Search Results: "Jerome Charyn"


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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 2003

"Entertaining, affectionate—but not a hit."
A skillful novelist fashions an ordinary paean to the Broadway That Was, followed by an unsurprising rebuke of what we're left with. Read full book review >

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JERZY by Jerome Charyn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 14, 2017

"Kosinki's is a sad tale; he was a gifted raconteur except on the page in his chosen language, a flaw all the more obvious when conveyed through Charyn's resourceful imagination and always-colorful, punchy, provocative prose."
The rise and fall of novelist Jerzy Kosinski (1933-1991) emerges in an offbeat way through real and imagined figures in his life. Read full book review >

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UNDER THE EYE OF GOD by Jerome Charyn
Released: Oct. 30, 2012

"The result is a political cocktail almost as fizzy and inventive as The Onion or The Wall Street Journal in which every development is dark, urgent and apocalyptic, and none of it matters a bit."
Isaac Sidel, commissioner of police turned New York City mayor, adds a new title to his résumé: vice president-elect of the United States. Read full book review >

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I AM ABRAHAM by Jerome Charyn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 3, 2014

"Charyn skillfully weaves bits of speeches and a large cast of characters, most of them drawn from Lincoln's life, into his intricate portrait of the 16th president."
Charyn (Johnny One-Eye, 2008, etc.) has Abraham Lincoln narrating his own story, beginning a few moments before the assassination and then telling the highlights of his life through a series of flashbacks. Read full book review >

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THE GREEN LANTERN by Jerome Charyn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2004

"The plot, however, rarely matters with Charyn. He is who he is: endlessly quirky, just about inimitable, and definitely an acquired taste."
Love in a Siberian climate. Read full book review >

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BACK TO BATAAN by Jerome Charyn
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 30, 1993

In a veteran author's weak first novel for young people—set in 1943 New York—a boy bounces between the palatial Upper West Side digs of a hated classmate and a hobo's makeshift shelter in Riverside Park. Read full book review >

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MONTEZUMA'S MAN by Jerome Charyn
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 1993

"Not for the fainthearted—each of Charyn's baroque anti- procedural fantasies is required reading for all the others—but another bracing immersion in the most sustained attempt to date to create a personal mythology out of a police hero."
Now that his right-hand-man Manfred Coen is dead, New York Police Commissioner Isaac Sidel (The Good Policeman, etc., etc.) recruits a new lieutenant, Joe Barbarossa, an Irish/Italian/Nez PercÇ on the outs with Isaac's Justice Department scourge Frederic LeComte ever since he killed Montezuma, a doper turned DEA undercover agent. Read full book review >

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HURRICANE LADY by Jerome Charyn
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 2001

"Even more disjointed than usual: a style that once seemed refreshing in its eccentricity now courts impatience like a one-trick pony turned just a little too frisky."
His famed Isaac Sidel saga (Citizen Sidel, 1999, etc.) on hold, Charyn explores the equally bizarro world of Jocko Robinson, the 97th richest man on earth. Read full book review >

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DEATH OF A TANGO KING by Jerome Charyn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1998

"Logic flags, of course, but never invention, as Charyn, for better or worse, outdoes his own wildest fantasies in the shaggiest tale of Greenpeace-endorsed drug trafficking ever committed to paper."
Great news for the two or three fans concerned that Charyn's madly lightsome saga of New York police commissioner/mayor Isaac Sidel may have turned staid in recent installments (El Bronx, 1997, etc.): This freestanding sideshow, dedicated to Paco Ignacio Taibo, the only mystery writer in captivity more gaily surrealistic than Charyn, reads like a collaboration between the two. Read full book review >

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EL BRONX by Jerome Charyn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 26, 1997

"Charyn's rich, spicy prose makes this aggressively romantic fable palatable but—be warned—riding his juggernaut plot may bring on vertigo."
This ninth in the idiosyncratic, quasi-mystical crime series beatifying New York Police Chief/Commissioner/Mayor Isaac Sidel— his most recent manifestation was as mayor-elect in Little Angel Street (1994)—tells of El Caballo's crusade to reclaim the gang- blasted Bronx from economic and human disaster. Read full book review >