Search Results: "John Straley"


BOOK REVIEW

DEATH AND THE LANGUAGE OF HAPPINESS by John Straley
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 1997

"In fact, Straley's fourth (The Music of What Happens, 1996, etc.) shows his Shandyesque love of loose ends getting the better of his logic: The mystery-mongering is as febrile as old man Flynn."
Sitka, Alaska, shamus Cecil Younger's willing to do an awful lot of things for money, but killing a man isn't one of them. Read full book review >

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THE CURIOUS EAT THEMSELVES by John Straley
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 17, 1993

"Straley's skill in weaving his background into the story makes his regional series one of the strongest since Tony Hillerman set up shop. (First printing of 25,000)"
Everybody wants to hire underemployed Alaska investigator Cecil Younger (The Woman Who Married a Bear, 1992)—even including his autistic roommate Toddy, who insists that Cecil track down Nelson, his missing Labrador retriever. Read full book review >

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COLD STORAGE, ALASKA by John Straley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 4, 2014

"Quirky, funny and compulsively readable."
After serving time, a reformed drug dealer seeks peace in the small Alaskan village in which he grew up, but trouble hounds his every step. Read full book review >

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COLD WATER BURNING by John Straley
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 9, 2001

"Vivid seamanship, myriad plot skews, intriguing Alaska, and new dad Cecil, the poster boy for angst-riddled, flawed decisions, make this a standout."
Like the Al Capp character who is always pictured with a black thundercloud over his head, Cecil Younger, probably the least successful private eye in the world and certainly in Sitka, Alaska, is a walking disaster area, in which friends under his care often die and mysteries remain unresolved. Read full book review >

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THE MUSIC OF WHAT HAPPENS by John Straley
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 1996

"Notable, like Cecil's first two outings (The Curious Eat Themselves, 1993, etc.), for some charmingly loopy storytelling and some magical Alaskan scenery—though the magic may be due in part to the Xanax that Cecil's been popping since that concussion."
Against all reason, Priscilla DeAngelo is convinced there's a conspiracy to keep her six-year-old son away from her. Read full book review >

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THE WOMAN WHO MARRIED A BEAR by John Straley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 19, 1992

"Mostly a series of interviews with the suspects, but sensitive, in-your-face Younger makes each one into a stylish riff, and the Alaska background is refreshingly tangy."
Alaska is the star of this fresh debut mystery (the first in a series), though poetic, alcoholic, lovelorn, nondriving (he depends on taxis, hitchhiking, and obliging friends) Cecil Younger plays a strong supporting role. Read full book review >

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THE ANGELS WILL NOT CARE by John Straley
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 10, 1998

"A bit of backbone stiffening might do the same for his hero."
Cecil Younger is depressed. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JOHN by Niall Williams
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

"Irish novelist Williams (Four Letters of Love, 1999, etc.) takes spiritual issues seriously—and continues to write compellingly about them."
John the Apostle, now a revered Master in exile with a small band of Christian brothers on the island of Patmos, confronts heresy, schism and doubt. Read full book review >

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JOHN BIRCH by Terry Lautz
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 4, 2016

"A useful work that elucidates both the U.S. role in China and some elements of the contemporary conservative mindset."
A serious probe into the life of the Baptist missionary to China who posthumously (and thus unwittingly) served as the right wing's poster child. Read full book review >

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JOHN MARSHALL by Harlow Giles Unger
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2014

"A vigorous account of an influential American life."
A cradle-to-grave biography of the U.S. Supreme Court's longest-serving chief justice. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JOHN HUSTON by Jeffrey Meyers
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 27, 2011

"The author is perhaps a bit overly enamored with his magnificent monster of a subject (and indulges a weakness for strained puns and clumsy humor), but this biography is a serious, intelligent, highly readable reckoning with Huston's outsize legacy."
A richly flavorful biography of John Huston, great director and bona fide man's man. Read full book review >

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JOHN BROWN by John Hendrix
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"Not a story for the younger set, but an important view of one of the most controversial men in American history. (author's note, sources, index) (Informational picture book. 8-12)"
John Brown, with a makeshift flag in one hand and a tiny African-American tot cradled in the other, stands heroically on the jacket of this handsome picture-book biography. Read full book review >