Search Results: "Josh Margolin"


BOOK REVIEW

JOSH WHOEVER by Michael Guillebeau
Released: March 20, 2013

"First-timer Guillebeau, whose software programs reside in the International Space Station, churns out wisecracks with machine-gun rapidity. His plot may be improbable, but when the laughs come this fast and funny, who really cares?"
A con artist turns good Samaritan and pays the price. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 15, 2011

"A vivid law-enforcement procedural with a larger-than-life central character."
The saga of New Jersey political and money-laundering scandals, tied together by an unlikely FBI informant. Read full book review >

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OPERATION JOSH TAYLOR by Melody Fitzpatrick
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"Hampered by generic characterizations, this amusingly voiced but not-quite-funny comedy of errors is enjoyable but fails to dazzle. (Fiction. 8-12)"
When 13-year-old Hannah Smart's parents refuse to buy her concert tickets to see her pinup idol, superstar singer Josh Taylor, she and her genius best friend, Rachel Carter, must come up with a way to earn the money themselves. Read full book review >

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JOSH BAXTER LEVELS UP by Gavin Brown
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 23, 2016

"Smartly paced and emotionally engaging, a book even those who have never held a controller will enjoy. (Fiction. 10-14)"
A video game-obsessed middle schooler tackles his third new school in two years. Read full book review >

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JUST LIKE JOSH GIBSON by Angela Johnson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2004

"Johnson never disappoints; in this one memory, family stories and baseball braid together a sweetly powerful and slyly subversive tale. (Picture book. 6-9)"
Peck's strong, evocative pastels with their vintage look are just right for Johnson's home run of a story. Read full book review >

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Josh Climbs the Tree of Life by Lee Vranna
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 19, 2014

"A whimsical tale with plenty of zaniness that revolves around a sentimental and philosophical core."
A debut novel follows a teenager and his curious involvement with celestial beings. Read full book review >

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VIOLENT CRIMES by Phillip Margolin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"This last problem may sound like a thorny ethical dilemma, but it's just as weightless as every other complication in this fleet, guileless, inch-deep yarn, a tale guaranteed to get you to bed in plenty of time and leave your dreams untroubled."
What the title promises is exactly what Margolin (Worthy Brown's Daughter, 2014, etc.) delivers: another torrent of violent crimes for Oregon defense attorney Amanda Jaffe.Read full book review >

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VANISHING ACTS by Phillip Margolin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 11, 2011

"Disappointingly dull. (Mystery. 9-12)"
Cardboard characters and an unbelievable plot make this contemporary mystery feel like a Nancy Drew knock-off minus the nostalgic charm. Read full book review >

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PROOF POSITIVE by Phillip Margolin
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 3, 2006

"Margolin is never going to be a poster boy for stylish prose, but this is a briskly paced, cleverly plotted, long-overdue switch on all those heroic forensics guys."
In her third appearance, Oregon defense attorney Amanda Jaffe (Ties That Bind, 2003, etc.) takes on a CSI tech who thinks he's God. Read full book review >

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THE ASSOCIATE by Phillip Margolin
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"Bland people, implausible plotting. Here, Margolin, who has tilled the legal thriller field with no mean success (Wild Justice, 2000, etc.), does little more than go through the motions."
Humdrum legal thriller about a young lawyer who trusts his firm way more than he should. Read full book review >

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THE BURNING MAN by Phillip Margolin
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 4, 1996

"Despite the hints of grand conspiracy and grand passion, Margolin (After Dark, 1995, etc.) leaves too little meat on these bones for any but the staunchest fans of legal intrigue, with hollow surprises that arrive too late to save his puny plot."
An Oregon lawyer exiled from Portland to the sticks grabs at a high-profile murder case as his one and only chance to turn his life around—and that's only the most obvious clichÇ in this pot of refried beans. ``You possess the intelligence to be a good lawyer, but you're lazy and self-centered,'' Peter Hale's father harangues him just after Peter's arrogance and incompetence shut a client out of a well-deserved settlement, and just before he banishes him to legal serfdom in backwoods Whitaker. Read full book review >