Search Results: "Tara Ison"


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A CHILD OUT OF ALCATRAZ by Tara Ison
Released: April 24, 1997

"A compelling story, richly evoking a time and place."
A fascinating and wonderfully evocative first novel about life on Alcatraz—seen through the eyes of a little girl growing up on the Rock in the 1950s. Read full book review >

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THE LIST by Tara Ison
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 6, 2007

"Ison's fine writing is lost in this tale of relationship hell."
Ison's second novel (A Child Out of Alcatraz, 1997) is a bit of a letdown—as vague and drawn out as the breakup it describes. Read full book review >

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BALL by Tara Ison
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"Freaky, nasty, highly original, and unforgettable, whether you like it or not."
Elegant, creepy short stories with a horror-film sensibility. Read full book review >

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ROCKAWAY by Tara Ison
Released: June 11, 2013

"Mumblecore fiction—a fiction of very low expectations—from Ison (The List, 2007, etc.), co-writer of the film Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead."
A troubled woman from San Diego travels to Rockaway, N.Y., to make art and finds herself instead. Read full book review >

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REELING THROUGH LIFE by Tara Ison
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 13, 2015

"Though well-written and engaging, this is basically a book-length aphorism, something discharged by Paddy Chayefsky in a single passage from Network."
Novelist and nonfiction author Ison (Rockaway, 2013) unspools a montage of images that illustrate how her thoughts and feelings were channeled through lives on the big screen.Read full book review >

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HARDCASTLE’S MANDARIN by Graham Ison
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 2009

"Irascible Hardcastle's talent for dogged legwork and his equal contempt for his superiors and his underlings figure just as strongly here as in earlier entries (Hardcastle's Armistice, 2005, etc.)."
The murder of a civil servant sparks an investigation whose tendrils spread into the murky world of World War I espionage. Read full book review >

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FICTION & LITERATURE

"Secrets and an unsavory villain make for an often sizzling tale."
In Ison's debut thriller, a woman hunts for her long-missing biological father, who may simply be in hiding to avoid a trial. Read full book review >

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LIGHT FANTASTIC by Graham Ison
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 2004

"Another solid police procedural from Ison (Working Girl, 2002, etc.), long on authenticity if a bit short on nuance."
Passion ignites murder and bares sordid secrets in a posh London neighborhood. Read full book review >

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JACK IN THE BOX by Graham Ison
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 2009

"More lively and intricate than Brock and Poole's recent cases (Lost or Found, 2008, etc.), though it's hard to stay interested in exactly which malefactor ought to be convicted of what."
DCI Harry Brock and DS Dave Poole seek the killer who, not content to stab his enemy to death, squeezed his corpse into a wooden box and set it aflame. Read full book review >

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HARDCASTLE'S OBSESSION by Graham Ison
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 2011

"The war may have turned lives upside down in Hardcastle's London, but nothing ever changes in the personal battle against miscreants of all shapes and sizes."
Divisional Detective Inspector Hardcastle (Hardcastle's Mandarin, 2009, etc.) is back to his favorite sports: chasing murderers, rousting prostitutes and harassing his long-suffering sergeant, Marriott. Read full book review >

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HARDCASTLE’S ARMISTICE by Graham Ison
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 2005

"A neat job of police work and people so interesting you'll want to race through Hardcastle's second case (the first being Hardcastle's Spy, 2004) without even a break for teatime."
Ison (Whiplash, 2004, etc.) unleashes the considerable skills of irascible Divisional Detective Inspector Ernest Hardcastle to solve the case of a murdered prostitute. Read full book review >