Search Results: "Kirk Russell"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

"Person offers an excellent guide to his legacy. (15 b&w photos)"
A concise, lucid tour of the writings and wide-ranging ideas of the American regarded in many quarters as "the founder of the modern conservative movement." Read full book review >

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LUCKY RUSSELL by Brad Sneed
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 21, 1992

"An unusual and original barnyard tour. (Picture book. 3-7)"
In his first solo book, the illustrator of Grandpa's Song (1991) tells a familiar story: a kitten, longing for an important job, volunteers for one farm task after another (``You're too cute,'' barks the dog. ``You gotta have a mean look and a low growl to protect the farm'') until the farmer points out what a fine playmate he makes for a little girl. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Oct. 4, 1996

"In Russell's paradox of a life, Monk uncompromisingly, enlighteningly reveals a complex mixture of caddishly cold behavior, profound intellectual passion, and a fierce social conscience. (illustrations, not seen)"
This first volume of Monk's biography cohesively, skeptically analyzes the aristocratic philosopher's mathematically logical intellect, Victorian purposefulness, and Edwardian mores. Read full book review >

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REDBACK by Kirk Russell
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 1, 2011

"Russell's narrative is so drastically compressed that you can barely take in the many action sequences, betrayals and violent deaths in this breathless survey of how much worse international trafficking has grown over the past 20 years."
Just how monstrous can the targets of the California Department of Fish and Game be? John Marquez's fourth case (Dead Game, 2005, etc.) provides a surprising answer. Read full book review >

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DIE-OFF by Kirk Russell
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 1, 2013

"Marquez's fifth (Redback, 2011, etc.) is chillingly descriptive and packed with suspense, secrets, violence and nonstop action."
A nefarious plot to kill off native species is just one of the cases a California Fish and Game officer must crack. Read full book review >

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ONE THROUGH THE HEART by Kirk Russell
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 2013

"Seasoned pro Russell showcases sturdy police work on a complicated case."
Nothing turns a cold case hotter than two partial skeletons and 14 skulls. Read full book review >

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SHELL GAMES by Kirk Russell
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Russell could, and should, take Marquez and this crew out again."
A special squad of undercover endangered-species investigators goes after poachers and ends up taking on a nightmarish international killer and the FBI. Read full book review >

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COUNTERFEIT ROAD by Kirk Russell
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 2012

"Dodging questions about why he's working a cold case when there's so much at stake in the volatile present, Raveneau connects the dots methodically and convincingly, though with little sense of urgency."
The coldest of cold cases meets the hottest of hot-button crimes for San Francisco's Inspector Ben Raveneau (A Killing in China Basin, 2011). Read full book review >

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DEAD GAME by Kirk Russell
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"Russell tackles both action sequences and intractable moral problems with prose as sharp and efficient as a filleting knife."
The latest challenge for California Fish & Game Warden John Marquez is a group of poachers who kill sturgeon for caviar and aren't too solicitous about higher species either. Read full book review >

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A KILLING IN CHINA BASIN by Kirk Russell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"The plot is upstaged by the brooding characters, good and evil, the snappy rhythms of Russell's sharply observed prose and the promise of Raveneau's return."
After four action-packed procedurals starring California Fish and Game Warden John Marquez (Redback, 2011, etc.), Russell moves to the big city for a more traditional but equally powerful tale of crime and punishment. Read full book review >

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NIGHT GAME by Kirk Russell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 15, 2004

"Superb suspense, culminating in an exhausting but satisfying series of chases, showdowns, and bitter glimpses of justice denied."
Splendid second outing in a procedural series (Shell Games, 2003) about a tough-as-nails California Fish & Game investigator busting a cabal of bear poachers. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: March 1, 2001

"Monk's generally negative portrait may alienate the great man's devotees, but it's the product of meticulous research and balanced by the biographer's esteem for a great intellect and outsized personality. (illustrations not seen)"
An outstanding conclusion to the story begun in Bertrand Russell: The Spirit of Solitude, 1872-1921 (1996): the tragedy of a brilliant but flawed thinker who mistreated the humans closest to him while promoting humanity in the abstract. Read full book review >