Search Results: "John R. O'Donnell"


BOOK REVIEW

ONE MAN'S POISON by John R. Riggs
Released: Jan. 28, 1990

Sixth in the offbeat, underappreciated series featuring Oakalla, Wisconsin, newspaper editor Garth Ryland, who's now involved in a Tony Hillerman sort of case—murder, myth, and ecological mayhem combined. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SNOW ON THE ROSES by John R. Riggs
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 1996

"This time, though, the cast, as if in mourning for Doc Riggs and Eugene Yuill, is uncommonly subdued, too: Except for Garth himself, all the most memorable characters are dead."
All of Riggs's anatomies of Oakalla, Wisconsin (Killing Frost, 1995, etc.), have been elegies to small-town life, but his 11th is especially grief-soaked because of Oakalla Reporter editor Garth Ryland's intimacy with the victims. Read full book review >

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WHISTLER’S ANGEL by John R. Maxim
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2001

"Witty and entertaining throughout: a happy spin-off from Maxim's successful Bannerman series (A Matter of Honor, not reviewed, etc.)."
Finally, a spy novel that asks the burning question (and asks it with surprising success): Is it possible to quit the whole ugly business if you're protected by a guardian angel? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DEAD LETTER by John R. Riggs
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 15, 1992

"Overall, though, the plot is less interesting than the people who frequent it."
Oakalla, Wisconsin, newspaper editor Garth Ryland (One Man's Poison, etc.), who lobbied against the election of the new sheriff, Whitey Huffer, is now at odds with him over the accidental death— or murder?—of deaf trashman Amel Pilkin, who seemed awfully excited about some good news just before he died. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE FIRST SEVENTEEN by John R. Burgoon Jr.
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 17, 2014

"A sometimes frustrating memoir, but one endowed with personality."
In this memoir, Burgoon (It All Counts on Twenty, 2014) recalls living in many different homes during his early years. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SONG OF THE AXE by John R. Dann
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2001

"Impressive research lends flintiness to a work that holds up well indeed to Jean Auel's Earth's Children trilogy."
Is there any shaman-reviewer with magic strong enough to lay claws on this first novel about Hell Beast and Ka, Kane and Eran, Agon and Eena and Sagon and Elina—figures whose spirit-song whistles through an epic set 30,000 years ago, when all existence was a snake pit of souls writhing in rock and water, axe and lightning bolt? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 2000

"Told with wry humor and an insider's view: one can't help but wonder how these wildcatters occupied themselves before 1994."
All about Internet stock traders—those weirdo workaholics who make money, lose money, perpetuate scams, uncover scams, spend hours sending endless (often pointless) e-mails, live at their keyboards, and never seem to make enough to retire and get out of the business. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >