Search Results: "Solomon Jones"


BOOK REVIEW

THE BRIDGE by Solomon Jones
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 2003

"As passionately unsparing as before in its portrayal of a subculture in despair, but Jones's second ultimately disappoints, undercut by soap-opera plotting and a curiously lifeless cast."
After his stunning debut with Pipe Dream (2000)—a harrowing novel about the inner city's lost souls—Jones tries hard again but falls short. Read full book review >

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PIPE DREAM by Solomon Jones
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 31, 2001

"Despite occasional descents into melodrama, Pipe Dream is the work of a talented newcomer passionate about his material. An impressive debut—and a writer to watch."
A staff writer for Philadelphia Weekly debuts with a searing tale of betrayals, self-betrayals, wasted lives—and addiction. Read full book review >

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RIDE OR DIE by Solomon Jones
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 18, 2004

"Much zip and zing, dodging and darting: a plainly exciting story despite the melo in the drama. But the larger social context—the grab for allegory—catches only smoke."
Not quite as predictable as it sounds—in spite of Shakespeare and West Side Story—and in spite of the soap-operatic start: Jones's (The Bridge, 2003, etc.) tale of what looks like doomed love has enough everyday North Philadelphia grit to keep readers intent on the doings. Read full book review >

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THE LAST CONFESSION by Solomon Jones
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 7, 2010

"Behind the eschatological rumblings is a routine police procedure with a single effective scene, a step-by-step autopsy. Otherwise, the results are more plodding than proficient—and a decided letdown from the early promise Jones (Ride or Die, 2004, etc.) displayed."
An execution is delayed when a new killing spree begins. Read full book review >

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THE GRAVEDIGGER'S BALL by Solomon Jones
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"An ineffective mating of police procedural, surreal horror and historical melodrama swaddled in lumpen prose from a seasoned author (The Last Confession, 2010, etc.) having a bad day."
A Philadelphia crime spree featuring Edgar Allan Poe. Read full book review >

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THE DEAD MAN'S WIFE by Solomon Jones
Released: Oct. 16, 2012

"As fast and furious as Coletti's earlier cases (The Gravedigger's Ball, 2011, etc.), though Channing's blood-soaked pursuit of Mentasil is less interesting than the effects of the drug itself, and Coletti's detective and rescue work are less interesting still."
A hot, new drug whose developer has run unauthorized clinical trials provokes another round of anguish, soul-searching and corpses for Philadelphia homicide detective Mike Coletti. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1993

"A commonplace book more full of sound bites than a political convention: perfect bedside reading for academics who want to drift off to sleep believing that they really can make a difference in recalling the education business to its true vocation."
The brothers Solomon—Robert (Philosophy/Univ. of Texas at Austin; A Passion for Justice, 1990, etc.) and Jon (Classics/Univ. of Arizona)—take a bracingly common-sensical approach—in the form of 137 sermonettes—to the problems everybody agrees are dogging the American university. Read full book review >

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YOUNG ADULT
Released: July 25, 2017

"Virtually every teenager struggles with difference and identity; at its best, this book will help its readers understand and embrace intersectionality. (notes, further reading) (Nonfiction. 14-18)"
How do parents react when a child is far different from themselves—and how do those children cope with difference? Read full book review >

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THE GATES OF PURGATORY by Solomon Pike
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 9, 2013

"An imaginative, if uneven, tale of carnage, angels and the hereafter."
Pike delivers a debut fantasy novel about a war in the afterlife. Read full book review >

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THE LOVE BOOK by Nina Solomon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"Happy endings abound in this novel about the power of love and friendship."
Women find love and friendship with the help of a mysterious guidebook in this novel from Solomon (Single Wife, 2003).Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1995

"An on-the-money introduction to the financial fraternity's ruling class."
This blue-chip status report makes a substantive contribution to the growing body of literature of the pivotal role played by central banks in in the Global Village's financial affairs (see Marjorie Deane and Robert Pringle's The Central Banks, 1995). Read full book review >

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THE MURDER OF WILLIE LINCOLN by Burt Solomon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 21, 2017

"The book is billed as 'A John Hay Mystery,' indicating that there may be more to come. Solomon (Where They Ain't, 2000, etc.) depicts the scores of people around Lincoln with vigor and authority. His middling mystery is a passable MacGuffin for his rich historical offering."
Disturbing questions arise after the tragic death of Abraham Lincoln's beloved son, Willie. Could it possibly be…? Read full book review >