WorldCat Identities

Provost, Gary 1944-

Works: 41 works in 126 publications in 2 languages and 7,001 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Case studies  Fiction  True crime stories  Handbooks and manuals  Juvenile works  Trials, litigation, etc  Reference works 
Roles: Author, Contributor, Other
Classifications: PN2287.B48, B
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Gary Provost
Without mercy : obsession and murder under the influence by Gary Provost( Book )

3 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 656 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Perfect husband : the true story of the trusting bride who discovered her husband was a coldblooded killer by Gary Provost( Book )

3 editions published between 1991 and 1992 in English and held by 652 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lisa Fotopoulos could not have asked for a more loving, caring, and affectionate spouse than Kosta. Her parents adored him; he was the nice young man that they had always dreamed Lisa would marry. But behind Kosta's innocent face and seductive charm, he was anything but the perfect husband. The sun-drenched shores of Daytona Beach, Florida, provided a model setting for their marriage. A wealthy and respected businesswoman, Lisa had always been outspoken when it came to keeping the criminal element clear of the boardwalk where her family owned and operated the Joyland Amusement Center. Now her husband wanted to open up a pool hall, the kind of place that attracted lowlifes. But Kosta insisted that Top Shots would be different, and put Lisa's mind at ease with his usual gentle persuasion. But Top Shots soon became a haven for runaways, prostitutes and smalltime hoodlums--with Kosta as their ringleader. He ran a counterfeiting ring, dealt in drugs, arms, stolen cars...and had an affair with Deidre Hunt, an attractive, bikini-clad Top Shots waitress who harassed customers for tips. Abused as a child, Deidre was a drifter, sexually voracious and reckless. Kosta and Deidre were a match made in hell, an amoral couple whose appetite for ultimate sensation took them over the edge. One night, in the seclusion of nearby woods, Deidre shot a teenage boy to death--a hideous execution captured by Kosta on videotape. Their murderous spree had just begun. Meanwhile, strange things started happening to Lisa. Within several weeks she was in two near-fatal car crashes and was accosted at gunpoint in her office. Her devoted husband joked about her driving and gave her a gun to protect herself. Shortly before sunrise on November 4, 1989, while Lisa and Kosta slept peacefully, a stranger entered their bedroom and drew a gun. The intruder's bullet brought their storybook marriage to a shattering end, revealing a tangled web of greed and depravity that shook the city of Daytona Beach to its core.--From dust jacket
Finder : the true story of a private investigator by Marilyn Greene( Book )

7 editions published between 1987 and 2014 in English and held by 535 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A private investigator who specialized in finding missing persons chronicles her triumphs, dead ends, and disappointments
Bogart : in search of my father by Stephen Humphrey Bogart( Book )

19 editions published between 1995 and 2012 in English and held by 513 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

For countless millions, Humphrey Bogart?s screen performances and real-life persona merged to make him one of the world?s most fabled figures?a legend of mythic proportions. Or, as his Sam Spade would have put it?the stuff that dreams are made of. But for his only son, Stephen, eight years old in 1957 when his father died of lung cancer, Humphrey Bogart?s giant shadow was a burden he carried until he finally came to understand the private man behind his father?s public face. And now, in this candid and insightful biography, Stephen Bogart explores and illuminates Humphrey Bogart?s life, work, and relationships as they never have been before. Writing with the encouragement of his famous mother, Lauren Bacall, Stephen calls on his memories, and take full advantage of the extraordinary access he has had to friends and colleagues of his father. The result is an intimate and personal profile of an enigmatic man whose tough image contrasted with very human ambitions and vulnerabilities. It is also a vastly entertaining book, filled with fascinating stories involving Frank Sinatra, Katharine Hepburn,?Swifty? Lazar, John Huston, Stephen Bogart?s stepfather, Jason Robards, and many others. Here is Humphrey Bogart, the pro?s pro on the set and the Hollywood renegade off it. The man?s man, the ladies? man, the hard worker, and the man who liked to drink too much. The husband in three roller-coaster marriages and finally one perfect match, the proud father and absentee parent, the good friend and even better enemy. Here are eye-witness accounts of his most celebrated public misdeeds and moving testimonies of his most unexpected private moments. And finally, in perhaps the most compelling chapter of this shining saga, here is the close-up of Bogart?s last months, where his courage, dignity, and humor made his most stirring celluloid roles seem pale. Combining the drama of Humphrey Bogart?s life with that of a son whose path of reconciliation first had to move through a very difficult time, this is biography at its best?at once a loving tribute and a fascinating revelation. This ebook edition includes photographs directly from Stephen Bogart's personal collection
Popcorn by Gary Provost( Book )

