Search Results: "Robert W. Straley"


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NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 17, 2010

"A worthy exploration of a regrettably long-lasting true-crime nightmare."
A journalist collaborates with two former juvenile detention-center inmates to expose a scandal. Read full book review >

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Released: June 10, 2012

"Fans of local color and eccentric characters won't be disappointed."
Colorful characters populate Stephens' (Nature of Evil, 2012) murder mystery set in a tropical paradise. Read full book review >

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DEATH AND THE LANGUAGE OF HAPPINESS by John Straley
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 1997

"In fact, Straley's fourth (The Music of What Happens, 1996, etc.) shows his Shandyesque love of loose ends getting the better of his logic: The mystery-mongering is as febrile as old man Flynn."
Sitka, Alaska, shamus Cecil Younger's willing to do an awful lot of things for money, but killing a man isn't one of them. Read full book review >

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THE ANGELS WILL NOT CARE by John Straley
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 10, 1998

"A bit of backbone stiffening might do the same for his hero."
Cecil Younger is depressed. Read full book review >

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THE CURIOUS EAT THEMSELVES by John Straley
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 17, 1993

"Straley's skill in weaving his background into the story makes his regional series one of the strongest since Tony Hillerman set up shop. (First printing of 25,000)"
Everybody wants to hire underemployed Alaska investigator Cecil Younger (The Woman Who Married a Bear, 1992)—even including his autistic roommate Toddy, who insists that Cecil track down Nelson, his missing Labrador retriever. Read full book review >

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NATURE OF EVIL by Robert W. Stephens
Released: May 3, 2012

"Not particularly original but sure to unnerve."
A murder mystery lifted straight from the diary of a serial killer. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"A lovely tribute to a father from his son that has limited appeal to those outside the Bradshaw clan."
An eclectic collection of letters from a sailor to his family during and after World War II. Read full book review >

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WEDDING DAY DEAD by Robert W. Stephens
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 21, 2015

"As formulaic as its predecessor, this is still a good, lightweight read. And we always knew that Poe and Alana would weather their private storm."
Welcome to paradise, and the further adventures of Poe and Foxx and the lovely Alana Hu, where the only thing to spoil the fun is the occasional murder. Read full book review >

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"Dawdles occasionally, but ultimately a satisfying tour of 20th-century American politics via the life of two D.C. insiders."
An in-depth biography of 20th-century journalists Joseph and Stewart Alsop from historical writer Merry (A Country of Vast Designs, 2009, etc.). Read full book review >