Search Results: "Ken Mercer"


BOOK REVIEW

EAST ON SUNSET by Ken Mercer
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 7, 2011

"Despite many boilerplate elements, Mercer (Slow Fire, 2010) masterfully builds suspense and provides some welcome twists."
The stalemate between a violent drug dealer and the down-and-out ex-cop who put him in prison quickly escalates past the point of no return. Read full book review >

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SLOW FIRE by Ken Mercer
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 16, 2010

"Mercer's debut is full of familiar plot elements, but both his prose and his hero are refreshingly honest and direct."
An unpopular new sheriff learns that the drug kingpin he's been hunting may be one of the town's most eminent citizens. Read full book review >

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JOHNNY MERCER by Glenn T. Eskew
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 15, 2013

"An important subject that deserves a more accessible treatment."
A painstakingly researched biography of Johnny Mercer (1909-1976), one of the great songwriters of the classic era of American popular music. Read full book review >

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Released: April 1, 1992

"Haute. (Line drawings throughout.)"
From the owner-chef at L.A.'s La Toque restaurant, a selection of recipes for food that the publishers describe, accurately enough, as fresh and sophisticated American-French cuisine. Read full book review >

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TOO MANY DINOSAURS by Mercer Mayer
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 15, 2011

"Eye candy for dinosaur fans, with piles of yard-sale goods and other junk on hand that will reward closer looks. (Picture book. 4-6)"
The plot doesn't exactly make sense, but that hardly matters when the pictures show a suburban neighborhood suddenly overrun with humongous dinosaurs. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2012

"Hands-on activities that encourage imaginations to soar. (Nonfiction. 8-14)"
Step-by-step instructions for 35 aerodynamic projects offer hours of fun and an increased understanding of what makes things fly. Read full book review >

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OCTOPUS SOUP by Mercer Mayer
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2011

"Welcome back, Mercer; what's next—turtle soup? (Wordless picture book. 5-8)"
After being absent from the trade market for a while, Mayer returns with this wordless book and his well-known "monster" touches. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 2008

"A fast-paced, informative take on an important social issue and brutal crime, though Mercer lacks the storytelling panache of such narrative nonfiction masters as H.G. Bissinger and Erik Larson."
A history of capital punishment in France combined with a detailed description of the crime that led to that country's final use of the death penalty. Read full book review >

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JUNK DRAWER ENGINEERING by Bobby Mercer
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2017

"Hours of fun for STEM-inclined kids, parents, caregivers, and teachers. (Nonfiction. 8-16)"
Step-by-step suggestions for possible solutions to 25 engineering challenges use readily available materials. Read full book review >

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BLIND SPOT by Judy Mercer
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 2000

"Lacking the architectural skills to sustain an almost 500-page novel, Mercer takes a big step back into well-upholstered fluff that makes Mary Higgins Clark look like a master."
More is less in this overblown fourth round of murder and maiming for amnesiac Los Angeles TV correspondent Ariel Gold (Split Image, 1998, etc.). Read full book review >

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Mays Landing by J.C. Mercer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 28, 2016

"An intriguing tale of a homeless drifter hoping to reinvent his life."
A suicidal young man decides to settle in New York's subway tunnels with a band of vagrants. Read full book review >