Search Results: "Kevin Boyle"


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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 7, 2004

"The way history should be written. (8 pp. b&w photos, not seen)"
A murder case in Detroit lies at the heart of labor scholar Boyle's wide-ranging examination of race relations early in the 20th century. Read full book review >

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THE HUMAN FLY by T.C. Boyle
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

Acclaimed writer Boyle presents 12 of his previously published short stories, plus one new story, in this collection intended for teens. Read full book review >

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DEAD BALLAST by LC Boyle
Released: Oct. 15, 2011

"While the bare bones of the plot and the characters are inherently interesting, much retooling and polishing of the basic elements would be needed to make the story function as a workable thriller."
Even hard-bitten security consultants can get in over their heads, as is made clear in Boyle's novel introducing the team of Miles Warwick and Lucy Clewes. Read full book review >

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BORDERLINE by Gerry Boyle
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 1998

"Jack's fourth (Potshot, 1997, etc.) features as much sound and fury as a summer movie blockbuster, though it's just as likely to leave you scratching your head at the fadeout."
Freelance journalist Jack McMorrow thinks he's come to little Scanesett, Maine, to research Benedict Arnold's 1775 trek to attack the fortifications of QuÇbec. Read full book review >

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THE HARDER THEY COME by T.C. Boyle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 30, 2015

"Boyle's vision and ambition remain compelling, though his characters here seem like plot devices."
Violence corrodes the ideal of freedom in an ambitious novel that aims to illuminate the dark underbelly of the American dream. Read full book review >

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THE TERRANAUTS by T.C. Boyle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"Amid the changing allegiances and alliances, sex eventually has consequences, though the reader wearied by two years of this might not much care."
Soap opera, satire, and religious allegory find an uneasy balance within this earthbound version of a space colony. Read full book review >

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DROP CITY by T.C. Boyle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2003

"Probably the fullest picture of the hippie culture of the late '60s since Marge Piercy's early fiction, and one of Boyle's best."
Boyle's protean imagination works overtime in his thickly plotted ninth novel, a big, racy tale of the conflict between a radical utopian commune's idealistic visions and the simpler imperatives of survival in the Alaskan wilderness. Read full book review >

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RIVEN ROCK by T.C. Boyle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1998

"Vintage Boyle: a freakishly inventive black comedy, populated with irresistible eccentrics, that leaves a bracing and bitter aftertaste."
Division and separation are the dominant themes of Boyle's dark-hued and deftly plotted seventh novel, which bears strong incidental resemblances to his earlier World's End (1987) and The Road to Wellville (1993), though it displays a richer Dickensian brio throughout. Read full book review >

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Released: May 1, 1991

"This clear, methodical, dispassionate representation of Goethe is especially timely given the tumultuous social and intellectual changes in contemporary Germany, its reunification and cultural reassessment reminiscent of Goethe's lifetime."
Massive (800 pp.) and excellent first volume of a projected two-volume biography by Boyle (German/Cambridge) of the protean genius Goethe. Read full book review >

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POTSHOT by Gerry Boyle
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 31, 1997

"A sporadically entertaining tale if you don't expect too much."
Fourth in the Jack McMorrow series (Lifeline, 1996, etc.), featuring a freelance reporter-cum-gumshoe who's left the New York Times for more mellow pastures in Prosperity, Maine. Read full book review >

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THE ROAD TO WELLVILLE by T.C. Boyle
Released: May 1, 1993

"Big, smart, exciting, and often wildly funny. (First printing of 100,000; first serial to Rolling Stone; film rights to Alan Parker)"
In his fifth novel (East is East, 1990, etc.), one of America's most exuberant satirists takes on the national obsession with health and nutritional fads. Read full book review >