Jack Batten's Crang novels owe a bit to the original Spenser series by Robert B. Parker. That said, this is a very Canadian, really a very Toronto, version of a PI. Here, in the seventh Crang story, we have extreme wealth and antiquarian books, all with Batten's signature panache. Fletcher Marshall is Toronto's best antiquarian book dealer, with an international reputation for probity and fair dealing. When he's robbed, it's a big deal.
Jack Taylor, the closest thing to a private eye in all of Galway, sums up the present state of his health: “a sodden drunk with mutilated fingers, a hearing aid, a limp, and an on/off affair with prescription drugs.” Not that his miserable condition slows Jack to a standstill. Throughout the latest book in the dark and often hilarious Taylor series, Jack keeps bugging Ireland’s mountain-climbing team to sign him up for its next Everest expedition. He’s not kidding.
Two 15-year-old schoolboys who are both ordinary and extraordinary hold the centre roles in this touching novel from the talented Gilly Macmillan. Abdi Mahad is a Somali refugee whose father can barely support his family driving a cab in Bristol, England. Noah Sadler is the son of a highly regarded art photographer whose works on display in a Bristol gallery include intimate pictures taken in ghastly Somali camps where Abdi’s family once lived. Abdi and Noah consider themselves best friends.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".