Search Results: "John Shannon"


BOOK REVIEW

THE ORANGE CURTAIN by John Shannon
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 2001

"A typically offbeat addition to the Liffey series (The Poison Sky, etc., not reviewed)."
Jack Liffey, divorced, downsized from the aerospace industry, living with the zaftig Marlena, and skilled at reclaiming lost kids and filling Philip Marlowe's noble shoes, agrees to meet Minh Trac, whose daughter Phuong has been missing for a week. Read full book review >

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STREETS ON FIRE by John Shannon
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 2001

"As always, Shannon's in there stretching the genre, but endless talk and a diffuse plot cost him dearly here."
Jack Liffey is not your standard-issue private eye. Read full book review >

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CITY OF STRANGERS by John Shannon
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 2003

"Shannon, who's never envisioned a predicament he couldn't make a bit worse, adds a bout of impotence and a gruesome torture sequence to Liffey's travails while turning Fariborz's naïveté into despair."
Perhaps to escape her psychiatrist father's constant interpretations of her motives, actions, and emotions, snippy, status-conscious teenager Becky Auslander has run away. Read full book review >

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A LITTLE TOO MUCH by John Shannon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2011

"In the 13th of this widely respected series, Shannon wavers between realistic family drama and unabashed melodrama. It's an uncertainty readers will sense and share."
This time out, Jack Liffey (On the Nickel, 2010, etc.), finder of lost children, searches for a lost father. Read full book review >

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THE DARK STREETS by John Shannon
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 12, 2007

"Intelligent, literate, forbiddingly bleak fare for Liffey-lovers."
In the ninth of this ever-darkening series (Dangerous Games, 2005, etc.), Jack Liffey seeks a lost child. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TERMINAL ISLAND by John Shannon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2004

"Liffey is intelligent, sensitive, courageous, even on occasion funny, but, oh, how he does go on."
In a fifth adventure for child-tracing specialist Jack Liffey, the missing child's no longer missing, but he signs on anyway. Read full book review >

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DANGEROUS GAMES by John Shannon
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 2005

"Liffey, whose cases (Terminal Island, 2004, etc.) have always veered toward West Coast noir, now seems entrenched in the meanest California streets. This one is rated NC-17 for graphic porn and torture sequences, along with procedures for emptying a colostomy bag."
Jack Liffey, finder of lost kids and lover of troubled women, combines his preoccupations. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DUCK ON A BIKE by David Shannon
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2001

"A 'quackerjack' of a terrific escapade. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Grab your funny bone—Shannon (The Shark God, 2001, etc.) rides again! Read full book review >

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A BAD CASE OF STRIPES by David Shannon
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1998

"Shannon's story is a good poke in the eye of conformity—imaginative, vibrant, and at times good and spooky—and his emphatic, vivid artwork keeps perfect pace with the tale. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Camilla Cream wants to fit in, so she conforms, denying herself the things she craves—lima beans, for example—if the other kids frown upon them. Read full book review >

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THE AMAZING CHRISTMAS EXTRAVAGANZA by David Shannon
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

The guileless Mr. Merriweather puts a string of lights around his window; when he is mocked by his neighbor, whose own house is covered with lights, Mr. Merriweather adds more decorations and within days has a display that people in three counties come visit. Read full book review >

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DUCK ON A TRACTOR by David Shannon
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Fans of Duck's previous outing will revel in this return to gentle anarchy. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In this similarly funny sequel to Duck on a Bike (2002), Shannon's adventurous Duck returns to conquer his next riding challenge—a tractor! Read full book review >

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JANGLES by David Shannon
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2012

"Some fish indeed! (Picture book. 4-8) "
A boy recalls his father's pretty amazing story of the larger-than-life trout he nearly caught in this tall tale of a remarkably big fish that got away. Read full book review >