Search Results: "Les Krantz"


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"Well-conceived and easily navigated; not quite comprehensive, but a great place to start."
A thorough, well-designed overview of—yes, 50 days in the truncated presidency of John Kennedy, which began 50 years ago. Read full book review >

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PRESIDENTIAL DEAL by Les Standiford
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 5, 1998

"A very good Deal indeed. (Author tour)"
It's a simple, well-worn formula, but work it well—as Standiford does here—and it's almost foolproof. Read full book review >

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RAW DEAL by Les Standiford
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 26, 1994

"Since Deal continues to do nothing heroic (that's his shtick), this thriller remains inert, giving far too much away from the beginning and keeping only the most inconsequential secrets for last. ($45,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
After a standout appearance in Done Deal (1993), it's back to the grind for mayhem-prone Florida builder John Deal in this deeply ordinary Carl Hiaasen knockoff. Read full book review >

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THE DUTCH by Les Roberts
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 16, 2001

"Milan is always good company, but this time his detection is merely workmanlike, and the rickety plot weakened by too many echoes of classics from A Dance at the Slaughterhouse to I, the Jury."
Apart from being fat and homely, Ellen Carnine had everything to live for: a sunny disposition, a well-paying job, the esteem of the bosses at her Web-design firm. Read full book review >

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A New Light on the Expanding Universe by Les Hardison
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 5, 2010

"A dense, technical, but well-written argument for a new scientific interpretation."
A contrarian approach to understanding some fundamental concepts in physics. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 31, 2015

"Generally sympathetic to its subject and well-written but to be consulted only after William Kahrl's Water and Power (1982) and Marc Reisner's Cadillac Desert (1986)."
Dutiful story of a man who, not having finished high school, "let alone set foot in an engineering class," designed a metropolitan water system that is still in use today. Read full book review >

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Released: July 2, 2012

"A useful handbook for those who want to build mutually beneficial relationships in a business context."
A serviceable addition to the crowded field of how-to-network guides. Read full book review >

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A CARROT FOR THE DONKEY by Les Roberts
Released: April 17, 1989

L.A. actor/sleuth Saxon's third venture (Not Enough Horses; An Infinite Number of Monkeys) finds him toughing it out south of the border—in search of movie-mogul Mark Evering's drugged-out daughter Merissa, who took off for there with a sleaze lawyer, 40-ish Martin Swanner, whose money comes from junk and defrauding illegal aliens. Read full book review >

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SEEING THE ELEPHANT by Les Roberts
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 18, 1992

"A semi-hardboiled trip down memory lane, then, guided by a capable old pro."
L.A. actor/sleuth Saxon (Snake Oil, etc.) flies to Chicago, his hometown, to attend the funeral of Gavin Cassidy, a cop who moonlighted as an actor and was Saxon's mentor at the North State Street Theatre Guild. Read full book review >

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THE PUTT AT THE END OF THE WORLD by Les Standiford
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 25, 2000

"Further proof that both comedy and golf are hard and need to be taken seriously."
A relentlessly unfunny comic novel about golf and Armageddon by Abbott and eight other writers, each of whom contribute a chapter (a la 1997's Naked Came the Manatee): Dave Barry, Richard Bausch, James Crumley, James W. Hall, Tami Hoag, Tim O'Brien, Ridley Pearson, and Standiford. Read full book review >

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HAVANA RUN by Les Standiford
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 9, 2003

"Bring back the brio."
The world is too much with John Deal, once the very model of a genre swashbuckler (Bone Key, 2002, etc.). Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 2016

"A delightfully evocative farmhouse tale; as satisfying as a summer evening on a French terrace with a cool glass of rosé in hand."
A California couple realize their ambition of owning a house in rural France in this debut memoir by Les Américains. Read full book review >