Search Results: "John Straley"


BOOK REVIEW

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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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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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 >

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 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 >

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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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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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ROAD TRIPPIN’ IT WITH JOHN BURNINGHAM
by Julie Danielson

The holidays are nigh. I wrote this time last year about my favorite holiday picture book of all time – John Burningham’s Harvey Slumfenburger’s Christmas Present, originally published back in 1993.

I’m a big Burningham fan. (If you are, too, and you’ve not yet read this, run to your nearest bookstore or library.) And in thinking about Harvey, I was ...


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BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 17, 2010

"A worthy exploration of a regrettably long-lasting true-crime nightmare."
A journalist collaborates with two former juvenile detention-center inmates to expose a scandal. Read full book review >

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JOHN NEWMAN
by Rhett Morgan

In 1992, John Newman prepared to celebrate finishing his Ph.D., securing a book deal with Warner Books for the release of his dissertation, JFK and Vietnam, and having worked directly with Oliver Stone as consultant on the film JFK. But a brief call from the National Security Agency put all of that in jeopardy. Newman was warned that his ...


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JOHN T. EDGE
by Megan Labrise

John T. Edge’s The Potlikker Papers: A Food History of the Modern South is no mere paean to peanuts, homage to hominy, and laudation to lard. Like the nutritive broth for which it’s named, this title is more substantive than it appears at a glance.

“One the primary aims of my book,” says Edge, a native Georgian who lives ...


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BOOK REVIEW

GOLDILOCKS by John O'Leary
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"A long way from 'just right.' (Pop-up folk tale. 2-4)"
The familiar tale is pressed into service as a vehicle for introducing colors. Read full book review >