Search Results: "Sheldon Russell"


BOOK REVIEW

DEAD MAN'S TUNNEL by Sheldon Russell
Released: June 19, 2012

"One could not hope to find a droller guide through the '40s or a more ardent dispenser of train knowledge than Hook (The Insane Train, 2010, etc.). And if a slightly rickety plot doesn't quite live up to the atmosphere and characters, so be it."
Why would a man stand in a tunnel with a train speeding down a 3 percent grade at him? Read full book review >

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THE INSANE TRAIN by Sheldon Russell
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 9, 2010

"Train buffs and fans of the 1940s will be satisfied, particularly by the depiction of the hobo brotherhood, but the sketchy plot may disappoint mystery aficionados."
A one-armed railroad-security agent's troubleshooting branches out into new territory. Read full book review >

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THE YARD DOG by Sheldon Russell
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"As a mystery, Russell's (Dreams to Dust, 2006, etc.) moody story misses the forest for the historical trees, but readers engrossed in the mid-1940s world he evokes won't mind."
Murder near an Oklahoma POW camp. Read full book review >

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THE HANGING OF SAMUEL ASH by Sheldon Russell
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 20, 2013

"Gritty, Hemingway-reading outsider Hook makes a most engaging hero. His fourth big case (Dead Man's Tunnel, 2012, etc.) has a Dickensian feel, both in its colorful supporting cast and its numerous and welcome digressions."
A tough railroad detective won't let a dead war hero be buried without a proper investigation of his killing. Read full book review >

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ADVENTURE
Released: July 1, 2009

"A fine offering for would-be explorers. (Informational picture book. 5-9)"
Lifelong naturalist William Beebe is most famous for his record-breaking deep-sea dive. Read full book review >

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BARNUM BROWN: DINOSAUR HUNTER by David Sheldon
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"Meaty afterword too, plus address and reading lists. (Picture book/biography. 5-8)"
Paying tribute to the renowned paleontologist who discovered T. Rex, Sheldon pairs a simply written text rich in specific detail to painted scenes of spectral prehistoric beasts rearing up behind a nerdy, dapper gent who is, usually, standing in some dusty locale and staring distractedly through wire-rimmed glasses at likely looking rock formations. Read full book review >

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The Tale of Old Man Fischer by Russell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 16, 2014

"A capably written, genre-bending story filled with creepy-crawlies and refreshingly curious humans."
Neighborhood lore becomes a frightening reality for a young boy who dares to trespass on the property of Old Man Fischer in this debut mystery. Read full book review >

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PLANET JANET by Dyan Sheldon
FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2003

"But it will certainly find an audience. (Fiction. 12+)"
An utterly self-absorbed British teen scrivens her frustrations with the rest of the world in her slang-filled diary, all the while blissfully ignorant of the real chaos around her. Read full book review >

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MY WORST BEST FRIEND by Dyan Sheldon
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2010

"At least Gracie and Zeb manage to fumble their way into a satisfying conclusion. (Fiction. 11-15)"
Sixteen-year-old Gracie and Savanna are best friends and opposites. Read full book review >

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FOR EDGAR by Sheldon Rusch
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 2, 2005

"A startlingly effective debut, and an obvious candidate for its own Edgar."
Ad exec Rusch's first novel pits an Illinois State Police officer against a madman who seems to be channeling Edgar Allan Poe. Read full book review >

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BURNT UMBER by Sheldon Greene
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2001

"Occasionally stagy, but with characters worth exploring."
Soft historical fiction, by the author of Lost and Found (1980), offering an intimate though at times romanticized glimpse into artists' lives. Read full book review >

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MORNING, NOON AND NIGHT by Sidney Sheldon
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"It may be thin, flawed, and empty, but reading it is as involuntary as breathing. (Literary Guild main selection; satellite author tour)"
The old slushmeister's plots (Nothing Lasts Forever, 1994, etc.) may be paper-thin, his characters watery, his moralities sugar-dusted, but once again his perfectly empty stylein a broken family romance set in Boston and points exoticserves him unfailingly. Read full book review >