Search Results: "Val Vinokurov"


BOOK REVIEW

LITTLE BOYS COME FROM THE STARS by Emmanuel Dongala
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2001

"A brilliant, many-colored work, and a stunning companion piece to the rather different The Fire of Origins. Dongala may be the most accomplished novelist from Africa since Chinua Achebe."
The transformation of a "continent of sorcerers and fetish makers" into a modern culture is paralleled by the growth to young manhood of a delightful protagonist: a glorious 1998 novel by the native Congolese author (now American citizen) of The Fire of Origins (2000). Read full book review >

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WHO WANTS BROCCOLI? by Val Jones
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 16, 2015

"Readers longing for a lid to their own pots, or with similarly challenging behaviors, will find comfort in Broccoli's tale. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The tricks that make a dog unadoptable in some people's eyes are just the ticket home for Broccoli. Read full book review >

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THE GIRL WHO SLEPT WITH GOD by Val Brelinski
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Despite the wrenching shift in tone, a soulful exploration of the limits and consequences of familial control."
A family of evangelical Christians is derailed by a daughter's pregnancy. Read full book review >

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CROSS AND BURN by Val McDermid
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 22, 2013

"McDermid earns her customary high marks for planting clues, mastering procedural detail and maintaining suspense as the net closes. As usual, however, the endlessly fraught relationships among the continuing characters are the real draw."
The abrupt departure of DCI Carol Jordan leaves the Bradfield Metropolitan Police ill-equipped to deal with a killer whose targets bear a truly unsettling similarity to one another. Read full book review >

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KILLING THE SHADOWS by Val McDermid
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"McDermid has handled the duel between serial killers and profilers better in The Mermaids Singing (1996)."
As Francis Blake leaves the Old Bailey, gleefully celebrating the dismissal of the charges against him for raping and murdering a young mother on Hampstead Heath while her two toddlers watched, neither Steve Preston of the Met nor his good friend, psychological profiler Fiona Cameron, is supposed to still be working the case. Read full book review >

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JAMES DEAN by Val Holley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 30, 1995

"A biography by the numbers that never quite adds up. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
The author of this quotidian, excessively anecdotal life of James Dean has done a lot of research, but too rarely does he conjoin it with any real understanding. Read full book review >

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DEAD BEAT by Val McDermid
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 26, 1993

"Lacks pep, sizzle, not to mention good work ethics."
McDermid (Open and Shut, Report for Murder) introduces tough- minded Manchester, England, p.i. Read full book review >

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OUT OF BOUNDS by Val McDermid
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"This wayward and entertaining mystery has the grace of a heroine on the verge of coming into her own as a character whom readers will want to spend time with."
A fatal car crash leads to information about a cold murder case in the fourth DCI Karen Pirie mystery. Read full book review >

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THE VANISHING POINT by Val McDermid
Released: Sept. 4, 2012

"If anything vanishes in this book, it's the first-rate writing fans of McDermid (best known in the States for her Wire in the Blood series) have come to expect."
Against all expectations, London ghostwriter Stephanie Harker becomes friends with her latest subject, bad girl reality show star Scarlett Higgins, only to become caught up in a scheme that leads to the abduction of Scarlett's little boy. Read full book review >

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THE TORMENT OF OTHERS by Val McDermid
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 2005

"Hypnotic mind-control, sexual trauma overcome by a roll in bed with a good-looking hunk, and dead ends jump-started by fortuitous computer photos make McDermid's latest exercise in serial murder (The Distant Echo, 2003, etc.) less than compelling."
A serial killer and a pedophile overtax the Bradfield Metropolitan Police. Read full book review >

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BEVERLY & MARIGOLD by Val Coleman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 12, 1996

"In any event, the laughs are always genuine, and the social history of New York over the past 50 years is dead-on."
From Columbia University urban studies professor Coleman, two groups of zany stories, one about the experiences of an amiable white middle-class screwup, the other about those of an industrious black homeless woman. Read full book review >