Search Results: "the zhivago affair"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: June 17, 2014

"A fast-paced political thriller about a book that terrified a nation."
The derring-do-packed history of "one of the first efforts by the CIA to leverage books as instruments of political warfare." Read full book review >

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THE AFFAIR by Lee Child
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 27, 2011

"The best thing we discover here is the explanation for why Reacher left the Army. By the end of this adventure, he certainly has his reasons."
Ever wonder why Jack Reacher left the Military Police and became a one-man freelance vigilante squad? Child goes back 14 years to show how it all happened. Read full book review >

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THE DANGEROUS LADIES AFFAIR by Marcia Muller
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"The husband-and-wife authors (The Plague of Thieves Affair, 2016, etc.) manage the double plot with professional dexterity. Sadly, though, each of the separate cases peaks around the halfway point before ingenuity and interest fade. And shouldn't the title really be The Dangerous Ladies Affairs?"
The intrepid partners in Carpenter and Quincannon, Professional Detective Services, land a pair of cases that both begin with adulterous affairs but take them in very different directions. Read full book review >

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THE HAMILTON AFFAIR by Elizabeth  Cobbs
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"Although it's entering a crowded field of biographies, fictional or not, of various Founding Fathers, Cobbs' meticulous account holds its own—even without catchy tunes."
Cobbs' novel chronicles the difficult political and family life of Alexander Hamilton. Read full book review >

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THE SAPPHIRE AFFAIR  by Lauren Blakely
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 12, 2016

"Blakely tackles a heist novel that's heavier on sex and hyped-up mistrust than on true emotional conflict, but a fun story, upscale beach setting, and sizzling chemistry mean that fans likely won't care. The cliffhanger ending will keep them coming back for more."
Steph Anderson has come to the Cayman Islands for business and personal reasons, but meeting Jake Harlowe, a sexy fortune hunter, embroils her in a search for lost diamonds that has her questioning old alliances and wondering if she can trust Jake—with her secrets or her heart. Read full book review >

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THE ALPHONE COURRIER AFFAIR by Marta Morazzoni
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"Mannered though it is, Morazzoni's best book yet."
The voice of an omniscient narrator who sounds like a homily-spouting village gossip initially draws us into, then unwisely distances us from, the cryptic events of this compact tale of adultery and family enmity, set in the early 1900s in a provincial town in France's Auvergne region ("a land of extinct volcanoes"). Read full book review >

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THE RAPHAEL AFFAIR by Iain Pears
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Politely sordid art-dealing background is the highlight of this quietly lighthearted first novel by art-historian Pears (The Discovery of Painting, 1980)."
Fledgling British art historian Jonathan Argyll, picked up for vagrancy when he's found hanging around a pokey Roman church, tells a wild story: He's come to check on his hunch that an obscure Mantini canvas hanging in the church actually conceals a lost Raphael painted beneath. Read full book review >

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THE BETTENCOURT AFFAIR by Tom Sancton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"A well-researched, crisply written, and entertaining story of family, greed, wealth, and the complex relations among them."
A juicy chronicle of France's richest scandal. Read full book review >

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THE JEFFRIES AFFAIR by John Sherwood
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2017

"A commendable white-collar crime tale despite its occasional flaws."
In Sherwood's debut thriller, a businessman's attempt to launder embezzled money puts other people in danger, including his old high school friend. Read full book review >

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THE DUCK SPRINGS AFFAIR by John Isaac Jones
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 5, 2015

"A knotty, engaging tale of lost hope and lonely nights."
An elderly woman remembers her romantic difficulties during the 1960s in this novel. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE CROWN AFFAIR by Jeanie Franz Ransom
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"Genuinely clever. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Noir whodunit in the land of Mother Goose. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 2014

"A well-researched tale of a distant-seeming era and crime, echoing our own time's obsession with celebrity transgression and capacity for justifying violence."
Prolific true-crime writer Evans (Slaughter on a Snowy Morn: A Tale of Murder, Corruption, and the Death Penalty Case that Shocked America, 2012, etc.) examines the murder trial of Chilean heiress Blanca de Saulles ("The Flower of the Andes") in a narrative reminiscent of the background melodramas of The Great Gatsby or the musical Chicago. Read full book review >