Search Results: "Jerome Charyn"


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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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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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THE NEW MYSTERY by Jerome Charyn
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 16, 1993

"Though it doesn't live up to the promise of its title, this is still the best one-volume bundle of mystery stories around."
A generously defined (unfashionably so) anthology of mystery stories, over a third of them (16 of 42) new. 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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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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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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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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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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WINTER WARNING by Jerome Charyn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2017

"Less antic than some of its waggish hero's earlier chronicles but still manically inventive, proudly undisciplined, and peopled with dark lords and ladies best characterized by wildly inflated epithets—in other words, nothing at all like any presidencies since 1988."
Isaac Sidel, last seen (Under the Eye of God, 2012) as vice president-elect, becomes president when his top guy is forced to resign. Fireworks ensue, most of them not especially patriotic. Read full book review >

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LITTLE ANGEL STREET by Jerome Charyn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"A deliriously overplotted Hitchhiker's Guide to the Big Apple adorned with a demotic style and cartoon-epic conventions that would make it perfectly logical for the hero's bemused father to pop up ten pages from the end."
Charyn winds up his New Isaac Quartet (Montezuma's Man, 1993, etc.) with the inauguration of Isaac Sidel, the Pink Commish, as mayor of New York. Read full book review >

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Released: Nov. 9, 2005

"A kind of sour grapes of wrath, brilliantly rendered."
Rancor, resentment, whining, self-loathing and, of course, some very good prose. Read full book review >

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ELSINORE by Jerome Charyn
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 15, 1991

"Trying to disentangle the filaments of his absurd, inconsequential plot could drive you crazy, which would be about right."
Free-wheeling retired Aladdin Furs executive Sidney Holden, who wears the Duke of Windsor's second hand clothes, goes back into action when his live-in Fay's Svengali, Queens D.A. Paul Abruzzi, hauls her off, throwing Holden into the clutches of mogul Howard Phipps, who promises to reveal Fay's whereabouts (an asylum called Elsinore— though the news doesn't help) in return for Holden's help in inducing his long-gone old flame Judith Church, now 67, to come back to him— acting along the way as a gofer for Phipps's far-flung (Chappaquidick, the Basque territory) money-laundering operations. Read full book review >