Search Results: "J.F. Phillips"


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"A fun, short novel, absent of pretension, which—while faulty—will satisfy anyone looking for a quick detective-fiction fix."
Mystery, murder and the muddled morality of the concept of law in California. Read full book review >

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LEASHED by J.F. Phillips
Released: May 26, 2011

"Sustains enough momentum to satisfy mystery fans looking for a little literary escapism."
A straightforward murder mystery in the California surf. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 2008

"A complete reference manual for building professionals at all experience levels."
Builder and first-time author McCarthy pours years of on-the-job experience and studies of architecture, engineering and business into this complete field guide for general contractors. Read full book review >

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THE BRICKWEAVERS by J.F. Williams
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 28, 2012

"A low-key but consistently interesting, against-the-grain fantasy, supported by sturdy world-building."
In the kingdom of Thujwa, exalted craftsmen build with elemental forces of energy—but there are those who would use this technique, "brickweaving," to create weapons of mass destruction. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 7, 2007

"A fun, quick, informative read for both sellers and buyers."
A successful, 20-year veteran of the automobile industry offers advice on how to manage the perfect deal. Read full book review >

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66 METRES by J.F. Kirwan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 25, 2016

"A hearty mix of suspense, action, and a bit of espionage."
In this debut thriller, a Russian woman trying to save her sister races to retrieve a powerful device from its aquatic hiding spot. Read full book review >

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HIGH COUNTRY MURDER by J.F. Trainor
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"Angie's second hardcover adventure (Corona Blue, not reviewed) is high-spirited and mind-numbingly complex, even if almost too easy for its endlessly resourceful heroine."
Angela Biwaban, the Anishinabe princess paroled from a South Dakota prison but still wanted by several other states and the FBI for her freewheeling schemes, is delighted when she finds out that Madge Rooley, the mother of her stiff-necked lawyer boss Sarah Sutton, is a salty old bird who's done some serious South Dakota time herself. Read full book review >

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BIRD’S-EYE VIEW by J.F. Freedman
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 7, 2001

"Steadily gripping but less than exciting."
Character-driven suspense with a subtheme of ornithology, not as deep a bowl of nastiness as Freedman's best or his most recent (Above the Law, 2000). Read full book review >

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THE OBSTACLE COURSE by J.F. Freedman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1994

"Ray's an appealingly spunky creation, but his adventures feel contrived—as if he's not living a life but being hustled through his paces toward Meaning by Coach Freedman. (First printing of 35,000)"
Episodic coming-of-age tale from Freedman, here showing little of the flair for high melodrama that marked his robust literary debut, Against the Wind (1991). Read full book review >

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AGAINST THE WIND by J.F. Freedman
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

"Will's incessant self-absorption begins to grate near the end, but, long before, the narrative's storm surge of courtroom duels, gritty crime action, twisty plotting, and technicolor characters has irrevocably swept the reader up in one of the most extravagantly entertaining thrillers of the year."
A powerhouse legal/action thriller—about an alcoholic lawyer defending outlaw bikers charged with murder-one—that roundly reflects the story-telling skills and commercial instincts that first-novelist Freedman evidently developed as director-writer of film and TV melodramas (Kansas City Bomber, Borderline, Night Gallery, etc.). Read full book review >