Search Results: "Jake Arnott"


BOOK REVIEW

THE HOUSE OF RUMOUR by Jake Arnott
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 19, 2013

"A novel that combines the pleasures of genre fiction and the thematic richness of literary fiction, while blurring the line between the two and exploding the very concept of genre."
An audaciously ambitious novel that takes great creative risks and, against considerable odds, makes most of them pay dividends. Read full book review >

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TRUECRIME by Jake Arnott
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"The big buildup leads to the big letdown."
A thriller that promises something new ends up delivering something old. Read full book review >

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HE KILLS COPPERS by Jake Arnott
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"Jim Thompson, James Ellroy—and Arnott in his first novel—have all done it better."
The London criminal underground that was such an ebullient presence in Arnott's terrific debut, The Long Firm (1999), is likewise the setting and subject of this ambitious but disappointing successor. Read full book review >

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THE LONG FIRM by Jake Arnott
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"And don't miss the miniseries."
British writer Arnott's ingeniously constructed first novel, set in the criminal world of London's West End and reminiscent of such recent films as The Long Good Friday and The Krays, is in fact already being made into a five-part BBC-TV miniseries. Read full book review >

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LITTLE BOT AND SPARROW by Jake Parker
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"Dreaming keeps memories alive for a very special robot in this sweet, quiet tale. (Picture book. 4-6)"
A mechanical-avian friendship is an endearing one. Read full book review >

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PREP by Jake Coburn
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"While the characters are hard to like and the slang gets tedious, the author's credentials as a former prep school student suggest he is reflecting a real, disturbing subculture that may well interest teen readers in and out of that world. (Fiction. YA)"
This foray into the dark side of Manhattan prep schools emphasizes details of setting over plot or character development. Read full book review >

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DEATH OF A PROF by Jake Fuchs
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 15, 2001

"Two installments into his Nursery School Murders series, Fuchs seems mired in the sandbox, his notion of satire limited to poking fun of foreign accents, detailed descriptions of hyenas' genitals, and endless repetition of the word 'farties.'"
It's a wonder that Berkeley teacher Maren Matthews (Death of a Dad, 1998) doesn't just throw herself off the jungle gym at Hillside Nursery School and end it all. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 4, 2014

"Hard-core Nets fans—if they exist—might appreciate the behind-the-scenes scoop on their team, but other readers may find the disorganized narrative frustrating."
In his full-length debut, veteran NBA reporter Appleman chronicles the Nets' first season following the franchise's move from New Jersey to Brooklyn. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2005

"Gripping soap opera tells a tale of the Eternal City's artistic transcendence."
A well-documented account follows the thread of ambition, pride, and betrayal that drove an unparalleled explosion of arts and architecture in Europe's 17th-century cultural capital. Read full book review >

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SAINT LOUIE BLUES by Jake Tanner
Released: April 1, 1992

"Even readers enamored of Hopper's new-wave vigilantism may think it unfair that Tanner unloosed the full fury of the Ki Foundation on such a one-horse town."
The car-bombing of a DEA agent on the trail of a well- connected drug ring operating out of tiny Richmond, Missouri, brings adventurer/mystic Stryker Stephens's Ki Foundation into the picture, as ``forensic consulter and expeditor'' B.F. Hopper (Old Black Magic, 1991) is dispatched undercover to Richmond to expose the perps. Read full book review >

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THE LETHAL PARTNER by Jake Page
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 5, 1996

"As usual, Mo heads an agreeably venal, zany cast, and the culprit is well-hidden—if you can overlook the casually culpable use of the long arm of coincidence."
Against an uneasy backdrop of killings—two unidentified Anglo women have been found killed and discarded (one in the town dump, the other in a dumpster) over the past two weeks—Southwest Creations Gallery manager Anita Montague is murdered and shoved into a nearby drainpipe. Read full book review >

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A PERSONAL INFORMATION PROBLEM by Jake Orlo
Released: July 25, 2017

"A serviceable thriller with decent twists and a worthy protagonist."
Two FBI agents' A-team status is put to the test when they take over the hunt for a serial killer in this novel. Read full book review >