Search Results: "Peter Constantine"


BOOK REVIEW

ELEGY FOR KOSOVO by Ismail Kadare
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2000

"As such, it's a revealing addition to such acclaimed novels as Chronicle in Stone and The Three-Arched Bridge, and one of Kadare's most eloquent books."
Albania's Kadare is probably the premier writer of fiction to have emerged from the Balkan countries since Bosnian Nobel-winning novelist Ivo Andric. Read full book review >

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SELF’S MURDER by Bernhard Schlink
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 11, 2009

"Schlink (Homecoming, 2008, etc.) constructs a series of Chinese boxes whose increasingly untidy carpentry—the case ends with the appealingly reflective hero far more bewildered than he began—is exactly his point."
A chance encounter in 1993 brings aging investigator Gerhard Self (Self's Deception, 2007, etc.) one last case with enough twists and turns for a whole career. Read full book review >

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SELF’S DECEPTION by Bernhard Schlink
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 12, 2007

"Antic, laconic, melancholy and oddly extroverted—a tonic corrective for two generations of German self-scrutiny."
Ex-Nazi prosecutor Gerhard Self (Self's Punishment, 2005), still working as a private eye in a reunified Germany, gets a case that involves somebody else's political guilt, or lack thereof. Read full book review >

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THE BIRD IS A RAVEN by Benjamin Lebert
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 25, 2006

"Mirroring the early, bitter work of Brett Easton Ellis and Jay McInerney, this is tough, twilit fare: youth as madhouse."
Jagged, lyrical, this gem from a 23-year-old wunderkind of German fiction (Crazy, 2000) shines darkly. Read full book review >

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THE COMPLETE WORKS OF ISAAC BABEL by Isaac Babel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 12, 2001

"Every great writer deserves a tribute like this magnificent gathering. Nathalie Babel has honored her father's memory and given readers a book to be endlessly reread, and treasured."
An enormous—and enormously important—retrospective collection assembles for the first time in any language all the surviving work of the great Russian Jewish writer (1894-1941) who was murdered in a Stalinist prison camp. Read full book review >

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SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 13, 2006

"A fine exploration of 'the other,' and an original alternative to the same-old fantasy cluttering shelves."
Triumphant conclusion to the Wraeththu Histories, following The Shades of Time and Memory (2004). Read full book review >

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BRUSHBACK by K.C. Constantine
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 12, 1998

Bobby Blasco was a star athlete in high school and went on to still greater success in pro baseball—even had a brief but remarkable stint in the majors—but he never had so many fans as now, when he's been found in an alley with his head bashed in by a Ted Williamsmodel Louisville Slugger. Read full book review >

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SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 1, 2003

"Constantine answers her fans' endless demands."
Dream-laden fantasy kicks off this British author's latest Gothic exercise. Read full book review >

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CRANKS AND SHADOWS by K.C. Constantine
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"No mystery, but a memorable curtain call for its lovable hero: Balzic's Last Bow, spun out of a seamless skein of irresistible conversations."
Time was when series detectives just faded away, usually because their creators had died. Read full book review >

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SAVING ROOM FOR DESSERT by K.C. Constantine
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 22, 2002

"It's the human comedy done to a turn: mystery lite, to be sure, but the nuances are true, the satire deft, and the pitch-perfect dialogue alone worth the price."
Missing from the 17th installment in Constantine's wondrous saga (Grievance, 2000, etc.) of Rocksburg, Pennsylvania, is the kind of singular hero like the Homeric Mario Balzic or the endearing Rugs Carlucci that hauls readers in and keeps them there wire to wire. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 15, 2002

"Fascinating stuff. A boon for students of military history and naval warfare."
A stirring reconstruction of one of history's great—and least-known—naval battles. Read full book review >

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THE CROWN OF SILENCE by Storm Constantine
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2001

"An uncontrolled and unconvincing continuation: dedicated fans only."
Second entry in Constantine's—trilogy? series?—about the aggressively expansionist Magravandian Empire (Sea Dragon Heir, 2000) and the people who scheme to run it, change it, or bring about its downfall. Read full book review >