Michael Lipkin

Michael Lipkin has been a writer and editor in educational publishing for more than 35 years, specializing in history, government, economics, geography, and other subjects. He has worked on staff for two top-five publishers and has been a freelancer for just about every major educational publisher and numerous smaller independent companies.

Book Reviews by Michael Lipkin

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“one can only hope that many more writers will tackle the methodology of untruth—well beyond Conway’s technique—during this bizarre and perilous political era.”

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Americans should pay close attention to Malcolm Nance.

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provides essential inspiration, information, resources, and insights.”

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Malcolm Nance’s The Plot to Hack America is an essential primer for anyone wanting to be fully informed about the unprecedented events surrounding the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

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“an obsessive page-turner, filled with gasp-inducing twists and thrills.”

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Long-time mystery fans might recall Janwillem van de Wetering’s oddball easy-going detectives de Gier and Gijpstra in this re-release of the 1975 mystery Outsider in Amsterdam.

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“All things truly wicked start from an innocence.”  —Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast

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Ndibe is a writer’s writer, and this book is a lesson in the art of the novel.”

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“a political thriller, complete with a vicious dictator, a bloody coup, the ascendance of an even more murderous dictator, and resulting grave danger to a main character.”

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“. . . don’t be put off by the magic and sorcery. If you like noir and hard-boiled mysteries, you might want to give Low Town a chance.

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Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead is a highly original, refreshing, sometimes humorous, often ironic mystery, with an intriguing and involved plot and even more fascinating b

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With Known to Evil, Walter Mosley offers the second Leonid McGill mystery.

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Stein, Stoned, Hal Ackerman’s “first Harry Stein soft-boiled murder mystery,” is a delightful, lighthearted detective story that becomes more and more intriguing and exciting as it unfolds

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The cover tag to this book reads, “The Lost Mike Hammer Sixties Novel.”  It’s an appropriate definition as The Big Bang is set smack dab in the middle of that rocking decade when free love

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“I slouched against a rusted girder Nelson Algren would have been proud of, about a block from the corner of Lake and Wabash.”

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“So women will love me.

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Read Slammer and you’ll feel a cold steel spike piercing your brain. You’ll feel your insides sucked out through your bellybutton.

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Noir, by acclaimed author Robert Coover, is a brilliant parody of noir and hardboiled fiction and film. Noir is funny yet respectful, showing knowledge of the genre it parodies.

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Hard Man is the story of Gordon Pearce, an ex-con, refusing a job for a bumbling family named the Baxters--father Jacob, sons Rog and Flash, and pregnant 16-year old daughter May.

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The Film Noir Encyclopedia is a joy for noir enthusiasts—a must-have for scholars, students, filmmakers, and fans.

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In Florida Gothic Stories, Vicki Hendricks has crafted some near-perfect gems of noir—taking noir’s twisty characters and plots and twisting them even further in imaginative and surprising

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Leigh Russell’s first novel, Cut Short, is a complex, multi-layered, extremely well structured, and involving police procedural.

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“Dusk was settling into Belfast, curling cat-ways for the night. The streets were deserted—everyone already where they wanted to be—and the city was fast becoming a startlingly quiet wasteland.