Search Results: "Jack Olsen"


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CHARMER by Jack Olsen
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 21, 1994

"Russell's compulsion to kill is less in evidence here than is Olsen's compulsion to churn out yet another murderous tale. (Author tour)"
Best-selling true-crime writer Olsen's latest account of psychopathic terror is little more than a chronological retelling of the basic facts. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"A powerful story of individual fortitude and bureaucratic pigheadedness."
The affecting story of Geronimo Pratt, an innocent man confined in California's roughest prisons for 26 years. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 10, 1996

"A detailed study of the disintegration of a family, but lacking in some of the finer strokes that make a great crime story. (Literary Guild and Mystery Guild selections; author tour)"
Another solid true-crime entry from Olsen, author of (among others) Doc (a 1990 Edgar award winner) and Charmer (1994). Read full book review >

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“I” by Jack Olsen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 20, 2002

"True-crime entertainment at its best."
Veteran true-crime author Olsen (Hastened to the Grave, 1998, etc.) explores the crimes and motivations of a truck-stop murderer. Read full book review >

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THE MISBEGOTTEN SON by Jack Olsen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 1993

"Olsen explains Shawcross without excusing him, creating an unforgettable portrait, horrifying yet compassionate, of a doomed modern-day monster."
Mesmerizing, mournful portrait of serial-killer/rapist Arthur Shawcross—who also practiced necrophilia and cannibalism—that digs deep to lay his tortured psyche bare. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1998

"The most satisfying of Olsen's recent books, and among his saddest. (Literary Guild alternate selection)"
The prolific true-crime writer Olsen profiles the charmingly named Tene Bimbos, a family of Gypsies accused of murdering the elderly for profit. Read full book review >

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ENVY by Gregg Olsen
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"A relatively gratifying examination of the complexity of connections in a close-knit community. (Suspense. 12 & up)"
Katelyn's death is ruled accidental by the coroner, but twins Hayley and Taylor are convinced that a deeper evil has been committed. Read full book review >

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EXPLORING J.R.R. TOLKIEN'S <i>THE HOBBIT</i> by Corey Olsen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 18, 2012

"Tolkien's roads, it seems, go ever, ever on, but with as amiable and knowledgeable a guide as Olsen, the weather remains fine and the journey sweet."
A journey across Middle-earth with an English teacher. Read full book review >

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SWANS & KLONS by Nora Olsen
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 14, 2013

"Although aimed at LGBT readers and despite its unevenness, philosophical dystopia fans of all orientations will find much to appreciate in this story that tackles big ideas. (Dystopian adventure. 13-17)"
In an idyllic all-female future, Rubric and Salmon Jo's luxurious life is disrupted by their Utopia's dark side. Read full book review >

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DIRTBALL by Eric Olsen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 21, 2013

"A manifesto about the need to change, which may leave readers wishing it were as reflective as it is revealing."
Olsen dishes up lukewarm shock-and-awe stories in a memoir of self-discovery. Read full book review >