Search Results: "John Burdett"


BOOK REVIEW

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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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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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 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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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 >

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ROAD TRIPPIN’ IT WITH JOHN BURNINGHAM
by Julie Danielson

The holidays are nigh. I wrote this time last year about my favorite holiday picture book of all time – John Burningham’s Harvey Slumfenburger’s Christmas Present, originally published back in 1993.

I’m a big Burningham fan. (If you are, too, and you’ve not yet read this, run to your nearest bookstore or library.) And in thinking about Harvey, I was ...


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JOHN NEWMAN
by Rhett Morgan

In 1992, John Newman prepared to celebrate finishing his Ph.D., securing a book deal with Warner Books for the release of his dissertation, JFK and Vietnam, and having worked directly with Oliver Stone as consultant on the film JFK. But a brief call from the National Security Agency put all of that in jeopardy. Newman was warned that his ...


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JOHN T. EDGE
by Megan Labrise

John T. Edge’s The Potlikker Papers: A Food History of the Modern South is no mere paean to peanuts, homage to hominy, and laudation to lard. Like the nutritive broth for which it’s named, this title is more substantive than it appears at a glance.

“One the primary aims of my book,” says Edge, a native Georgian who lives ...


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SUMMER POTPOURRI
by Bobbi Dumas

Over the past month I’ve had the opportunity to listen to a bunch of books that came my way, and a couple of them were just terrific, so I thought I’d share.

Adriana Anders’ Under Her Skin (February ’17) launched an intense contemporary romance series Blank Canvas which has a very interesting spin on the tattoo theme. (It got a ...


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BOOK REVIEW

GOLDILOCKS by John O'Leary
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"A long way from 'just right.' (Pop-up folk tale. 2-4)"
The familiar tale is pressed into service as a vehicle for introducing colors. Read full book review >