Search Results: "John R. Baker"


BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 18, 2011

"In-your-face violence and resilient heroism that leaps off the page."
The life and work of a tireless Compton, Calif. beat cop. Read full book review >

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POET IN THE GUTTER by John Baker
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 20, 1996

"Newcomer Baker's agreeably clipped delivery hides the fact that most of his surprises are exhausted in the early going."
``Funny how things start out,'' muses wannabe Yorkshire shamus Sam Turner. ``You take on a matrimonial case and find you're tracking an international serial killer.'' In fact Sam's first case is deceptive from the word go, when Terry Deacon, hearing Sam tell an AA meeting that he's a detective, hires him to follow his wife Jane, whom he suspects is cheating on him. Read full book review >

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Secrets of Men in a Lifeboat by Todd R. Baker
FICTION & LITERATURE

"Adroit in its storytelling, this book offers two finely drawn lives and a continuing mystery as to how they will overlap."
A debut novel focuses on one man and the many possibilities in life. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 2009

"Enriching, deeply personal history."
A sweeping look at nearly 200 years on a Southern plantation, told by a descendant of the slaves who lived there. Read full book review >

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SONG OF THE EARTH by John R. Dann
Released: Feb. 1, 2005

"At heart a romance (who knows what these well-spoken Cro-Magnons were really like?), rich with gripping escapism and comparable to Jean Auel's Earth's Children trilogy."
Prequel to Dann's The Song of the Axe (2001), a prehistoric saga that takes place some 30,000 years ago, as the Neanderthals evolve into the Cro-Magnons somewhere in Eurasia. Read full book review >

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BAD LIE by John R. Corrigan
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 31, 2005

"Corrigan describes each hole in stupefying detail, leaving little room for his humdrum mystery to unfold."
PGA golfer Jack Austin (Snap Hook, 2004) risks it all to help his former caddie discover the truth about his father's murder. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: July 10, 1998

"Stilgoe's is a voice in the wilderness, and this is an esoteric subject at once compelling and important yet, by the standard measuring stick of contemporary culture, sadly insubstantial."
An extended exhortation to readers to go outside and explore the natural and constructed environment—from urban fire hydrants to rural fences to highway pit stops—in the American and Emersonian tradition of the exploring eye/I. Stilgoe (Landscape History/Harvard), the author of previous books on American railroads and landscape, has had the academic's luxury of thinking about things most of us have precious little time to consider: the permanence of the antiquated railroad bed, the hum of alternating current, the uses and meaning of fences. Read full book review >

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THE DISSONANT SPIES by John R. Downes
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 13, 2013

"A slightly contrived espionage yarn that still unspools nicely."
In Downes' (When Johnny Came Marching, 2012) novel, two Nazi spies with differing views of the morality of war secretly try to make it to America's heartland with an FBI agent on their trail. Read full book review >

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PLAYING UNTIL DARK by John R. Alberts
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 27, 2013

"Remarkable poetry, good for the body and mind."
Free-wheeling yet carefully wrought, this free verse collection is a joyful reminder that, at its best, poetry is music. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 10, 2012

"An amicable, instructive handbook for anyone looking to grow in a technological field."
Schneider's debut guide will help information technology professionals rise to the top. Read full book review >