Books by Judith Van Gieson and Complete Book Reviews

Judith Van Gieson, Author University of New Mexico Press $12.95 (264p) ISBN 978-0-8263-3172-4
In Judy Van Gieson's tantalizing Land of Burning Heat: A Claire Reynier Mystery, her fourth novel to feature the New Mexico archivist and sometime detective, Claire gets on the trail of a 16th-century document allegedly written by a Shephardic...
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Judith Van Gieson, Author Signet Book $5.99 (272p) ISBN 978-0-451-20240-6
In her second Claire Reynier Mystery (following The Stolen Blue), Van Gieson evokes the desert beauty of New Mexico with meticulous care but fails to draw her key amateur investigator, university archivist Claire Reynier, with emotional depth. Fifty-
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Judith Van Gieson, Author HarperCollins Publishers $22 (0p) ISBN 978-0-06-017512-2
""Nobody's house is worth risking a firefighter's life for,"" says a young hotshot (a forest-fire fighter) early in the seventh outing of Albuquerque lawyer Neil Hamel. Van Gieson (Parrot Blues) gives that moral statement a human face, and, through...
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Judith Van Gieson, Author HarperCollins Publishers $17.95 (246p) ISBN 978-0-06-016167-5
Narrator Neil Hamel, an attorney and liberated woman who made her first appearance in North of the Border , seems puny in contrast to the real star of Van Gieson's second novel, a never-tamed female gyrfalcon. A chance to see the raptor takes Neil...
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Judith Van Gieson, Author HarperCollins Publishers $18.95 (216p) ISBN 978-0-06-016581-9
Hard-bitten lawyer Neil Hamel puts in her third appearance (after Raptor ) in this grim but satisfying mystery. When Lonnie Darmer, Neil's friend from the freewheeling 1970s, is found dead in one of the Indian caves near Santa Fe, N.M., the local...
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Judith Van Gieson, Author HarperCollins Publishers $23 (230p) ISBN 978-0-06-017513-9
In the eighth appearance of Albuquerque lawyer Neil Hamel (after Hotshots, 1996), Van Gieson demonstrates her deft touch with character and place as Hamel encounters the violence of teenage gangs. Neil and her Hispanic lover, the Kid, have settled...
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Judith Van Gieson, Author HarperCollins Publishers $20 (241p) ISBN 978-0-06-017706-5
Neil Hamel, the brisk Albuquerque attorney with a distinctly Southwestern spiritual side, makes her sixth appearance, after The Lies That Bind, in this clever, winning tale. Parrots mate for life, which is more than Hamel's client has done: Terrance
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Judith Van Gieson, Author University of New Mexico Press $12.95 (232p) ISBN 978-0-8263-2888-5
Claire Reynier, the 50-something Albuquerque librarian last seen in Judith Van Gieson's Vanishing Point, returns to cope with a case of a stolen book (a first edition of Melville's The Confidence-Man worth thousands) and a stolen identity (her...
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Judith Van Gieson, Author, Dana Isaacson, Editor Pocket Books $4.99 (224p) ISBN 978-0-671-74565-3
In her grim but satisfying third appearance, hard-bitten lawyer Neil Hamel investigates the alleged suicide of a friend opposed to an ugly office building's construction in Santa Fe. (Apr.)
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