Most widely held works by Christopher Penn
Reservoir dogs ( Visual )
9 editions published between 1993 and 2009 in English and held by 1,244 libraries worldwide
"They were perfect strangers, assembled to pull off the perfect crime. Then their simple robbery explodes into a bloody ambush, and the ruthless killers realize one of them is [an undercover police officer]. But which one?" -- Container.
Starsky & Hutch ( Visual )
4 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 1,099 libraries worldwide
Set in the 1970s Bay City, two undercover police detective, Ken "Hutch" Hutchinson and Dave Starsky, always seem to get the toughest cases from their boss, Captain Dobey. They rely on their street informer Huggy Bear and race to the scene of the crimes in their souped-up 1974 Ford Torino hot rod. The two are on their first big case which involves a former college campus drug dealer who has gone on to become a white collar criminal dealing in a new "undetectable" form of cocaine.
Murder by numbers ( Visual )
4 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 969 libraries worldwide
The clues in a Jane Doe murder case points one way, yet detective Cassie Mayweather thinks another way. There's something too perfect about the way the forensic evidence leads to an obvious perpetrator - something that ties to Cassie's secret past.
Pale rider ( Visual )
14 editions published between 1985 and 2010 in 3 languages and held by 884 libraries worldwide
Corporate mining boss Coy LaHood offers the independent pan miners a deal: get out or be carried out. The terrorized miners have little choice but to accept until a nameless stranger rides into their camp. The miners call him "Preacher." But to LaHood, he's an avenging pale rider and hell follows with him.
Footloose ( Visual )
3 editions published between 2001 and 2011 in English and held by 830 libraries worldwide
City-boy Ren McCormick finds he has been moved into an uptight Midwestern town where the local officials have banned dancing and rock 'n roll music. Ren revolts with his best friend Willard and the minister's daughter. A timeless struggle between innocent teenage pleasures and adults' need for rigid morality.
Rush hour ( Visual )
12 editions published between 1998 and 2010 in English and French and held by 794 libraries worldwide
A wise-cracking cop from L.A. and a high-flying cop from Hong Kong join forces to track down a kidnapper.
Short cuts ( Visual )
9 editions published between 1993 and 2009 in English and German and held by 759 libraries worldwide
While helicopters overhead spray against a Medfly infestation, a group of peoples' lives in Los Angeles intersect, some casually, some to more lasting effect. While they go out to concerts and jazz clubs and even have their pools cleaned, these same folks also lie, drink, and cheat. Death itself seems never to be far away. A look at human life and American culture with over 20 lives interweaving.
Reservoir dogs ( Visual )
52 editions published between 1991 and 2009 in 5 languages and held by 730 libraries worldwide
"They were perfect strangers, assembled to pull off the perfect crime. Then their simple robbery explodes into a bloody ambush, and the ruthless killers realize one of them is a police informer. But which one?"--Container.
After the sunset ( Visual )
2 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 636 libraries worldwide
Two master thieves are finally retiring after one last incredibly successful heist. Moving to the Bahamas to reside in their own tropical paradise, the pair's old nemesis, FBI Agent Stan P. Lloyd shows up to make sure they really are retired. Docked in the port is a ocean liner called the "Diamond Cruise" and Stan is convinced that they're not really retired at all, and that this is just the next set up. While Lola is busy settling into their new life, Max is contemplating whether or not to steal the famous Napoleon diamond.
To Wong Foo, thanks for everything, Julie Newmar ( Visual )
3 editions published between 1995 and 2003 in English and German and held by 481 libraries worldwide
En route from New York City to Hollywood for a drag queen beauty pageant, Noxeema, Vida and Chi Chi are stranded in a tiny Midwestern town when their 1967 Cadillac breaks down. When their glitz and glamour wake up the sleepy local citizens, the stage is set for an outrageously funny weekend.
