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RICK JACKSON – Retired LAPD Homicide Detective (Part IV)

For years, “Having Read That” has featured exclusively interviews with authors about their books.  This month, I am departing from that format and I...

ANDREW GROSS – THE FIFTH COLUMN: A Novel

Author: Andrew Gross Book: THE FIFTH COLUMN: A Novel Publishing: Minotaur Books (September 10, 2019) Synopsis (from the Publisher): “One of the best historical thriller authors in the...

GARY MCAVOY – AND EVERY WORD IS TRUE

Author: Gary McAvoy Book: AND EVERY WORD IS TRUE Publishing: Literati Editions (March 4, 2019) Synopsis (from the Publisher): Truman Capote's bestselling book "In Cold Blood" has captivated...

RICK JACKSON: Retired LAPD Homicide Detective (PART III)

For years, "Having Read That" has featured exclusively interviews with authors about their books.  This month, I am departing from that format and I...

BOB STOOPS – NO EXCUSES: The Making of a Head Coach

Author: Bob Stoops (with Gene Wojciechowski) Book: NO EXCUSES: The Making of a Head Coach Publishing: Little, Brown and Company (September 10, 2019) Synopsis (from the Publisher): From...

RICK JACKSON: Retired LAPD Homicide Detective (PART II)

For years, "Having Read That" has featured exclusively interviews with authors about their books.  This month, I am departing from that format and I...

HALFTIME INTERVIEW: Anthony Curtis of Las Vegas Advisor

Here's my Davenport Cleaners Halftime interview with Anthony Curtis, the founder of Las Vegas Advisor and Huntington Press.  Lately, Anthony has been helping Jim...

PAMELA PAUL – HOW TO RAISE A READER: Fostering a Lifelong Love of Books,...

Co-Author: Pamela Paul (with Maria Russo) Book: HOW TO RAISE A READER: Fostering a Lifelong Love of Books, from Birth to Teens Publishing: Workman Publishing Company...

RICK JACKSON: Retired LAPD Homicide Detective (PART I)

For years, "Having Read That" has featured exclusively interviews with authors about their books.  This month, I am departing from that format and I...

SAUL AUSTERLITZ – GENERATION FRIENDS: An Inside Look at the Show that Defined a...

Author: Saul Austerlitz Book: GENERATION FRIENDS: An Inside Look at the Show that Defined a Television Era Publishing: Dutton (September 17, 2019) Synopsis (from the Publisher): A fascinating...

SHARON ROBINSON – CHILD OF THE DREAM: A Memoir of 1963

Author: Sharon Robinson Book: CHILD OF THE DREAM: A Memoir of 1963 Publishing: Scholastic Press (September 3, 2019) Synopsis (from the Publisher): An incredible memoir from Sharon Robinson...

BRAD MELTZER – I AM WALT DISNEY & I AM MARIE CURIE

Author: Brad Meltzer Books: I AM WALT DISNEY & I AM MARIE CURIE (Ordinary People Change the World Series) Publishing: Dial Books (September 10, 2019) Synopses (from...

HALFTIME INTERVIEW: LEWIS BLACK

Here's my Davenport Cleaners Halftime interview with Grammy Award-winning comedian Lewis Black, who is bringing his THE JOKE'S ON US TOUR to the Orpheum...

REED FARREL COLEMAN – Robert B. Parker’s THE BITTEREST PILL: A Jesse Stone Novel

Author: Reed Farrel Coleman Book: Robert B. Parker's THE BITTEREST PILL: A Jesse Stone Novel Publishing: G.P. Putnam's Sons (September 10, 2019) Synopsis (from the Publisher): The opioid...

HALFTIME INTERVIEW: Dan McCarney

Here is my Davenport Cleaners Halftime Interview with Dan McCarney.  He was an offensive lineman at Iowa from 1972-74.  He served as a graduate...

SEAN PARNELL – ALL OUT WAR: A Novel

Author: Sean Parnell Book: ALL OUT WAR: A Novel Publishing: William Morrow (September 3, 2019) Synopsis (from the Publisher): “Eric Steele and author Sean Parnell are the real...

KARIN SLAUGHTER – THE LAST WIDOW: A Novel

Author: Karin Slaughter Book: THE LAST WIDOW: A Novel Publishing: William Morrow (August 20, 2019) Synopsis (from the Publisher): New York Times bestselling author Karin Slaughter brings back...

STEVE RUSHIN – NIGHTS IN WHITE CASTLE: A Memoir

Author: Steve Rushin Book: NIGHTS IN WHITE CASTLE: A Memoir Publishing: Little, Brown and Company (August 20, 2019) Synopsis (from the Publisher): Picking up where he left off...

TOM O’NEILL – CHAOS: Charles Manson, the CIA, and the Secret History of the...

