Search Results: "Jack Fredrickson"


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MYSTERY THRILLER

"Talky and occasionally pokey, but redeemed by expressive prose and an ingratiating protagonist with wit, style and courage. First of a series that could become quite good."
Are the rich really different? Sure they are—they've got more stuff. That's why you can hold them up. Read full book review >

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THE DEAD CALLER FROM CHICAGO by Jack Fredrickson
Released: April 23, 2013

"If the mystery is less than compelling, Dek (Hunting Sweetie Rose, 2012, etc.) continues to be good company, whether he's rescuing his ex-wife from kidnappers or playing a divorcing Hollywood couple against each other."
A mysterious phone call from a long-dead thief spells trouble for everyone in PI Dek Elstrom's neighborhood of Rivertown. Read full book review >

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THE CONFESSORS' CLUB by Jack Fredrickson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 2015

"The most densely woven of Dek's five cases to date, even though you may lose track of who's dead and who's not long before Fredrickson sounds the last trumpet."
Unlicensed Chicago shamus Dek Elstrom struggles to protect a man all too close to him who does his very best to fight any trace of protection. Read full book review >

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HUNTING SWEETIE ROSE by Jack Fredrickson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 28, 2012

"Fredrickson (Honestly Dearest, You're Dead, 2009, etc.) gets two-thirds of it right. The prose is polished and pliant, the slightly idiosyncratic hero entirely sympathetic. Blame a near miss on that pesky, plotting leg of the triad—the story doesn't grab you."
A clown plunges, a lady vanishes, and there's nothing funny about the connection. Read full book review >

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HONESTLY DEAREST, YOU’RE DEAD by Jack Fredrickson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 20, 2009

"The prose is polished, the plotting deft and dotted with sneaky surprises. And Dek, likable in his debut (A Safe Place for Dying, 2006), is even more engaging here."
A woman he doesn't know names Dek Elstrom executor of her will. Read full book review >

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HIDDEN GRAVES by Jack Fredrickson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2017

"The criminals are clever and the detective, after his initial benightedness, even more clever, making Fredrickson's sixth case one of his best."
A transparently phony case sends Dek Elstrom chasing phantoms down a long road just when he's most needed in the Windy City. Read full book review >

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JACK by Liesl Shurtliff
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 14, 2015

"Fans of retold fairy tales will be well-satisfied. (author's note) (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Boom! Boom! Boom! Giants are real! Jack sees them slide down from Above to raid his farm. Worse, they take his Papa. Read full book review >

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JACK by Geoffrey Perret
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 30, 2001

"For a cradle-to-grave biography free of piety and pathography, start here. For fresh disclosures on this most intensely examined president, turn elsewhere."
An intriguing take on JFK? Yes. "A Life Like No Other"? Hype. Read full book review >

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JACK by F. Paul Wilson
Released: May 27, 2008

"Cracking good fun for teens. (Fiction. YA)"
The bestselling author of the Repairman Jack thriller series moves into the young-adult market with a prequel about the teenage Jack, who is just discovering his talents. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 9, 2004

"Detailed, mildly salacious, not especially moving or surprising."
Everything-but-the-kitchen-sink style portrait of the noted actor and unstoppable womanizer. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: Jan. 1, 2003

"Clear prose, numerous photographs, thorough source notes, and a solid bibliography make this a fine biography for young readers and a worthwhile addition to biography collections. (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
"Jack Kennedy's life was a gift, but one that was wrapped with many strings." Read full book review >

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JACK by Tomie dePaola
by Tomie dePaola, illustrated by Tomie dePaola
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 16, 2014

"Adults who have been through the ordeal of a fixer-upper may appreciate the ending more than kids, but everyone will enjoy the fun. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A new tale from dePaola is always a reason to cheer, and this riff on "Jack" tale variants will bring smiles. Read full book review >