Search Results: "John Burdett"


BOOK REVIEW

THE GODFATHER OF KATHMANDU by John Burdett
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 9, 2009

"A blissfully nutty caper that brings back fond memories of the late lamented Ross Thomas' crazy-quilt crime fiction."
Distinguishing crooks from good guys is only one of the pleasures and challenges offered by the fourth in Burdett's series chronicling the morally compromised adventures of Thai policeman Sonchai Jitpleecheek (Bangkok Haunts, 2007, etc.). Read full book review >

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BANGKOK HAUNTS by John Burdett
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 8, 2007

"Not for your Agatha Christie-loving maiden aunt, but good grisly fun for those who like their noir rated NC-17."
Vice spins the wheels of this third gritty procedural following Bangkok 8 (2003) and Bangkok Tattoo (2005) and featuring Buddhist Thai policeman Sonchai Jitpleecheep. Read full book review >

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BANGKOK 8 by John Burdett
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 2003

"Enjoyable, mostly, with a savage payoff and a smoky, acidic aftertaste."
East and West coexist in a murderous symbiosis in this exotic thriller by British author (and Hong Kong resident) Burdett (The Last Six Million Seconds, 1997, etc.). Read full book review >

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VULTURE PEAK by John Burdett
Released: Jan. 10, 2012

"Burdett's strengths are tilted toward characterization rather than plotting, for Buddhist Sonchai remains a fascinating cross between Buddhist monk and hard-boiled detective."
Thai detective Sonchai Jitpleecheep returns in Burdett's fifth Bangkok novel as he gets involved in murderous—and convoluted—doings working on a case involving the trafficking of human body parts. Read full book review >

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BANGKOK TATTOO by John Burdett
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 10, 2005

"Baroquely complicated, and a bit too preachy but, otherwise, a wry, wise and wonderful romp."
Another wacky, wild-side traipse through Thailand's fleshpots, eateries and spiritual havens, with the marvelously peculiar half-American, half-Thai Buddhist police detective. Read full book review >

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Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"While the author leans heavily on his broody protagonist as a symbolic embodiment of never-the-twain-shall-meet angst, the twisty narrative packs a cynical wallop. (Film rights to Twentieth Century-Fox)"
In his second outing, Burdett (A Personal History of Thirst, p. 6) offers a bleakly effective thriller set in Hong Kong during the final days before its transfer from the UK to the People's Republic of China. Read full book review >

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A PERSONAL HISTORY OF THIRST by John Burdett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1996

"Still, his unblinking eye—his characters are sketched in with great shrewdness — and his exact, resonant style make one hope that next time he'll rely less on surprise, more on narrative."
``You never get free. 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 BIRCH by Terry Lautz
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 4, 2016

"A useful work that elucidates both the U.S. role in China and some elements of the contemporary conservative mindset."
A serious probe into the life of the Baptist missionary to China who posthumously (and thus unwittingly) served as the right wing's poster child. Read full book review >

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JOHN MARSHALL by Harlow Giles Unger
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2014

"A vigorous account of an influential American life."
A cradle-to-grave biography of the U.S. Supreme Court's longest-serving chief justice. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JOHN HUSTON by Jeffrey Meyers
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 27, 2011

"The author is perhaps a bit overly enamored with his magnificent monster of a subject (and indulges a weakness for strained puns and clumsy humor), but this biography is a serious, intelligent, highly readable reckoning with Huston's outsize legacy."
A richly flavorful biography of John Huston, great director and bona fide man's man. Read full book review >

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JOHN BROWN by John Hendrix
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"Not a story for the younger set, but an important view of one of the most controversial men in American history. (author's note, sources, index) (Informational picture book. 8-12)"
John Brown, with a makeshift flag in one hand and a tiny African-American tot cradled in the other, stands heroically on the jacket of this handsome picture-book biography. Read full book review >