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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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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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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TOP DOWN by Jim Lehrer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 8, 2013

"A footnote to the vast library surrounding the JFK assassination, but a good read nonetheless."
Who shot JFK? In longtime PBS stalwart Lehrer's novel, the question better becomes: How shot JFK? Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 13, 2011

"A limited but entertaining peek at some of what goes on behind the curtain."
Award-winning NewsHour anchor Lehrer (Super, 2010, etc.) discusses the televised presidential election debates he and others have covered. Read full book review >

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MACK TO THE RESCUE by Jim Lehrer
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 2008

"Perhaps the best of all Mack's adventures. He even gets to try his hand at some shuttle diplomacy worthy of a Henry Kissinger with heart."
A chance remark on a call-in radio show throws The One-Eyed Mack into the Oklahoma governor's race. And it's not even his remark. Read full book review >

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EUREKA by Jim Lehrer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 9, 2007

"Harmless fun for old guys."
An impulsive purchase at an antiques show is the first step in the liberation of a Kansas insurance executive from the life he was never meant to live. Read full book review >

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PURPLE DOTS by Jim Lehrer
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"The whole courtly farce is so gentlemanly and understated, right down to the final twist, that most readers will be inoculated before they even feel the sting."
What ought to be the routine confirmation of a new CIA director spins predictably, and entertainingly, out of control in newscaster Lehrer's dark D.C. comedy. Read full book review >

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KICK THE CAN by Jim Lehrer
Released: May 16, 1988

"Mack is the lighter side of Huckleberry Finn—in a novel that is heartwarming and delightful."
Here's a surprise—a cheerful, funny, wonderfully charming account of a spirited one-eyed boy's misadventurous journey through Texas, Oklahoma, and other landscapes of the American Dream in the 50's, in company with a band of endearing Norman Rock-well crooks and cranks, by the co-anchor of The McNeil/Lehrer News Hour and author of one other long-ago novel (Viva Max!, 1966). Read full book review >