3 editions published between 1985 and 1986 in English and held by 486 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Three twelve-year-olds work for fame in the pop music world, receiving inspiration from a martial arts teacher
Make every word count : a guide to writing that works--for fiction and nonfiction by Gary Provost( Book )

4 editions published in 1980 in English and held by 438 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

How to tell a story : the secrets of writing captivating tales by Peter Rubie( Book )

4 editions published between 1998 and 1999 in English and held by 435 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The renowned Gary Provost and his colleague Peter Rubie show readers how to transform their fiction, nonfiction or screenplay idea into a tale sure to find an audience. To catch the elusive yellow elephant, a young girl must utilize two raisins, three cakes, a pair of tweezers, a telescope, her uncle, and her imagination in this romp through the absurd. Full-color illustrations
David and Max by Gary Provost( Book )

5 editions published between 1988 and 2006 in English and held by 341 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

While spending the summer with his grandfather Max and helping him search for a friend believed to have perished in the Holocaust, twelve-year-old David discovers many things about Max's terrible years during World War II and subsequent family relationships
Make your words work by Gary Provost( Book )

5 editions published between 1990 and 2001 in English and held by 292 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Examines the fundamentals of style, character, dialogue, description, and point of view in writing both fiction and nonfiction
Good if it goes by Gary Provost( Book )

7 editions published between 1984 and 1990 in English and held by 273 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Twelve-year-old David, juggling the demands of Shrimp League basketball and preparations for his upcoming Bar Mitzvah, strives to please Kelly, his dream-girl classmate, as well as his ailing grandfather and traditional parents
High stakes : inside the new Las Vegas by Gary Provost( Book )

3 editions published in 1994 in English and Undetermined and held by 253 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

For decades, the name "Las Vegas" summoned up the image of a neon world of nonstop gambling, gangsters, sex, and adult entertainment. But today, Las Vegas has transformed itself into a family vacation spot second only to Disneyworld on America's leisure-time itinerary. What - and who - is responsible for this multibillion-dollar transformation? With High Stakes, Gary Provost takes the reader on a wide-ranging tour of Nevada's newly revitalized 21st-century vacation world. This inside look at both the gaming business and its new total entertainment centers, which now host twenty million visitors a year, reveals how Las Vegas became a clean, attractive, family-oriented resort. Today, casino gambling is just one attraction of many, most of them new: amazing theme parks, spectacular virtual-reality rides, futuristic glass domes, the world's tallest tower, a sky laser that can be seen all the way to Los Angeles. Circus Circus Enterprises Inc. is used as a model of excellence to show how the Las Vegas gaming industry develops, markets, and delivers its entertainment "product" at a lower price, and with greater profits, than any of its competitors. Highlighted by a preview of Circus Circus' astonishing pyramid - Luxor - the new centerpiece of the greatest gaming empire in history, High Stakes includes extensive interviews with Luxor's legendary creator, William G. Bennett, the man who taught the entire gaming industry how to attract the vast market of family-oriented vacationers. Also covered are all the games of chance that a casino like Circus Circus offers and the odds each gives; everything the casino hands out for free and why; the different ways in which high rollers and ordinary folk are treated; how legendary casinos of the past have crashed to oblivion and the hot newcomers that have taken their place; and the increasing competition from Atlantic City and the growing list of other venues of legal gambling in the United States. Timely, wide-ranging, and well informed, this eye-opening book traces the evolution of Las Vegas from "Sin City" to the "Orlando of the West." Whether you are interested in gambling, business, or the changing face of America, High Stakes is fascinating
100 ways to improve your writing by Gary Provost( Book )

