Search Results: "Mark Allen Smith"


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THE INQUISITOR by Mark Allen Smith
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 17, 2012

"A breezy, involving thriller that handily overcomes any resistance to its grisly premise and leaves you hoping for the return of its oddly winning hero."
Geiger, a strange, dispassionate genius at torture who hires himself out to clients in need of high-level "information retrieval," must confront deeply repressed memories of his traumatic upbringing when a duplicitous client uses a young boy as a pawn. Read full book review >

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SIX MONTHS OF SEPTEMBER by Mark Allen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 13, 2013

"A good old-fashioned mystery novel with a lovable leading man at its heart."
In Allen's debut mystery, the first of a planned series, a plucky young reporter takes matters into his own hands when his new crush goes missing. Read full book review >

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THE ROAD TO WINTER by Mark Smith
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 13, 2017

"A breakout new series full of romance, danger, and a surprisingly engaging world. (Post-apocalyptic adventure. 14-adult)"
A deadly virus has devastated the population of Australia, leaving pockets of humanity to survive as best as they can. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 22, 2013

"Smith illustrates clearly the plight of American slaves as they desperately struggled to gain their freedom and the lies, deception and deviousness their owners used to deny it."
Smith (History/Texas Christian Univ.; Thomas ap Catesby Jones: Commodore of Manifest Destiny, 2000, etc.) explains the War of 1812 from the viewpoint of the slaves who served both sides in the hope of attaining their freedom. Read full book review >

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RAW by Mark Haskell Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 3, 2013

"Satire doesn't get any broader or easier, but that doesn't mean that the book's not at least fitfully fun."
LA writer Smith is back with another frothy satire (Moist, 2007, etc.). Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2003

"A treat for policy wonks and students of economics—and worth reading for anyone who plays the market."
If you have a rage for chaos, you'll love the stock market—beg pardon, the equity culture—of the future. Read full book review >

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DELICIOUS by Mark Haskell Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2005

"Rated NC-17 for intermittent comic violence, good-natured swearing, cannibalism, humorous amorality and some truly perverse sex."
Carl Hiaasen, meet Hannibal Lecter. Read full book review >

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CARAVAGGIO by Mark David Smith
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 15, 2016

"Combining the timeless allure of action and young-love romance with the historically accurate and turbulent life of the painter Caravaggio, this story succeeds on all levels. (Historical fiction. 12-15)"
Late Renaissance Italy comes to life in this upper-middle-grade novel featuring the painter Caravaggio and a young friend. Read full book review >

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NAKED AT LUNCH by Mark Haskell Smith
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 2, 2015

"A thoughtful and entertaining analysis of why so many still want to ditch their clothes and let it all hang out."
An open-minded writer drops his skivvies at various locations around the world in an amusing and earnest attempt to understand the appeal of nudism. Read full book review >

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THE IDEA BROKERS by James Allen Smith
Released: Feb. 4, 1990

Smith, formerly a history professor at Brown, tells of the evolution of "think tanks" from small research groups of the early 1900's to today's large moneyed centers molding public opinion and advising politicians. Read full book review >

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AN OLD FASHIONED 1 2 3 BOOK by Elizabeth Allen Ashton
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1991

"Well done: a pleasant way to revisit an old favorite, but too bad that the pictures' original contexts go unnoted. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Selecting more than a dozen of this much-imitated illustrator's charming, still-vibrant paintings, Ashton fashions appropriately traditional-sounding verse to link the art with the numbers from 1 to 10. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"This distinguished book merits a place on every shelf, not just those built to meet multicultural needs. (index, b&w photos and illustrations, not seen, bibliography) (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
Allen and Smith eschew polemics to deliver a collection of biographies marked by integrity and balance. Read full book review >