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About the author:
John Janovy, Jr. (PhD, University of Oklahoma, 1965) is the author of seventeen books and over ninety scientific papers and book chapters. These books range from textbooks to science fiction to essays on athletics. He is now retired, but when an active faculty member held the Paula and D. B. Varner Distinguished Professorship in Biological Sciences at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His research interest is parasitology. He has been Director of UNL’s Cedar Point Biological Station, Interim Director of the University of Nebraska State Museum, Assistant Dean of Arts and Sciences, and secretary-treasurer of the American Society of Parasitologists.
His teaching experiences include large-enrollment freshman biology courses, Field Parasitology at the Cedar Point Biological Station, Invertebrate Zoology, Parasitology, Organismic Biology, and numerous honors seminars. He has supervised thirty-two graduate students, and approximately 50 undergraduate researchers, including ten Howard Hughes scholars.
His honors include the University of Nebraska Distinguished Teaching Award, University Honors Program Master Lecturer, American Health Magazine book award (for Fields of Friendly Strife), State of Nebraska Pioneer Award, University of Nebraska Outstanding Research and Creativity Award, The Nature Conservancy Hero recognition, Nebraska Library Association Mari Sandoz Award, UNL Library Friend’s Hartley Burr Alexander Award, and the American Society of Parasitologists Clark P. Read Mentorship Award.
on April 14, 2013 :
People with college-age kids should read this book. Folks who enjoy quick-paced murder mysteries, need to read this book. Janovy's writing appeals to anyone who appreciates a story that "sings" to them and, by golly, Sticks and Stones has it all.
It's wonderfully refreshing to observe a detective who is very capable at his job, even when his duties bring him into close contact with college profs, and others who earn their living behind hallowed college walls. I especially enjoy the author's humor and his way with words. Such as, "I smiled a funeral home director's smile."
Janovy's murder mystery is a pleasure to read. I can say that because I'm happy that I came across this book at Smashwords. I not only enjoyed reading it, I learned a great deal too. Can you possibly imagine an epidemic of bed bugs? Do you know how to get rid of them if they invade your space? I itch all over at the thought. There's more to this story than bugs and such. Several times, while following the story, I found myself leaning back in my chair, scratching my head and muttering to myself, "Well I'll be." It's the method of writing that makes the book astoundingly interesting.
This is a mystery combined with murder that's intertwined throughout a college community. Readers will make room on their eBook shelf for this one. Sticks and Stones is a keeper, and I look forward to the next one by John Janovy Jr.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)