12 editions published between 1972 and 2014 in English and held by 230 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Provides techniques and advice explaining how to write with style, get inspiration, and master grammar, spelling, and punctuation
Beyond style : mastering the finer points of writing by Gary Provost( Book )

2 editions published between 1988 and 2015 in English and held by 229 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

To write well, you must reach beyond the classroom basics of composition, get a grip on the more complex concepts, and learn how to create books, articles, and stories that move—not only from the editor’s desk to the bookstore, but also in the minds of your readers.  In this book, accomplished writer Gary Provost helps you tackle that tough task. Here you’ll touch the soul of fine fiction and nonfiction. You’ll explore the intangibles: the relationships between form and content, proportion and pacing, slant and theme. And you’ll gain a new perspective on how words work together. In that newfound knowledge you’ll find power—power Provost helps you transfer to the page. In candid, conversational style, he shows you: how to balance event and dialogue to keep the pace lively, why unity is essential to a story—and how to maintain it, how to make the written word pleasing to the ear, the value of fresh, strong imagery, how startling originality will keep your readers interested, how to make your story credible—even when it’s fiction, how subtlety allows your reader to participate in the action, how to tighten up the tension at every level of your story. Provost makes no promise that the work will be easy. He promises only that your books, articles, and stories will get better. There are, after all, no magic words—except those you put on the page
Fatal dosage by Gary Provost( Book )

3 editions published between 1985 and 2015 in English and held by 151 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

FATAL DOSAGE Becoming a nurse was the realization of Anne Capute’s lifelong dream. Now she had everything she wanted—until the nightmare began at Morton General Hospital.   THE CRIME Licensed practical nurse Anne Capute administered a fatal dose of morphine to a dying patient, Norma Leanues. Anne claimed she was following common practice at Morton General, with a verbal approval by Dr. Hillier, to administer unrestricted doses of morphine as a humane antidote to the unbearable suffering of terminal cases.   THE CHARGE One day after the death of Mrs. Leanues, Dr. Hillier was off on a European vacation, and Anne Capute was suspended. Three days later she was advised to retain a lawyer—she would be standing trial for first degree murder. THE TRIAL One after another, doctors and nurses with whom Anne had worked so closely testified against her. And the most damaging prosecution witness of all was Dr. Hillier. Suddenly Anne’s life’s dream was destroyed. And as her personal life, too, began to shatter, there remained little hope of acquittal—or justice.   Anne Capute: A woman on trial for her life. One dedicated nurse battling against the vast influence of the medical establishment. Hers is a true story of courage, drama, and penetrating suspense that no reader will soon forget
The pork chop war by Gary Provost( Book )

2 editions published in 1982 in English and held by 135 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Thirteen-year-old Brian describes life with his young mother and his two brothers in a run-down section of Boston, and his adventures with a young man who seems almost a third brother
How to write & sell true crime : how to spot local stories and turn them into gripping national bestsellers by Gary Provost( Book )

6 editions published between 1991 and 2014 in English and French and held by 131 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

It all starts with a newspaper article depiciting an unthinkable crime in a local community. From these headlines, a skilled writer can weave a full-length book - developing the characters, determining the motives, reporting on the judgment. That writer could be you
The freelance writer's handbook by Gary Provost( Book )

4 editions published in 1982 in English and held by 122 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Across the border : the true story of the satanic cult killings in Matamoros, Mexico by Gary Provost( Book )

2 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 100 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Into their own hands by Gary Provost( Book )

2 editions published between 1994 and 2013 in English and held by 58 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

They are battered women, grieving parents, and burglarized homeowners who responded to criminal violence by taking the law into their own hands. Their cases have struck a deep chord in American society. Are they victims of a failing judicial system or criminals themselves? Gary Provost examines stories of ordinary citizens who have taken on the roles of judge, jury and--sometimes--executioner
Baffled in Boston : a mystery by Gary Provost( Book )

2 editions published between 1996 and 2001 in English and held by 35 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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How to tell a story : the secrets of writing captivating tales
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프로보스트, 개리 1944-

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How to tell a story : the secrets of writing captivating talesDavid and MaxMake your words work100 ways to improve your writingInto their own handsBaffled in Boston : a mystery