Search Results: "John Wessel"


BOOK REVIEW

THIS FAR, NO FURTHER by John Wessel
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"A witches' brew of a first novel that mocks its title on every page—even though long before the final twist, you may have lost track of just who's done what to whom. (First printing of 125,000)"
Ten years after losing his license—he killed the henchman his client Eduardo Martinez sent after him when he refused to send Martinez's missing daughter Angela back home to her father's rapacious arms—an ex-p.i. called Harding is out of prison and back on the payroll again, working a job that's too dirty for his slick former partner Donnie Wilson's agency. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

KISS IT GOODBYE by John Wessel
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"But then that was true of Chandler, too."
In his third time out (Pretty Ballerina, 1998, etc.), Harding, a p.i. without portfolio—he lost his license in the aftermath of a morally, though not legally, justified act of manslaughter—starts with what looks like a no-brainer: Flaky Charles Muller has gone missing on his wedding day, and Harding is charged with finding him. Read full book review >

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PRETTY BALLERINA by John Wessel
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 11, 1998

"Less feverish than Harding's striking debut (This Far, No Further, 1996)—but there's still no shortage of strange doings, courtesy of enough criminals to keep the Chicago justice system occupied well into the next millennium."
Even though Cassie Rayn's awaited by hordes of adoring fans the moment she arrives for Chicago's GoreFest film festival, not even the panting devotees of such earlier porn masterpieces as Pretty Ballerina—some of them, like Rhythm King Leon Minsk and Pool King Marty Devlin, wager to shell out thousands for a duly authenticated copy of the landmark video—can make her forget the adoptive brother she lost: Kim Moon, who disappeared from a church-sponsored day trip over 20 years ago, sparking an obsessive search for him that ended two years later when his father, Ellis Moon, evidently slaughtered the rest of his family and himself as Cassie cowered in the basement. 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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >