Search Results: "Robert B. Dove"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 6, 2012

"An impassioned and cogent defense of the Senate's most controversial practice."
Two Senate veterans stand up for a little-understood and much-maligned legislative tactic. Read full book review >

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WENDELL THE NARWHAL by Emily Dove
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Whether would-be musicians or not, children will find a lot to like in little Wendell. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Teamwork helps a narwhal to participate in an underwater orchestra. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Jan. 8, 2013

"Screenwriter Knott effortlessly handles the nonstop plot complications, doesn't bother to create actual characters and comes a cropper with the laconic dialogue he supplies for Virgil and Everett, who sound like parodies of the strong, silent types Parker created."
Not even their creator's death can slow down newly appointed Indian Territory marshal Virgil Cole and his friend and deputy Everett Hitch (Blue-Eyed Devil, 2010, etc.) as they board a train for a routine journey that turns out to be anything but. Read full book review >

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HIGH PROFILE by Robert B. Parker
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 6, 2007

"If the complications that follow don't live up to the situation's promise, even mid-level Parker is always well worth your time and money."
While trying to solve a delicate murder case, small-town police chief Jesse Stone comes up with a uniquely ingenious way to juggle the two ladies in his life. Read full book review >

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A SAVAGE PLACE by Robert B. Parker
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 1981

"Never less than readable, of course—but with little mystery, no deduction, few laughs, and a plot that seems like a Rockford Files discard, the best this will do is fill some time while waiting for the prime-Spenser comeback that's surely just around the corner."
If the last four Spenser mysteries have all been disappointing, at least they've been disappointing ha different ways: the terrorism clichés of The Judas Goat, the talky sexual politics of Looking for Rachel Wallace, the macho sentimentality of Early Autumn, and now the just-plain-dullness of this Hollywood/Mob case. Read full book review >

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LOVE AND GLORY by Robert B. Parker
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 1983

"Despite a few nicely wry vignettes along the way: dismayingly thin, self-indulgent work—from a gifted writer whose talent keeps seeping away into narcissism and sentimentality."
Now that his detective-hero Spenser has become such an earnest, predictable character, one looks forward to Parker's second non-Spenser novel—only to find that this short tale of obsessive-love-triumphant does little more than recycle the least attractive aspects of the Spenser persona. Read full book review >

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THE BEST AMERICAN MYSTERY STORIES 1997 by Robert B. Parker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 31, 1997

"Completists buying both anthologies will duplicate only the two strong stories by S.J. Rozan and Brendan DuBois."
Only a year after the demise of Edward Hoch's annual mystery anthology for Walker, series editor Otto Penzler kicks off a new annual modeled on Houghton Mifflin's Best American Short Stories, ...Essays, and ...Sports Writing. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE RISE OF NAPOLEON BONAPARTE by Robert B. Asprey
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 2000

"Look elsewhere, though, if you want a broader understanding of Napoleon's life and career."
An undistinguished entry in the vast library devoted to the French leader. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BACK STORY by Robert B. Parker
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 10, 2003

"Mid-grade mystery buffed to a high gloss. Like it or not, Parker has made male posturing into an art form."
Though Pearl the Wonder Dog has died, she's promptly replaced by Pearl II in the most resonant image of Parker's attitude toward her aging, ageless owner in his 30th appearance. Read full book review >

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WILDERNESS by Robert B. Parker
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 1979

"But too often this seems like a cut-rate, de-nuanced ripoff of Deliverance; and certainly Parker could have found a less contrived and melodramatic forum for examining the relationship between a sensitive macho man and an even more macho lady."
Though still capable of terrific stretches of unadorned action, shorthand atmosphere, and downbeat comic dialogue, Parker (the Spenser detective series) has become a painfully self-conscious prophet of liberated macho—especially here, with an obviously autobiographical hero: athletic, middle-aging Aaron Newman, who writes books "about courage and the matter of honor. . . ." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FOR RENATA by B. Robert Sharry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 19, 2014

"A nostalgic romance, rich with Portuguese culture and a few surprising twists at the end."
A retrospective novel about a wounded Vietnam veteran and the complicated woman who helps him cope with his disfigurement. Read full book review >