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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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 >

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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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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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SHIBUMI AND THE KITEMAKER by Mercer Mayer
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"Such visual nuances heighten the suspense of the storytelling and add a level of sophistication rare for a picture book. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In this moving tale from Mayer, an emperor chooses to isolate his daughter Shibumi from the squalor of the city by walling her in his palace and gardens. 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 >

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FAST FORWARD by Judy Mercer
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 1995

"A pleasantly engrossing, gentle beach read—and a promising start for Mercer. (Book-of-the-Month Club alternate selection)"
A first suspenser, southern California-set, that subscribes to the Los Angeles gestalt of spiritual destiny, car phones, and cheesecake containing three grams of fat per slice. Read full book review >

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DOUBLE TAKE by Judy Mercer
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 16, 1997

"No page-turner, but Mercer nevertheless is a bright author with a fine sense of humanity and some ideas that may very well mature."
Mercer's second Ariel Gold thriller has a fetching cast and an ingenious plot device. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 5, 2005

"Literary gossip, and catnip for book junkies."
A Canadian journalist who lived for a time at famed Parisian bookstore Shakespeare and Co. tells the story of its iconoclastic owner and his destitute but mostly merry band of boarders. Read full book review >