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reviewed Deliver Us From Evil (2006). February 10, 2009
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Deliver Us From Evil
Pros: outstanding and thorough story, well done interviews     Cons: none associated with the filming     The Bottom Line:   “There's a blaze of …
reviewed Pink Panther 2. February 07, 2009
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Pink Panther 2
Pros: Aishwarya Rai, the second-most beautiful woman in the world!      Cons: Feels forced sometimes      The Bottom Line: Blah.      My favorite …
reviewed The Tin Roof Blowdown: A Dave Robiche.... January 26, 2009
The Tin Roof Blowdown, James Lee Burke
The terminally angst-ridden Dave Robicheaux, a detective in New Iberia Parish, Louisiana, and his close pal, Clete Purcel, team up in another of Burke's riveting novels, one made all the more relevant …
reviewed The Likeness, Tana French. December 22, 2008
Likeness Tana French
It is always exciting to discover a brilliant new talent. In her second thriller, The Likeness, Irish writer Tana French spins an elaborate tale that is bound to the roots of Irish history and the unique …
reviewed The Charlemagne Pursuit: A Novel. December 19, 2008
The Charlemagne Pursuit: A Novel
I think that this book may be the best that Mr. Berry has written to date. Even though the plot is rather incredible (but who cares, it's fiction after all!) it certainly speeds along quite quickly and …
reviewed The Contract (Kontrakt). November 01, 2008
The Contract
Oh dear me, what a shallow film   It lacks a decent plot   If someone asks you to buy this,   Pretend that you forgot     A teacher and his teenaged son …
reviewed Swan Peak: A Dave Robicheaux Novel. September 07, 2008
Swan Peak: A Dave Robicheaux Novel
For those of us who write stories and are occasionally published, we are constantly told to never open a fiction piece with either a dream or the weather. The reasoning being, according to agents and …
reviewed Swan Peak: A Dave Robicheaux Novel. August 13, 2008
Swan Peak: A Dave Robicheaux Novel
"Swan Peak" is the seventeenth book in James Lee Burke's Dave Robicheaux series and, by now, longtime fans of the series probably know Dave Robicheaux and Clete Purcell better than they know their own …
reviewed Swan Peak: A Dave Robicheaux Novel. August 01, 2008
Swan Peak: A Dave Robicheaux Novel
I am a fan of James Lee Burke and look forward to every Dave Robicheaux novel. Mind you, it isn't a bad read - it simply does not compare well with his other work. Not a big deal really since every author …
reviewed Swan Peak: A Dave Robicheaux Novel. July 10, 2008
Swan Peak: A Dave Robicheaux Novel
Clete Purcel is most noticeable in his porkpie hat, driving a restored maroon Caddy convertible. In Montana fishing with Dave Robicheaux and his wife Molly, Hurricane Katrina and New Iberia parish far …
reviewed Tilt-a-Whirl. November 04, 2007
Danny Boyle, part-time cop for the Sea Haven, New Jersey police department, has been partnered for the summer with John Ceepak, former military policeman in Iraq. Danny is bemused by Ceepak, a man of …
reviewed Volk's Game: A Novel. July 09, 2007
Volk's Game: A Novel
Pity the Russians, a people scarred by their country's repeated strivings for empire, now locked in a transition from a collectivist society that promised little for all to a form of capitalism that, …
reviewed Deliver Us From Evil (2006). May 11, 2007
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Deliver Us From Evil
Pros: Structure, analysis, information      Cons: Audience a bit limited since it seems to be a Catholic for Catholic story      The Bottom Line: This is not a …
reviewed Deliver Us From Evil (2006). May 10, 2007
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Deliver Us From Evil
Listening to victims of pedophile priests grieve and vent is the heart of 'Deliver Us from Evil', and when director and writer Amy Berg allows them to do so, it is heart-wrenching. Sometimes the head …
reviewed Deliver Us From Evil (2006). April 30, 2007
Deliver Us From Evil
"Deliver Us From Evil"    Shocking Raw Emotions    Amos Lassen and Cinema Pride    Amy Berg has created a documentary film that should not go …
reviewed Catch Me If You Can: The True Story o.... October 15, 2006
Catch Me If You Can: The True Story of a Real Fake
"Catch Me If You Can" follows the life of Frank W. Abignale - one of the greatest con men of all time who single handedly lived his life on fradulant checks and scams that just leave you thinking how …
reviewed Four Brothers (Special Collector's Ed.... February 25, 2006
Four Brothers (Special Collector's Edition) (2005)
I wasn't expecting much on this movie, I mean it does have Marky Mark in it and I'd hate to think he's be the start of the movie. But I was hoping for it to be exciting, emotional, and engaging... And …
reviewed One Shot (Jack Reacher, No. 9). February 04, 2006
One Shot (Jack Reacher, No. 9)
I knew this day would unfortunately come... I'm now caught up on all the Jack Reacher novels with the completion of Lee Child's One Shot. Another excellent story in the series...    A …
reviewed Four Brothers (Special Collector's Ed.... January 03, 2006
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Four Brothers (Special Collector's Edition) (2005)
This movie was about as painful to watch as the revenge exacted by the brothers in this movie on the killers of their "mother."    An old woman is gunned down during a robbery and …
reviewed Four Brothers (Special Collector's Ed.... December 27, 2005
Four Brothers (Special Collector's Edition) (2005)
John Singleton has a gift for depicting the gritty side of life and making it credible: there are reasons for heads-up defensive action in neighborhoods where perpetrators and victims live side by side …
reviewed Tripwire (Jack Reacher, No. 3). October 15, 2005
Tripwire (Jack Reacher, No. 3)
Yup... completely and totally hooked... I just finished up the third installment in the Jack Reacher series by Lee Child... Tripwire. And they seem to keep getting better.    Reacher, …
reviewed Haunted Ground: A Novel. September 07, 2005
Haunted Ground: A Novel
I understand that this book is to be the first in a series, and I do look forward to the next one. The tale is excellent, with finely-drawn characters, and just the right touch of eerie Irish countryside …
reviewed The Rule of Four. August 06, 2005
The Rule of Four
One of my local librarians suggested a book she thought I might like... The Rule Of Four by Ian Caldwell and Dustin Thomason. Unfortunately, this is one of those rare instances where we didn't agree. …
reviewed One Shot (Jack Reacher, No. 9). July 02, 2005
One Shot (Jack Reacher, No. 9)
Lee Child's Jack Reacher is in my opinion the finest hero in contemporary fiction of any kind. I'm sure others have their favorites, but Reacher to me represents the epitome of the hero. An odd kind of …
reviewed Sick Puppy. May 11, 2005
Sick Puppy
Few writers of the thriller/mystery genre have the gift of humor. And even fewer have Carl Hiaasen's ability to craft sentence after sentence of dialogue and observations that can have you laughing aloud …
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