Search Results: "Sam Eastland"


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ARCHIVE 17 by Sam Eastland
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 28, 2012

"It's a bit hard to believe the hero is as sane and centered as he is following his gruesome ordeal. But while not on a par with Martin Cruz Smith's Renko novels, Eastland's third Inspector Pekkala entry is a model of narrative control and intricate plotting."
Set in a Siberian labor camp, this atmospheric (read: brrrr!) thriller finds Nicholas II's one-time special investigator on an undercover assignment from Stalin to solve a cold-case murder—and find the long-dead tsar's hidden supply of gold. Read full book review >

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BERLIN RED by Sam Eastland
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 5, 2017

"A sharp spy story that deftly mixes fiction with history and also offers a rewarding denouement for Eastland's near-mythic detective."
At the apex of World War II, Moscow's most notorious detective gets one last assignment from his master, Joseph Stalin. Read full book review >

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EYE OF THE RED TSAR by Sam Eastland
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 27, 2010

"So far, the lead contender for beach book of the summer."
A disgraced detective is called back to investigate the most famous murder in Russian history. Read full book review >

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RED ICON by Sam Eastland
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 15, 2015

"Another rousing wartime thriller that gets its facts and its storytelling right."
A sixth entry from the case files of troubled Finnish detective Inspector Pekkala. Read full book review >

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THE BEAST IN THE RED FOREST by Sam Eastland
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 11, 2014

"A complex and atmospheric thriller—perhaps not the best jumping-on point but a satisfying entry in a standout historical series."
The troubled and troubling Inspector Pekkala returns from exile to find himself trapped between giants at the end of World War II. Read full book review >

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SAM SHEPARD by John J. Winters
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 11, 2017

"A thorough, admiring work that is nonetheless honest about what the author views as Shepard's late-career decline."
A journalist who has devoted years to Shepard's life and works debuts with a comprehensive account of the life of the prolific playwright, poet, fiction writer, musician, and more. Read full book review >

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SNEAKY SAM by Josh Stewart
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 10, 2012

"Keep an eye on this kid; one can only hope he'll sneak his way into another story or two. (iPad storybook app. 2-5)"
A brief but endearing tale about a mischievous little boy. Read full book review >

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JACKHAMMER SAM by Peter Mandel
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 8, 2011

"An endearing ode to an oft-grumbled-about profession. (Picture book. 4-8)"
"ATTA-RATTA-BATTA-BLAM." Read full book review >

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SUPER SAM! by Lori Ries
by Lori Ries, illustrated by Sue Ramá
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2004

"Imaginative and fun, Sam's antics will amuse and possibly inspire young listeners. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Brief text and bright, bouncy illustrations combine to create an appealing, if slight, story. Read full book review >

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FIDDLIN' SAM by Marianna Dengler
Released: Sept. 10, 1999

"Gerig's watercolors deliver the scenic beauty of the region and carry their own version of a familial tribute. (Picture book. 4-9)"
In a family memoir of the most affecting kind, readers are invited to a long-ago time in the Ozark Mountains and the story of a musician who owned "the clothes on his back and a fine old lionhead fiddle." Read full book review >

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ZOOMAN SAM by Lois Lowry
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"Fans of the Sam books may find satisfaction in the nicely foreshadowed but still unanticipated punch line. (Fiction. 7-12)"
For "Future Job Day" at Sam Krupnik's nursery school, the four-year-olds have been instructed to dress up as representatives of their desired profession. Read full book review >

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SAM SORTS by Marthe Jocelyn
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"A deceptively simple, joyous introduction to set theory, with lots of other concept practice as a bonus. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Sam's got a mess, but he knows how to have fun cleaning it up: sorting it! Read full book review >