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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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 >

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THE UNCANNY by Andrew Klavan
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 1, 1998

"A cocktail of the feisty and the fusty, flavored with bitters by Bernard but with too much sweet vermouth and too watery by half."
In an effort to mix literary stylishness with gothic convention, Klavan (True Crime, 1995, etc.) stuffs an American film director into a badly padded English ghost story. Read full book review >

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DAMNATION STREET by Andrew Klavan
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 5, 2006

"Klavan's tenth (Man and Wife, 2001, etc.) is a violent, sentimental comic book without the drawings."
A private eye obsessed with rescuing a beautiful prostitute from a contract killer feels the hitman's breath over his shoulder as he tracks her down. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TRUE CRIME by Andrew Klavan
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 14, 1995

"Klavan's venture into humor pays off terrifically and quite equals the suspense, but his fiddle-playing for Beachum tires. (First printing of 250,000; film rights to Twentieth Century-Fox)"
Often laugh-out-loud suspense about a low-life, adulterous, sexist reporter who attempts to save what he thinks is an innocent man from a lethal injection in a Missouri state prison. 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 >