Search Results: "Jeffrey Gusfield"


BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2012

"Still, an engrossing look inside Al Capone's murderous ranks and a chilling examination of a natural born killer."
Gusfield presents the short, brutal life of "Machine Gun" Jack McGurn (1902 -1936), born Vincent Gebardi, a gifted athlete who became notorious as Al Capone's deadliest lieutenant and putative organizer of the Saint Valentine's Day Massacre of 1929. Read full book review >

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JEFFREY STRANGEWAYS by Jill Murphy
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1992

"Murphy's adept pen drawings add a lot to the fun. (Fiction. 8-12)"
The author of The Worst Witch (1974) tells a funny story about a medieval 11-year-old whose rescue of the local knight- errant is the result of slapstick-style good luck. Read full book review >

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A SONG FOR JEFFREY by Constance M. Foland
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"For sheer tear-jerking, this is not up to Lurlene McDaniel's formulaic novels, but it has rewarding moments. (Fiction. 9-12)"
In a loving, occasionally sentimental story, Dodie is having a hard year: her parents are separated, and heading for divorce; her older brother, once a comrade, now finds her useless; her hopes for the school talent show are squashed by a disastrous tryout; and there is no one her age in the neighborhood. Read full book review >

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THE TWINS JEFFREY AND JEANNE by Jeanne Baier
Released: June 9, 2011

"An effective, if visually undistinguished, tale with a straightforward message of reassurance for children affected by divorce."
A picture book offering the point of view of twins offers affirmation and comfort to young children of separated parents. Read full book review >

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JEFFREY BEAR CLEANS UP HIS ACT by John Steptoe
Released: April 28, 1983

"The sanitation-man is a bore, the teacher is a horror—and if the lesson's supposed to be that kids can't do better, it's not much of one."
The idea behind that slangy title is pretty crude too—but in an almost prissy way. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

STATE OF MIND by John Katzenbach
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"Less gory than one might expect, and less psychologically compelling than the narrative would want us to believe: Katzenbach is not likely to keep anyone guessing too long, but the action is fast-paced and most of the story's loose ends are smartly tied. (Author tour)"
Jeffrey Clayton, a criminology professor and noted expert on serial killers, is handed an unusual assignment: tracking down a mass murderer who just might be his long-presumed-dead father. Read full book review >

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INDELIBLE by Karin Slaughter
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 2004

"Amazingly, Slaughter manages between past and present stories while maintaining suspense in both by the simple device of showing the pettiest, most everyday conflicts imaginable constantly in danger of exploding in violence."
A hostage crisis sends medical examiner Sara Lintonhurtling through a maze of memories to a nightmare from her earliest days with her ex-husband, Grant County police chief Jeffrey Tolliver. Read full book review >

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THE OFFICE OF MERCY by Ariel Djanikian
Released: Feb. 25, 2013

"This intriguing slice of future drama ends much too soon and will leave readers begging for a sequel, if not a series."
A fascinating view of a post-apocalyptic America, penned by a first-time novelist. Read full book review >

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THE DEVIL TAKES A BRIDE by Julia London
ROMANCE
Released: Jan. 27, 2015

"Strong prose and adventurous sex scenes make the book worth reading."
A desperate young woman tries to trap a charming rogue into marriage but accidentally traps his severe and proper older brother instead. Read full book review >

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THE AMATEUR AMERICAN by J. Saunders Elmore
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 4, 2009

"A jumble of a plot and a protagonist who generates little sympathy. Give it a pass."
An American in France learns the hard way that teaching English can be murder. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CLICK! by Jeffrey Ebbeler
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2015

"An enjoyable bedtime story that demands to be heard. (Picture book. 3-6)"
An industrious lamp in the shape of a bird fixes all things that go bump in the night. Read full book review >