Search Results: "Michael A. Black"


BOOK REVIEW

A FINAL JUDGMENT by Michael A. Black
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 31, 2006

"Black's smooth style makes Shade's third escapade (Windy City Knights, 2004, etc.) brisk and entertaining."
A Chicago shamus and world-class kickboxer juggles a pair of intriguing cases and a chance at a title bout. Read full book review >

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A KILLING FROST by Michael A. Black
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"A brawny debut so foursquare in its characters and prose that you can hardly wait till Shade finally gets to put those kickboxing skills to use."
Having lost his wife to overwork, his job with the Chicago Police Department to politics, his ancient car to natural causes, and his girlfriend to LA, private eye Ron Shade is about to give up his office—why keep it when he has no walk-in clients?—when his old friend, social worker Maria Castro, walks in. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MICHAEL by Henry Flesh
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"Amen."
Flesh's X-rated debut novel, the Lambda Award-winning Massage (1999), told of life at the bottom of Manhattan's gay subculture. Read full book review >

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SACRIFICIAL OFFERINGS by Michael A. Black
Released: Sept. 19, 2012

"Black's third procedural (Hostile Takeovers, 2009, etc.) uses his 30 years of police experience to ballast a credible and often exciting tale."
Chicago police officers fight crime and each other. Read full book review >

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CHIMES AT MIDNIGHT by Michael A. Black
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 18, 2014

"In a switch from his police procedurals (Sacrificial Offerings, 2012, etc.), Black presents a promising but unexceptional thriller that draws on his years of police experience. It's slow to get going but builds to an exciting climax."
A military officer is willing to do whatever it takes to get the promotion so far denied him. Read full book review >

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FREEZE ME TENDER by Michael A. Black
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 20, 2006

"Veteran police officer Black (Windy City Knights, 2004, etc.) is torn between glitz and noir, with a side of schmaltz. Okay for reading on a junket to Vegas . . . and leaving on the plane, finished or not."
Another Elvis sighting, only this time he's called Colton Purcell. Read full book review >

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I AM NOT A PSYCHIC!  by Richard Belzer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"Noncop, nonpsychic Belzer wisecracks his way from coast to coast."
Law and Order's Detective Munch takes a break from the Special Victims Unit to pen a tale of murder and corruption in the fantasy capital of the world. Read full book review >

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I AM NOT A COP! by Richard Belzer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 14, 2008

"A weird, surprisingly quick-witted comedic caper."
Take a plot inspired by old Hitchcock movies, stir in bad guys cribbed from Dostoevsky, apply a wisecracking, well-read New York City detective transported from the set of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and the result is this debut novel. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DEAD RINGER by Michael A. Black
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 19, 2008

"Black (A Final Judgment, 2006, etc.) and Hyzy (State of the Onion, 2008, etc.) unite their disparate detectives in a fast-paced tale with intriguing twists."
A seasoned Chicago private eye and an upcoming news reporter combine their talents to solve an unsavory crime. Read full book review >

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A PIG PARADE IS A TERRIBLE IDEA by Michael Ian Black
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 7, 2010

"A preposterous, porcine pleasure. (Picture book. 5-8)"
"Like most children you have probably thought to yourself at one time or another, I bet a pig parade would be a lot of fun." Read full book review >

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COCK-A-DOODLE-DOO-BOP! by Michael Ian Black
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"A fine addition to the cock-a-doodle canon. (Picture book. 3-7)"
"Cock-a-doodle-doo" is so last century, man! Read full book review >