Search Results: "Patricia Carlon"


BOOK REVIEW

THE WHISPERING WALL by Patricia Carlon
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 18, 1996

"But in this masterfully suspenseful 1969 Australian original, Carlon (The Souvenir, 1996) excels her melodramatic original in realism, psychological acuity, and a diabolical sense of homely detail."
Paralyzed by a stroke, Sarah Oatland lies in her bed unable to move or speak or persuade her diffident nurse or her grasping niece Gwenyth that she can understand their prattling. Read full book review >

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HUSH, IT’S A GAME by Patricia Carlon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"Like the young heroine of The Unquiet Night (p. 596), whose plot this 1967 tale follows perhaps a bit too closely (though a more obvious model is Charlotte Armstrong's Mischief), Virginia is kept dangling between oblivious rescuers and a determined killer in another tour de force of suspense."
Three years after beating Isobel Tarks, his accomplice in a long series of petty robberies, into a coma for holding out his share of the proceeds, Frank Aldan ends the six-month parole that followed his Australian prison term with only one thought: revenge. Read full book review >

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THE UNQUIET NIGHT by Patricia Carlon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2000

"Not as suffocatingly suspenseful as The Price of an Orphan (1999), with its similarly threatened victim, but still a model of proficiency—as if it were Carlon's essay answer to an exam question about how to put the screws to an innocent without falling back on the bogeyman cliché."
Nothing goes right for Martin Deeford. Read full book review >

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DEATH BY DEMONSTRATION by Patricia Carlon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2001

"Her latest blast from the past to be published in the US shows Australian Carlon taking a holiday from her trademark tales of terror (Hush, It's a Game, 2001, etc.) to produce a vintage whodunit, complete with red herrings, an impossible crime, and a neatly turned solution."
Back in 1970, when this tale first appeared, political demonstrations were common, and so were the problems that followed in their wake: strikes, fires, looting. Read full book review >

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THE PRICE OF AN ORPHAN by Patricia Carlon
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"First published in 1964, this exquisitely calibrated suspenser has been waiting for US publication ever since like a buried bomb."
Megan Gale is likely to babble when she's in her cups, so the person she's blackmailing beats her to death and drives her Mini, with her corpse bundled inside, into an off-limits cave outside the town of Quidong. Read full book review >

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THE RUNNING WOMAN by Patricia Carlon
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 30, 1998

"The main source of anxiety, though: How long will American readers have to wait for more of this gifted Australian's thrillers?"
The American debut of a novel first published in Australia in 1996 focuses obsessively on Larapinta, a quiet little town whose natives are properly shocked when, only a year after Bernice Strang was stabbed to death, another untimely death rocks the community. Read full book review >

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WHO ARE YOU, LINDA CONDRICK? by Patricia Carlon
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 2002

"A vintage 1962 whodunit: clever, understated, and altogether expert, though its did-she-or-didn't-she dynamic lacks the edge marking the best of the eight mysteries by Carlon (Death by Demonstration, 2001, etc.) already to reach American shores."
For years, the Forst family, sheepherders in the Australian outback's remote Leumah Valley, have depended on the bounty of matriarchal Ella Forst. Read full book review >

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THE SOUVENIR by Patricia Carlon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 25, 1996

"Say Nothing, 1968, etc.) presents a cunningly understated puzzle with a particularly deft solution."
Four years ago, two 16-year-old girls, strangers to each other, joined together to hitchhike across Australia. Read full book review >

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RIDING ON DUKE'S TRAIN by Mick Carlon
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2012

"In schools where students are lucky enough to experience classroom jazz studies, this title, combining rich musical history and a 'you are there' approach, is a natural. (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
Utilizing his encompassing knowledge of Ellington's music, personnel and decades-long touring, Carlon (a veteran middle-school teacher) presents a kid's-eye view whose drama centers on the band's 1939 European tour. Read full book review >

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GIRL SINGER by Mick Carlon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"Part jazz panegyric, part world history tour, altogether readable."
When a jazz musician walks into the Harlem restaurant where 19-year-old Avery Hall works and leaves behind his phone number, Avery's life changes forever. Read full book review >

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PATRICIA BOSWORTH
by Gerald Bartell

In a series of successful biographies, Patricia Bosworth trained the spotlight on four major American artists: Montgomery Clift, Marlon Brando, Diane Arbus, and Jane Fonda. Now, in The Men in My Life: A Memoir of Love and Art in 1950s Manhattan, Bosworth takes center stage.

The memoir follows her life and career from the 50s through the early 60s as ...


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