Search Results: "Jon L. Breen"


BOOK REVIEW

EYE OF GOD by Jon L. Breen
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"Breen (stories: The Drowning Icecube, 1999, etc.) lets his great premise—a couple of private eyes divided by religion—peter out with forgettable characters and generic revelations."
A pair of Orange County investigators tackles the case of a faith healer's leaky tent. Read full book review >

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HOT AIR by Jon L. Breen
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

"A contrived and unconvincing plot, but lively characters, crisp dialogue and great race track background and atmosphere keep this one amiably entertaining."
There's much ado at Surfside Meadows racetrack in California over the upcoming retirement of jockey Brad Roark. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SLEUTHS OF THE CENTURY by Ed Gorman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2000

Sam Spade is practically the only headliner absent from this centennial feast of the familiar. Read full book review >

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THE DROWNING ICECUBE by Jon L. Breen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 1999

"The volume as a whole, though, will probably please fans alone."
Though he's published 6 novels and over 80 short stories, Breen is best known as an Edgar-winning reviewer—a reputation this uneven retrospective of 17 tales is unlikely to change. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PROBABLE CLAUS by Jon L. Breen
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 18, 2009

"Breen (Eye of God, 2006, etc.) delivers a whodunit so easygoing and guileless that when its romantic leads first meet, Eve can tell David, 'You sound like a series character.'"
Looks like Dasher and Dancer are out of luck this year. Santa Claus is in the slammer. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"Despite inevitable blemishes: a truly indispensable volume."
The latest in a long line of chatty demi-reference books for crime mavens (cf. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 9, 2007

"An enjoyable vicarious descent into the world of pool hustling."
Jersey boy's hardscrabble rise from local pool-hall hustler to tournament pro, in slavish detail. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 7, 2001

"Long on the human-interest angle, trivial as a piece of tennis writing."
The actual playing of tennis becomes a sideshow in this gossipy profile of the women's pro tour, from Sports Illustrated writer Wertheim. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 18, 2014

"A playful puppy of a memoir about a big dog career."
A veteran sportscaster revisits his career.
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Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"If sports bring out the kooky, spooky, and creepy in us, Wertheim and Sommers give us a chance to understand ourselves and perhaps get a grip before we totally lose it."
A strong case for the lunacy of sports as rooted in basic human neuroscience and cognitive tendency. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE SECRET OF SANTA’S ISLAND by Steve Breen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

In this ho-ho-hum effort, a boy named Sam stows away in Santa's sleigh on Christmas Eve and then is invited along for a visit to an island spa and amusement park. Read full book review >

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PUG & DOUG by Steve Breen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 10, 2013

"Readers will relate to the bruised feelings, mistaken mix-ups, challenges and ultimate joys of best friendship. Let's just hope Pug and Doug return for more adventures. (Picture book. 4-6)"
How can two best friends that have a lot in common come to terms with their differences and resolve a huge misunderstanding? Leave it to these canine buddies to show how it is done. Read full book review >