Search Results: "Michael Brandman"


BOOK REVIEW

ROBERT B. PARKER'S DAMNED IF YOU DO by Michael Brandman
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 10, 2013

"After two rounds of wondering whether Brandman can ape his master's style and structure and learning that he basically can, it's uncanny to see him toss off a lazy, low-stakes, low-tension entry that's so similar to so many of Parker's own lesser efforts."
Brandman's third installment of Parker's second-string franchise springs a pair of seriously malnourished cases on Paradise, Mass. Read full book review >

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ROBERT B. PARKER'S KILLING THE BLUES by Michael Brandman
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 13, 2011

"Film and TV producer Brandman, who collaborated on several of Jesse's TV adaptations, obviously believes that no news is good news. Series fans will probably agree."
Now that summer's here, the advent of the tourist season brings the same old crime-based problems to idyllic Paradise, Mass., but now at the hands of a different author. Read full book review >

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MISSING PERSONS by Michael Brandman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"As they're hauled off to jail, the screamingly obvious villains are still asking how likely it is that they really would have acted as they're charged with doing, and you have to admit that they have a point."
Movie producer/Robert B. Parker ghostwriter Brandman, lately spotted mostly in Paradise, Massachusetts, moves his base of operations to Freedom, California, in this series kickoff. Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 11, 2012

"Though one of the three cases shows Jesse at his most annoyingly sensitive, the other two both reveal welcome and unexpected complications. Not bad for Brandman, who's only on his second installment of the Paradise franchise (Robert B. Parker's Killing the Blues, 2011)."
Autumn brings a major new headache for Jesse Stone, police chief of that summer hot spot, Paradise, Mass., along with two supporting headaches. Read full book review >

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MICHAEL NESMITH
by Nick A. Zaino III

Michael Nesmith’s first big job in the music industry didn’t make much sense to him. He was hired—along with Davy Jones, Micky Dolenz, and Peter Tork—to be part of a rock and roll band on television called the Monkees. It would change his life in ways he couldn’t quite comprehend. He addresses this in his new memoir, Infinite Tuesday: An ...


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MICHAEL FRANK
by Marjorie Baumgarten

Perhaps you recognize the names of Irving Ravetch and Harriet Frank Jr. A married couple, they were Hollywood screenwriters responsible for authoring such Oscar-nominated classics as Hud and Norma Rae. Active from the late Forties through the mid-Eighties, the collaborators built a reputation for quality scripts based on their eight films with maverick filmmaker Martin Ritt and their screen adaptations ...


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ÉDOUARD LOUIS
by Rhett Morgan

In 2014 at the age of 22, Édouard Louis published his first novel, The End of Eddy, in France and caused a sensation in the French press. Like another recently celebrated European author, Karl Ove Knausgaard, Louis takes directly from his own life to craft bleak images. Also like Knausgaard, he came under intense media scrutiny as investigative journalists sought ...


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BOOK REVIEW

The Truth The Whole Truth Nothing but the Truth by Michael
NON-FICTION
Released: May 12, 2011

"Sprightly throughout, this volume portrays a belief system that is vehement though rarely novel."
A debut book offers a no-nonsense guide to biblical teachings, with a particular emphasis on the truth found in the Bible itself. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

RED by Michael Hall
by Michael Hall, illustrated by Michael Hall
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"Smartly designed and appealing, Red's story offers much for discussion and affirmation. (Picture book. 4-8)"
When a red-labeled crayon discovers he's actually blue, he finds joy, ebullience and acceptance. Read full book review >

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THE TORTOISE AND THE SOLDIER by Michael Foreman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"An original middle-grade novella with unusual richness and depth. (author's note) (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
Trevor Roberts is a cub reporter in a small town in eastern England during the 1950s whose big break as a journalist comes when he interviews a World War I Navy veteran about his famous pet tortoise. Read full book review >

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TOILET PAPER MUMMY by Michael  Rex
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 28, 2013

"Hits the gross-out sweet spot. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Readers with a soft spot for gross-out humor will find plenty to keep them gagging in Rex's latest novel (Fangbone! Third-Grade Barbarian, 2012) for the early-middle-grade set. Read full book review >

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KASPAR THE TITANIC CAT by Michael Morpurgo
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 13, 2012

"Surprisingly (and disappointingly) dull. (Historical fiction. 9-12)"
Readers might be tempted to check the copyright date on this old-fashioned rags-to-riches tale that manages to turn a major historical disaster into just another incident in the narrator's very full life. Read full book review >