Search Results: "Phillip Margulies"


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HISTORY
Released: Sept. 8, 2008

"Purchase if descriptions of important trials are needed to round out a collection. (glossary, chapter notes, bibliography, photo credits, index) (Nonfiction. 11 & up)"
The overworked premise of this well-researched history of important American court cases is that "the devil"—absolute evil as judged by contemporary society—periodically goes on trial and that "When the defendant is the devil, only one verdict is acceptable." Read full book review >

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BELLE CORA by Phillip Margulies
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 7, 2014

"A convincing melodrama in which the victim takes charge."
The fictional memoir of an actual madam who ruled Gold Rush-era San Francisco. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 27, 2006

"Harrowing, depressing—and necessary reading for civil libertarians."
"Respect for the rule of law is a virtue in its own right, a virtue that becomes more important . . . as the stakes increase." So writes human-rights attorney Margulies, arguing that the Bush administration exhibits no such respect. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: July 17, 2012

"Meticulously researched and told with inspiring prose and stirring images, this is a gripping, triumphant story of science and survival. (photographs, source notes, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 10 & up)"
As he did in The Race to Save the Lord God Bird (2004), Hoose explores the tragedy of extinction through a single bird species, but there is hope for survival in this story, and that hope is pinned on understanding the remarkable longevity of a single bird. Read full book review >

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THE BURNING MAN by Phillip Margolin
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 4, 1996

"Despite the hints of grand conspiracy and grand passion, Margolin (After Dark, 1995, etc.) leaves too little meat on these bones for any but the staunchest fans of legal intrigue, with hollow surprises that arrive too late to save his puny plot."
An Oregon lawyer exiled from Portland to the sticks grabs at a high-profile murder case as his one and only chance to turn his life around—and that's only the most obvious clichÇ in this pot of refried beans. ``You possess the intelligence to be a good lawyer, but you're lazy and self-centered,'' Peter Hale's father harangues him just after Peter's arrogance and incompetence shut a client out of a well-deserved settlement, and just before he banishes him to legal serfdom in backwoods Whitaker. Read full book review >

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PROOF POSITIVE by Phillip Margolin
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 3, 2006

"Margolin is never going to be a poster boy for stylish prose, but this is a briskly paced, cleverly plotted, long-overdue switch on all those heroic forensics guys."
In her third appearance, Oregon defense attorney Amanda Jaffe (Ties That Bind, 2003, etc.) takes on a CSI tech who thinks he's God. Read full book review >

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NAM-A-RAMA by Phillip Jennings
Released: March 1, 2005

"Veterans and military fans may be entertained, but the general audience will likely founder on the whimsy."
Tall tales of the flying war in Vietnam mix successfully, for the most part, with adventures both amusing and hair-raising in Southeast Asia. Read full book review >

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PORTRAIT OF MY BODY by Phillip Lopate
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"A mature voice honestly and humorously addressing a variety of universals through carefully observed particulars."
At once intimate and objective, Lopate's (Bachelorhood, 1981, etc.) further personal essays meander through the latest stages of his life, continuing their sophisticated, witty explorations of it. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"Though Manning's contribution is dwarfed by David Quammen's Song of the Dodo, it's in the tradition of much wildlife management: another small, incremental benefit to be valued."
Manning's (Afoot in the South, not reviewed) compendious tour of ten wildlife refuges clarifies the tribulations of such establishments, as well as their critical importance. Read full book review >

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THE DEVIL’S HEARTH by Phillip DePoy
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 2003

"So-so as a mystery, then, but exquisite as a portrait of mountain folk."
Trust southern mountain folk to offer a unique brand of hospitality. Read full book review >

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THE ASSOCIATE by Phillip Margolin
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"Bland people, implausible plotting. Here, Margolin, who has tilled the legal thriller field with no mean success (Wild Justice, 2000, etc.), does little more than go through the motions."
Humdrum legal thriller about a young lawyer who trusts his firm way more than he should. Read full book review >