Search Results: "William Paul"


BOOK REVIEW

SLEEPING DOGS by William Paul
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 13, 1995

"High-voltage goings-on, packed with steamy sex, mixed motives, and sometimes confusing action, but Fyfe's first procedural will grab the reader's attention and hold it to the finish."
There are tough guy cops in Scotland, too, and Edinburgh's DCI David Fyfe is one of them. Read full book review >

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SLEEPING PARTNER by William Paul
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 10, 1997

"In the end, it's Chief Constable Sir Duncan who unveils the murderer in this pretentious procedural: overwritten, laden with psychobabble, and a disappointment after the author's well-received Sleeping Pretty (1996)."
A third chapter in the life of Edinburgh's hormone-driven Detective Chief Inspector David Fyfe, here involved with the murder of respectable, church-going widow Zena McElhose. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 19, 1994

"Ultimately, this is a rationalization and justification—in dense, scholarly prose—of viciousness and sophomoric titillation in film."
A serious, jargon-laden, and stubbornly appreciative examination of movies that, according to Paul (Film/Univ. of Michigan), ``embraced the lowest common denominator as an aesthetic principle.'' Citing everyone from Freud to Bill Murray, and with research ranging from Oedipus to Dada to fairy tales, Paul finds not only parallels but the very wellspring of the horror film genre in the Roman circus and Elizabethan drama. Read full book review >

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SLEEPING PRETTY by William Paul
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 15, 1996

"Different and diverting."
The image of Edinburgh's citizenry as straitlaced gets a drubbing in Detective Chief Inspector David Fyfe's newest case (Sleeping Dogs, 1995, etc). Read full book review >

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BEST BOOKS OF 2016: WILLIAM GIRALDI
by Joe M. O'Connell

Novelist William Giraldi found writing his memoir The Hero's Body at once arduous and simple.

The book entwines his experiences as a teenage bodybuilder, the story of his ultra-macho working-class family and his father's untimely death in a motorcycle crash when he was in his 40s, the author in his 20s.

"I really started writing it when my ...


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PAUL AUSTER
by J.W. Bonner

We live our lives mostly in the moment, but also attendant to the question of what if?— what if we had lived in that town rather than the one I know? what if my father (or mother) had died? what if my parents had divorced? what if I had attended school X rather than school Y? what if I ...


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PAMELA PAUL
by Claiborne Smith

Readers who know Pamela Paul’s books before she became the editor of the New York Times Book Review know that they are serious works of nonfiction: The Starter Marriage and the Future of Matrimony (2002), Pornified: How Pornography Is Damaging Our Lives, Our Relationships, and Our Families (2005), and Parenting, Inc.: How the Billion-Dollar Baby Business Has Changed the Way ...


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WILLIAM MCKEEN
by Gregory McNamee

Charles Manson had a sweet, clear voice, reminiscent of Chet Baker’s, that could carry a pop song, a jazz standard, or a show tune. He wrote some good songs, a couple of which became unironic hipster anthems decades later. He charmed his way into an elite circle of Los Angeles musicians, and he swayed a few of them to record ...


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WHERE SHERLOCK HOLMES MEETS FANTASY
by John DeNardo

If Benjamin Franklin were alive today, he'd say that nothing in the world is certain except death, taxes, and Sherlock Holmes stories. Sherlock Holmes, the iconic consulting detective created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in 1887, is a perennial mainstay in the literary world. What's not to like? Holmes' methods of investigation and deductions are flawless and the ...


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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 6, 2012

"Essential for Manchester collectors, WWII buffs and Churchill completists."
A (very) posthumous study of the late, great British leader by the late, great popular historian, aided by journalist Reid. Read full book review >

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Released: March 1, 1993

"Informative and entertaining: Roberts is the sort of witty, knowledgeable, stimulating guide every armchair traveler hankers for but seldom finds."
Fine, quirky account of Roberts's recent travels through Egypt's teeming modern cities, Pharaonic monuments, ancient monasteries, and Edenic oases. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 29, 1996

"In presenting his personal India, Roberts is an artful skeptic, a relativist with a sense of humor, and a crackerjack storyteller."
Roberts (In Search of the Birth of Jesus, 1995, etc.) cobbles together an absorbing pastiche of his India forays over a span of 20 years. Read full book review >