Search Results: "John Saul"


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THE MANHATTAN HUNT CLUB by John Saul
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

"Readers unfamiliar with earlier versions may well be carried away, mainly by the immense research Saul has put into his tunnels and underground societies, less so by the strained melodrama."
Saul's new suspense brainchild rips off Richard Connell's much admired 1924 short story, "The Most Dangerous Game," a work so boredom-proof that this takeoff is no dangerous gambit. Read full book review >

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NIGHTSHADE by John Saul
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 2000

"The stronger themes here can't even be hinted at. But the story grips for a solid three- or four-hour read, which makes it a success."
Author Saul rewrites Psycho in his own image. Read full book review >

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THE HOMING by John Saul
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"A skillful manipulation of primal fears about the natural world and the corruption of innocence."
In his contrived but fast-paced thriller, bestselling novelist Saul (Guardian, 1993) does for insects what Hitchcock's The Birds did for our feathered friends. Read full book review >

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SHADOWS by John Saul
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 15, 1992

"Small-scale but a grabber, despite bedrock banality."
Donovan's Brain meets The Lawnmower Man. Read full book review >

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HOUSE OF RECKONING by John Saul
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"The storytelling is strenuously unnuanced but undeniably powerful as it brings to vivid life an adolescent's zero-sum view of moral realities."
Hit-or-miss horrormeister Saul (Faces of Fear, 2008, etc.) drops a vulnerable teenager into a new town with no friends but a schizophrenic, a witch and a big old house. Read full book review >

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THE PRESENCE by John Saul
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"Nicely done indeed: strange, disturbing goings-on, with only two spoonsful of outrageous melodrama."
A suspenseful thriller from the prolific and craftsmanlike Saul (The Homing, 1993, etc.) that moves like a dream through its paradisiacal Hawaiian landscape. Read full book review >

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BLACK LIGHTNING by John Saul
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"However banal the plot, the suspense works, ensuring the readership of many. (Literary Guild alternate selection)"
Bestselling horror writer Saul (The Homing, 1994, etc.) presents the serial killer you can't kill, even with 2,000 volts of electricity flooding through him for two minutes. Read full book review >

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GUARDIAN by John Saul
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 1993

"Bound for bestsellerdom—like many of Saul's others."
Saul's 16th horror novel (Shadows, 1992, etc. etc.) finds the author in a less horrific, even speakable mode, since the pivotal plot device seems possible, if definitely unlikely. Read full book review >

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THE RIGHT HAND OF EVIL by John Saul
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 1999

"Willing suspension of disbelief is one thing, but asking a reader to go along with immeasurably overfamiliar storytelling effects is another. (Literary Guild/Doubleday Main Selection)"
Saul's twentysomethingth horror novel begins with vacuous overwriting that improves only slightly as he settles into a banality far less fresh than his better stuff (The Presence, 1997; Shadows,1992, etc.). Read full book review >

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PERFECT NIGHTMARE by John Saul
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 23, 2005

"Just the thing for readers who think there's nothing worse than trying to sell your house in the suburbs."
Veteran suspense-monger Saul (Midnight Voices, 2002, etc.) manages to mess up the foolproof story of a family whose teenaged daughter is kidnapped. Read full book review >

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MIDNIGHT VOICES by John Saul
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 2001

"Rosemary's Remake, with a richly entertaining demonic payoff."
Saul (The Manhattan Hunt Club, 2001, etc.) rings some changes on a classic horror storyline. Read full book review >

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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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