Search Results: "Marshall D. Schechter"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: April 8, 1992

"Replete with anecdotal material, this offers few new insights but does lay out issues of development that only adoptees face over the course of life."
A rather thin volume that nevertheless will reassure adoptees that it is usual for questions about adoption and birth parents to persist throughout life. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: April 28, 1989

A neat title for a first-rate account of the discovery of high(er) temperature superconductivity. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Sept. 10, 1998

"Schechter has mined his sources well to create a captivating portrait."
A pleasing biography of the mathematician (the second this season after Paul Hoffman's The Man Who Loved Only Numbers, p. 795) by physicist, editor, and journalist Schechter. Read full book review >

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NEVERMORE by Harold Schechter
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1999

"Good atmosphere, dull story."
Davy Crockett meets Edgar Allan Poe—and together they set out in search of Baltimore's 1830s equivalent of John Wayne Gacy: a gothic thriller (and first hardcover fiction) from Schechter (Depraved: The Shocking Story of America's First Serial Killer, 1994, etc.) Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2005

"A bloody fine riposte to those who would censor with clouded hindsight and muddy reasoning."
Why the good old days were actually often quite nasty. Read full book review >

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THE MASK OF RED DEATH by Harold Schechter
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 3, 2004

"If only one could say the same for The Mask of Red Death."
Frontier scout Kit Carson and the nefarious "Mountain Man" known as "Liver-Eating Johnson" cross paths with Edgar Allan Poe in crime researcher Schechter's third period mystery (The Hum Bug, 2001, etc.). Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 23, 2007

"Skillfully captures a colorful mishmash of New York characters caught up in a moment of extreme public anxiety."
A terrifically overwrought buildup eventually leads to the turn-of-the-century murder trial and eventual acquittal of New Jersey chemist Roland Burnham Molineux. Read full book review >

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THE TELL-TALE CORPSE by Harold Schechter
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 7, 2006

"Porous plotting, plummy prose and an insufferably pretentious series protagonist give new meaning to Nevermore."
To solve a series of grotesque and loathsome murders, detective Edgar Allan Poe enlists the aid of 12-year-old Louisa May Alcott. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 15, 1994

"An acerbic period sketch and a readable tale of pure Gothic horror straight from the heartland of America."
The ghoulish saga of Dr. H.H. Holmes, the dapper devil who established himself as America's first serial killer 100 years ago. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 9, 1997

"Not one to simply whine, Schechter closes the book with suggestions about what journalists and the American public can do to change the status quo."
This behind-the-scenes look at America's media monopoly might more aptly be titled ``The More You Write, the Less You Remember Your Point.'' Although Schechter offers many interesting insights about the world of journalism and where it is going (downhill, fast), this book suffers from a lack of cohesion. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE HUM BUG by Harold Schechter
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 13, 2001

"Nonetheless, a worthy addition to the famous-dead-people-as-private-investigators genre. Here, the hero is treated as a real person, not a stiff literary icon."
A killer's on the loose in mid-19th-century New York, and it's up to a cunning showman and a gloomy scribbler to catch him. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"Masterful research, although some material appears to function as a story-stretcher."
A popular true-crime writer offers his fifth in a chilling series on serial killers. Read full book review >