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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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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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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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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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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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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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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THE SILVER PENNY by Randall Wright
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2005

"It may not be worth the effort. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Jacob, called Deb, is an adventuresome boy who always wants to see what's beyond his world of farm chores and family. Read full book review >

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JAMES BALDWIN by Randall Kenan
BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 1, 1994

"Further Reading'' (adult); chronology; index. (Biography. YA)"
A vivid, intelligent portrait of the outstanding author and African American, first of Chelsea's Lives of Notable Gay Men and Lesbians. Read full book review >

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LOVE AND HONOR by Randall Wallace
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 9, 2004

"Breezily paced and improbably plotted costume epic, with an ending only Hollywood could love."
A dashing colonial American officer travels to Russia to persuade Catherine the Great not to help the British defeat the American rebellion. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"A top-notch science book from a leading researcher."
Randall (Theoretical Particle Physics and Cosmology/Harvard Univ.; Knocking on Heaven's Door: How Physics and Scientific Thinking Illuminate the Universe and the Modern World, 2011, etc.) explores the causes of the fifth major extinction event, which occurred 66 million years ago and wiped out terrestrial dinosaurs and three-quarters of all other species living on Earth.Read full book review >