Search Results: "Joe L. Blevins"


BOOK REVIEW

Released: Aug. 14, 2012

"Historical fantasy that doesn't quite come to life."
Winston, a poor but literate young man, tries his hand at starting a family in New England in the 1630s, but he's cursed by witches and forced to be their slave. Read full book review >

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DEADLY HUNGER by Joe L. Hensley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2001

"The theater may be miniature, but the characters are never smaller than life."
Like his creator, Hensley's series hero Don Robak has been a lawyer and a judge, and it's judges rather than detectives who dot the landscape of these 18 stories, most dating from the 1980s. Read full book review >

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ROBAK'S WITCH by Joe L. Hensley
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 12, 1997

"Even the writing is plodding."
Still smarting from the bullet he took in his gut at the end of his last trial, Indiana lawyer Don Robak's holding on till the first of the year, when he'll ascend to the circuit bench. Read full book review >

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GRIM CITY by Joe L. Hensley
Released: Nov. 10, 1994

"Hensley (Robak's Run, 1990, etc.) works up considerable suspense over the foolproof did-she-or-didn't-she question, but his treatment of the bigger issues is both tangled and flat, with Singer too glum a narrator to be very engaging."
Grimsley City, Ky., isn't nearly as grim as the baggage attorney Jim Singer brings to it on his return. Read full book review >

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ROBAK IN BLACK by Joe L. Hensley
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 10, 2001

"The story starts well enough, then stumbles, doubles back on itself repeatedly, wanders about in philosophical thickets, and ultimately loses its way."
On the far side of 50, Don Robak (Robak's Witch, 1997, etc.) finally seems to have left hard liquor and hard times behind him. Read full book review >

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SNOWBIRD’S BLOOD by Joe L. Hensley
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 19, 2008

"As he has in the past, Hensley (Robak in Black, 2001, etc.) undercuts a strong beginning with inexplicable walkabouts down suspense-killing byways."
A weary old soldier tries to track down his missing wife. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: March 12, 2016

"A lengthy manifesto for AMCAP that lays out a vision for an ascendant black America."
Rempson (Minority Access to Higher Education In N.Y. City, 1972) examines what he sees as the root causes of education and economic-mobility gaps that affect African-American males.Read full book review >

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MOONLIGHT WATER by Win Blevins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 13, 2015

"A strangely dispassionate affair with a picturesque Southwest setting."
After a burned-out rock star trashes his old life, he resettles in an unlikely community, hoping the desert air will clear his head. Read full book review >

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GRANDPA'S HA-LA-LOO-YA HAMBONE by Joe Hayes
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"Tongue-in-cheek fun. (Picture book. 7-10)"
A tall country tale involving dentures, beans, and an amazing hambone. Read full book review >

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MY PET RATTLESNAKE by Joe Hayes
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 24, 2014

"A shaggy snake story certain to elicit hoots and hollers aplenty from young audiences. (Picture book. 6-8)"
The creators of The Gum Chewing Rattler (2006) concoct another outlandish episode with a twist in its tale. Read full book review >

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THE GUM CHEWING RATTLER by Joe Hayes
ANIMALS
Released: Dec. 1, 2006

An anecdote from the youth of a veteran Arizona storyteller makes its first separate appearance in print, matched to a Mexican artist's warmly humorous, photographically exact scenes. Read full book review >