Search Results: "L.A. Mondello"


BOOK REVIEW

MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 6, 2012

"Terrific escapist entertainment, as good as anything in Janet Evanovich's oeuvre."
Mondello's latest, a pulse-pounding, pitch-perfect addition to the romantic-suspense genre. Read full book review >

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SO L.A. by Bridget Hoida
Released: June 20, 2012

"In this razor-sharp debut, grief and loathing beget a juicy tragicomedy."
One woman juggles the five stages of grief in this novel's cutting portrait of a marriage's slow-motion deterioration. Read full book review >

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Released: June 28, 1993

"Plagued by name-dropping, humor tending toward the sophomoric, and arbitrary evaluations: middling both as city-guide and as social commentary."
Having turned his acerbic gaze on the Big Apple (New York Days, New York Nights, 1985), Texas (Honkytonk Gelato, 1985), three European capitals (Vanished Empire, 1990), and Israel (Winner Takes All, 1991), Brook, who's British, now focuses on L.A.—in a travelogue marked by the superciliousness that's marred some of his earlier work. Read full book review >

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L.A. CANDY by Lauren Conrad
FICTION
Released: June 1, 2009

"Completely unremarkable, with an unresolved ending. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Everyday girls find their lives are everyone else's business when they're picked to star in a Sex and the City-style reality show. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"Vital intellectual fare brimming with fascinating history."
An exceptionally literate, overstuffed chronicle of gay Tinseltown. Read full book review >

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L.A. REQUIEM by Robert Crais
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 1999

"The killer, by design, is a nonentity—one of the few letdowns in a taut, suspenseful case that opens up scars that easygoing Elvis never looked into before."
Crais bids to break out of his successful Elvis Cole formula'streamlined plotting, smiling charm, slick action, happy endings—with Elvis's ambitious seventh case. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 25, 2009

"Gripping social history and a feast for aficionados of cops-and-robbers stories, both real and imagined."
Midcentury L.A., confidential and otherwise. Read full book review >

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L.A. REX by Will Beall
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 21, 2006

"Murder, torture, dismemberment in gratuitous profusion: Beall, still a working cop, is also a talented writer, but this is ugly stuff."
By an L.A. cop about L.A. cops, a debut novel that could use a warning label: Strong Stomach Mandatory. Read full book review >

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L.A. JUSTICE by Christopher Darden
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 8, 2001

"The courtroom scenes are authoritative, of course, and as for the rest, no one can accuse Darden-Lochte of just going through the motions."
With Lochte (The Neon Smile, 1995, etc.) once more serving as copilot, O.J. prosecutor turned so-so novelist Darden (The Trials of Nikki Hill, 1999) does better in his second fictional effort. Read full book review >

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L.A. SON by Roy Choi
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 5, 2013

"A bold account of how a professionally trained chef found his calling in the return to simpler, homestyle cooking that bridges cultures and appeals to everyday customers."
Street-wise, honest in its admission of trials and punctuated with vernacular swagger, Choi's debut pays tribute to family and his enduring fascination with the melting pot of Los Angeles. Read full book review >

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L.A. '56 by Joel Engel
NON-FICTION
Released: April 10, 2012

"Disturbing social history in the form of a fast-paced thriller."
True-crime story of rape and racism in postwar Los Angeles. Read full book review >