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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MARCH ON
by Julie Danielson

This past weekend, I managed to catch the Atlanta March for Social Justice and Women while in town for the American Library Association’s Midwinter conference. If, like me, you marched (or couldn’t make one, yet wholeheartedly supported the notion of a march), you may wonder: What is next? I think a lot of people, women in particular, have this top ...


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BOOK REVIEW

GILGAMESH by John R. Maier
translated by John R. Maier, edited by John Gardner
Released: Oct. 5, 1984

"But any intelligent effort to popularize that enigmatic primeval masterpiece is more than welcome."
Too fussy and detailed for the casual reader, too amateurish for the scholar, this curious collaboration between novelist Gardner (completed just before his fatal motorcycle crash in 1982) and English professor Maier (SUNY, Brockport), with help from Assyriologist Richard A. Henshaw (Colgate Rochester Div. Read full book review >

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BANNERMAN’S GHOSTS by John R. Maxim
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 18, 2003

"Interesting cast, good action scenes, but bursts of backstory talkiness tend to undermine both."
Gangs of the rich and clandestine square off multinationally, in a minor effort by the veteran thrillermeister (Whistler's Angel, 2001, etc.). Read full book review >

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COLD HEARTS AND GENTLE PEOPLE by John R. Riggs
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 3, 1994

"The result is a story that crackles with authentic small-town tension."
Newspaper editor Garth Ryland, unofficial special deputy of Oakalla, Wis. Read full book review >

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THE SHADOW BOX by John R. Maxim
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"A slick, engrossing entertainment with plausibly motivated characters and chilling detail on an underground enterprise that's evidently as remunerative as narcotics. (First printing of 50,000)"
Maxim (Time Out of Mind, 1986, etc.) forsakes the astral plane for a suspenser whose down-and-dirty plot turns on the megabuck traffic in bogus prescription drugs. Read full book review >

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KILLING FROST by John R. Riggs
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Garth's tenth case (Cold Hearts and Gentle People, 1994, etc.) is as coldly compassionate as the others."
Harold Adams, the nominal sheriff of Adams County, is in such a deep funk about his ineptitude that his special deputy, Oakalla Reporter owner Garth Ryland, has even more to do than usual in clearing up the mystery of the headless, limbless torso that crude Amos Hogue finds on his farm. Read full book review >

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WALL, WATCHTOWER, AND PENCIL STUB by John R. Carpenter
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"Though erratically presented, this work of literary research should spur further study."
An examination of the seminal works of World War II, many of which opened eyes to truth by eyewitnesses. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

INDESTRUCTIBLE by John R. Bruning
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"Certainly flawed, but it should appeal to readers who enjoy a good adventure and/or war story."
The story of how one man's struggle to free his family after the fall of the Philippines in World War II inspired him to create new weapons systems that hastened the Allied victory. Read full book review >