Search Results: "Michael Gruber"


BOOK REVIEW

THE GOOD SON by Michael Gruber
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 2010

"Smart, tense and vastly entertaining."
A son reconnects with his past as he goes to astonishing lengths to save his mother from the radicals who have kidnapped her. Read full book review >

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NIGHT OF THE JAGUAR by Michael Gruber
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 4, 2006

"Gruber's asking for bigger gulps of disbelief than his fans may be willing to swallow here."
A tiny but powerful South American shaman kicks quite a bit of Miami ass in an effort to protect the rainforest back home. Read full book review >

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THE RETURN by Michael Gruber
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 3, 2013

"Thrilling and compulsively readable."
After being diagnosed with a fatal brain condition, a seemingly mild-mannered New York book editor heads to Mexico for a violent confrontation with his past. Read full book review >

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THE FORGERY OF VENUS by Michael Gruber
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 2008

"Fast, frightening and, as usual, richly imagined."
The stupendous talent of an otherwise wasted illustrator pushes him to the edge of madness and leads to the creation of an original work by a master who has been dead for centuries. Read full book review >

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VALLEY OF THE BONES by Michael Gruber
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 4, 2005

"No second-novel slump here. Gruber has drawn even with John Sandford and has power to spare."
Afro-Cuban Miami detective Iago Paz, policeman, chef, and heartthrob hero of Gruber's superb 2003 debut (Tropic of Night), returns to sort out the defenestration of a spectacularly nasty Sudanese petro-thug. Read full book review >

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THE WITCH’S BOY by Michael Gruber
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: April 1, 2005

"One of the least sympathetic characters readers will ever meet in literature, Lump is going to make many a teen, preteen or for that matter, parent uncomfortable—and there's plenty of grist for fans of Donna Jo Napoli's fairy tale psychodramas, too. (Fantasy. 12+)"
Threading recognizable but artfully altered fairy tales throughout, Gruber crafts a hefty bildungsroman that takes an ugly foundling child from dour innocence through an utterly hellish adolescence to joyful maturity. Read full book review >

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TROPIC OF NIGHT by Michael Gruber
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 4, 2003

"Monstrously entertaining."
An aristocratic anthropologist's field leads out of academia and into African "magic." Read full book review >

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THE BOOK OF AIR AND SHADOWS by Michael Gruber
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2007

"A wonderful story with absolutely superb casting."
Encoded Jacobean documents suggest the existence of an un-produced Shakespeare play written in the bard's own hand. There is, as one would expect, considerable interest in the location of that work. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1991

"A woman to admire, with a remarkable story that's undercut by lackluster prose and a tendency to deal superficially with the darker side of times past."
Full of record accomplishments—youngest Ph.D. in Germany, first American correspondent to travel to the Soviet Arctic—this memoir of her 1920's and 30's by veteran journalist Gruber (Rescue, 1987, etc.) is high on action but low on analysis. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 15, 2002

"Engaging particulars of an essential life, pared to the core."
What was intended to be a deep immersion in study for graduate school—in the silence and solitude of a northern Idaho backwoods cabin—becomes a deep immersion instead in a place and its people, sharply etched. Read full book review >

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MOZART AND POSTERITY by Gernot Gruber
NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1994

"Fortunately, Mozart prevails."
In spite of the sprightly tone, this translation of Gruber's study of Mozart's reception, reputation, and influence, mostly in Germany, is narrow, heavy-handed, and repetitive, lacking the interdisciplinary range and critical sophistication promised by the publisher. Read full book review >