Search Results: "Richard Alley"


BOOK REVIEW

FLESHMARKET ALLEY by Ian Rankin
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 2, 2005

"Iconoclastic Rebus and tetchy Clarke (A Question of Blood, 2004, etc.) are the best thing to come out of Scotland since single-malt—especially when they're involved in a plot so rich and complex."
Cast adrift when the CID closes their old patch, DI John Rebus and DS Siobhan Clarke try to fit in at the Gayfield Square stationhouse, on the edge of Edinburgh's posh New Town. Read full book review >

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DUCK ALLEY by Jim DeFilippi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"The depth of Tasti's spiritual agony is doubtless meant to be profound, but the story just doesn—t make it real, with the result that the profound and the inane are at loggerheads."
A second from DeFilippi has parallels with his considerably stronger Blood Sugar (1992), but too much in plot flies off with too little in substantive atmosphere or theme to act as ballast. Read full book review >

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TORNADO ALLEY by Craig Nova
Released: May 15, 1989

A disappointing follow-up to The Congressman's Daughter (1986): the patchy, convoluted story of two small-town products of unhappy families who ultimately become lovers—and destroy each other. Read full book review >

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EARTH by Richard Alley
NON-FICTION
Released: April 18, 2011

"An engaging, energetic study of humans and how we use energy—and should use it in the future. Stay tuned for the PBS special."
Alley (Geology/Penn State Univ.) brings the history of energy to light in this companion volume to a forthcoming PBS two-part special. Read full book review >

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RICHARD NIXON by John A. Farrell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 28, 2017

"Full of fresh, endlessly revealing insights into Nixon's political career, less on the matter of his character, refreshingly, than on the events that accompanied and resulted from it."
A sturdy study of the man ranked at the bottom of many historians' lists of presidents. Read full book review >

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RICHARD NIXON by Conrad Black
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2007

"A massively detailed and generous assessment of a seemingly imperishable politician whose controversial career insures that this won't be the last word."
A lively, hugely sympathetic biography of possibly the most intriguing man to occupy the Oval Office. Read full book review >

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PARADISE ALLEY by Kevin Baker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 15, 2002

"An authoritative blend of documentary realism and driving narrative that's just about irresistible."
The New York City draft riots of 1863 provide an appropriately violent subject for this period melodrama from the historical researcher (for Harry Evans's The American Century) and novelist (Dreamland, 1999, etc.). Read full book review >

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STINK ALLEY by Jamie Gilson
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2002

"An afterword details the historical facts and cites how Gilson envisioned both the real characters and the ones she invented. (Fiction. 9-12)"
A departure from the author's contemporary settings, this historical novel blends an engaging story about likable main characters with the context and culture that led to the Mayflower pilgrims settling Plimouth Plantation. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BLACK ALLEY by Mickey Spillane
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 12, 1996

"Longtime fans (the only conceivable audience) will find Hammer's quaintly dated narration, compounded equally of sadism and sexual prudery, an archeological treasure worth far more than that measly $89 billion. (Mystery Guild selection)"
Mike Hammer's in bad shape, and no wonder—it's nearly 50 years since his historic debut in I, the Jury, and seven years since his last outing, The Killing Man. Read full book review >

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LYRICS ALLEY by Leila Aboulela
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2011

"Elegantly written family epic that brings to mind Naguib Mahfouz's The Cairo Trilogy."
A wealthy Muslim family in 1950s Sudan must deal with the challenges—and opportunities—of a changing world. Read full book review >

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DARK ALLEY by Evan Marshall
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 2010

"Marshall crams enough crime into Winthrop's latest case to burst the strongest Hefty bag."
A sanitation supervisor hits the streets in search of a killer who plies his trade in Manhattan's hidden courtyards. Read full book review >

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EXCHANGE ALLEY by Michael Walsh
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 9, 1997

"An afterword implies a factual basis to some of the author's fictive imaginings."
Densely plotted New York tough-cop procedural that incongruously mixes gruesome walks on the wild side with KGB-CIA intrigue. Read full book review >