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Two for the Dough (Stephanie Plum, No. 2)
Stephanie Plum is slowly learning the bounty hunter trade but she's got a long road to haul before she'll be ready to tackle the really mean dudes.      In the meantime, "Two …
God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything
An atheist manifesto, GOD IS NOT GREAT contains content that ranges from thought-provoking essays to vitriolic diatribes against both the existence of an all-powerful God and the current and historical …
Digital Fortress: A Thriller
TRANSLTR is perhaps the most powerful multiple parallel processor computer on the earth, run by the National Security Agency, dedicated solely to the process of brute force code breaking. An extraordinary …
reviewed Mr. Timothy. March 22, 2011
Mr. Timothy
Timothy Cratchitt, now fully grown with his crippling childhood infirmity reduced to a limp and a chronic ache in bad weather, is sadly mindful of his financial dependence on his uncle. Somewhat disappointed …
reviewed The Alienist. March 19, 2011
The Alienist
In 1896, Theordore Roosevelt hadn't yet made it to the White House. As Commissioner of the New York City Police, Roosevelt was sadly aware that the gruesome serial mutilation and killing of young …
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
Like JACK AND THE BEANSTALK, ALICE IN WONDERLAND, HARRY POTTER, THE WIZARD OF OZ and so many other children's stories that have entered the realm of literature classics, THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE …
reviewed The Search (Eve Duncan). March 06, 2011
The Search (Eve Duncan)
John Logan, ultra-rich businessman, entrepreneur and power broker, has a serious problem. Devastated by the recent death of his Korean wife, Chen Li, from leukemia, he pulls out all the stops on the development …
Tchaikovsky (Life and Works (Naxos))
Even from the earliest age, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, like so many other musically precocious world-class composers, displayed an emotional insecurity that was to develop into a string of personal crises, …
Hound of the Baskervilles (Aladdin Classics)
When Henry Baskerville, the last remaining scion of the family, travels from Canada to England to take up residence in Baskerville Hall after the puzzling violent death of his uncle, Sir Charles, he is …
reviewed Mad Ship. March 01, 2011
Mad Ship
In "Mad Ship", Hobb accelerates the pace of her epic saga of the Liveship Traders and significantly expands the breadth and scope of the canvas on which she dramatically paints the lives of …
reviewed Silent Witness. February 26, 2011
Silent Witness
Having enjoyed the recent addition of England's Simon Beckett's to the intensely crowded North American forensic pathology thriller field, I was looking forward to another rural mystery with that …
reviewed Tyrannosaur Canyon. February 25, 2011
Tyrannosaur Canyon
Only an extraordinarily deft master of suspense thrillers like Douglas Preston could pull together such wildly unrelated props, ideas and events and combine them into single related roller-coaster story …
reviewed Derailed. February 23, 2011
Derailed
I put it to you that there isn't a single forty- or fifty-something man on the planet that hasn't found himself in Charles Schine's shoes at some point!      You have a …
reviewed The Gods Themselves. February 20, 2011
The Gods Themselves
To elevate a work of science fiction from mere novel to literary masterwork is an achievement to which few authors can lay claim. Asimov is one of those authors and "The Gods Themselves" is …
reviewed Dissolution. February 19, 2011
Dissolution
It's 1537, the height of the English Reformation, and Thomas Cromwell, vicar general for the court of Henry VIII, is absolutely bent on the systematic ruthless dismantling of England's feudal …
reviewed Shatter. February 18, 2011
Shatter
Joe O'Loughlin, practicing clinical psychologist, and his wife, Julianne, a strikingly beautiful woman and an up-and-comer in the high-flying world of international corporate finance, moved to Somerset, …
Blind Justice (Sir John Fielding)
In 1768, a recently orphaned Jeremy Proctor arrives in London and promptly finds himself in the dock facing false charges of theft under the gavel of the blind magistrate, Sir John Fielding. The justice, …
The Dead Secret (Oxford World's Classics)
Mrs Treverton, who is not expected to live through the night, summons her lady's maid, Sarah Leeson, to her side. Their hushed conversation reveals that, many years ago, Sarah and Mrs Treverton conspired …
reviewed Flashforward. February 11, 2011
Flashforward
Like Schrödinger's Cat, Flashforward is a confounding, challenging, magnificent thought experiment that is, at once, breathtakingly simply and yet staggering in its possible scope and ramifications.   …
2nd Chance (The Women's Murder Club)
"The Women's Murder Club", introduced to legions of new fans in "1st To Die", is an intelligent, plausible, modern idea whose time has come. It's also appealingly warm and …
reviewed Storm Cycle. February 06, 2011
Storm Cycle
