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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 The Enemy. May 20, 2005
The Enemy by Lee Child
Lee Child has something pretty good going with his Jack Reacher novels. Prior the The Enemy, we've known Reacher as the ex-military police officer and a drifter who has a penchant for finding trouble …
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 …
reviewed The Italian Secretary: A Further Adve.... April 24, 2005
The Italian Secretary: A Further Adventure of
I find the "unknown" adventures of Sherlock Holmes very interesting, and try to read them whenever I find a book about him. This latest effort, done by an experienced novelist whom I have read in the …
reviewed Cast of Shadows. April 19, 2005
Cast of Shadows
Until the brutal rape and murder of his 18-year-old daughter, Dr. Davis Moore has a comfortable and successful life as cloning specialist at his own fertility clinic.    While still …
reviewed The Egyptologist: A Novel. March 18, 2005
The Egyptologist: A Novel
Arthur Phillips has created a marvelous mystery in "The Egyptologist." The story begins with the journal of Ralph M. Trilipush, intrepid explorer of Egyptian tombs, adjunct professor of Egyptology at …
reviewed From Hell (2001 film). February 25, 2005
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From Hell (2001 movie)
The time: 1888. The place: London, Whitechapel district (the Victorian equivalant to the modern Red Light district). Mary Kelly (Heather Graham) is a beautiful and buxom lass who's life in London didn't …
reviewed The Egyptologist: A Novel. January 09, 2005
The Egyptologist: A Novel
Arthur Phillips is a fine wordsmith and a gifted technical craftsman of the letters. While nearly every page of his two novels (PRAGUE and now THE EGYPTOLOGIST) reinforce his skills as a writer, those …
reviewed The Enemy. October 21, 2004
The Enemy by Lee Child
This is a mystery with so many historical and social undercurrents that you must be very knowledgeable about the atmosphere of the times to understand them all. The setting is New Year's Day in 1990 and …
reviewed Tularosa. July 23, 2004
In McGarrity's first novel ex-Santa Fe cop Kevin Kerney, derailed by a shot-up knee, takes a break from retirement when Navajo cop Terry Yazzi, his former partner and the man responsible for his injury, …
reviewed The Rule of Four. July 12, 2004
The Rule of Four
I enjoyed reading this book, but I think that the center of the work was advertised as being the unravelling of the mysterious book. That doesn't appear to be the situation, as we are treated to a tour …
reviewed Country of Origin: A Novel. July 08, 2004
Country of Origin: A Novel
A young American woman is missing in 1980's Tokyo, set against the political backdrop of the Iran hostage crisis and the upcoming presidential election in America. The author positions his characters …
reviewed The Rule of Four. June 04, 2004
The Rule of Four
It is a marketing misjustice of sorts (or perhaps not in terms of sales) to compare "The Rule of Four" to Dan Brown's "Da Vinci Code" and Donna Tartt's "Secret History". Those readers expecting Brown's …
reviewed North by Northwest. July 24, 2003
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North by Northwest
It's difficult to believe that a film which includes the knifing of a United Nations ambassador as well as several different attempts to murder an innocent man could be described as delightful entertainment...but …
reviewed A Caress of Twilight. February 09, 2003
A Caress of Twilight
I eagerly awaited this book, and wasn't disappointed when I finally got it. It follows the first (which was also great) and left me wanting more. Very enjoyable!
reviewed The Alienist. November 16, 2002
The Alienist
Throughout the first half I was convinced this book would only rate three amazon stars (I was planning to review it even while reading it!), since it was ponderous and somewhat poky in pace . . . and …
reviewed North by Northwest. July 22, 2002
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North by Northwest
This is probably Hitchcock's greatest film. It stands up alongside REAR WINDOW and PSYCHO as his great opus.Cary Grant teams with Hitchcock for the fourth and final time in this benchmark espionage journey …
reviewed From Hell (2001 film). February 02, 2002
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From Hell (2001 movie)
Pros: Johnny Depp, period piece     Cons: cliched plot with revisionist history imprints     The Bottom Line: Johhny Depp does it again in a revisionist take on …
reviewed From Hell (2001 film). October 18, 2001
From Hell (2001 movie)
Pros: Great sets and costumes, gripping story.     Cons: may to be to graphic for some.     The Bottom Line: A great and gripping look into one of the most chilling …
reviewed Sick Puppy. April 14, 2001
Sick Puppy
As insane as the storylines are in this book (and trust me, they are WHACKED!), they all work together to form a story that not only entertains but somehow worms its way into your heart as well. It is …
reviewed Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane. May 14, 2000
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Pros: A little eerie and a little bizarre     Cons: .....     Ryan Jacobs lives all by herself in daddy's house. Daddy died a long time ago, but Ryan doesn't want …
reviewed Tripwire (Jack Reacher, No. 3). February 03, 2000
Tripwire (Jack Reacher, No. 3)
Reacher, the protagonist in "Tripwire" is a hero. A salt of the earth guy with solid morals and streetsmarts. He really doesn't want to get involved with anyone else's life - and doesn't want anyone involved …
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