Search Results: "Peter Swanson"


BOOK REVIEW

THE KIND WORTH KILLING by Peter Swanson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"While there are twists, most of them are so clearly telegraphed that only the most careless of readers won't see what's coming, especially since Swanson needlessly doubles back over the same events from different points of view."
A chance airport meeting between strangers sets in motion a Strangers on a Train-inspired murder plot. Read full book review >

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THE GIRL WITH A CLOCK FOR A HEART by Peter Swanson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 4, 2014

"Seemingly pre-measured for the movies, sometimes to its detriment but often to good effect; all in all, a quick, deft, promising first crime novel."
In Swanson's debut crime thriller, a sedate man encounters the mysterious woman who ignited his passion years ago—and now plunges him into the depths of noir. Read full book review >

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HER EVERY FEAR by Peter Swanson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"A solid and quick-paced thriller—but one that seems to feature a pop-up psychopath behind every door and under every bed."
Swanson's third thriller, after The Girl with a Clock for a Heart (2014) and The Kind Worth Killing (2015), nods both to the Leopold & Loeb case and to Patricia Highsmith's Tom Ripley, offering twists and intensity aplenty. Read full book review >

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SUPER GEAR by Jennifer Swanson
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 7, 2016

"Plenty of good science sunk by tone and blunders. (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
Science teacher and writer Swanson tells the story behind nanotechnology's introduction and impact on sports. Read full book review >

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MESMER'S DISCIPLE by Edward Swanson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 11, 2012

"History, action, the supernatural and intelligent discourse; this novel holds something for everyone."
Set in 1840s St. Louis and New York, this historical supernatural thriller pits Alvord Rawn, a vigilante-style New York cop with anger management issues, against Count Abendroth, a demonic mesmerist who has painter Charles Deas in his thrall. Read full book review >

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HOUSE OF CORRECTIONS by Doug Swanson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 2000

"Even though it's more straightforward that most of Jack's Hiaasenesque carnivals of crime, this one shows once more the folly of stocking your barrel with ordinary fish when you could fill it with fish who swim in circles, kill each other, and stick out their tongues."
When the two-bit police force of Luster, Texas, picks up Wesley Joy for speeding, pulls him in for the smidgen of heroin they find, and learns that the car he's driving was spotted leaving a drug-killing scene, Wesley, "lawyer to the stars of scum," is in a pickle. Read full book review >

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Madoc's Legacy by Edward Swanson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 30, 2014

"A rollicking, rip-roaring novel, big and wild as the American frontier."
Brawls and battles ensue when a trapping party encounters a weird tribe deep in the wilds of 19th-century Upper Michigan. Read full book review >

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A LIFE WORTHWHILE by K.C. Swanson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 23, 2017

"Awkward prose undermines this story of troubled siblings, despite its strong sense of place."
Brothers cope with difficult circumstances in this debut novel set in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Siren Spell by Cidney  Swanson
Released: Nov. 14, 2015

"A delightful drama with well-done supernatural elements that heighten the themes of anger and forgiveness."
In this YA novel from Swanson (Perilous: A Ripple Novel, 2015, etc), a ballet-obsessed teenager in Oregon confronts dangerous sirens, her family's mysterious history, and, most frightening of all, the need to forgive her mom. Read full book review >

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LETTER TO THE LAKE by Susan Marie Swanson
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1998

"If all love letters are made poignant by the sorrows of separation, this one rings true; the picture-book set, however, may find it too unsettling to appreciate. (Picture book. 5-9)"
From the team behind Getting Used to the Dark (1997), a picture book that contrasts the drudgery of a wintry here and now with sparkling, ever-green scenes of summer at the lake. Read full book review >