The story starts well enough!      Rachel Kirby, a computer whiz kid in Houston, Texas, and a rock hard business woman, will let nothing and nobody stand in the way of the only goal …
Carved in Bone: A Body Farm Novel
In CARVED IN BONE, forensic anthropologist Bill Brockton obviously is the fictionalized version of his creator, Dr Bill Bass, the founder of the real-life Body Farm, a research facility that he runs in …
reviewed Still Life With Crows. January 30, 2011
Still Life With Crows
What do you get when you combine the supercilious fastidiousness and overbearing punctiliousness of Hercule Poirot; the intensity, pure logic and deductive power of Sherlock Holmes; the austerity, speed, …
Tanequil (High Druid of Shannara, Book 2)
In Jarka Ruus (Book 1), Grianne Ohmsford, struggled with the inner demons of her former evil life as the Ilse Witch and the politics of her new role as Ard Rhys, High Druid of Paranor. A faction of dissenting …
reviewed The Fiend in Human: A Victorian Thriller. January 26, 2011
The Fiend in Human: A Victorian Thriller
With no small amount of national pride, I'm thrilled to report that mere superlatives somehow seem insufficient to convey Gray's debut success with The Fiend in Human.     Edmund Whitty …
reviewed The Egyptologist: A Novel. January 25, 2011
The Egyptologist: A Novel
The Egyptologist is an extraordinary, lush piece of literature that trots across the mummy-crazed globe of the 1920s and witnesses Lord Carnarvon and Howard Carter's seminal discovery of the vast …
reviewed The Amulet of Samarkand. January 23, 2011
The Amulet of Samarkand
At the tender age of six years, Nathaniel is taken from his parents and apprenticed as a learning magician to Arthur Underwood, a minor functionary in a dark and fantastical English government. This bleak …
Roadside Crosses: A Kathryn Dance Novel
Most thriller fans will pick up a Michael Connelly novel expecting that it's going to be about Harry Bosch. Similarly, most Jeffrey Deaver fans (and I expect there's a whole pile of crossover), …
Dr. Mortimer and the Barking Man Mystery
In the opening paragraphs, Dr Mortimer teases lovers of the great Sherlock Holmes and introduces himself with flair referring fleetingly to Conan Doyle's The Hound of the Baskervilles, "I am …
reviewed Sherlock Holmes, Vol. 1: The Trial of.... January 19, 2011
Sherlock Holmes, Vol. 1: The Trial of Sherlock
Sherlock Holmes' England is under attack as anarchists fire bomb a factory in London. When former Assistant Commissioner of Scotland Yard, Sir Samuel Henry, gravely ill in his bed, received a bizarre, …
reviewed The Sands of Mars. January 18, 2011
The Sands of Mars
The Sands of Mars is a joy - a lightweight, easy-reading, far-sighted hard sci-fi novel that addresses the broad topics of interplanetary travel and colonization, development and terraforming of the hostile …
reviewed Secret Daughter: A Novel. January 17, 2011
Secret Daughter: A Novel
SECRET DAUGHTER tells two heartbreaking stories, worlds apart but inseparably linked. The first is about infertility in North American woman and the extreme lengths that some hopeful mothers- and fathers-to-be …
Taliesin (The Pendragon Cycle, Book 1)
Stephen Lawhead's storytelling is certainly ambitious. In Taliesin, he has proposed nothing less than a fanciful, fluid blending of three mythologies into a single epic history - the twilight and …
reviewed Deception Point. January 15, 2011
Deception Point
President Zachary Herney, the incumbent in a hotly contested presidential race, is a strong supporter of a publicly funded NASA, open to the scientific community at large. His opponent, Senator Sedgewick …
Mystery Writers of America Presents The
Linda Fairstein, herself a prosecutor in Manhattan for 25 years, has compiled an anthology of legal shorts written by some of the most well known and most exciting members of the Mystery Writers of America. …
The Face of Deception (Eve Duncan)
Eve Duncan, the finest forensic sculptor in the world, just can't seem to get past the grief of losing her daughter to a serial killer who was executed without disclosing the location of the body. …
reviewed The River. January 10, 2011
The River
Del Hawthorne, professor of anthropology, is shocked beyond words when a man she thought long dead stumbles into her classroom, looking like he had escaped from a psych ward and repeating one of her father's …
reviewed 3rd Degree. January 07, 2011
3rd Degree
"The Women's Murder Club", introduced to legions of new fans in "1st To Die" and continued to wonderful effect in "2nd Chance", is an intelligent, plausible, modern idea …
reviewed Pixie Dust. January 07, 2011
Pixie Dust
Jenny Quinn is a young graduate student working towards an advanced degree in experimental physics. But an unfortunate accident in the lab leads to her professor's death in a subsequent fall and infects …
reviewed The Unpleasant Profession of Jonathan.... January 05, 2011
The Unpleasant Profession of Jonathan Hoag
Heinlein's 6xH is a collection of (would you believe it?) six of Heinlein's short stories ranging in tone from warmly optimistic and almost religious through paranormal mysticism all the way to …
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