Search Results: "Jon A. Jackson"


BOOK REVIEW

MAN WITH AN AXE by Jon A. Jackson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 1998

"Oh, and if you think Hoffa was executed by his mobbed-up associates and laid to rest in the end zone of Giants Stadium, has Jackson got a wagonload of surprises for you."
Jackson, who doesn't seem able to let go of any of his beloved stable of Detroit cobs-and-robbers—Sgt. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DEADMAN by Jon A. Jackson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"Mulheisen and his creator are obviously having the time of their lives in this knockabout farce, and so will readers who can appreciate the ways Jackson's comedy is deepened by his characters' brutality."
An improbably rambunctious sequel to the death-soaked Hit on the House (1993) that finds mob daughter Helen Sedlacek and her lover Joe Service celebrating their execution of Detroit gang leader Carmine Busoni (revenge for Helen's slain father, Big Sid) in Butte, Montana, which isn't quite far enough to discourage contract killers Mario Soper—handily dispatched by Helen after he shoots Joe and leaves him for dead—or Heather, who combines business with pleasure by finagling her way into the home of Joe's nurse, Cate Yoder, whom she's smitten with. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NO MAN’S DOG by Jon A. Jackson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 2004

"The highlight in this installment of the Mulheisen/Service saga is a razor-sharp series of conversations between nominal enemies and even more nominal allies that recast domestic and international terrorism as a ludicrously inflated game of Who's on First."
Jackson continues his quest to enlarge the darkly comic circle of Detroit crime to epic proportions. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BADGER GAMES by Jon A. Jackson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 2001

"This battle of loose cannons isn't the most comical or suspenseful episode in the continuing saga of Joe and his pals (La Donna Detroit, 2000, etc.), but it's certainly the most audacious."
Back when Kosovo was up for grabs, a cabal of US government operatives calling themselves the Lucani inserted Franko Bradovic into the nearby village of Tsamet, ostensibly to deal dope but actually playing a deeper game. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DEAD FOLKS by Jon A. Jackson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 1996

"Jackson's six Mulheisen chronicles have created something unique: a comic soap opera in which the murderously funny writing skewers the characters so surely that nobody can budge an inch, unless you count dying as movement. (Author tour)"
Will anybody ever bring avenging mob princess Helen Sedlacek and her lover, contract killer Joe Service, to book for the murders of Detroit crime boss Carmine Busoni and Mario Soper, the hit man sent to Butte to kill them? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HIT ON THE HOUSE by Jon A. Jackson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 25, 1993

"Throw in knife-edged vignettes—of a hit man with a soft spot for the innocent witness and of a mob daughter who thinks the police move too slow—and you might just have the best procedural of the season."
Jackson takes a giant step toward the big time with his fourth novel about Detroit homicide Sgt. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JACKSON by Max Byrd
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1997

"But the zeitgeist is embodied to perfection, and the result is a truly, and substantially, entertaining tale."
In some ways a sequel to his well-researched Jefferson (1993), Byrd's latest is a superior novel to that earlier effort—lusty and lively in its view of the American political scene, circa 1828, yet also keenly aware of the underlying issues gripping the nation as it expanded westward. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JON FIXX by Jason Squire Fluck
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 15, 2014

"An exciting, comical page-turner about the gritty underbelly of love."
Fluck follows the adventures of a romance writer for hire in his debut novel. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"The frequent, lengthy narrative asides, meant to be funny, will only add to readers' confusion and frustration. (Fiction. 8-12)"
In this absurd adventure, insecure sixth grader Jackson falls into his Great Aunt Harriett's enormous hair. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 2010

"A provocative portrait sure to win as many fans and detractors as its red-hot subject."
A well-rounded treatment of one of baseball's most celebrated and controversial figures. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MAHALIA JACKSON by Nina Nolan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 27, 2015

"A noteworthy life to share but one more stirring in recordings than on these pages. (resources) (Picture book/biography. 5-8)"
The legendary 20th-century gospel singer takes center stage in a too-short song of praise. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JESUS JACKSON by James Ryan Daley
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"Smart and sweet, comforting and moving. (Fiction. 12-16)"
When high school football hero Ryan Stiles is found dead at the bottom of a ravine, the only person not consumed by grief is his younger brother. Read full book review >