Search Results: "Parker Bilal"


BOOK REVIEW

CITY OF JACKALS by Parker Bilal
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 7, 2016

"This fifth case for Makana (The Burning Gates, 2015, etc.) again deftly wraps a whodunit around an eloquent, character-driven look at recent history."
One missing student from South Sudan is a puzzle; a second South Sudanese student found decapitated points to something altogether more disturbing. Read full book review >

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THE GHOST RUNNER by Parker Bilal
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 13, 2014

"With its elegant prose and its incisive insight into the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, Makana's third appearance (Dogstar Rising, 2013, etc.) transcends genre, satisfying fans of both mystery and literary fiction."
The death of a teenage girl strikes painfully close to home for Sudanese private eye Makana. Read full book review >

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THE GOLDEN SCALES by Parker Bilal
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 1, 2012

"Bilal's portrait of a soulful, broken man dominates his series kickoff, both an accomplished genre caper and a fine example of literary fiction."
A Sudanese detective climbs out of personal devastation in his new homeland and turns private eye. Read full book review >

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THE BURNING GATES by Parker Bilal
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"Makana's fourth case (The Ghost Runner, 2014, etc.) again uses a mystery MacGuffin to comment eloquently on recent history and daily life in a region unfamiliar to most Western readers.
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A seasoned Cairo detective finds himself out of his element and immersed in personal peril in the hunt for a priceless painting. Read full book review >

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DARK WATER by Parker Bilal
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 13, 2017

"Bilal's sixth (City of Jackals, 2016, etc.) again plants a seed of suspense as an entree into a nuanced look at an unfamiliar culture."
An Egyptian detective is lured into protecting a maverick scientist in hiding from terrorists. But who's the real target? Read full book review >

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LITTLE BOT AND SPARROW by Jake Parker
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"Dreaming keeps memories alive for a very special robot in this sweet, quiet tale. (Picture book. 4-6)"
A mechanical-avian friendship is an endearing one. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 7, 2012

"Parker follows a professor's advice to 'write it the same way you would tell it'—but his approach to the narrative, hopscotching from here to there and back again, isn't nearly as powerful as the story he has to tell."
There's an inspirational life story within this graphic memoir of a frequently incarcerated junkie who belatedly earned an MFA from Columbia University's prestigious creative writing program, but the framing and pacing of the narrative fall short of the material's potential. Read full book review >

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MISSILE MOUSE by Jake Parker
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2010

"Intelligent space opera and a realistically rounded hero will have young fans of the future demanding the next volume. (Graphic fiction. 8-12)"
When his mission to recover an ancient star compass goes wrong, intrepid Galactic Security Agent Missile Mouse finds himself saddled with a partner. Read full book review >

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COUNTING IN THE GARDEN by Kim Parker
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2005

"Though captioned by one-liners that don't always seem to be addressed to children ('4 bunnies finding love in the shade' being the most obvious example), this recalls the art of Elisa Kleven for visual exuberance, and makes a promising young-audience debut. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Positively dancing with fanciful flowers rendered in bright, broadly brushed watercolor, this showcases a textile designer's art with successive scenes of small creatures, from "1 cat purring in the garden" to "10 butterflies flitting among the flowers." Read full book review >