Search Results: "Peter Robb"


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M by Peter Robb
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 10, 2000

"A compelling portrait of the painter as outsider and provocateur; a first-rate evocation of both a genius and the violent times in which he lived. (16 pages illus.)"
An exuberant attempt to penetrate the mysteries surrounding the astounding paintings and brief, turbulent life of the Italian artist who has come to be known as Caravaggio. Read full book review >

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A DEATH IN BRAZIL by Peter Robb
NON-FICTION
Released: May 5, 2004

"An affectionate, probing cultural portrait, as stark as it is entertaining."
Under intellectual scrutiny from a part-time resident, the world's fifth largest country comes alive as "the oddest and most thrilling" in our hemisphere. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 19, 1998

"This narrative is itself an eclectic and sumptuous meal that- -through no fault of the author's—leaves the diner with a bitter taste in the mouth."
If it's true, as the Sicilian writer Leonardo Sciascia once said, that Sicily is a metaphor for the modern world, then author Robb has plumbed the depths of the world. Read full book review >

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PETER WATSON
by Gregory McNamee

Five hundred-odd years ago, in the time of Leonardo da Vinci, a scientist—a term then unknown—was a person of many parts, someone who might work in fields ranging from chemistry to botany, astronomy to metallurgy, to divine the hidden order of the universe.

Even as recently as the early Victorian idea, writes British science historian Peter Watson in his new ...


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BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 2009

"A helpful, amusing, no-nonsense oyster manual for the layperson."
The briny underbelly of one of the world's most respected seafoods. Read full book review >

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SCALP MOUNTAIN by Julia Robb
Released: Feb. 19, 2012

"Deep research and empathy for her rounded characters make this Western stand out."
Family dramas propel this spare, anti-romantic Western. Read full book review >

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CONCEALED IN DEATH by J.D. Robb
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 25, 2014

"More heartfelt than most of Eve's futuristic adventures (Thankless in Death, 2013, etc.) but less suspenseful, since Eve decides pretty early on, based on little more than a hunch, who the killer is, and she turns out—lo and behold—to be right."
A grisly discovery in a decrepit Hell's Kitchen building opens a case for Lt. Eve Dallas that has its roots all the way back in 2045. Read full book review >

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CELEBRITY IN DEATH by J.D. Robb
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 21, 2012

"Robb does all too little with the promising notion of doubling the cops with the actresses who play them, or indeed with any other elements of this futuristic, but surprisingly retro, closed-circle game of Hollywood squares."
A Hollywood party at which Lt. Eve Dallas and Det. Delia Peabody get to spend quality time with the actresses playing them in a new movie is interrupted by what turns out to be only the latest in a long string of murders. Read full book review >

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THE CROSS-LEGGED KNIGHT by Candace Robb
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 6, 2003

"Robb's usual lively, endearingly detailed evocation of late-14th-century England, along with a convincing plot and a believable cast of characters, make this one of the veteran webspinner's better outings."
When William Wykeham, the bishop of Winchester, arrives in York convinced that someone has designs on his life, Archbishop Thoresby places the former Lord Chancellor under the protective wing of Thoresby's trusted steward and guard, the one-eyed Captain Owen Archer (A Spy for the Redeemer, p. 146, etc.). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"Unaffected and inviting, with none of the elitist burdens of most exotic-food journalism."
The world of food explored with openness, an iron gut, and a hunger that goes to the level of emotional and cultural memory. Read full book review >