Search Results: "Robert S. Levinson"


BOOK REVIEW

FINDERS, KEEPERS, LOSERS, WEEPERS by Robert S. Levinson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 22, 2014

"Levinson (Phony Tinsel, 2013, etc.) avoids romanticizing either rock 'n' roll or the recording industry. He could, however, have found a better balance between crudeness and sentimentality—and a sharper focus on his main story."
When a rock star crashes and burns, he takes his best friend with him. Read full book review >

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THE JOHN LENNON AFFAIR by Robert S. Levinson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

"His ricocheting between distant past, near past, and present and his constant shifting from first person to third—not to mention his inability to construct a subordinate clause that refers to the proper antecedent—make this whodunit more obscure than the jacket of Abbey Road."
It's been 20 years since Mark David Chapman shot John Lennon dead outside the Dakota, but overgrown groupie Neil Gulliver (The James Dean Affair, 2000, etc.) just can't get over it. Read full book review >

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HOT PAINT by Robert S. Levinson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 2002

"Maybe we know them too well; maybe this hot paint is just warmed over."
Innocently enough, an admirer gives Stevie Marriner, beloved "Sex Queen of the Soaps," a Pandora's box of Andy Warhol silkscreen prints. Read full book review >

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ASK A DEAD MAN by Robert S. Levinson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 16, 2004

"Trashy, but not without its guilty pleasures."
The Stevie Marriner-Neil Gulliver series (Hot Paint, 2002, etc.) lies fallow while Levinson introduces newly widowed Katie McCrory, who's chasing the murderous Plowman. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Aug. 16, 1999

Take The Aspern Papers, add plenty of sex talk about Marilyn and Elvis, sprinkle in some dead bodies, and you get—a first novel brimming with brio, self-confidence, and nostalgia for vanished idols of Hollywood's various Golden Ages. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE JAMES DEAN AFFAIR by Robert S. Levinson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 2000

"Star-crossed lovers Stevie and Neil do their best, but for readers who aren't current members of a James Dean Fan Club, it probably won't be enough."
It's September 30, 1955, and hotshot young actor James Dean has been driving his beloved two-door Porsche Spyder too fast to stop when he needs to. Read full book review >

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THE EVIL DEEDS WE DO by Robert S. Levinson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 21, 2015

"Levinson's (Finders, Keepers, Losers, Weepers, 2014, etc.) herky-jerky narration alternates between suspenseful buildups and elaborate back stories in a ruthless world in which no one is to be trusted, the author least of all."
A relentless prosecutor, a power-loving political aide and a desperate record producer form a dangerous triangle. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

IN THE KEY OF DEATH by Robert S. Levinson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 19, 2008

"Stuffed with action, violence, sex, music-business savvy and plot, but not well enough written to be persuasive."
In the latest from Levinson (Ask a Dead Man, 2004, etc.), America's singing sweetheart is gunned down, leaving her ex-cop husband grief-stricken and obsessed. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHEN WE WERE GOOD by Robert S. Cantwell
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1996

"An odd hodgepodge, which will be of interest primarily to the academic folklore community. (17 b&w photos)"
Jargon-rich but provocative study of the folk-music craze of the '60s. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: July 18, 1994

"Purple prose, flowery extended metaphors, and an obvious nostalgic longing for the 1960s mar what aspires to be an important study."
An alternately serious and silly look at the 60s as an era of spiritual change in the United States. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: May 2, 1999

"The Vietnamese communists outfoxed McNamara during the Vietnam War; they do it again in this forgettable book."
The former secretary of defense and company offer a long-winded, overanalyzed, yet shallow look at the Vietnam War based on McNamara's interpretation of a series of meetings with former North Vietnamese officials. Read full book review >