the 22nd century, after climatic change and rising sea levels, the city of Vancouver is divided between prosperous but regressive and cliquish Guild territory and the island of Downtown, whose slums are inhabited by the Guildless, refugees from America, gangs, criminals, and the destitute. Read full book review >

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IRA FOXGLOVE by Thomas McMahon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 16, 2004

"Reminiscent of the best of Walker Percy: a deeply funny, strange, moving account of middle-aged angst overcome by genius, sympathy, and profound naiveté."
A deceptively lighthearted fourth novel by the late cult favorite McMahon (1943-99; Loving Little Egypt, 1986, etc.) depicts a forlorn husband's tragicomic quest to reclaim his AWOL wife. Read full book review >

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THE CRIMSON ROOMS by Katharine McMahon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2010

"A fine, compassionate, elegiac combination of human and courtroom drama—the author's best yet."
Another inventive, nuanced historical novel from McMahon (The Rose of Sebastopol, 2009, etc.), again focused on a progressive female protagonist constrained by the expectations of her era. Read full book review >

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THE ROSE OF SEBASTOPOL by Katharine McMahon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 5, 2009

"Marked by its passion and social commentary, this is a pleasingly unformulaic read, although its twin time frames and ending may not satisfy all readers."
An unusual and vivid historical novel tracks a feverish love triangle/mystery across the battlefields of the Crimean War. Read full book review >

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ONE BELFAST BOY by Patricia McMahon
Released: March 1, 1999

"This book provides a realistic glimpse of a place where peace has taken a fragile hold, and offers a reminder that the dreams of children can flourish amid misery. (map) (Nonfiction. 7-12)"
It's hard for most US readers to imagine what it is like to grow up amid ongoing violence, but that is what Liam's life has been in Belfast. Read full book review >

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BLOOD DOUBLE by Neil McMahon
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 5, 2002

"A step down from Twice Dying (2000), as McMahon cribs his plot device from recent genetic-engineering headlines and strains to place poor Carroll Monks in the detective mode."
Medical student Stephanie Monks is assisting her physician father Carroll in the ER when a drug-overdose case is wheeled in. Read full book review >

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BURNTOWN by Jennifer McMahon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 25, 2017

"Weirdly entertaining but anticlimactic in the end."
McMahon (The Winter People, 2014, etc.) swoops readers off to a setting straight out of a modern, but much starker, Grimm's fairy tale in this odd story with a touch of the supernatural. Read full book review >

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TO THE BONE by Neil McMahon
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 5, 2003

"The medical jargon ('I need the hematocrit stat') and folderol about undetectable toxins that dominate the beginning are soon supplanted by smutty sexcapades. Choose your poison."
The day after breast augmentation, a beautiful woman becomes a beautiful young corpse when she winds up in San Francisco's Mercy Hospital. Read full book review >