Search Results: "John Verdon"


BOOK REVIEW

PETER PAN MUST DIE by John Verdon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2014

"Gurney's and Hardwick's outsized egos interfere with good judgment in this otherwise smoothly written novel."
Verdon's successful series—featuring thoughtful, puzzle-solving retired NYPD detective Dave Gurney—adds another chapter with this dark tale of a demented contract killer who becomes entangled with a rich, but disturbed, family. Read full book review >

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LET THE DEVIL SLEEP by John Verdon
Released: July 24, 2012

"Endless allusions to Dave's brilliance can't obscure the fact that the colorless killer's plot is based on a cliché so well-established in the genre that experienced readers, spotting it long before the tortured genius, will feel pretty doggoned clever themselves."
Still recuperating from the physical and psychic wounds he suffered in closing his last case (Shut Your Eyes Tight, 2011, etc.), retired NYPD Detective Dave Gurney is drawn into yet another one, a 10-year-old serial killing that's never been closed. Read full book review >

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WOLF LAKE by John Verdon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 12, 2016

"The case is a bit cluttered, Gurney's drawn-out ratiocinations slow the pace at the end, and Verdon's straightforward prose doesn't effectively evoke the tale's dark setting. Still, the notion of shared nightmares holds the reader start to finish."
Standard isolated-inn thriller with notes of horror and hints of the supernatural. Read full book review >

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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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

JOHN LENNON by Philip Norman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 7, 2008

"Intelligent and sympathetic, but overlong and unfocused."
Comprehensive biography of the Beatles' most outspoken and controversial member, whose murder by a demented fan in 1980 only added to his legacy. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"A more traditional biography and a more selective use of excerpts from primary sources might have been more interesting and effective, though report writers may find this helpful. (time line, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 9+)"
John Adams was short, overweight, pale and bald. Read full book review >

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JOHN ADAMS by David McCullough
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2001

"Despite the whopping length, there's not a wasted word in this superb, swiftly moving narrative, which brings new and overdue honor to a Founding Father."
A great, troubled, and, it seems, overlooked president receives his due from the Pulitzer-winning historian/biographer McCullough (Truman, 1992, etc.). Read full book review >

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JOHN FORD by Ronald L. Davis
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1995

"Although not without its useful contributions to the Ford story, this book does not fill the need for a definitive biography of this major American artist."
This new biography of one of America's greatest filmmakers places great emphasis on the nasty side of his personality. Read full book review >