Co-Author: Tom O'Neill (with Dan Piepenbring) Book: CHAOS: Charles Manson, the CIA, and the Secret History of the Sixties Publishing: Little, Brown and Company (June 25,...

T. JEFFERSON PARKER – THE LAST GOOD GUY (A Roland Ford Novel)

Author: T. Jefferson Parker Book: THE LAST GOOD GUY (A Roland Ford Novel) Publishing: G.P. Putnam's Sons (August 13, 2019) Synopsis (from the Publisher): In this electrifying new...

DELBERT MCCLINTON – TALL, DARK, & HANDSOME

Here's my Davenport Cleaners Halftime Show interview with three-time Grammy Award-winning performer Delbert McClinton.  The singer-songwriter recently released his latest album, Tall, Dark, &...

C.J Box – THE BITTERROOTS: A Novel

Author: C.J. Box Book: THE BITTERROOTS: A Novel Publishing: Minotaur Books (August 13, 2019) Synopsis (from the Publisher): A riveting new novel from New York Times bestselling and...

IVOR DAVIS – MANSON EXPOSED: A Reporter’s 50-Year Journey into Madness and Murder

Author: Ivor Davis Book: MANSON EXPOSED: A Reporter's 50-Year Journey into Madness and Murder Publishing: Cockney Kid Publishing (July 22, 2019) Synopsis (from the Publisher): American based Foreign...

MARTIN CLARK – THE SUBSTITUTION ORDER: A Novel

Author: Martin Clark Book: THE SUBSTITUTION ORDER: A Novel Publishing: Knopf (July 9, 2019) Synopsis (from the Publisher): From Martin Clark--praised by Entertainment Weekly as "our best legal-thriller...

ROBERT CRAIS – A DANGEROUS MAN: An Elvis Cole and Joe Pike Novel

Author: Robert Crais Book: A DANGEROUS MAN: An Elvis Cole and Joe Pike Novel Publishing: G.P. Putnam's Sons (August 6, 2019) Synopsis (from the Publisher): A brilliant new...

J. RYAN STRADAL – THE LAGER QUEEN OF MINNESOTA: A Novel

Author: J. Ryan Stradal Book: THE LAGER QUEEN OF MINNESOTA: A Novel Publishing: Pamela Dorman Books (July 23, 2019) Synopsis (from the Publisher): “The perfect pick-me-up on a...

SHARI LAPENA – SOMEONE WE KNOW: A Novel

Author: Shari Lapena Book: SOMEONE WE KNOW: A Novel Publishing: Pamela Dorman Books (July 30, 2019) Synopsis (from the Publisher): "No-one does suburban paranoia like Shari Lapena--this slowly...

JON GREENBERG – IF THESE WALLS COULD TALK: Stories from the Chicago Cubs Dugout,...

Author: Jon Greenberg Book: IF THESE WALLS COULD TALK: Stories from the Chicago Cubs Dugout, Locker Room, and Press Box Publishing: Triumph Books; None edition (June...

DAVID BALDACCI – ONE GOOD DEED

Author: David Baldacci Book: ONE GOOD DEED Publishing: Grand Central Publishing (July 23, 2019) Synopsis (from the Publisher): The #1 New York Times bestselling author David Baldacci introduces...

RICHARD A. CLARKE – THE FIFTH DOMAIN: Defending our Country, our Companies, and Ourselves...

Co-author: Richard A. Clarke (with Robert K. Knake) Book: THE FIFTH DOMAIN: Defending our Country, our Companies, and Ourselves in the Age of Cyber Threats Publishing:...

J. TODD SCOTT – THIS SIDE OF NIGHT: A Novel

Author: J. Todd Scott Book: THIS SIDE OF NIGHT: A Novel Publishing: G.P. Putnam's Sons (July 16, 2019) Synopsis (from the Publisher): The vicious Mexican cartel war boils...

MARK GREANEY – RED METAL

Co-Author: Mark Greaney (with Lt. Col. H. Ripley Rawlings IV, USMC) Book: RED METAL Publishing: Berkley (July 16, 2019) Synopsis (from the Publisher): From the New York Times...

ALISON GAYLIN – NEVER LOOK BACK: A Novel

Author: Alison Gaylin Book: NEVER LOOK BACK: A Novel Publishing: William Morrow (July 2, 2019) Synopsis (from the Publisher): Reminiscent of the bestsellers of Laura Lippman and Harlan...

STEVEN M. GILLON – AMERICA’S RELUCTANT PRINCE: THE LIFE OF JOHN F. KENNEDY, JR.

Author: Steven M. Gillon Book: AMERICA'S RELUCTANT PRINCE: The Life of John F. Kennedy, Jr. Publishing: Dutton (July 9, 2019) Synopsis (from the Publisher): A major new biography...

