Search Results: "Laurence Klavan"


BOOK REVIEW

WASTELAND by Susan Kim
YOUNG ADULT
Released: March 26, 2013

"While Esther grows as a character and the story comes to an actual conclusion, the narrative shortcuts spoil the impact; whether readers stick around for the next two books is an open question. (Post-apocalyptic romance. 14-17)"
This trilogy opener imagines a post-apocalyptic, adult-free world in which the life expectancy is 19, due to desertification and disease. Read full book review >

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THE CUTTING ROOM by Laurence Klavan
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 3, 2004

"The hectic, overstuffed caper is larded with nuggets of irrelevant movie trivia readers may well find fascinating—or grating."
Librettist Klavan's first novel under his own name (previously: Margaret Tracy, <\I>Mrs. White, 1983) stars a trivia buff in a madcap search for the Holy Grail of missing movies. Read full book review >

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THE SHOOTING SCRIPT by Laurence Klavan
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 2005

"Think It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World of Movie Trivia and you'll know right away whether you want to look further."
Another madcap adventure for the self-described "trivial man," a specialist in finding hopelessly lost films. Read full book review >

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CITY OF SPIES by Susan Kim
FICTION
Released: May 1, 2010

"A nice mix of espionage, romance and adventure, this well-paced, well-drawn tale will surely appeal to thoughtful young readers. (Graphic historical fiction. 12 & up)"
With World War II at its height, fledgling cartoonist Evelyn is embroiled on the homefront in what appears to be a German conspiracy in this retro-tinged graphic novel. Read full book review >

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BRAIN CAMP by Susan Kim
HORROR AND GHOST STORIES
Released: Aug. 1, 2010

"Smart, disgusting fun. (Graphic suspense. 13 & up)"
Ever wonder what would happen if the men of Stepford conferred with evil aliens and decided to open a summer camp? Read full book review >

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IF WE SURVIVE by Andrew Klavan
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Nov. 6, 2012

"Fast-paced with multiple threats, genuine tension and lots of machine guns. (Adventure. 12-17)"
"We came to Costa Verdes to build a wall. I just wish I could tell you that all of us made it home alive." Read full book review >

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A KILLER IN THE WIND by Andrew Klavan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 8, 2013

"Among its other distinctions, this book gives us a detective who is tough enough to outlast the most bizarre encounters but isn't too tough to be gripped with fear."
Dan Champion is a disgraced NYPD vice cop whose successful handling of an evil child-sex-trade operation was compromised by his pumping five bullets into a prime suspect while on powerful hallucinogens. Now working as a small-town detective, he is revisited by the case via ghosts, including that of a beguiling mystery woman who warns him to run for his life. Read full book review >

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HOSTAGE RUN by Andrew Klavan
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 17, 2015

"Another empty-caloried thriller, thinly sauced with superficial psychology and earnest professions of generic faith. (Science fantasy. 11-13)"
The desperate MindWar enters a new phase when evil mastermind Kurodar breaks through the boundary between his digital Realm and Real Life in this cranked-up middle volume. Read full book review >

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CRAZY DANGEROUS by Andrew Klavan
Released: May 1, 2012

"In the end, this is a garden-variety, formulaic mystery thriller with supernatural window dressing. (Thriller. 12 & up)"
In this fast-paced but predictable thriller, a good kid who has fallen in with a bad crowd comes to the aid of a bullied schizophrenic girl. Read full book review >

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WEREWOLF COP by Andrew Klavan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 10, 2015

"Fans of contemporary monster tales will be taken with Klavan's thriller, and others who are willing to indulge the book's hairy trappings will appreciate its existential musings."
On the hunt for a nefarious European crime boss, Texas supercop Zach "Cowboy" Adams desperately searches for himself after being turned into a werewolf. Read full book review >

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DON'T SAY A WORD by Andrew Klavan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 7, 1991

"Not profound, and blatant in its emotional manipulations, but peopled with rich characters and intensely gripping and suspenseful: one of the most entertaining psychothrillers in many months."
After writing five mystery thrillers as Keith Peterson (The Scarred Man, 1989), Klavan at last puts his real name on one-and no wonder: this take of a psychiatrist trying to save his kidnapped daughter is a virtuoso display of Chinese puzzle-box plotting and slick emotionality, worthy of Hitchcock at his best. ``The right apartment was tough to find, so they murdered the old lady,''-sociopath Sport and his monster-sized retarded sidekick Maxwell, that is, setting up in this opening sentence their rental of the suddenly vacant apartment across the yard from the one owned by mild-mannered shrink Nathan Conrad, wife Agatha, and five-year-old daughter Jessica. Read full book review >

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MINDWAR by Andrew Klavan
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 15, 2014

"The cyberthrills are stylized, but the focus is on action, and there's just enough left unresolved to tempt readers onward. (Science fiction. 11-13)"
A young video game whiz squares off against monsters and terrorists in a mad genius' cyberworld to save America. Read full book review >