Search Results: "James T. Patterson"


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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 4, 2010

"An excellent revisiting of a prescient report."
An astute, timely study of Daniel Patrick Moynihan's important 1965 jeremiad. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"Patterson guides us with consummate skill through a hall of social heroes populated by courageous parents and students, tireless attorneys, and resolute judges. (39 b&w photos; 1 map, not seen)"
A prize-winning historian (Grand Expectations, not reviewed) revisits the 1954 school-desegregation decision and traces its effects on American social history. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 3, 2012

"A useful time capsule that explains the social fragmentation, political polarization and tumultuous mood swing of a pivotal year in American history."
A Bancroft Prize-winning historian revisits the year the '60s truly began. Read full book review >

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2ND CHANCE by James Patterson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 4, 2002

"Lots of slam-bang action, though, except for Lindsay, the alleged action heroines mostly have it happen to them instead of dishing it out."
A murder outside San Francisco's La Salle Heights Church brings back the Women's Murder Club, extending a series (1st to Die, 2001) that could rival Kinsey Millhone for sales, if not for ingenuity, warmth, or humanity. Read full book review >

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SAM’S LETTERS TO JENNIFER by James Patterson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 28, 2004

"Love, like, totally conquers all."
Patterson, a former ad man turned megaselling author (The Lake House, 2003, etc.), makes a calculated and obvious appeal to the widest possible reader demographic. Read full book review >

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THE JERICHO COMMANDMENT by James Patterson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 9, 1979

"Dachau Two' indeed, because, though hero David does ultimately prevent total carnage, the author clearly panders to paranoia and revenge-lust throughout; and this sort of junk hysteria can only be bad news for those with genuine, serious concern about today's anti-Semitism."
The latest, and surely the most confused, in a recent flurry of novels that seem to be competing for selection by the Jewish Defense League (JDL) Read full book review >

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JACK AND JILL by James Patterson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Even Patterson's most ardent admirers should beware of this dog."
Can D.C. deputy chief Alex Cross (Hide & Seek, 1995, etc.) stop a demented duo thinning the ranks of the Washington elite en route to assassinating the President? Read full book review >

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POP GOES THE WEASEL by James Patterson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 19, 1999

"Kinky mayhem, a cartoonish villain, regular glimpses of the kindly Cross caring for his loved ones, and an ending that spells a sequel: Patterson's fans couldn't ask for more."
After a flight in fantasy with When the Wind Blows (1998), Patterson goes to ground with another slash-and-squirm psychokiller page-turner, this one dedicated to "the millions of Alex Cross readers, who so frequently ask, can't you write faster?" Read full book review >

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1ST TO DIE by James Patterson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 2001

"Bargain-basement plotting, fewer thrills than a tax audit, and cardboard sleuths poised to return for a sequel. But the relentless velocity is guaranteed to hook fans of the bestselling Patterson, who'll presumably be hearing from the police the next time somebody declares war on young love."
Four women band together to catch the forgettable fiend who's murdering newlyweds. Read full book review >

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MARY MARY by James Patterson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 14, 2005

"Certainly not the worst of Patterson's clueless mysteries, but still another likely candidate to be filmed as 'a big, dopey thriller based on a dopey bestseller.'"
Superstar psychologist Alex Cross's quality time with his kids is interrupted by…another serial killer! Read full book review >

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ROSES ARE RED by James Patterson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 20, 2000

"As usual, Patterson (Cradle and All, p. 262, etc.) provides a nonstop alternation of felonies and righteous retribution unclouded by texture, thought, or moral complexity, to produce the speediest tosh on the planet. "
Who's robbing all those banks and kidnapping all those people and killing all those accomplices? It's somebody calling himself the Mastermind—a comic-book sobriquet that represents everything that's wrong with the latest installment in Patterson's Alex Cross franchise. Read full book review >

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CRADLE AND ALL by James Patterson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 22, 2000

"Post-Exorcist horror clichés, updated with a handful of contemporary references."
Warn the fans: this isn't a new Alex Cross psychokiller foray (Pop Goes the Weasel, 1999, etc.), but instead a rewritten and retitled version of Virgin, Patterson's apocalyptic 1980 horror novel. Read full book review >