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To Darkness and to Death (Clare Fergusson/Russ Van Alstyne Mystery Series)
Julia Spencer-Fleming
0312334850
June 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. Set during a single day, Agatha-winner Spencer-Fleming's explosive fourth mystery (after 2004's Out of the Deep I Cry) takes Rev. Clare Fergusson and Millers Kill, N.Y., police chief Russ Van Alstyne far from the tranquility offered by the Anglican services of morning prayer, Order for Noonday and Evensong. A phone call at 5:15 on a cold November morning leads Clare—ex-army helicopter pilot and rector of St. Alban's Episcopal Church—to join the local search and rescue team to look for the missing sister of recluse Eugene van der Hoeven, head of the 250,000-acre Haudenosaunee estate. On a day when she should be at St. Alban's preparing for the bishop's annual visit, Clare finds herself involved with Russ in an investigation involving brutal beatings, kidnapping and murder. As the...


Out of the Deep I Cry (Clare Fergusson/Russ Van Alstyne Series)
Julia Spencer-Fleming
0312988885
May 2005
Mass Market Paperback
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From AudioFile
Two mysteries, one current, one set in the 1930s, are skillfully woven in this second series entry featuring Episcopal priest Clare Fergusson and her unrequited heart throb, Police Chief Russ Van Alstyne. Unfortunately, this production makes for painfully slow listening, in part due to Spencer-Fleming's highly detailed prose. It takes three hours of setup before the plot kicks off. A bigger problem is Suzanne Toren's reading style; too serious and proper, it fails to capture the fun, irony, or flirtatiousness of the well-written dialogue. Many of Toren's characterizations tend toward stereotypes--the women sound indignant, the men gruff and disgruntled. If you're patient to get through the early part of the story, the end is riveting and rewarding. If not, read this one in ink. E.S. © AudioFile 2004, Portland,...


Sound Synthesis and Sampling
Martin Russ
0240516923
July 2004
Paperback
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Review
'...provides an excellent technical and historical overview of sound synthesis methods in a non-mathematical way.'
Computer Music Journal

Review
'...provides an excellent technical and historical overview of sound synthesis methods in a non-mathematical way.'
Computer Music Journal

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A Fountain Filled with Blood
Julia Spencer-Fleming
0312995431
April 2004
Mass Market Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Spencer-Fleming's second cozy-cum-thriller to feature the Reverend Clare Fergusson, an ex-army helicopter pilot turned Anglican priest, is every bit as riveting as her first, In the Bleak Midwinter (2002). A series of gay bashings, the discovery of PCBs in a local elementary school playground and a brutal murder heat up the Adirondacks town of Millers Kill, N.Y., hotter than the July weather. Clare, rector of St. Alban's Episcopal Church, and the very much married police chief Russ Van Alstyne, who have spent the last six months avoiding each other in hopes of dispelling their mutual attraction, find themselves working together on a perilous murder investigation. With eloquent exposition and natural dialogue, the precisely constructed plot moves effortlessly to its dramatic conclusion. The poignant reflections of...


Praying for Gil Hodges: A Memoir of the 1955 World Series and One Family's Love of the Brooklyn Dodgers
Thomas Oliphant
0312317611
July 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Driving over a bridge on an Indiana highway named after Hodges, a star first baseman for the Brooklyn Dodgers, sets off a chain of memories from the Dodgers' only World Series victory for Oliphant. His memoir's main narrative thread is his recollection of being allowed to skip school to watch Brooklyn take on the Yankees in the seventh game of the 1955 Series with his father, but the story takes a decidedly circuitous path; retellings of Jackie Robinson's breaking of baseball's color line and other significant moments in Dodger history appear between stories of growing up in a small Manhattan apartment as the Oliphants coped with the long-term effects of illnesses his father contracted during WWII. The Pulitzer-winning columnist interviews the pitchers for both teams, broadcaster Vin Scully and other baseball...


Breakout: The Chosin Reservoir Campaign, Korea, 1950
Martin Russ
0140292594
January 2000
Paperback
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Book Review
Martin Russ's controversial book Breakout: The Chosin Reservoir Campaign, Korea 1950 tells the riveting story of how 12,000 Army personnel and Marines fought their way out of an encirclement by more than 60,000 Chinese soldiers. A Marine wounded in combat during the Korean War, Russ writes with a passion for the men who endured freezing temperatures and scaled treacherous mountains while continuing to strike the enemy as they advanced toward safety.

