Search Results: "Lia Cacciari"


BOOK REVIEW

Hieros Gamos by Lia Cacciari
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 25, 2013

"An ambitious, intricately composed novel of medieval siblings."
In Cacciari's debut medieval drama, a lord's impending death ignites a volatile relationship between a brother and sister. Read full book review >

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STAR WITNESS by Lia Matera
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 1997

Say this for Willa Jansson (Last Chants, 1996, etc.): She doesn't shrink from the big cases. Read full book review >

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COUNSEL FOR THE DEFENSE by Lia Matera
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2000

"Matera."
In her brief introduction to this nine-story retrospective, the chronicler of upscale attorney Laura Di Palma and struggling-scale attorney Willa Janssen explains that several of them began life as full-fledged novels, and it shows. Read full book review >

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A HARD BARGAIN by Lia Matera
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 1992

"From one of the more interesting new voices in detective fiction: a downbeat but welcome respite from the mystery-by-formula crowd."
A grim third novel from the skillful Matera, who, here, examines noncommunication—with oneself and with everyone else—and its disastrous outcome. Read full book review >

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FACE VALUE by Lia Matera
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"Matera's look at the dehumanizing power of sexual manipulation- -the computer re-imaging plot here cuts much deeper than the gimmickry of Rising Sun—is so unblinking that you'll look right past the story's coincidences in your hurry to get to the hair-raising finale."
Where on earth does Laura di Palma (``my primary areas of specialty are bankruptcy and corporate litigation'') get the weird criminal clients who keep her in business? Read full book review >

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HAVANA TWIST by Lia Matera
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 1998

"As well-meaning as the WILPF, but this time not much more effective."
When only 14 of the 15 right-minded, blue-haired brigadistas of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) return from Fidel Castro's workers' paradise to California, and when the missing do-gooder is her own mother June, attorney Willa Jansson (Star Witness, 1997, etc.) swings into action. Read full book review >

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MISTER HOCKEY by Lia Riley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 11, 2017

"A lukewarm story with sexy parts hot enough to melt ice."
Jed West is a star hockey player who doesn't date fans. Librarian Breezy Angel is arguably Jed's biggest fan, and they wind up in bed before she manages to tell him that. Read full book review >

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Waiting for Paint to Dry by Lia Mack
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 20, 2015

"Uplifting chick lit full of heart and hope and featuring an appealing heroine and trauma survivor."
Raped as a teen, a woman finds romance, a new art career, and new connections to family in this debut women's fiction novel. Read full book review >

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DESIGNER CRIMES by Lia Matera
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 1995

"Laura's fifth appearance (Face Value, 1994, etc.) may be her best one yet."
Laura Di Palma can be hazardous to your health. Read full book review >

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AS HIGH AS THE SCOOTER CAN FLY by Lia Nirgad
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 15, 2002

"A feminist tale for all good men and women who fancy they sleep well at night."
A sweet little allegory with an afterbite as a sad, lonely housewife reaches adventure and despair on her flying scooter: the first US appearance for Belgium-born writer and translator Nirgad. Read full book review >

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IRRECONCILABLE DIFFERENCES by Lia Matera
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 1999

"Now that's irreconcilable."
It's a rare crime story that doesn—t include irreconcilable differences of one sort or another, so the concept behind Matera's collection of 20 new pieces won—t exactly set your heart to pounding. Read full book review >

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WASTELAND by Francesca Lia Block
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"The life of Southern California and a few musical references and artifacts of the late 1960s create a small distance from a great sorrow. (Fiction. YA)"
Most of Block's books are iridescent rainbows of prose, no matter how knotty the scenario. Read full book review >