Search Results: "Mark Richard"


BOOK REVIEW

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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DEAD EGOTISTICAL MORONS by Mark Richard Zubro
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 4, 2003

"Paul (Sex and Murder.Com, 2001, etc.) is once again so noble and knowing that he could audition for the title role in Father Knows Best."
A pop band is rocked when the Boys4U national tour ends in Chicago with a real bang. Read full book review >

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SORRY NOW? by Mark Richard Zubro
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

"All in all, sort of dull, even with murder around the edges."
Zubro, author of two earnest mysteries featuring a gay schoolteacher sleuth (The Only Good Priest, Why Isn't Becky Twitchell Dead?), now introduces an earnest, gay widower-cop, Paul Turner of the Chicago PD, assigned to investigate the murder of right-wing politico Reverend Mucklewrath's daughter. Read full book review >

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NERDS WHO KILL by Mark Richard Zubro
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 27, 2005

"Though Zubro takes gleeful aim at venal writers, editors, publishers and agents, his own plot could use some fine-tuning. Below average for this long-running series."
The world's largest SF convention boasts almost as many corpses as revelers. Read full book review >

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ANOTHER DEAD TEENAGER by Mark Richard Zubro
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 17, 1995

"Paul's third procedural (Political Poison, 1993, etc.) features probably the most intense appearance this decent, middle-class cop will ever make."
Nice boys don't get themselves murdered, certainly not by being executed in a Chicago warehouse the way high-school athletes Jake Goldstein and Frank Douglas did. Read full book review >

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RUST ON THE RAZOR by Mark Richard Zubro
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 9, 1996

"Zubro presents his antigay intrigue with a vividness and a sober concentration that make you wonder why he ever wasted his time on the silly antics of Tom and Scott's last outing (An Echo of Death, 1994)."
Strike three for Chicago pitcher Scott Carpenter: First, he's pressed to come completely out of the closet; then a pulled groin muscle takes him off the mound; finally, his father's heart attack recalls him to Brinard, Georgia, where men are men and Scott's lover, high-school teacher Tom Mason, is about as welcome as the return of General Sherman. Read full book review >

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SEX AND MURDER.COM by Mark Richard Zubro
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 27, 2001

"This sixth in the series, following Drop Dead (1999), lacks the authenticity of the author's Tom & Scott adventures."
Chicago homicide detectives Paul Turner (gay) and Buck Fenwick (straight) must sidestep interference from the mayor's press secretary Vinnie Girote in their investigation into murder of Internet tycoon Craig Lenzati, hacked into a million pieces in his security-laden apartment. 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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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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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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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 >