Net Galley Reviews of “The Undiscovered Country”

Net Galley is a service authors use to post their books online for objective reviewers and members of the press around the country. Here are a few samples of reviews of “The Undiscovered Country”. Annemarie Barbato https://www.netgalley.com/book/131785/review/219249 Faye Dasen https://www.netgalley.com/book/131785/review/157483 Jeanette Melton https://www.netgalley.com/book/131785/review/401307 Take a moment to read the unbiased commentary.

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Kirkus Indie Reviews The Undiscovered Country

In Nemeth’s thriller, a son travels to Georgia to care for his ill mother and becomes disturbed by the dubious behavior of her doctors and his own siblings. Randle Marks has been estranged from his family for years, but when his sister-in-law calls to say that his mom, Elaine, has had a heart attack, he…

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Publishers’ Weekly Review of Defiled

The April 24, 2017 issue of Publishers’ Weekly carries a review of my debut novel, Defiled. It is a privilege and an honor to be reviewed by the industry’s premier magazine and I am grateful. Relatively few books are accorded this honor. I found the review to be accurate in both its praise and its…

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When is a mystery not a mystery?

Over the weekend I attended a writer’s workshop in Atlanta and was inspired by Chuck Sambuchino’s speeches (you know him as the editor of Writers’ Digest) and a meeting with Mark Gottlieb of Trident Media. These soirees are always the source of insightful information about the writing craft and the writing business. They also provide…

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Changing Tastes

I’ve read interviews with William Faulkner, Ernest Hemmingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Thomas Wolfe and as I’ve compared the questions those legends were asked to the questions I’m now asked by interviewers, I’ve become aware of the changes in readers’ tastes, and in the measures by which we judge “good writing”, and of the change…

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Why Writers Write

Ran across this quote from George Orwell (1984, Animal Farm): “When I sit down to write a book, I do not say to myself, ‘I am going to produce a work of art.’ I write it because there is some lie that I want to expose, some fact to which I want to draw attention,…

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Morality and the Holiday Season

Ah, the Holidays, the season when our hearts overflow with goodwill toward our fellow man. Well, maybe some hearts have little capacity for joy. The scene yesterday was the overflowing parking lot at a suburban Atlanta mall. Lines of cars waited impatiently for shoppers to empty spaces and make room for new arrivals. I was…

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The Season to be Jolly

Friends and family ask what I want for Christmas and I invariably tell them: books. Which books? Anything new by Joseph Kanon, Martin Cruz Smith, Robert Harris, Olen Steinhauer, Nelson DeMille or Michael Lewis, I tell them.  At the moment, Mr. Smith has a new title on bookshelves called The Girl from Venice. I expect to find…

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Of Heroes and Villains

Many newly published novels, perhaps even most of them, have easily recognizable heroes and villains. The heroes are all-powerful, all-avenging, pure-of-heart, upstanding citizens. The villains are easily recognizable as well–pure evil packaged in human form. No complex explanations are needed to justify the actions of either the heroes or the villains. The villains do evil because…

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