Search Results: "John Billheimer"


BOOK REVIEW

THE CONTRARY BLUES by John Billheimer
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 17, 1998

"Billheimer seasons his debut with quiet humor, warmly appealing characters, and enough inventive plot twists to make a Contrarian out of straighter arrows than Owen."
Ever since a misplaced decimal point led the Department of Transportation to send Contrary, West Virginia, funding for twenty city buses instead of two—and to continue providing operating subsidies at that inflated level for four years—things have been looking up in the little coal town. Read full book review >

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STONEWALL JACKSON’S ELBOW by John Billheimer
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 2, 2006

"Billheimer's intricate riff on fakery is the real deal."
Nothing's what it seems in Billheimer's tale of bank fraud, baseball and bunkum in rural West Virginia. Read full book review >

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DRYBONE HOLLOW by John Billheimer
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 7, 2003

"Soap opera aside, Billheimer constructs a puzzle so ingenious that, like the folks in the Hollow, readers shoulda seen it coming—but they won't."
It's time for risk analyst Owen Allison to go back to Palo Alto to work on the reconciliation with his ex-wife Judith that was interrupted by his mother's chemotherapy (Dismal Mountain, 2001). Read full book review >

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HIGHWAY ROBBERY by John Billheimer
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 1, 2000

"But the intricately layered plot and gentle good humor make this a worthy successor to his first."
Seems like nobody's interested in building roads anymore. Read full book review >

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A PLAYER TO BE MAIMED LATER by John Billheimer
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 21, 2013

"Baseball fans and mystery fans alike will cheer as Billheimer goes into extra innings with a puzzle as ingenious as he offered in Keaton's debut."
Sportswriter Lloyd Keaton (Field of Schemes, 2012) gets more than he bargained for when he agrees to pen the biography of a famous pitcher. Read full book review >

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FIELD OF SCHEMES by John Billheimer
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 19, 2012

"Like his Owen Allison series (Stonewall Jackson's Elbow, 2006, etc.), Billheimer's new franchise emphasizes local color in small-town America as its heroes prove to be their own worst enemies."
A sportswriter with a gambling problem tries to help a trainer escape indictment for steroid abuse. Read full book review >

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DISMAL MOUNTAIN by John Billheimer
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 16, 2001

"There's a little too much recycling here, but, still, Billheimer has hit a rich enough vein to mine for quite a while as he continues to explore the delicate interaction between progress and preservation in rural West Virginia."
Billheimer's latest takes up right where Highway Robbery (2000) left off. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JOHN by Niall Williams
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

"Irish novelist Williams (Four Letters of Love, 1999, etc.) takes spiritual issues seriously—and continues to write compellingly about them."
John the Apostle, now a revered Master in exile with a small band of Christian brothers on the island of Patmos, confronts heresy, schism and doubt. Read full book review >

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JOHN!  by Rolin Bruno
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 24, 2015

"While sometimes offering a confusing tangle of voices that lack individual features, this tale delivers a fresh and well-researched fictionalization of the assembling of the Apostles from John's point of view."
A young John the Apostle leaves his home to follow Jesus in this debut biblical novel. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

KING JOHN by Marc Morris
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 15, 2015

"The result is a traditional politics-and-war biography: a relentless succession of intrigues, quarrels, battles, sieges, negotiations, truces, and betrayals illuminated by lucid writing but muddied by Morris' decision to jump back and forth in chronology."
King John (1166-1216) is a rare English medieval monarch whose fame owes less to Shakespeare than legend. His villainy remains so ingrained, writes historian and broadcaster Morris (The Norman Conquest: The Battle of Hastings and the Fall of Anglo-Saxon England, 2013) in this capable biography, that no subsequent king has named a son "John." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JOHN CHEEVER by John Cheever
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2009

"Attention must be paid, and glasses should be raised in tribute and gratitude to it."
Despite the early acceptance of John Cheever (1912-82) as a writer of short stories for prestigious magazines (the New Republic, the New Yorker), he struggled for decades to support a growing family and earn critical respect (both of these goals were realized, in spades, in his later years). Read full book review >

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JOHN CONSTABLE by Anthony Bailey
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2007

"And so it is that Constable is known today, though this literate and lively biography adds new shades to the artist's well-earned reputation."
The Romantic art rebel comes in for thoughtful biographical treatment at the hands of New Yorker alumnus Bailey. Read full book review >