Search Results: "Lachlan Smith"


BOOK REVIEW

FOX IS FRAMED by Lachlan Smith
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 7, 2015

"Fans will be rewarded not by the solution, which is considerably more muddled than the mystery itself, but by some of the sharpest courtroom cut-and-thrust since Presumed Innocent (1986)."
San Francisco attorney Leo Maxwell (Lion Plays Rough, 2014, etc.) faces another round of all-in-the-family murder when his father, convicted years ago of killing his wife, gets a shot at another trial that could turn him free—or put him away for keeps.Read full book review >

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PANTHER'S PREY by Lachlan Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 5, 2016

"Fans of this estimable series already know that Smith is much better at digging his hero into deep holes than devising plausible explanations for his often dumb behavior or providing clues to the real killer. Newcomers are advised to hang on for one wild ride."
San Francisco public defender Leo Maxwell just can't catch a break. In fact, he can't even cut himself loose from the selfsame villains that have been dogging him through three previous cases (Fox Is Framed, 2015, etc.).Read full book review >

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LION PLAYS ROUGH by Lachlan Smith
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 4, 2014

"'We're lawyers, not private detectives,' Leo's boss, Jeanie, Teddy's ex-wife, tells him. In his sophomore outing, though, Leo shines a lot more brightly as a private detective than as a lawyer."
Now that he's solved the shooting that left his brother Teddy seriously disabled (Bear Is Broken, 2013), Oakland attorney Leo Maxwell is ready to juggle a trio of cases that put him on the hot seat. Read full book review >

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WOLF'S REVENGE by Lachlan Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"Though Smith conscientiously provides a good deal of back story explaining what's at stake for the hero and his family, this series is getting harder and harder to plunge into the middle of. Fans are advised to start from the beginning (Bear Is Broken, 2013) and take it from there."
Smith, hot in contention for whatever award is given for the multivolume mystery series that sounds more and more like installments in a single endless story, puts his hero, San Francisco attorney Leo Maxwell, through a fifth round in the wringer. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 5, 2013

"Sensitive, ingenious and suspenseful. A series is promised and very welcome indeed."
A newly minted attorney investigating his brother's shooting ends up learning more about the victim than he'd ever wanted to know. Read full book review >

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GOOSEBUMPS
by Leila Roy

When sleep finally comes, I sink into a murky world of shadows. There is a tunnel before me, with bright light in the distance. The ground rumbles. White fog surrounds me. My heart is pounding. Something is coming, but I do not know what, and only feel its presence, a terrible shadow that slithers along the ground, leaving a trail ...

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HAN KANG
by Megan Labrise

Han Kang’s fierce, fresh fiction has the book world abuzz: The Vegetarian, her first novel to be translated from Korean to English, won the 2016 Man Booker International Prize. It is one of “The 10 Best Books of 2016,” according to the New York Times Book Review.It is ripe with searing imagery that won’t soon leave you. So ...


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LET'S HEAR IT FOR THE DADS
by Julie Danielson

In 2009, award-winning author and poet Hope Anita Smith wrote and illustrated Mother Poems, a set of original poems about the loss of one pre-teen girl’s mother and her metamorphosis into a “motherless shell.” It was a book the Kirkus review called “undeniably visceral,” this personal set of poems from Smith.

Now, with Father’s Day just around the ...


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BOOK REVIEW

ABE LINCOLN'S DREAM by Lane Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 16, 2012

"An adroit blend of humor, compassion and quiet optimism reflects the statesman's character and make this a first choice for February or anytime. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Smith transcends clichés to present a fresh and intimate glimpse of the 16th president. Read full book review >

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IT'S A BOOK by Lane Smith
by Lane Smith, illustrated by Lane Smith
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 3, 2010

"Despite Smith's sly title-page introduction of 'jackass' as a legitimate animal label for donkey, this closing gibe refocuses and cheapens the humor into a gratuitous insult that yields no benefit beyond a feeling of superiority. (Picture book. 4-11)"
Saucy hilarity and clever visual characterization make this wide-audience treat delectable until the potentially off-putting final page. Read full book review >

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DESSER, THE BEST CAT EVER by Maggie Smith
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2001

"This forthright, compassionate tale is a sweet, soothing balm for bereaved pet owners as well as any cat lover. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A young girl reminisces about the life of her cat, Desser, chronicling how the frisky kitten was acquired—"a long, long time ago, when my daddy had big hair"—and how their friendship blossomed. Read full book review >

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THE HAPPY HOCKY FAMILY by Lane Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Fun for all. (Easy reader. 3-8)"
Seventeen extremely short stories to delight the pre-primer crowd and their younger sibs. Read full book review >