Search Results: "Les Parrott"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"While not exactly groundbreaking, the evidence in this book will motivate parents to make mealtime a priority."
Family supper receives the star treatment. Read full book review >

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INDIAN SIGN by Les Roberts
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 2000

"As always, tough, smart, honorable Milan is Cleveland's best company."
On a punishing midwinter day in Cleveland he sits on a bench, snow collecting on his shoulders, staring up at the building in which Milan Jacovich (The Best Kept Secret, 1999, etc.) happens to have his p.i. office—this ancient, stone-faced Native American. Read full book review >

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COLLISION BEND by Les Roberts
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 13, 1996

"Otherwise, all is low-key perfection."
Slavs, as Milan Jacovich observes, aren't prone to forgive and forget. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Engaging, but facile. (8 pp. b&w photos, not seen)"
A History Lite tale chronicles the building, between 1892 and 1912, of the 156-mile railroad from Miami to Key West, once billed as the Eighth Wonder of the World. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 2008

"A nice complement to Fergus M. Bordewich's broader survey, Washington: The Making of the American Capital (2008), offering a more intimate look at L'Enfant and the crisis provoked by the British."
Novelist and accomplished armchair historian Standiford (Writing/Florida International Univ.; Meet You in Hell: Andrew Carnegie, Henry Clay Frick, and the Bitter Partnership That Transformed America, 2005, etc.) gives a sprightly account of Washington, D.C.'s improbable genesis and survival. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SPILL by Les Standiford
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 20, 1991

"They walked out into the cool dark, together'')."
A routine disaster thriller—a biochemical spill threatens Yellowstone National Park—distinguished by a clean, literate prose style and some magnificent scenery. Read full book review >

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THE LAST BONGO SUNSET by Les Plesko
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1995

"Monotonous and self-indulgent."
Plesko's prolix debut looks at the routine of a college drop-out taking a walk on the wild side—but a reader can only handle so many trips before feeling as numb and alienated as the heroin addicts who litter these pages. Read full book review >

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THE CLEVELAND CONNECTION by Les Roberts
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 23, 1993

"Editorial pruning would have helped, particularly with the repetitiveness, but, still, a good—and timely—Yugoslav cultural primer."
Milan Jacovich, the Cleveland p.i. of Slovene heritage (Deep Shaker, etc.), in trying to locate a missing grandfather of Serbian extraction, must sort through age-old Balkan animosities—as well as modern-era wise-guy rules of conduct. Read full book review >

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THE STRANGE DEATH OF FATHER CANDY by Les Roberts
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"A feast of vengeance served piping hot that's quite a departure for the generally more reflective creator of Milan Jacovich (The Irish Sports Pages, 2002, etc.)."
In 1985, a hardened Vietnam veteran who's settled in Chicago returns to Youngstown, Ohio, where he grew up and his priest brother has just committed suicide. Read full book review >

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THE FORTY FATHOM BANK by Les Galloway
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 6, 1994

"A pithy one-hour read for literary fishing enthusiasts."
A shark fisherman's greed and paranoia foul his get-rich-quick scheme in this tidy novella (self-published in 1984). Read full book review >

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THE LEMON CHICKEN JONES by Les Roberts
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 15, 1994

A year after has-been comic Nappy Kane settles down with his Hong Kong mail-order bride, Doll, and a few weeks after he puts all his property in her name, surprise! she's cleaned out his house and taken off, and he goes crying to actor/detective Saxon (Seeing the Elephant, 1992, etc.) to track her down. Read full book review >