Search Results: "James C. Paavola"


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Cast the First Stone by James C. Paavola
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 15, 2015

"A slow-paced entry that's buoyed by a durable detective and a seemingly never-ending dossier of crimes."
The saga of Memphis police detective Julia Todd continues with this rollicking fifth installment of Paavola's (Blood Money, 2013, etc.) series. Read full book review >

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Released: June 11, 2010

"A crafty, lightweight mystery anchored by a fearless female sleuth and lively supporting characters."
An economic collapse drives a hedge fund manager to murderous desperation while a police detective races to break the case before the body count rises in this intricately plotted mystery thriller. Read full book review >

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"A fun, keep-you-up-at-night thrill ride."
After a flurry of explosions lights up the streets of Memphis, Lt. Julia Todd and her team of investigators have to play catch-up to stop the bombers before the next strike. Read full book review >

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Released: May 15, 2011

"An assured, soft-boiled sequel steeped in revenge, cold-blooded murder and contemporary calamities."
It's Christmastime in Memphis and someone is systematically murdering senior citizens, so it's up to Lieutenant Julia Todd of the Memphis Police Department to sort it all out. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1995

"Though this scattershot memoir paints a more comprehensive picture of 20th-century Mississippi than the usual black-and-white snapshot of juke joints and seedy plantation manors, it's still a painful reminder of the historical resistance to change among even the most enlightened southerners."
A minor southern writer's unfinished manuscript, rediscovered 25 years after his death, yields a dated, elegiac memoir of life in precivil rights Mississippi. Read full book review >

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CHOKE POINT by James C. Mitchell
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 29, 2004

"The serviceable plot, culled from today's headlines, is made memorable by Brinker, who sleeps just fine despite his interesting notions of fair play. Some actor bucking for superstardom should snap this one up."
A shamus, a drug enforcer, and a pesky reporter clear away the corpses littering the route between Tucson and Nogales. Read full book review >

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Tax Reform with the 20/20 Tax by James C. Tanner
NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 2, 2015

"A cleareyed argument for tax reform refreshingly unburdened by political ideology.
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A debut book offers an exhaustively researched argument for radical tax reform in the U.S. Read full book review >

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A SONG FOR HARLEM by Patricia C. McKissack
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2007

"But for newcomers to the period, this will serve as a taste of this rich period in American history. (Fiction. 6-9)"
McKissack's third offering in her Scraps of Time historical fiction for new readers examines the life of fictional Lilly Belle Turner in 1928 at the height of the Harlem Renaissance. Read full book review >

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THE ROYAL NAP by Charles C. Black
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1995

"Full of extravagant gestures and wacky sound effects, this work is genuinely funny and never once aims over the head of its audience. (Picture book. 3-8)"
King Gordo insists that his castle be totally silent each day at one o'clock so he can take his nap—and he's very cranky if he doesn't get it. Read full book review >

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CAMPY by David A. Adler
BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 1, 2007

"There has been little written about Campanella in recent years, but Adler fills that void admirably. (Picture book/biography. 7-10)"
Roy Campanella was a beloved catcher for the Brooklyn Dodgers. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2004

"Extensive research, sturdy prose, impressive analysis. (25 halftones throughout)"
Three intrepid doctors have absolute authority to battle bubonic plague in 1900 Honolulu, but their policy of burning the houses of the infected results, inadvertently, in a conflagration and a contentious civil crisis. Read full book review >

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LOVERS CROSSING by James C. Mitchell
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 7, 2003

"A polished, fast-paced first from a lawyer who clearly knows his way around immunity grants, warrants, and grand juries."
A p.i. debut from an attorney and former news anchor. Read full book review >