Search Results: "Tracy Heffernan"


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SPENCER TRACY by James Curtis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 18, 2011

"A monumental, definitive biography of one the finest film actors in the history of the medium."
Spencer Tracy (1900-1967), warts and all. Read full book review >

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THE STORY OF TRACY BEAKER by Jacqueline Wilson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 14, 2001

"By the end, Cam has still not come around—but readers may be too annoyed by Tracy's rude, aggressive character to care. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Wilson pushes so much pain between the lines of this portrait of a foster child with the personality of a steamroller that it comes off less a lightweight tribute to human resilience than a pathos-ridden tale of children acting out as they nurse profound inner wounds. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 30, 2009

"The many indifferent, sophomoric essays here will give Tracy fans information about his early work; the best ones will give them reasons to see it."
The obscure, often deservedly so, early films in which Spencer Tracy forged his screen persona are dusted off in this uneven collection of essays from the New England Vintage Film Society. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2005

"As there are no source notes and the compilers even tuck in a few insufficiently identified poems of their own, this wins no high marks for scholarship—but young listeners singing or clapping along won't mind. (Bilingual poetry. 3-8)"
Gathering fresh material, Ada and colleagues expand the scope of ¡Pio Peep! Read full book review >

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HOTAKA by John  Heffernan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2017

"A gripping examination of a tsunami and its aftermath. (map, author's note, timeline, glossary) (Historical fiction. 7-13)"
A fictionalized narrative follows a young survivor of the 2011 tsunami in Japan and looks at how his life and town change in its wake. Read full book review >

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UNHOLY ORDER by William Heffernan
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"Devlin, back from Cuba (Red Angel, 2000), seems a shade jet-lagged at the start, but gets his head in the game in time to salvage an above-average procedural."
The horribly mutilated corpse of a young woman is discovered stuffed into the trunk of a car at Kennedy Airport. Read full book review >

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BEULAH HILL by William Heffernan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"Nifty stuff, with big hooks from page one."
Interracial thriller by Heffernan, known most recently for his tough-talking newspaper tale Cityside (1999). Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 2, 2012

"Heffernan (The Dead Detective, 2010, etc.) swings his vivid tale back and forth between past and present, war and peace—a neat tour de force he pulls off with admirable assurance."
When Johnny comes marching home from the Civil War, someone murders him. Read full book review >

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RITUAL by William Heffernan
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Released: March 29, 1989

Who's running around Manhattan lopping off heads with a bronze are and obsidian knife just like an ancient Toltec priest? Read full book review >

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THE SCIENTOLOGY MURDERS by William Heffernan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 4, 2017

"Readers who can tolerate the clunky exposition, cartoon bogeymen, and snippets of Scientologist jargon will find the Alaskan finale a highly entertaining piece of payback."
The Dead Detective pursues miscreants attached to the Church of Scientology from their Florida headquarters to the Yukon State. Read full book review >

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CORSICAN HONOR by William Heffernan
Released: Aug. 13, 1992

"Busy, bloody, generally gripping—and tougher than a barrel of Corleones, though not nearly as clever."
Sprawling, spirited follow-up to The Corsican (1983)—one of the violent crime dramas that Heffernan specialized in before his lighter mystery-thrillers (Blood Rose, etc.). Read full book review >