Search Results: "Kenneth Goddard"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1992

"Spectacular dialogue."
Knockout indictment of FBI incompetence at nailing mobsters even when the criminals are handed up fried on a plate; by the author of Undercover: The Secret Lives of an FBI Agent (1988), etc. Goddard makes his case by telling the life of one Billy Breen, an ex-cop who did seven years for bank robbery, armed robbery, and bookmaking and then turned undercover informer for the FBI. Read full book review >

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A DEBT OF DISHONOUR by Robert Goddard
Released: Jan. 1, 1992

"Irresistible hokum."
A sleekly overstuffed period thriller (England, 1923-24) setting failed architect Geoffrey Staddon the job of making up for having seduced and abandoned Brazilian beauty Consuela Caswell, his first important client's wife, a dozen years before, by getting her off from the charge of having poisoned her niece Rosemary while trying to kill her hated husband Victor. Read full book review >

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OUT OF THE SUN by Robert Goddard
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 1997

"Father and son, cloak and dagger, relativity and quantum mechanics—Goddard (Closed Circle, 1994, etc.) is surely the suavest guide to this unlikely mÇlange of formulas."
Six years after the mysterious disappearance of Heather Mallender played havoc with his seedy existence (Into the Blue, 1991), Harry Barnett's life is turned upside-down once more by an unexpected discovery—the news that he has a grown son. Read full book review >

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WILDFIRE by Ken Goddard
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"Gets by on swagger and bravura and a steady diet of shoot- outs—but just barely. (Author tour)"
Goddard's ultimately tepid thriller gets off to a quick start but never manages to build on its initial momentum. Read full book review >

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CLOSED CIRCLE by Robert Goddard
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 1994

"High-toned, preposterous romantic period suspense from an old pro (Hand in Glove, 1993; A Debt of Dishonour, 1992, etc.)."
Then tables are turned with a vengeance when two con men try to turn a 1931 shipboard romance into a spot of genteel blackmail—only to find the family that they've targeted single-handedly started WW I. Originally jealous of his old friend Max Wingate's amatory success with heiress Diana Charmwood, Guy Horton recoils in amazement when Max announces that he's too much in love with the lady to let her fearsome father, investment mogul Fabian Charmwood, buy him off—and then recoils in horror when Max's elopement with Diana, the details to which Guy had sold Charmwood, is interrupted by the appearance of the great man's corpse, sending Max into hiding and Guy determined to clear his name. Read full book review >

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HAND IN GLOVE by Robert Goddard
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 1993

"He comes a cropper, though, with that second- tier secret and its working out, which lacks even the conviction of ingenuity."
A faltering from usually reliable melodramatist Goddard (A Debt of Dishonor; Into the Blue, etc.): Charlotte Ladram, mopping up after her elderly Aunt Beatrix's murder, unearths an incredible lode of 50- year-old scandals. Read full book review >

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BORROWED TIME by Robert Goddard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 31, 2006

"Connoisseurs of wheels within wheels won't be disappointed. For the rest, the inveterately self-serving pettiness of everyone in Robin's circle is the most realistic touch here."
Suave Goddard, who's been absent from American bookstores since Caught in the Light (1999), returns with a preposterous tale of murderous intrigue, first published in the U.K. in 1995. Read full book review >

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BEYOND RECALL by Robert Goddard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1998

"A superior example of Goddard's velvet-cloaked menace."
An unwelcome hint that the man who was executed long ago for the murder of Christian Napier's great-uncle brings back the past with a rush in Goddard's latest demi-period thriller (Out of the Sun, 1997, etc.). Read full book review >

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BOOK REVIEW

THE WAYS OF THE WORLD by Robert Goddard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 2, 2015

"A sly, highbrow take on the espionage thriller with a rich background that lends sophistication to an already opulent story."
A former Royal Flying Corps pilot investigates his father's murder in Paris on the eve of the Treaty of Versailles. Read full book review >

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THE CORNERS OF THE GLOBE by Robert Goddard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 7, 2016

"A sophisticated spy story with serious historical chops that might serve as an interesting companion to Adam Tooze's WWI history, The Deluge (2014)."
The second entry in a spy trilogy set at the end of World War I. Read full book review >