Rumble fish ( Visual )
2 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 451 libraries worldwide
Rusty James is a troubled teen who lives in the shadow of his older brother, "the Motorcycle Boy." He wants to be smart, tough, and cool like his sibling. Trouble is, he seems to only have the tough part down. Rusty isn't a leader like his brother, he's only good at getting people into trouble and trying to kick and punch his way out of it. Everyone around him has given up on Rusty James, and he's going to destroy anybody around him, including himself. When his brother returns, Rusty has to come to grips with who they both really are.
Corky Romano ( Visual )
3 editions published between 2001 and 2002 in English and held by 375 libraries worldwide
Corky is an oddball veterinarian with a penchant for pop music from the '80s. As a youth, he was kicked out of his Mafia-connected family. Now his father has been indicted and needs Corky to infiltrate the FBI and steal the government's evidence against him. Corky is willing to help his family, but his brothers go overboard when intimidating the computer hacker who gets Corky's bogus application into the FBI academy, presenting him as a super agent named Pissant. Now Corky must live up to his reputation for an eminently qualified top cop while simultaneously trying to get the goods on his dad.
Faerie tale theatre ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 372 libraries worldwide
This award-winning series brings to life 26 of the most magical classic fairy tales of all time, now digitally remastered.
Stealing Harvard ( Visual )
3 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 346 libraries worldwide
John leads a simple and happy life. He has a beautiful fiancée and has a job in his future father-in-law's company. Everything is great until his favorite niece surprises him with her acceptance to Harvard University and he is reminded of a long forgotten oath he made to foot the bill. Desperate, John turns to his best friend for help. It is decided that they must turn to a temporary life of crime to raise the cash needed.
The Darwin awards ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 269 libraries worldwide
Based on four best-selling non-fiction books of over 700 Darwin Award cases, an insurance claims investigator teams up with a forensic detective to investigate potential Darwin Award cases. Winners are saluted for the improvement of the human genome by honoring those who accidentally kill themselves in really stupid ways.
Mulholland Falls ( Visual )
4 editions published between 1996 and 1998 in English and held by 243 libraries worldwide
What begins as a simple murder case, turns into a politically embroiled tug of war. Several clues seem to lead towards a restricted government post in the Nevada desert where nuclear bombs are being tested for military use.
The funeral ( Visual )
14 editions published between 1996 and 2009 in English and German and held by 183 libraries worldwide
In New York City in the 1930s, a powerful crime family is caught in a lethal crossfire between union organizers and brutal corporate bosses.
Holly ( Visual )
3 editions published between 2007 and 2010 in English and held by 142 libraries worldwide
The notorious red light district of Phnom Penh, Cambobia. Patrick is an American card shark and dealer of stolen artifacts who has been living in Cambodia for years. He encounters Holly, a 12-year-old Vietnamese girl, in the K11 red light village. Sold by her impoverished family and smuggled across the border to work as a prostitute. Holly's virginity makes her a lucrative prize. She is sold to a child trafficker. Patrick embarks on a frantic search to bring her to safety.
Deceiver ( Visual )
9 editions published between 1997 and 2002 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 130 libraries worldwide
A riveting psychological thriller, charged with unbridled suspense and powerful peformances. An edge-of-your-seat mystery that delves into the chilling. murky depths of truth and deception.
Beethoven's dog-gone best movie pack ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 104 libraries worldwide
Adopted by the Newton household's three children, an adorable little St. Bernard puppy grows into 185 pounds of disaster-prone trouble; There's trouble in the heir when Beethoven becomes the proud father of four pups, each one an adorable but mischievous bundle of joy; When two bumbling thieves threaten the safety of his family on vacation, Beethoven sets out to put a bit on the bad guys; It's a case of double trouble when Beethoven is mistaken for a rich family's extremely well-trained St. Bernard; Spending his summer vacation in an old mining town with wacky Uncle Freddy, Beethoven sniffs up a clue to a legendary lost treasure and uncovers the ghosts that protect the town's secrets; Adopted by an aspiring Hollywood animal trainer, a big-hearted St. Bernard winds up as the slobbering star of a major motion picture.
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Penn, Chris 1962-2006
Penn, Christopher 1965-2006
Multiple languages (9)
No Linguistic content (4)