Search Results: "Thomas H. McConnell"


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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 28, 2011

"Engrossing in every sense."
Gory surgeries, grisly autopsies, baffling ailments and the JFK assassination enliven these entertaining if sometimes icky medical memoirs. Read full book review >

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THE CITY WHEN IT RAINS by Thomas H. Cook
Released: Jan. 10, 1990

Scaled down Cook (Night Secrets, p. 610, etc.)—less verbiage/fewer plot intricacies—in which free-lance photographer David Corman snaps a suicide (a woman jumping to her death from a fifth-floor window) and wonders whether there's a book in it: the emaciated woman had sold her blood to buy Similac to feed her doll. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 5, 1997

"An estimable contribution to Civil War, urban, and reform- movement history. (illustrations, not seen)"
In this informative microcosmic study of a city during four crucial years, O'Connor (The Boston Irish, 1995) describes how the Civil War's battlefield upheavals were matched by quieter revolutions in metropolitan society, commerce, and politics. Read full book review >

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BREAKHEART HILL by Thomas H. Cook
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 1995

"Cook (Mortal Memory, 1993, etc.) uses the what-will-have- happened structure of Barbara Vine's thrillers to produce something finer and more delicate, with an altogether less insistent narrative pull."
Choctaw, Alabama, May 1962. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 4, 2001

"A fine summation of O'Connor's long scholarly career that should be of wide interest to students of American history and social issues."
A learned and literate history of the Athens of America. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 30, 1998

"Strong overall, replete with local texture, and geared toward the general reader. (33 b&w photos, not seen)"
A well-crafted local history that moves beyond institutional growth to capture the spirit of the people in the pews. Read full book review >

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PLACES IN THE DARK by Thomas H. Cook
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 2, 2000

"Even so, Harris keeps his tale rushing toward its climax with all the doomy energy of its opening image: a swift-moving current pulling a helpless child toward rapids, a waterfall, and a watery grave."
Thirty-seven days after his brother Billy is stabbed to death, Cal Chase, maddened by the lack of police progress on the case, begins making his own inquiries about the woman Billy loved, the suspect who vanished the night of his murder. Read full book review >

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MASTER OF THE DELTA by Thomas H. Cook
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2008

"Cook, normally the master of the retrospective thriller (The Cloud of Unknowing, 2007, etc.), offers a case whose lack of tragic inevitability is only heightened by his insistence on heavy-handed Had-I-But-Known foreshadowing."
A high-school teacher's course on evil through the ages bears unexpected present-day fruit. Read full book review >

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THE CRIME OF JULIAN WELLS by Thomas H. Cook
Released: Aug. 7, 2012

"This sprawling update of Eric Ambler's A Coffin for Dimitrios lacks the baleful focus of its model, or of the most successful of Cook's own nightmare excavations of the past. Wait till next year."
Cook's 27th dip into his fictional characters' troubled past asks why an expatriate writer took his own life. Read full book review >

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THE QUEST FOR ANNA KLEIN by Thomas H. Cook
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 21, 2011

"A knight errant, a labyrinth of deceit, a sure bestseller."
Edgar-nominee Cook (The Last Talk with Lola Faye, 2010, etc.) plays the spy game in this mystery adventure. Read full book review >