Search Results: "Julie Compton"


BOOK REVIEW

RESCUING OLIVIA by Julie Compton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 2, 2010

"Anders' road is a long one, and the twists along the way won't keep you on the edge of your seat. But Compton's increasingly pointed questions about what exactly it would mean to rescue Olivia make the journey worthwhile."
Modern-day fairy tale about a princely Florida lawn guy who must rescue his princess from a clutch of monsters. Read full book review >

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TELL NO LIES by Julie Compton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 13, 2008

"Compton's debut is a taut, tense cautionary tale complete with courtroom drama and a surprise ending."
A lawyer's life is dramatically changed by a series of ethical dilemmas. Read full book review >

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KEEP NO SECRETS by Julie Compton
Released: March 12, 2013

"An engaging legal thriller that brings to mind the intelligence and ambiguity of The Good Wife."
In the follow-up to Compton's debut novel, Tell No Lies (2008), a formerly adulterous district attorney must defend himself in courtwhen a 16-year-old girl wrongly accuses him of raping her. Read full book review >

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SYMPATHY BETWEEN HUMANS by Jodi Compton
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 2005

"A drift toward melodrama keeps this sequel from quite measuring up to Sarah's debut (The 37th Hour, 2003), but that's carping: Compton is clearly the goods."
Detective Sarah Pribek returns to find herself a suspect in a murder case she doesn't dare solve. Read full book review >

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THIEVES GET RICH, SAINTS GET SHOT by Jodi Compton
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 26, 2011

"Addictive. Though Compton (Hailey's War, 2010, etc.) veers closer here than a good writer should to a kind of Rambo-ized chick lit, Hailey's comet continues to shine."
This time out, Hailey Cain—the woman who doesn't know fear because, well, she can't—finds herself framed and on the run. Read full book review >

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THE ACOLYTE by David Compton
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Good scenery and imaginative violence don't save this overplotted and underconvincing first thriller. (Film rights to Touchstone)"
After bedding both blond and brunette spies, dodging bullets and trashing a brand-new BMW, a young Republican actually gets the President of the US to listen to him. Read full book review >

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HAPPY CHRISTMAS TO ALL! by Kenn Compton
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 1991

"The story is unexceptional, but children will be amused by the good-natured, cartoon-like illustrations. (Note to new artist: Please draw clock faces more accurately!) (Picture book. 3-9)"
A debut book that applies a familiar plot to Santa's post- delivery homecoming: after a search through workshop and house fails to turn up a single elf waiting up for him (though the reader can see them hiding in every picture), a disappointed Santa is preparing to turn in when the cat leads him to a surprise party, just for him. Read full book review >

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LITTLE RABBIT'S EASTER SURPRISE by Joanne Compton
ANIMALS
Released: April 15, 1992

"A gentle, satisfying story with appealing pictures in Easter egg tones, drawn with a childlike simplicity that matches the text. (Picture book. 3-7)"
With his earnest efforts to ``help,'' Little Rabbit is a typical toddler, his disastrous mishaps only somewhat exaggerated. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ASHPET by Joanne Compton
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 15, 1994

"Good source note. (Folklore/Picture book. 4-9)"
The Comptons' ``Ashpet'' differs less from Richard Chase's version of this Cinderella variant than their Jack the Giant Chaser (1993) diverged from Chase's parallel tale; here, they simply change the ``witch-woman'' to an old neighbor called ``Granny'' and the king's son (a standard character in these mountain tales) to a doctor's son and omit Ashpet's further persecution and the punishment of the perpetrators, after her wedding. Read full book review >

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JACK THE GIANT CHASER by Kenn Compton
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 15, 1993

"Fun to share; older children may enjoy comparing this with Chase's longer tale and discussing the reasons for the changes. (Folklore/Picture book. 4-10)"
Lifting the last episode of ``Jack and the Giants' Newground'' from Chase's Jack Tales (1943), the Comptons lead into Jack's exploits with a motif from the Grimms' ``Brave Little Tailor.'' Jack has hit seven catfish with a rock, but boasts that he's ``killed me seven with one blow!'' When his impressed neighbors send him off to deal with a troublesome (but gullible) giant, clever Jack's a match for him: challenged to haul the giant's bucket of water, he threatens to move the whole creek; in a knife-throwing contest, he claims he'll hurl the giant's knife over the mountain to his uncle, or not at all. Read full book review >

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GRANNY GREENTEETH AND THE NOISE IN THE NIGHT by Kenn Compton
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Oct. 15, 1993

"Nicely cadenced for reading aloud and equipped with comical cartoon-style illustrations with plenty of diverting haunted-house details, a lightweight story that's sure to please. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In an agreeably Halloweeny spinoff of ``The Old Woman and Her Pig,'' Granny orders her cat to look under her bed to find out ``what's making that horrible, skin-prickling, hair-raising noise that keeps me from my book''; but neither the cat nor Granny's weary broomstick nor the troll under her stairs, the goblin in her bathtub, or any of the other creatures lurking around her house is biddable, despite her mounting litany. Read full book review >