Search Results: "Les Whitten"


BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

DEAL TO DIE FOR by Les Standiford
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Standiford's Miami and his quirky characters wouldn't be out of place on a shelf with Elmore Leonard and Carl Hiaasen, while his choreographed action scenes recall John D. MacDonald. ($25,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
In the third outing for his southern Florida builder John Deal (Done Deal, 1993; Raw Deal, 1994), Standiford blends vivid settings, tension, and cinematic action to illuminate the internal journeys of an intriguing mix of characters. 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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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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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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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

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 >

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 >