Search Results: "K.O. Dahl"


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THE FOURTH MAN by K.O. Dahl
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 18, 2008

"An absorbing study of sexual enthrallment, dogged police work and a harrowing twist or two: Fans of procedurals and prurience will snap this one up."
The American debut of Oslo police inspector Frank Frølich, who succumbs to sexual obsession. Read full book review >

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LETHAL INVESTMENTS by K.O. Dahl
Released: Nov. 27, 2012

"Proficient but slow-going, leaving readers worrying that the rain will never let up, until ennui runneth over."
The fourth dour appearance for Norwegian cops Gunnarstranda and Frølich. Read full book review >

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ROALD DAHL by Jeremy Treglown
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1994

"The enigma of Dahl himself, like the elusive charm of the tales, survives even this fine analysis."
In this brief and insightful biography, Treglown (Ed., TLS, 1982-90) probes the dark and volatile nature of this postmodern Pied Piper whose macabre tales bewitched millions of children and their parents, earned fortunes for his publishers, and redefined the genre of children's literature. Read full book review >

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OXFORD ROALD DAHL DICTIONARY by Roald Dahl
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"Snapperwhippers aren't the only readers who will find this equally delumptious as a dictionary, a source of inspiration, and a way of revisiting a shelf of phizz-whizzing classics. (Reference. 9-13)"
Wordplay has its day in this extra-usual compilation of lexicographical delights drawn from Dahl's works. Read full book review >

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THE ENCHANTMENT OF LILY DAHL by Siri Hustvedt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Mystery, murder, and provincial caricatures, all in a readable but curiously dusty mix from a writer whose aims seemed higher the first time around. (Author tour)"
Hustvedt's second outing abandons the cerebral regions of postmodernism (The Blindfold, 1992) and turns to the familiar melodramas of small-town gothic. Read full book review >

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THE UMBRELLA MAN by Roald Dahl
FICTION
Released: May 1, 1998

"Still, this sampler of Dahl's writing at least conveys a sense of his versatility. (Short stories. 13+)"
A baker's dozen of barbed, witty, obliquely macabre short stories, most drawn from—or at least previously published in—Tales of the Unexpected (1979, 1990). Read full book review >

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ESIO TROT by Roald Dahl
Released: Oct. 1, 1990

"An acceptable book for younger readers."
Enamored of Mrs. Silver, who tends her adored turtle, Alfie, on the balcony beneath the one attached to his own fiat, shy old Mr. Hoppy finds a unique way to woo her: he comes up with a "magic" spell (an ordinary message spelled backwards) that he claims will make Alfie grow as she desires, then makes it appear efficacious by a laborious scheme of replacing Alfie with other turtles in graduated sizes. Read full book review >

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BAD BLOOD by Arne Dahl
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 13, 2013

"Though Dahl's writing has lost some of the melancholy beauty of Misterioso (2011), the eerie premise and cogent reasoning will still satisfy."
A U.S. serial killer goes transcontinental. Read full book review >

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PLAYING WITH THE GROWN-UPS by Sophie Dahl
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 8, 2008

"Cloying and weightless."
A slightly autobiographical first novel from Dahl, granddaughter of Roald, and a one-time fashion model and current contributing editor at Men's Vogue. Read full book review >

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THE ENORMOUS CROCODILE by Roald Dahl
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 20, 1979

"In all, a basic, teeth-baring rendition of the old yum-yum-squish-crunch number."
I'm going to fill my hungry empty tummy/ With something yummy yummy yummy yummy!, So boasts the Enormous Crocodile, setting out in search of juicy little children to eat. Read full book review >

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MY UNCLE OSWALD by Roald Dahl
Released: April 11, 1980

"Mildly entertaining ribaldry, then, dotted with famous men in heat—a classy enough Rabelaisian diversion, but not the grabber of a novel that Dahl's fans might have hoped for."
Roald Dahl's first full-length adult fiction is immaculately phrased, crisply turned, and terribly disappointing. Read full book review >