Search Results: "Mark Richard"


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HOUSE OF PRAYER NO. 2 by Mark Richard
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 15, 2011

"Amazing and alarming, though dripping at times with the treacle of a personal-redemption memoir."
Award-winning essayist, screenwriter and novelist Richard (Charity, 1997, etc.) revisits his life and career, recording how Christianity has played an ever enlarging role. Read full book review >

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FISHBOY by Mark Richard
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 1993

The promise of Richard's story collection The Ice at the Bottom of the World (which won the 1990 PEN/Hemingway Award) is only fitfully apparent in his surrealistic first novel about a boy and his first sea voyage. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Heavy traveling joined with hagiography: a bit more motorcycle maintenance than Zen."
Toronto Star motorcycle and auto editor Richardson takes a compulsive road trip poised on the pillion seat with Phaedrus at the handlebars. Read full book review >

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EVERYONE’S DEAD BUT US by Mark Richard Zubro
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 15, 2006

"Yes, it's a letdown after Tom and Scott's elaborate wedding (Here Comes the Corpse, 2002). And yes, Tom could use a few anger-management sessions. But Scott continues to be a dreamboat, whatever your sexual inclination."
A gay take on Christie's Ten Little Indians. Read full book review >

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CHARITY by Mark Richard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Whether goofy and substance addled, or strangely naive, Richard's original voices invite you into a world that's both sad and surreal, and always worth the stay."
After the mixed reception of his first novel, Fishboy (1993), Richard returns to his strong suit, short fiction (The Ice at the Bottom of the World, 1989): stories (all have appeared previously in high-profile venues) that display a singular talent, with a rich and versatile style, ranging from tough-guy lyricism to the more defining tales of sad and forgotten children. Read full book review >

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DROP DEAD by Mark Richard Zubro
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 18, 1999

"Low-level cop humor and satiric lobs at safe fashion targets keep this fifth installment of Turner's adventures well below the level of Another Dead Teenager (1995) and The Truth Can Get You Killed (1997)."
Everybody agrees that right up to the minute it hit the pavement 30 floors below the Archange Hotel's penthouse, Cullom Furyk's toned body made him one of the most sought-after models in the world. Read full book review >

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POLITICAL POISON by Mark Richard Zubro
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 20, 1993

"Bland, predictable, and far less interesting than Zubro's other series featuring a gay schoolteacher baseball-pitcher lover (The Principal Cause of Death, etc.)."
Gay homicide cop Paul Turner (Sorry Now?, 1991) and his straight partner, Buck Fenwick, are called to the University of Chicago office of professor Gideon Giles, an educator, alderman, and media-star—and newly deceased (nicotine poisoning). Read full book review >

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HERE COMES THE CORPSE by Mark Richard Zubro
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 22, 2002

"A touch more sexually explicit than most Scott and Tom adventures (One Dead Drag Queen, 2000, etc.)—and almost everyone who has ever planned a wedding will be impressed, and perhaps teary-eyed, by the grandeur of their nuptials."
Just after the groom, baseball superstar Scott Carpenter, kisses the groom, high-school teacher Tom Mason, and they accept congratulations from their thousand guests, Tom discovers his very first love, Ethan Gahain, bleeding and dying all over a tiled stall in the powder room. Read full book review >

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THE SECRET ELEPHANT OF HARLAN KOOTER by Dean Harvey
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"More experienced heads will nod. (Fiction. 7-10)"
What happens to Harlan Kooter when Hannibal, an elephant, escapes from a circus and finds shelter in his mother's garage. Read full book review >

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THE ICE AT THE BOTTOM OF THE WORLD by Mark Richard
Released: April 6, 1989

This slim volume collects ten stories, including a few award-winners, and some previously published in Esquire, Antaeus, and The Quarterly. Read full book review >

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A SIMPLE SUBURBAN MURDER by Mark Richard Zubro
Released: Feb. 22, 1989

Seamy yet juiceless: a gay midwestern high-school teacher investigates a colleague's murder—and uncovers the sleazy flip side (child abuse, gambling, adultery, prostitution, snuff movies) to conventional Middle American suburbia. Read full book review >

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THE PRINCIPAL CAUSE OF DEATH by Mark Richard Zubro
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1992

"Undemanding fare, but the school politics are dead-on, and Tom and Scott have become the sort of interesting couple one might like to have over for dinner."
Grover Cleveland High School teacher Tom Mason and his lover, superstar pitcher Scott Carpenter (Sorry Now?, The Only Good Priest, etc.), the gay counterparts of Mr. and Mrs. North, delve into the murder of school principal Robert Jones, who may have been silenced by Dan Bluefield, the school bully, or by any one of a number of faculty members whom Jones had reprimanded—including the guidance counselor, who kept seducing students; an old-timer who's been coasting along until retirement; an ineffectual student teacher; the drama coach, who's got shady talent-agency ties; even an alcoholic custodian who was going to be fired. Read full book review >