Search Results: "Stephen J. Whitfield"


BOOK REVIEW

IN SEARCH OF AMERICAN JEWISH CULTURE by Stephen J. Whitfield
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 24, 1999

"If readers can stay with him that long, they may be rewarded for the effort."
Whitfield (American Studies/Brandeis; A Death in the Delta: The Life of Emmett Till, 1988) examines the complex interplay between Jewish newcomers to the US and the culture they helped shape. Read full book review >

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JO GAR’S CASEBOOK by Raoul Whitfield
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 25, 2003

"Black Mask fans will be especially intrigued to find just how quiet stories can be without losing their hardboiled edge."
Although best known as the author of the hardboiled novel Green Ice (1930), Whitfield was in his time (1897-1945) one of the most popular and prolific suppliers of short fiction to Black Mask. Read full book review >

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SOMETHING'S WRONG WITH YOUR SCALE! by Van Whitfield
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"Amusing, but little else."
Whitfield's second novel (after Beeperless Remote, 1996), a romantic comedy set in the social swarm of contemporary weight-loss culture, is just about as thin as the characters wish their stomachs were. Read full book review >

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FINAL VICTIM by Stephen J. Cannell
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 1996

"An unrelenting string of cyberbabble does not distract from his second novel's most serious problem: We've seen all this before. (Author tour)"
From veteran TV writer Cannell (The Plan, 1995), an unsuccessful psychothriller that reads like a hodgepodge of recent blockbusters in the genre. Read full book review >

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THE VIKING FUNERAL by Stephen J. Cannell
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"In these further adventures of the hopelessly derivative Sergeant Scully, more is worse."
By-the-numbers thriller about a money-laundering scam spearheaded by a giant tobacco company. Not a surprise in the carload. Read full book review >

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HOLLYWOOD TOUGH by Stephen J. Cannell
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 2003

"Once again, veteran writer/TV producer Cannell has concocted his special brand of reader candy. If you believe a word of it, there's this bridge you might be interested in."
Cop turns movie mogul to foil the Mafia, in a dopey but likable thriller by the man who made his bones with The Rockford Files. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: July 26, 2010

"A challenging but immensely rewarding read."
An environmental historian blends the past, present and future of exploration in a unique account of the Voyager space program. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 7, 2001

"A dense and often exciting account, written in leisurely and mannered prose."
An exhaustive account of the fires of 1910, which destroyed millions of acres in four northwestern states and transformed American conceptions of forest maintenance and fire control. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 2000

"Had done more to illuminate the humanity of these heroes, his history would have had both merit and appeal. As it is, it is for specialists only."
The saga of a rebellious priest and a black hero-soldier who both played leading roles in the drama of emancipation during the Civil War in New Orleans. Read full book review >

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A BOOKE OF DAYS by Stephen J. Rivele
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"A stunningly mature novel of faith, violence, love, and loss that, while rooted in late-20th-century nihilism and uncertainty, remains scrupulously faithful to its period."
A historical saga of Pope Urban II's perverse ``armed pilgrimage''—that is, the First Crusade—brilliantly folds post- Vietnam cynicism and late-20th-century spiritual doubt into a bloody, muddy, horrifyingly surreal march to Jerusalem in 1096. Read full book review >

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IN GREAT WATERS by Kit Whitfield
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 1, 2009

"Refreshingly unusual work from a writer to watch."
Whitfield (Benighted, 2006) delivers a tale of royal intrigue and undersea fantasy. Read full book review >

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GUYS IN SUITS by Van Whitfield
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

"Entertainment Lite: wisecracking and contrived."
Whitfield (Something's Wrong With Your Scale!, 1999, etc.) returns to that trendy urban landscape where would-be cool black guys hang out trying to make the right moves on their women. Read full book review >