Search Results: "Stephen Greenleaf"


BOOK REVIEW

BLOOD TYPE by Stephen Greenleaf
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 18, 1992

When drinking buddy Tom Crandall is found in an abandoned Tenderloin terminal dead of an injection of epinephrine, S.F. shamus John Marshall Tanner (Book Case, etc.) rejects the police theory of suicide, suspecting instead an importunate romantic rival: Richard Sands, the ultrarich businessman pursuing Tom's wife Clarissa. Read full book review >

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PAST TENSE by Stephen Greenleaf
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 14, 1997

Have the world's best-publicized social problems ever weighed as heavily on any shamus as they do on John Marshall Tanner? Read full book review >

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FLESH WOUNDS by Stephen Greenleaf
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 1, 1996

"The big guy is a fifth wheel in the middle of his own high-concept case."
Peggy Nettleton walked out of John Marshall Tanner's life six years ago, but Marsh still jumps when he hears her voice on the phone, even though she's asking a favor now—find Ted Evans's missing stepdaughter Nina, a knockout model—to pave the way for her marriage to Ted. Read full book review >

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SOUTHERN CROSS by Stephen Greenleaf
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 23, 1993

"Greenleaf has a knack for making familiar scenes memorable— thanks to his keen sense of place and character (his people unfold as gracefully as poison flowers)—and sharpening them by the all-too- believable whiff of large-scale menace so typical of this fine series."
Fresh from wrestling with bogus AIDS therapies in Blood Type (1991), John Marshall Tanner takes on a generation of race hatred when he flies to Charleston to help lawyer Seth Hartman, an old college roommate who's been getting death threats from a white supremacist cabal called the Alliance for Southern Pride. Read full book review >

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ELLIPSIS by Stephen Greenleaf
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 18, 2000

"More worrisome: the prospect that an inheritance windfall, love, and remorse might portend a career change for the durable, likable Marsh."
Protecting autocratic blockbuster author Chandelier Wells from threatening letters is a job so simple San Francisco shamus John Marshall Tanner can practically phone it in—until she leaves a book signing and steps into a limo that promptly explodes, killing her ex-FBI driver and landing her in intensive care. Read full book review >

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FALSE CONCEPTION by Stephen Greenleaf
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"Greenleaf (Southern Cross, 1993, etc.) takes his time setting the hook, getting you to care about Greta and the dislikable Colberts, and it pays off in a dazzling series of revelations and a final surprise that packs a wallop Ross Macdonald would have been proud of."
At first the job seems offbeat but routine: to check out the bona fides of a surrogate mother for dry-goods heir Stuart Colbert and his wife, Millicent, without letting her know who the clients will be. Read full book review >

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STRAWBERRY SUNDAY by Stephen Greenleaf
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"Despite a solution that's a lot less inventive and satisfying than the red herrings, Marsh's 13th offers another professional job of muckraking."
Convalescing in San Francisco General after trading shots with his best friend Charley Sleet (Past Tense, 1997), shamus John Marshall Tanner is a sitting duck for this season's hopeless cause, the plight of the Salinas strawberry growers personified by saintly UFS organizer Rita Lombardi, who's recuperating down the hall from an operation to straighten her long-crippled legs. Read full book review >

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BOOK CASE by Stephen Greenleaf
Released: Jan. 31, 1990

The search for the author of an anonymous novel leads shamus John Marshall Tanner (Grave Error, Toll Call, etc.) to an old accusation of rape, to the secrets of an exclusive San Francisco prep school, and finally to murder. Read full book review >

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STEPHEN SPENDER by John Sutherland
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 2005

"Pays fitting tribute to a man who was as admirable as he was gifted."
An excellent account of the British poet's life, particularly strong on his personality, literary friendships, and political activism. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

STEPHEN FAIR by Tim Wynne-Jones
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: April 1, 1998

"An intense study in friendship and troubled family relations, in which the steadiest characters are the teenagers. (Fiction. 12-15)"
Recurrent nightmares and a strong feeling that his mother is hiding something haunt a teenager in this ethereal novel from Wynne-Jones (The Maestro, 1996, etc.). Read full book review >

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STEPHEN CRANE by Mark Sufrin
BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 30, 1992

"Bibliography; b&w photos and index not seen. (Biography. 12+)"
An intelligent, beautifully written portrait of ``the first great pyro-technician of the novel, [who] probably wrote more trash than any other serious novelist of his time'' (Alfred Kazin): a strait-laced Methodist minister's rebellious son, who died in 1900, at 28, after a remarkably eventful life. Read full book review >

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STEPHEN HAWKING by Kitty Ferguson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 3, 2012

"A fascinating portrait of a complex figure who ponders the place of man and God in the universe and who still loves the 'Eureka moment of discovering something that no one knew before.'"
Ferguson (Pythagoras, 2010, etc.) brilliantly updates her 1991 children's biography of Stephen Hawking for an adult audience. Read full book review >