While many accounts of modern war bog readers down in a morass of military and administrative details, Russ's history so clearly distinguishes the various units, locations, and personalities that shaped the campaign that it could easily be compared with the finest novels of battle, including Michael Shaara's The Killer Angels. Expertly moving between American, Chinese, and...



In the Bleak Midwinter (Clare Fergusson Series)
Julia Spencer-Fleming
0312986769
March 2003
Mass Market Paperback
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Review
"Superb!"
-Library Journal

"Terrific action scenes...what really distinguishes In the Bleak Midwinter, however, is the author's skillful portrayal of her protagonist's inner conflict."
-Washington Post Book World

"A riveting page-turner from start to finish."
-Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Fleming hits a grand slam with In the Bleak Midwinter. The tension is constant. The dialogue is dead-on. The characters are interesting, thought provoking, and honest. The prose soars above the quality usually found in this genre. To top it all off, the story twists and turns to the last page."-Denver Rocky Mountain News

"Without ever slighting the central situation of the abandoned mother and her abandoned child, Spencer-Fleming shows admirable resourcefulness in...


Summer of Fear
T. Jefferson Parker
0312952376
May 1994
Mass Market Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Timeworn thriller conventions are skillfully recycled in this suspenseful tale of serial murder and misdirection in California's Orange County. When reporter/crime writer Russell Monroe finds his former lover brutally slain in an apparently ritual style, he suspects a connection to other recent murders in the county. Somehow, the case never appears on the police blotter--although Russell saw his former colleague, homicide chief Marty Parish, leaving the scene of the crime--and soon all evidence of the death disappears. Meanwhile, a string of killings continues in the same gruesome style, and Russell becomes the contact of the deranged man responsible. As the writer gets dangerously entangled in this deadly intrigue, his wife Isabella fights a terminal brain tumor. While this material may sound hopelessly...


Bedford Companion to Shakespeare: An Introduction with Documents
Russ McDonald
0312248806
April 2001
Textbook Paperback
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Book Description
Providing a unique combination of well-written, up-to-date background information and intriguing selections from primary documents, The Bedford Companion to Shakespeare introduces readers to the topics most important to the study of Shakespeare in their full historical and cultural context.


A Fountain Filled with Blood
Julia Spencer-Fleming
0312304102
April 2003
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Spencer-Fleming's second cozy-cum-thriller to feature the Reverend Clare Fergusson, an ex-army helicopter pilot turned Anglican priest, is every bit as riveting as her first, In the Bleak Midwinter (2002). A series of gay bashings, the discovery of PCBs in a local elementary school playground and a brutal murder heat up the Adirondacks town of Millers Kill, N.Y., hotter than the July weather. Clare, rector of St. Alban's Episcopal Church, and the very much married police chief Russ Van Alstyne, who have spent the last six months avoiding each other in hopes of dispelling their mutual attraction, find themselves working together on a perilous murder investigation. With eloquent exposition and natural dialogue, the precisely constructed plot moves effortlessly to its dramatic conclusion. The poignant reflections of...


Out of the Deep I Cry (Clare Fergusson Series #3)
Julia Spencer-Fleming
0312312628
April 2004
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
In Agatha winner Spencer-Fleming's triumphant third novel (after 2003's A Fountain Filled with Blood), Clare Fergusson, Anglican priest and ex-army helicopter pilot, and Sheriff Russ Van Alstyne investigate the hidden secrets, past and present, of a prominent Millers Kill, N.Y., familyâ€"and must also face the hidden secrets of their own hearts. When the roof of St. Alban's Episcopal Church springs a leak that threatens to destroy a beautiful stained-glass window, Clare calls an emergency vestry meeting only to discover that paying for the repairs is more complicated than she expected. Mrs. Marshall, a wealthy parishioner, agrees to donate the money, though it will mean the withdrawal of funds from the town health clinic. Shortly after hearing the news, Dr. Rouse, the clinic's respected director,...

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