Search Results: "Nicolas Barreau"


BOOK REVIEW

THE INGREDIENTS OF LOVE by Nicolas Barreau
Released: Dec. 24, 2012

"A romp which, too soon, slows to a crawl."
A frothy exposé of the perils of book packaging, seasoned with a soupçon of culinary courtship. Read full book review >

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FLANDERS SKY by Nicolas Freeling
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Thought-provoking and well told."
Another reprimand, another transfer, finds Lille police Commissaire Henri Castang (Those in Peril, etc.) reassigned to Brussels, where he will push paper clips around as a minor functionary under Harold Claverhouse, head of Juridical Services. Read full book review >

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THE STRONGEST MAN IN THE WORLD by Nicolas Debon
BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 1, 2007

"A memorable glimpse into the life of a different sort of athlete. (Graphic nonfiction. 7-9)"
An air of Gallic melancholy tinges this graphic-style, fictionalized memoir. Read full book review >

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YOU WHO KNOW by Nicolas Freeling
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 1994

"Fascinating as it is to watch Freeling, the master of the continental roman policier, work out individual psychologies (as in Flanders Sky, 1992) in terms of national types, the mystery this time is a little too rickety for the portentous weight it's asked to bear."
Still becalmed among the Brussels brass, veteran French cop Henri Castang is asked to make discreet inquiries into the death of his friend Eamonn Hickey, another functionary. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1994

"Freeling here demonstrates that good reading and criticism, like good writing, require the skills of a crime writer, and he has clearly mastered all of them."
``Nearly all good writers are `crime writers,' '' contends Freeling, author of 31 crime novels of his own (Flanders Sky, 1992, etc.), in this collection of essays and aperáus on the writers and writings that most interest and influence him. Read full book review >

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BLUE LIGHT YOKOHAMA by Nicolas Obregon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 7, 2017

"Obregon's full-bodied prose is by turns gritty and poetic, and it's consistently energetic. Given the terrific chemistry between the two lead detectives, here's hoping this debut novel kicks off a new series."
A tough Tokyo detective faces resistance in his new post as he faces off against a brutal and taunting serial killer. Read full book review >

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Seasons of Heaven by Nicolas Augusto
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 16, 2016

"A supernatural tale that falls flat due to confusing plot developments and saccharine characterization."
Augusto's debut novel tells a complex tale of suffering, bravery, and the bonds between the living and the dead. Read full book review >

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SOME DAY TOMORROW by Nicolas Freeling
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2000

"As for Bert, it's difficult to feel much intimacy with a man who refers to himself only in the third person."
Freeling, who stopped writing his series about Dutch inspector Van der Valk in 1989 (Sand Castles) and French policeman Henri Castang in 1996 (A Dwarf Kingdom), now wanders to the other side of the law with the creation of Hubertus van Bijl, a 70-year-old former flower merchant of Haarlem, Netherlands, who calls himself Bert throughout this long soliloquy. Read full book review >

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THE JAPANESE CHRONICLES by Nicolas Bouvier
NON-FICTION
Released: March 23, 1992

"A superb guide, smoothly translated from the French, to the Japanese landscape and mind, and a delight for lovers of travel and fine writing. (Twelve photographs—most seen.)"
The ``best travel books,'' Bouvier believes, ``...are often written by people involved in commerce....Merchants' strict observations avoid the silly infatuations that will quickly take over the literature once poets start to travel.'' Happily, in this sensitive, acutely observed record of his stays in Japan, the author, a journalist who lives in Switzerland, disproves that statement with some of the most resonant and perceptive travel writing in recent years. Read full book review >

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THOSE IN PERIL by Nicolas Freeling
Released: Jan. 14, 1990

Lille police commissaire Henri Castang (Not as Far as Velma, 1989) is now shunted off to Paris and the quiet recesses of an art-fraud squad, but his life, as ever, remains tumultuous: his Czech wife Vera is almost raped; he has trouble extricating himself from an affair with his shyly attractive supervisor; and famous TV personality/scholar/ and teacher Dampierre, at his daughter Lydia's lycÇe, is fond of fondling his special students. Read full book review >

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HOLY LANDS by Nicolas Pelham
NON-FICTION
Released: April 12, 2016

"A lively, succinct, nonpolemical study that will offer much thought for discussion."
A sound, accessible argument for why returning to the mixed-faith communities living among each other in the Ottoman model might just save the Middle East. Read full book review >