Search Results: "Randall Silvis"


BOOK REVIEW

AN OCCASIONAL HELL by Randall Silvis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1993

"Playwright-novelist Silvis (Excelsior, 1988) settles into the detective genre with unassuming authority and a refreshing lack of condescension."
Goaded beyond endurance by months of knowing about her husband Alex's Saturday-morning dalliance with waitress Jeri Gillen, Elizabeth Catanzaro phones Jeri's rock-singer husband Rodney to tell him where the couple's enjoying themselves—and a few hours later she's facing police inquiries about Alex's murder and Jeri and Rodney's disappearance. Read full book review >

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UNDER THE RAINBOW by Randall Silvis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 1993

"A small celebration of human love that never denies unhappy realities: the satire, irony, and exaggeration entertain without undercutting genuine emotion."
Spare, poignant, sometimes very funny short novel about a gentle bemused man striving to hold onto hope and human bonds and outwit despair; by the author of the mystery An Occasional Hell (1993), etc. Death haunts, or bops, or entices through this quirky, unpretentious exploration of human weakness and mortality. Read full book review >

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TWO DAYS GONE by Randall Silvis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"Beneath the momentum of the investigation lies a pervasive sadness that will stick with you long after you've turned the last page."
A Pennsylvania police officer digs deep, then still deeper, into the mystery of an inexplicably slaughtered family. Read full book review >

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THE BOY WHO SHOOTS CROWS by Randall Silvis
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 6, 2011

"Slow-moving and oppressively portentous, but Silvis (Disquiet Heart, 2002, etc.) worms his way so deep into Charlotte's weariness and despair that the horrific ending comes as almost a relief."
The disappearance of a 12-year-old boy flushes out all manner of secrets in the sleepy farm town of Belinda, Pa. Read full book review >

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DISQUIET HEART by Randall Silvis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 20, 2002

"A less capable Poe than in On Night's Shore (2001), but a graphically described descent into his opiate addictions."
Immersed in melancholia and spirits since the death of his child-wife Sissie, Edgar Allan Poe is adrift in Philadelphia until his protégé, Augie Dubbins, 17, arrives with an invitation from Dr. Alfred K. Brunrichter, wealthy head of Pittsburgh's Quintillian Society. Read full book review >

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ON NIGHT’S SHORE by Randall Silvis
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"Silvis's most memorable creation is Poe himself, a god to his female relatives, a sage to his readers, a burr to literary lights like Fenimore Cooper and Washington Irving, and a nuisance to his harried editors."
Versatile Silvis (Mysticus, 1999, etc.) returns Edgar Allan Poe to his journalistic roots for another look at the real-life origin of his celebrated 1842 story "The Mystery of Marie Rogêt." Read full book review >

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DEAD MAN FALLING by Randall Silvis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"It's as if Silvis (Under the Rainbow, 1993, etc.) needed to rub his hero raw before allowing him a frightful release."
Ever read one of those pregnant paragraphs in the newspaper and become convinced beyond all reasoning that you knew the unidentified people it was about? Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 15, 2016

"A rigorous textual juxtaposition of two faiths, marred by uneven writing."
A comparative study of Christianity and Islam that seeks to spell out terms of reconciliation between the two religions. Read full book review >

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SOUTH OF GOOD by Randall Reneau
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"An effervescent ride chock-full of memorable action and characters."
A Texas sheriff tries to take down a drug lord pushing cocaine across the Mexican-U.S. border and winds up dodging bullets in Cuba and the Cayman Islands in Reneau's (Ruby Silver, 2014, etc.) latest thriller. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 16, 2011

"A carefully calculated, sober discussion of why race will continue to haunt American politics."
The bestselling author of Nigger (2002) explores the racial issues surrounding President Obama's election and administration. Read full book review >

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DREAMS OF THE DEAD by Thomas Randall
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Feb. 1, 2009

"While a rather mediocre horror offering that tends to rely too heavily on plot to drive its action forward, it does incorporate many elements of contemporary Japanese culture and thus may appeal to those with an interest in it, especially manga fans. (Horror. YA)"
Newly transplanted to Japan, 16-year-old blond-haired, blue-eyed Kara Foster is a gaijin, or outsider. Read full book review >