Search Results: "Martin J. Smith"


BOOK REVIEW

COMBUSTION by Martin J. Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"Smith's bite-sized chapters keep the pot boiling—even if many of the ingredients here are familiar, they're expertly mixed—and the denouement will likely pack a punch even for readers who've seen it coming."
Journalist/thriller writer Smith (The Wild Duck Chase, 2012, etc.) uses the death of a successful developer to dig deep into the victim's family and the California landscape. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 18, 2012

"An interesting bit of Americana well reported."
As Orange Coast editor in chief Smith (Straw Men, 2001, etc.) reports, the Federal Duck Stamp Program is one of the most successful government programs ever. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

POLAR STAR by Martin Cruz Smith
Released: July 17, 1989

"A distinguished chiller, then, but not a particularly enjoyable one—like good vodka gone warm."
A Gorky Park sequel that finds Arkady Renko, disgraced Moscow cop-hero of that 1981 best seller, hiding out on a Russian factory ship (the Polar Star)—and up to his dour ears in an intricately textured but slow-drifting mess of murder, drug smuggling, and political intrigue. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TATIANA by Martin Cruz Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 12, 2013

"Anyone who enjoys crime novels but hasn't read Smith is in for a treat. Read this book, then look for other Arkady Renko adventures."
In Smith's latest Arkady Renko novel, the Russian investigator seeks the truth about a young reporter's apparent suicide. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

RED SQUARE by Martin Cruz Smith
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 1, 1992

"Russia as one of the great romances of thriller fiction. (Literary Guild Dual Selection for December)"
Inspector Arkady Renko, banished to a Soviet factory-ship in Polar Star (1989), returns to Moscow on the eve of the Coup—and steps into the kind of intrigue, atmosphere, and excitement not seen from Smith since Renko's megaselling debut in Gorky Park (1981). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A LIKENESS IN STONE by J. Wallis Martin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 11, 1998

"Fans of Minette Walters's moody British puzzlers will find it irresistible."
Twenty years ago, Thames Valley Chief Inspector Bill Driver was sure that Helena Warner, an undergraduate reading English at Oxford, was dead, not just missing, and that her lover Ian Gilmore had killed her. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 2008

"Overheated prose and much repetition, not to mention the grim subject matter, make this an unpleasant—but vital—read."
Schram (Avoiding Armageddon, 2003, etc.) combines history, investigative journalism, advocacy and diatribe as he criticizes each branch of the federal government for its abysmal treatment of needy war veterans. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WITNESS TO MURDER by Wesley J. Smith
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

"An inspired premise freighted with sincere melodrama."
And not just any witness, either—burned-out N.Y.C. reporter Neal Schacker watches his most ruthless enemy kill a man while he (Neal) is having an out-of-body experience, in this first novel by consumer- advocate Smith (The Doctor Book, The Lawyer Book). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SPORTS BIZ by Dale Hofmann
Released: April 30, 1989

At one point in their lively, unsentimental appreciation of sport as a money game, the authors observe that buying a professional franchise can prove a fine investment; running one, they warn, is a marginal proposition at best. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CYBER ATTACK by Martin Gitlin
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 1, 2015

"A bare-bones introduction for readers without a pre-existing interest. (source notes, bibliography, further reading, index) (Nonfiction. 12-14)"
A quick history of hacking, from the "phone phreaks" of the 1960s to today's attacks on commercial data stores large and small. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"A timeless potpourri and hours of great reading in digestible portions for professional and amateur spy-meisters alike."
A memorable collection of 16 stories, edited with an insightful introduction by the accomplished Smith(Havana Bay, p.480, etc.), who also recently won the Hammett Prize from the International Association of Crime Writers for his novel Rose. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE GIRL FROM VENICE by Martin Cruz Smith
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"This is a thoughtful and engrossing novel with more than enough action to keep the pages turning."
After his Russian Arkady Renko series (Tatiana, 2013, etc.), Smith spins a tale about an Italian fisherman and the Jewish girl he finds floating in the sea. Read full book review >