Search Results: "John Verdon"


BOOK REVIEW

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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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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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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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

PICNIC by John Burningham
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 13, 2014

"A very good 'good night.' (Picture book. 2-5)"
A picture-book master presents an engaging feast of a bedtime book. Read full book review >

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THE WAY TO THE ZOO by John Burningham
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2014

"As in so many of his other books, Burningham's appeal lies in his ability to invent a fantasy scenario available only to young children, accomplishing it again here with consummate grace.(Picture book. 2-5)"
What could be more exciting than discovering a hidden door in your bedroom that opens to a secret passageway to the zoo? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

KATIE AND THE PUPPY NEXT DOOR by John Himmelman
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 19, 2013

"Katie and Ruby and their kitty friends enjoy themselves; young readers will enjoy them too. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A jaunty hound learns to share and play nicely with her next-door-neighbor dog in this sequel to Katie Loves the Kittens (2008). Read full book review >

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PIRATES DON'T TAKE BATHS by John Segal
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2011

"Not particularly persuasive, but this might coax a few young porkers to get their trotters into the tub. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Echoes of Runaway Bunny color this exchange between a bath-averse piglet and his patient mother. Read full book review >

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KATIE LOVES THE KITTENS by John Himmelman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"A spunky pup caught in a lethargic tale. (Picture book. 3-6)"
The traditional animosity between cats and dogs gets turned on its head in this story of a cat-loving dog named Katie. Read full book review >

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ANIMAL ARCHITECTS by John Nicholson
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2005

"Consider this import a companion or alternative to Bert Kitchen's more striking And So They Build (1993) or Barbara Taylor's photographic survey, Animal Homes (1996). (Picture book/nonfiction. 7-9)"
From a sea turtle's portable shell to the "Skyscrapers of Spit and Sand" built by some termites, or the elaborate nests of titmice and weaver birds, Nicholson surveys the astonishing range of structures that animals construct as temporary or permanent homes. Read full book review >