Search Results: "Laird Hunt"


BOOK REVIEW

NEVERHOME by Laird Hunt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 9, 2014

"Hunt keeps the pace brisk and inserts some new feminist twists into the genre of the Civil War odyssey."
A novel that takes us there and back again, "there" being the Civil War and back again, a farm in Indiana. Read full book review >

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THE IMPOSSIBLY by Laird Hunt
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"The mystery runs at all levels here, and the style and situation have appeal, but this is more a story for puzzle solvers than lovers of literary daring."
United Nations editor Hunt debuts with a stylish, if opaque, noir tale about a hit man who falls in love, takes a break, and incurs the wrath of his organization. Read full book review >

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INDIANA, INDIANA by Laird Hunt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"At first glance, this seems to be the worst possible knockoff of 20th-Century Lit 101, but Hunt manages to infuse enough life into these old modernist bones that by the end they dance like a Halloween skeleton."
A mentally disturbed man's attempts to help his institutionalized wife, as related by Hunt (The Impossibly, 2001) in a Faulknerian voice that succeeds better than one would have reason to expect. Read full book review >

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THE EVENING ROAD by Laird Hunt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Hunt brings to mind Flannery O'Connor's grotesques and Barry Hannah's bracingly inventive prose and cranks. He is strange, challenging, and a joy to read."
In 1920 Indiana, a threatened lynching becomes a magnet for two women navigating different physical and emotional paths in this engrossing work. Read full book review >

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KIND ONE by Laird Hunt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 2, 2012

"Profoundly imaginative, strikingly original, deeply moving."
The dark, silent, forbidding Ohio River flows like a line of moral demarcation in Hunt's (The Exquisite, 2006, etc.) latest literary foray. Read full book review >

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THE EXQUISITE by Laird Hunt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"An author to watch once he 'murders' his mentors."
The namesake of a 17th-century thief helms a fake murder ring in New York's East Village. Read full book review >

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SAMANTHA HUNT
by Lucas Loredo

Samantha Hunt’s fiction lies in the meeting place between our common reality and the expanded reality of dreams, transformations, visitations, and conjurings. In her previous novels, teenagers communicate with the dead, a man travels through time over Queens, and men emerge from and disappear into the ocean. Hunt’s latest book, a collection of stories titled The Dark Dark, again inhabits ...


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BOOK REVIEW

SECRET FRIENDS by Elizabeth Laird
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"Short, plain sentences and wide margins may have some appeal for struggling readers, but it'll be hard for them to squeeze out tears when everything happens so cursorily. (Fiction. 11-14)"
From Laird (Kiss the Dust, 1992, etc.), a brief tale of a friend quickly won and lost to a sudden, unexpected death in this British novella. Read full book review >

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BLACK DOG by Thomas Laird
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 2004

"Grand Guignol stuff aside, though, it's all standard issue."
Talk about specialists. Chicago homicide cop Jimmy Parisi scores a hat trick by notching his third consecutive hunt for a serial killer messing up young women. Read full book review >

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CUTTER by Thomas Laird
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 1, 2001

"Alternates gristle and flab, romance and sexual pathology, all of it laid on with a heavy hand—except the killer's surgeries, which are gruesomely accomplished."
Short-story specialist Laird (Blue Collar, not reviewed) pads his way to novel length with the exploits, all too explicitly described, of a Chicago serial killer who first chloroforms his prey, pretty young gals, and then removes vital organs, presumably to sell on the black market to desperate souls in need of transplants. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 2001

"Of some interest to Cold War buffs, though general readers will do better to wait for the History Channel special."
An initially promising but poorly executed exposé of Cold War spookery in the high Himalayas. Read full book review >