Search Results: "Robert B. Haas"


BOOK REVIEW

AFRICAN CRITTERS by Robert B. Haas
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"In an afterword, the author explains his presentation as 'artistic license' to represent his emotional experience, but it, like the cover montage, may misrepresent the animals' world. (glossary, index, references) (Nonfiction. 7-12)"
Striking photocollages, most in lush color, illustrate, sometimes problematically, this wildlife photographer's account of adventures in animal preserves in southern Africa. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 4, 2012

"Short and lively, this is a timely contribution to making the ongoing discussion more productive."
Reich (Public Policy/Univ. of California, Berkeley; Aftershock: The Next Economy and America's Future, 2011, etc.) spells out what he thinks citizens need to do to ensure Washington acts on behalf of the public good, not special interests. Read full book review >

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FAR FROM HOME by Na’ima B. Robert
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 1, 2012

"Unsubtle in all the right ways. (Fiction. 13-17)"
A Shona girl ejected from her home shares thought-provoking parallels with a white girl forced from her own 25 years later. Read full book review >

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THE BOXER AND THE SPY by Robert B. Parker
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2008

"High-school intrigue written simply enough to satisfy budding mystery fans in the middle-school crowd as well. (Fiction. 10-16)"
This conventional mystery from the prolific adult author features standard villains with some spice thrown in by the boxing leitmotif. Read full book review >

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PLAYMATES by Robert B. Parker
Released: May 1, 1989

Which came first—the "Spenser" TV series or the Spenser novels that read like run-of-the-mill television scripts? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 1997

"An incisive account of a consequential state's use and abuse of military power. (photos and maps, not seen)"
An anthropologist's clear-eyed appreciation of how Japan's military—justly famed as a chivalrous ally and adversary in the Asiatic conflicts of the late 19th and early 20th centuries—became a bestial rabble-in-arms that committed unspeakable atrocities during WW II. Read full book review >

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SUDDEN MISCHIEF by Robert B. Parker
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 9, 1998

"Fortunately, there's always next year."
In Spenser's 25th appearance, the peerless Boston shamus is reduced to doing pro bono work on behalf of his lover Susan Silverman's scapegrace of an ex-husband. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MEGAN'S CURE by Robert B. Lowe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 23, 2014

"Another cohesive, engaging thriller in the Enzo Lee series."
In Lowe's (Project Moses, 2013, etc.) latest series novel, journalist Enzo Lee sets out to find a miracle drug for his ailing grandmother and stumbles upon a corporate pharmaceutical conspiracy. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BAD BUSINESS by Robert B. Parker
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 8, 2004

"Parker thickens the plot with a master's patience, producing some satisfyingly unexpected twists, even though, in accord with his recent manner (Back Story, 2003, etc.), he's a lot less careful about wrapping it all up."
God's gift to the Boston crime scene follows an errant husband into a world of corporate malfeasance. Read full book review >

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HUSH MONEY by Robert B. Parker
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 8, 1999

"Not by any means a high point in the series (Sudden Mischief, 1998, etc.), but still a guaranteed return on your time and attention."
To celebrate his 25th anniversary as Boston's preeminent private eye, Spenser takes two pro bono cases as favors to his nearest and dearest. Read full book review >

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POTSHOT by Robert B. Parker
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 2001

"Like Mickey Spillane and Elmore Leonard, Parker reminds you how much hard-boiled fiction owes to western dime novels. This time, though, what gets recycled is mostly faux nobility—Spenser won't shoot unless the bad guys shoot first—and male attitude."
Spenser's 29th case takes him to faraway Potshot, Arizona, where somebody's gunned down Mary Lou Buckman's husband Steve on the main street in broad daylight. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

IN THE DOORYARD BLOOM'D by B. Robert Sharry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 7, 2015

"A tale of misplaced trust, opportunities lost, and indefatigable hope that will satisfy war vets and pacifists alike."
A thriller about a college student who flees to Canada after his favorite professor frames him for murder. Read full book review >