Search Results: "Stuart M. Isacoff"


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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 17, 2011

"Informative fun for every variety of music lover."
The subtitle accurately states the range of this lively, virtually all-inclusive survey of all things pianistic by Piano Today founder Isacoff (Temperament: How Music Became a Battleground for the Great Minds of Western Civilization, 2001). Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 24, 2001

"Well-meaning but disappointing: a history in search of a subject. (45 b&w illustrations)"
Pianist and composer Isacoff delves into "equal temperament," the18th-century tuning system that carved the octave into 12 equal intervals. Read full book review >

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WHEN THE WORLD STOPPED TO LISTEN by Stuart Isacoff
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 18, 2017

"A moving if uneven biography of a man whose career was marked by moving and uneven performances."
He was the talk of the classical music world, as idolized as any pop star, and an unwitting player in the geopolitical struggle between the two superpowers of the 20th century. Read full book review >

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THE MELTING CLOCK by Stuart M. Kaminsky
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 1, 1991

"Above average for this uneven series (Poor Butterfly, 1970, etc.), though not in the same league as Kaminsky's stories about Inspector Rostnikov."
Hollywood-40's p.i. Read full book review >

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PEOPLE WHO WALK IN DARKNESS by Stuart M. Kaminsky
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Suffers a bit from subplot glut, but it's good to have the old campaigner, who looks like a bear and thinks like a fox, astutely sifting clues again in Kaminsky's 54th novel."
After seven years of chronicling the affairs of Chicago cop Abe Lieberman, Hollywood shamus Toby Peters and Sarasota process server Lew Fonesca (The Dead Don't Lie, 2007, etc.), Kaminsky returns to Moscow. Read full book review >

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LAWYERS AND THE AMERICAN DREAM by Stuart M. Speiser
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1993

"Speiser tells some absorbing tales of success in court, but his reduction of the American Dream to a quest for riches is unworthy, and his self-serving tribute to the plaintiff's bar will have readers shaking their heads and smiling."
In this age of lawyer-bashing, attorney/novelist Speiser (Superstock, 1982) offers an unusual—and shameless—paean to the plaintiff's bar—those lawyers who, in the author's view, fulfill the American Dream of righting wrongs while making themselves rich. Read full book review >

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LIEBERMAN'S DAY by Stuart M. Kaminsky
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 1994

"A standout performance in a fine series."
Abe Lieberman's sorriest day begins a few minutes after midnight, when the veteran cop's nephew David is shot dead, and David's pregnant wife Carol wounded, by a pair of clueless muggers. Read full book review >

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MURDER ON THE TRANS-SIBERIAN EXPRESS by Stuart M. Kaminsky
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 24, 2001

"And fans of this distinguished series may well delight in a rosier Rostnikov."
His Moscow is bleak and benighted, his cases never-ending and knotty, his boss as unpredictable and unsettling as ever, and yet, in his 14th outing (Fall of a Cosmonaut, 2000, etc.), Chief Inspector Porfiry Rostnikov of the Office of Special Investigations seems somehow a cheerier version of his pragmatic self. Read full book review >

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ROSTNIKOV'S VACATION by Stuart M. Kaminksy
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

"A lesser, lighter entry in this fine series, with the most understated Soviet political plot you're likely ever to see."
Kaminsky's vacation is more like it, since Inspector Porfiry Rostnikov has taken a trip to Yalta with his wife under strict orders from his superiors (why?), whereas Kaminsky seems to be on holiday from the intensity of A Cold Red Sunrise (1988). Read full book review >

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LIEBERMAN'S CHOICE by Stuart M. Kaminsky
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 22, 1993

"The incongruous mix of taut narrative and shaggy domestic detail keeps this below the level of Lieberman's debut (Lieberman's Folly, 1991), but it's still well worth your time."
Mad as hell and resolved not to take any more, Chicago cop Bernie Shepard shoots his wife and her lover, then adjourns to the roof of his apartment building, which he's already wired with explosives, and demands that the police send up the man who first seduced and corrupted his spouse—Captain Alan Kearney, now assigned to the task force trying to get Shepard down. Read full book review >

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BRIGHT FUTURES by Stuart M. Kaminsky
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 2009

"As deeply felt as Lew's first five cases (Always Say Goodbye, 2006, etc.), though the waggish cast seems to have wandered over from Kaminsky's Toby Peters franchise."
When an activist who opposes government financing of college scholarships and education programs for the gifted is murdered, there's no dearth of suspects. Read full book review >

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DEATH OF A RUSSIAN PRIEST by Stuart M. Kaminsky
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"It all adds up to Rostnikov's best outing since A Cold Red Sunrise (1988)."
Kaminsky moves closer to becoming the Ed McBain of Mother Russia with this tale of two felonies, as Inspector Porfiry Rostnikov—in his seventh outing (Rostnikov's Vacation, 1991, etc.)—investigates the murder of elderly, politically outspoken Father Vasili Merhum in the village of Arkush, while his deputy Sasha Tkach—newly and uncomfortably partnered with Elena Timofeyeva—competes with a stone killer to comb the hot-spots of Moscow searching for Amira Durahaman, daughter of the Syrian oil minister. Read full book review >