Search Results: "Val Wang"


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BEIJING BASTARD by Val Wang
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2014

"A deftly written and entertaining memoir that offers a fresh perspective on contemporary China and the people caught in its rapid transformation."
A young woman's search for her identity in late-1990s China. Read full book review >

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THE GRAVE TATTOO by Val McDermid
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 6, 2007

"The criminal is obvious and Tenille's behavior incredible. But McDermid (The Torment of Others, 2005, etc.) handles the interplay between past and present with masterful and infectious conviction."
An ambitious reworking of the demi-historical mode of Possession with a mutiny substituting for one love story and a series of murders taking the place of the other. Read full book review >

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BLUE GENES by Val McDermid
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"Busy with comings and goings, but a bit mechanical and homogeneous, too, with a tangle of cases that tend to tap the same reliable emotions, a highly unsatisfactory climax, and not a trace of the dark brilliance of McDermid's The Mermaids Singing (p. 1498)."
Kate Brannigan's partner-in-crime-solving, Bill Mortensen, has been snared by a marriage-minded Australian siren and wants to sell his share of their inquiry agency to Kate. Read full book review >

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THE RETURN OF THE SPANISH LADY by Val Davis
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 2001

"Readers who've wisely avoided the tell-all blurb will be kept wondering just what scheme is afoot; they'll also be frustrated by untidy loose ends, unlikely combinations of realistic characters with cartoon grotesques, X-Files conspiracy politics, and a peek into the mind of a mama grizzly."
No more heat for historical archaeologist Nicolette Scott. Read full book review >

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SPLINTER THE SILENCE by Val McDermid
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2015

"There's a stroke of inspiration in imagining how easily the murderous impulses of online trolls might be unleashed, but neither that premise nor the duo who've won fans to the series are well-served by this entry."
An Internet bully decides to take the next step to actual violence in the latest Tony Hill and Carol Jordan thriller. Read full book review >

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THE LAST TEMPTATION by Val McDermid
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"A successor to The Mermaids Singing (1996) so densely packed that the poor serial killer almost gets dropped between the cracks."
Whoever he is, Geronimo—the code name psychological profiler Dr. Tony Hill uses for the latest serial killer in his sights—doesn't have much use for psychologists. Read full book review >

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THE DISTANT ECHO by Val McDermid
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"McDermid, putting aside her fondness for serial killers (The Last Temptation, 2002, etc.), masterfully presents the 1978 portion of her story but stumbles so badly with melodramatic present-tense plot quirks that readers will be well ahead of Lawson in naming Rosie's killer."
New forensic breakthroughs reopen a 25-year-old cold case. Read full book review >

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NORTHANGER ABBEY by Val McDermid
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 15, 2014

"Northanger Abbey is frequently thought of alongside Austen's juvenilia. Too often, this oddly literal reimagining comes off as simply juvenile."
In the second installment of the Austen Project, which has contemporary writers updating the classic novels, McDermid (Cross and Burn, 2013, etc.) strives to reinvigorate an overlooked Gothic parody with a 21st-century makeover. Read full book review >

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DEADLINE FOR MURDER by Val McDermid
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1997

"Only the prose is chaste."
Don't be fooled: McDermid's third appearance in under a year (following The Mermaids Singing and Blue Genes) is actually the first American edition of a Lindsay Gordon novel published in the UK in 1991 as Final Edition. Read full book review >

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A NEW HOPE by Jack Wang
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 31, 2015

"A surprisingly good choice for parents who are more familiar with Star Wars than Goodnight Moon. (Board book. 2-4)"
Apparently you're never too young for Star Wars. Read full book review >