Search Results: "Jim Lehrer"


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NO CERTAIN REST by Jim Lehrer
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 27, 2002

"Overreverent and, despite a shocking ending, largely inert."
Public TV worthy and sometime novelist Lehrer (The Special Prisoner, 2000, etc.) invents and solves a crime committed at the battle of Antietam. Read full book review >

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THE SPECIAL PRISONER by Jim Lehrer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 5, 2000

A near-miss about man's inhumanity to man—in war and then in peace. Read full book review >

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OH, JOHNNY by Jim Lehrer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 31, 2009

"The understated tone of this Everyman's Citizen Kane perfectly suits Lehrer's gifts, as he eschews his usual satiric stance for a warmhearted evocation of the road not taken."
A young ex-Marine pursues two ideals, a major-league baseball career and a young woman he knows only as Betsy, in Lehrer's bittersweet 19th novel (Mack to the Rescue, 2008, etc.). Read full book review >

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A BUS OF MY OWN by Jim Lehrer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 16, 1992

"Sometimes hokey, but down to earth, genuinely affecting, and immensely likable."
The co-anchor of The MacNeil-Lehrer Newshour and author of the One-Eyed Mack series looks back on his life so far, including his love of buses and his 1983 heart attack. Read full book review >

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THE PHONY MARINE by Jim Lehrer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 14, 2006

"Bad news indeed: unconvincing and instantly forgettable."
The Washington newsman's 16th novel portrays the misadventures of a "straight and dull clothing salesman" who fabricates a new life that he can't fit comfortably into. Read full book review >

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BLUE HEARTS by Jim Lehrer
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 1993

"Lehrer floats like a butterfly, but this time he doesn't sting like a bee."
Versatile TV journalist/memoirist/satirist Lehrer (Short List, 1992, etc.) adds espionage to his resumé with this likable extended anecdote about two old CIA grads who accidentally stir up a mess of Kennedy-assassination trouble 30 years after the fact. Read full book review >

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SUPER by Jim Lehrer
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 27, 2010

"A pipe dream of a world in which mere mortals can't imagine any higher honor than dying aboard the Super Chief."
Everyone's dying to take the Super Chief in TV newsman Lehrer's 20th novel, which, like his 19th (Oh, Johnny, 2009), is a valentine to the days when life and death seemed simpler, even if the people who lived and died weren't. Read full book review >

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THE FRANKLIN AFFAIR by Jim Lehrer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 24, 2005

"Television anchor Lehrer (Flying Crows, 2004, etc.) offers light amusement in an academia where everyone seems perpetually on leave, classroom drudgery a thing unknown."
A diversion about scholars of early American history who venerate Ben Franklin—who may have been as unscrupulous as many of them seem to be. Read full book review >

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FLYING CROWS by Jim Lehrer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 18, 2004

"A disjointed oddity, well below Lehrer's best work."
The prolific author (No Certain Rest, 2002, etc.) and PBS anchor takes two lunatic asylum inmates for protagonists in his quirky latest. Read full book review >

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WHITE WIDOW by Jim Lehrer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1997

"A childish and embarrassing work."
PBS newscaster Lehrer (Last Debate, 1995, etc.) gives us, in his tenth novel, all the reason a man could need for keeping clear of road trips with mysterious women. Read full book review >

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THE LAST DEBATE by Jim Lehrer
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 7, 1995

"Broad satire, but entertaining—Lehrer finds plenty of recognizable targets in the heart of the news business."
News anchor Lehrer's ninth novel (Fine Lines, 1994, etc.) is set in his own backyard—in the twin contests between the ethics of the journalist as neutral reporter and as responsible citizen, and between journalism and the political process. Read full book review >

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FINE LINES by Jim Lehrer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1994

"Beguiling minor work from a satirist who usually cuts deeper."
Still another departure for multitalented Lehrer — news anchor, playwright, and chronicler of the One-Eyed Mack, Oklahoma's priceless lieutenant governor. Read full book review >