Search Results: "Tod Goldberg"


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GANGSTERLAND by Tod Goldberg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 9, 2014

"Clever plotting, a colorful cast of characters and priceless situations make this comedic crime novel an instant classic."
Targeted by both the feds and his bosses in the Chicago mob after messing up on the job, a prolific hit man hides out in Las Vegas as, of all things, a rabbi. Read full book review >

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LIVING DEAD GIRL by Tod Goldberg
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 2001

"As in the film A Beautiful Mind, our deepening awareness of the hero's madness is the main plot. But Paul is not Russell Crowe, and our ties with him weaken the more we learn. Still, strong stuff as the world wavers."
Goldberg rises above the sleazy glamour of his well-received debut (Fake Liar Cheat, 2000) and takes a far deeper cut into his material. Read full book review >

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GANGSTER NATION by Tod Goldberg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"The sacred gets the stuffing kicked out of it by the profane in this wild and sometimes-shocking novel."
The jig may be up for Las Vegas Rabbi David Cohen, the unlikely identity assumed by ruthless hit man Sal Cupertine. It's only a matter of time before an obsessed former FBI agent tracks him down—or the fake rabbi's cosmetically altered face caves in. Read full book review >

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THE HOUSE OF SECRETS by Brad Meltzer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 7, 2016

"'When you've faced the impossible, it's usually because someone's lying,' the traumatized heroine is assured. True enough. The apparently formidable premise behind this tale dissolves in a shower of lies, and the ambitious plot sags as the principals crisscross the globe pumping up their frequent flier miles."
Meltzer (The President's Shadow, 2015, etc.) and Goldberg (Gangsterland, 2014, etc.) team up to uncover a vast international conspiracy tracing its roots back to everyone's favorite turncoat, Benedict Arnold. Read full book review >

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FAKE LIAR CHEAT by Tod Goldberg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2000

"The killer climax mixes Steinbeck's 'Tell me about the rabbits, George' with Thelma and Louise's high-flying electricity. A perfect trade paperback with all the sleaze and glamour of the old paperbacks of 50 years ago."
Entertaining, movie-thin comedy not out to change your life, only to offer an amusing read, which it does with high success. Read full book review >

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THE COWBOY'S HANDBOOK by Tod Cody
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 1996

"The author, a descendent of Buffalo Bill, brings an enthusiasm to his subject that is perfectly attuned to the curiosity of young readers. (Nonfiction. 7-10)"
A compendium of information and tidbits about cowboys, including full-color and black-and-white photographs and drawings. Read full book review >

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LOST IN THE PACIFIC, 1942 by Tod Olson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"A riveting, completely engrossing true survival story. (glossary, author‘s note, bibliography) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
Olson tells the harrowing true story of how eight men in three tiny inflatable rafts, lost in 68 million square miles of shark-infested Pacific Ocean without food or water and near enemy-held territory, survived three weeks before being rescued. Read full book review >

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FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 29, 2008

"The past is a blast in this terrific novel."
Middle-American values, late middle age and the Middle Ages collide engagingly in this anything but middling debut novel from Wodicka, a New York native now living in Berlin. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2004

"Solid stuff with few surprises: a think-tankish collection, important for those thinking or rethinking US-Europe relations in that context."
Four years of Bush, the Iraq war, and a strengthening European Union have added a few extra oceans' worth of distance between the US and Europe. Is that to be called drift, or schism? Read full book review >

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THE HOUSEHOLD SPIRIT by Tod Wodicka
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 9, 2015

"Wodicka's fluid, expressive prose—dotted with quotable observations often as odd as his players—serves well his weaving of such a convincing, unexpected story from eccentricity, pain, and need."
An unconventional friendship arises between two damaged people sharing a lonely upstate New York road in this bittersweet, deeply sympathetic sophomore effort. Read full book review >

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BURNING WATER by Tod Cheney
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 28, 2016

"A compelling, spare story that portrays its ugly, oil-disaster future as crude in more ways than one."
In a world ravaged by cataclysmic oil blowouts, a vagrant survivor witnesses the cruelties of a degraded civilization in Cheney's (So I Can See the Trees, 2013) dystopian novel. Read full book review >

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BLACK OLIVES by Martha Tod Dudman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 5, 2008

"Sometimes annoyingly self-absorbed, but at its best, a story delivered with clarity, elegance and the oomph of lived experience."
Memoirist Dudman (Expecting to Fly, 2004, etc.) turns to fiction in this brief novel about middle-aged passion. Read full book review >