ACE ATKINS – THE SHAMELESS: A Quinn Colson Novel

Author: Ace Atkins Book: THE SHAMELESS: A Quinn Colson Novel Publishing: G.P. Putnam's Sons (July 9, 2019) Synopsis (from the Publisher): Buried secrets, dirty lies, and unbridled greed...

LAUREN KATE – THE ORPHAN’S SONG: A Novel

Author: Lauren Kate Book: THE ORPHAN'S SONG: A Novel Publishing: G.P. Putnam's Sons (June 25, 2019) Synopsis (from the Publisher): The historical adult debut novel by # 1...

MAUREEN CALLAHAN – AMERICAN PREDATOR: The Hunt for the Most Meticulous Serial Killer of...

Author: Maureen Callahan Book: AMERICAN PREDATOR: The Hunt for the Most Meticulous Serial Killer of the 21st Century Publishing: Viking (July 2, 2019) Synopsis (from the Publisher): A Washington...

LOUIS BAYARD – COURTING MR. LINCOLN: A Novel

Author: Louis Bayard Book: COURTING MR. LINCOLN: A Novel Publishing: Algonquin Books (April 23, 2019) Synopsis (from the Publisher): A page-turning novel about the brilliant, melancholic future president...

CLARE MACKINTOSH – AFTER THE END: A Novel

Author: Clare Mackintosh Book: AFTER THE END: A Novel Publishing: G.P. Putnam's Sons (June 25, 2019) Synopsis (from the Publisher): From New York Times bestselling author Clare Mackintosh...

J. RANDY TARABORRELLI – THE KENNEDY HEIRS: John, Caroline, and the New Generation –...

Author: J. Randy Taraborrelli Book: THE KENNEDY HEIRS: John, Caroline, and the New Generation - A Legacy of Tragedy and Triumph Publishing: St. Martin's Press (June...

LARRY DIAMOND – ILL WINDS: Saving Democracy from Russian Rage, Chinese Ambition, and American...

Author: Larry Diamond Book: ILL WINDS: Saving Democracy from Russian Rage, Chinese Ambition, and American Complacency Publishing: Penguin Press (June 11, 2019) Synopsis (from the Publisher): From America’s...

LISA BRENNAN-JOBS – SMALL FRY: A Memoir

Author: Lisa Brennan-Jobs Book: SMALL FRY: A Memoir Publishing: Grove Press; Paperback edition (June 18, 2019) Synopsis (from the Publisher): A NEW YORK TIMES AND NEW YORKER TOP 10...

RENEE ROSEN – PARK AVENUE SUMMER: A Novel

Author: Renee Rosen Book: PARK AVENUE SUMMER: A Novel Publishing: Berkley (April 30, 2019) Synopsis (from the Publisher): “‘Mad Men meets The Devil Wears Prada,’ which might as...

DAVID SEDARIS – CALYPSO

Author: David Sedaris Book: CALYPSO Publishing: Back Bay Books; Paperback edition (June 4, 2019) Synopsis (from the Publisher): David Sedaris returns with his most deeply personal and darkly...

NATHANIEL PHILBRICK – IN THE HURRICANE’S EYE: The Genius of George Washington and the...

Author: Nathaniel Philbrick Book: IN THE HURRICANE'S EYE: The Genius of George Washington and the Victory at Yorktown Publishing: Penguin Books; Paperback edition (June 4, 2019) Synopsis...

GILLIAN McALLISTER – THE GOOD SISTER

Author: Gillian McAllister Book: THE GOOD SISTER Publishing: G.P. Putnam's Sons (June 11, 2019) Synopsis (from the Publisher): An electrifying novel about the unyielding bond between two sisters,...

LOUISE CANDLISH – THOSE PEOPLE

Author: Louise Candlish Book: THOSE PEOPLE Publishing: Berkley (June 11, 2019) Synopsis (from the Publisher): From the author of the international bestseller Our House, a new novel of...

MIKE MADEN – TOM CLANCY ENEMY CONTACT: A Jack Ryan, Jr. Novel

Author: Mike Maden Book: TOM CLANCY ENEMY CONTACT: A Jack Ryan Jr. Novel Publishing: G.P. Putnam's Sons (June 11, 2019) AUDIO BOOK EXCERPT! (Audio excerpted courtesy Penguin...

KIM HOOPER – TINY: A Novel

Author: Kim Hooper Book: TINY: A Novel Publishing: Turner (June 11, 2019) Synopsis (from the Publisher): Nate and Annie Forester are faced with every parent’s worst nightmare when...

NEIL MILLER – SEX CRIME PANIC: A Journey to the Paranoid Heart of the...

Author: Neil Miller Book: SEX CRIME PANIC: A Journey to the Paranoid Heart of the 1950s Publishing: Alyson Books - 2002 NOTE: Unfortunately, this book is out-of-print. ...
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