Search Results: "Susan Dunlap"


BOOK REVIEW

HIGH FALL by Susan Dunlap
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 9, 1994

"Along the way, there'll be such an engaging series of conversations, so many telling forensic details, and such a sure sense of the leading players that only the captious would complain about the disappointing revelations at the end. (Mystery Guild main selection; author tour)"
Ten years after dying on a fiery Hollywood set in the ill- fated film Bad Companions, nonpareil stuntman Greg Gaige is back in the news. Read full book review >

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POWER SLIDE by Susan Dunlap
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 2010

"Loyal fans of Darcy's adventures (Civil Twilight, 2009, etc.) will gobble this up as a satisfying potential end-cap; for newcomers, it's a miss."
Darcy Lott's work as a stuntwoman is always less dangerous than her real life. Read full book review >

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OUT OF NOWHERE by Susan Dunlap
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"Dunlap's creation of occupations for side characters that seem to exist solely to help her heroine (Switchback, 2015, etc.) makes sense given that her writing focuses more on ends and means than enjoying the journey."
A stunt double and Zen student adds sleuthing to her resume as she asks what might have driven her brother out of town. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 31, 2001

Despite Dunlap's loyalty to California in her novels, variety is the keynote in these 17 reprints (1978-99). Read full book review >

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KARMA by Susan Dunlap
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2002

"The title story makes this barely-a-collection worth a closer look—especially if you missed it the first time around."
The other stories promised by the subtitle are nothing more than a pair of six-year-old curtain-raisers for the main event, the 185-page 1981 novella "Karma." Read full book review >

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COP OUT by Susan Dunlap
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 1997

"Whatever secrets Jill uncovers, Dunlap's real preoccupation is with her heroine's conflicted relationship with her cop life and lover, making this more of a sociologically enhanced soap opera than a mystery."
Nine times now have we heard from Berkeley policewoman Jill Smith. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A SINGLE EYE by Susan Dunlap
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 1, 2006

"Though the whodunit is overlong and predictable, Dunlap deftly explores the conflicts between Darcy's appetite for answers and her deference to Garson-roshi, who seems determined that she leave every single stone unturned in searching for his assailant."
Dunlap (Fast Friends, 2004, etc.) launches a new series heroine: a stunt double whose crippling phobia leads her to a Zen monastery as troubled as she is. Read full book review >

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TIME EXPIRED by Susan Dunlap
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 5, 1993

"Despite occasional sags and Jill's tiresome musings on Madeleine's psyche: an adroitly plotted, consistently interesting police procedural and one of the author's best."
Berkeley's Homicide Detective Jill Smith (Death and Taxes, 1992, etc.) is the negotiator in a hostage threat, played out in a local canyon, that turns out to be phony but seems to be connected to a rash of mostly harmless practical jokes recently plaguing the hated cops of the parking-meter squad. Read full book review >

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SUDDEN EXPOSURE by Susan Dunlap
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 1996

"Lots of fuss; no fire."
In an eighth outing, Jill Smith, the author's Berkeley-based policewoman (Time Expired, 1993, etc.), recently on Homicide detail, goes back to patrol duty when Detective Sergeant Brucker arrives from Sacramento and takes over her job. Read full book review >

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DEATH AND TAXES by Susan Dunlap
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 15, 1992

"Dreary stuff."
Homicide detective Jill Smith of Berkeley, California (A Dinner to Die For, etc.), has plenty of suspects after the murder of implacable IRS auditor Philip Drem—though his wife Victoria, her immune system shattered and living in one germless room, isn't one of them. Read full book review >

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NO FOOTPRINTS by Susan Dunlap
Released: Aug. 14, 2012

"As her plot thrusts forward, Dunlap's terse style battles her complex storyline, with a result more ZipCar than Zen."
San Francisco stuntwoman Darcy Lott (Power Slide, 2010, etc.) learns the burden of responsibility that comes from saving someone's life. Read full book review >