Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 1750)

OUT AFTER DARK by Kai Maristed
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"A moving portrait—acid-etched and bleakly real—of a severely dysfunctional family, although its fragmentary nature makes it seem more scrapbook than well-integrated fiction."
One of childhood's worst nightmares comes true in this gritty first novel: While their parents go exploring, two small children take a nap in an Alpine meadow—only to wake up orphans in a world full of strangers. Read full book review >
THE DEATH OF THE BODY by C.K. Stead
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"An amusing, clever, and agreeably literate portrait of a hapless Lucky Jim sort."
A witty romp through New Zealand academe—with metafiction and mystery joining hands in the picaresque adventures of Professor Harry Butler, obsessed with the Mind/Body problem in more ways than one. Read full book review >

FREE TO LOVE by Ivana Trump
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"Yet Trump's practical, optimistic heroine beguiles the reader even as her glitzy, international milieu dazzles and entertains."
Plucky Czech socialite Katrinka Graham returns (For Love Alone—not reviewed)—this time juggling a fleet of hotels, a new marriage, a late pregnancy, a social life in St. Read full book review >
DEATH IN A FAR COUNTRY by Sheila MacGill Callahan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"Undemanding first-mystery fare from children's author Callahan, whose culprits are, alas, less believable—and engaging- -than the Donodios and Con."
Trouble's afoot at N.Y.C.'s Irish Cultural Center, where retired history professor Brian Donodio—on his first day teaching a survey course—meets a purple-haired punk named Melisande and gets a mysterious please-can-we-meet note from visiting Irish cop Maureen Sullivan. Read full book review >
THE JAGUAR PRINCESS by Clare E. Bell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"Worth a try for historical-fantasy regulars."
Rather ponderous historical fantasy set in the Aztec empire before the advent of Columbus: from the author of People of the sky (1989). Read full book review >

PRESUMPTION by Julia Barrett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"Otherwise, a stylish entertainment that may lead some to the unsurpassable Jane."
A witty, amusing sequel to Pride and Prejudice from the pseudonymous Barrett (in real life, Julia Braun Kessler and Gabrielle Donnelly, Holy Mother, 1987). Read full book review >
SHOW BUSINESS by Kevin Coyne
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"Next time you're standing on line for a concert, this book would make the ideal companion."
Musicians rail against Tin Pan Alley in this pungent collection of short pieces, average length one to three pages, from longtime British recording artist Coyne (author of an earlier collection, The Party Dress, 1991—not reviewed). Read full book review >
CAPTAIN SWING by Larry Duplechan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"Duplechan's women, whom he consistently draws better than his men, give some solidity to what is otherwise a silly and superficial tale."
A gay man finds the pain of visiting his dying homophobic father eased by some cousinly love, in this latest from Duplechan (Tangled Up in Blue, 1989, etc.) Read full book review >
FOR KEEPSIES by Gary Fincke
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"For the most part, though, Fincke's stories are somewhat gritty and unpolished—a kind of lesser Bobbie Ann Mason for men."
Hapless young men from Pittsburgh and environs confront life's grim realities in ten stories by Fincke (The Double Negatives of Living, 1992, etc.—not reviewed), many of which first appeared in quarterlies. Read full book review >
WHEN BOBBY KENNEDY WAS A MOVING MAN by Robert Gordon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"A rollicking, full-barrelled fantasy in which the foibles of dead Kennedys are as much a subject of caustic wit as more fictional material might be: a hard act to follow."
In a nimble, electrifying debut, Seattle-based Gordon uses his experience as a mover and as a writing teacher in Washington prisons to spin the yarn to end all Kennedy yarns—with Bobby reincarnated as a frustrated but sincere working-class hero. Read full book review >
CRY VENGEANCE by Ron Handberg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"Connect-the-dots suspense, with a subtext about vigilante justice that's too crude and confused to be truly insulting."
Jessica Mitchell, a new reporter on Alex Collier's Channel 7 Twin Cities news team (Savage Justice, 1992), goes off on her own to find out the truth about the murder of accused rapist Edward Hill—and uncovers a vigilante court of last resort for the victims of sex offenders. Read full book review >
THE LAST GOOD MAN by Daniel Lyons
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"There's more—all of it rich in detail and theme."
A gripping and remarkably fine first collection of 11 stories, mapping the changing moral byways of a dying New England mill-town and angling inside the lives of the town's often warring Irish, Italian, Wasp, and newer Puerto Rican inhabitants. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Nelson DeMille
author of RADIANT ANGEL
May 26, 2015

After a showdown with the notorious Yemeni terrorist known as The Panther, in Nelson DeMille’s latest suspense novel Radiant Angel, NYPD detective John Corey has left the Anti-Terrorist Task Force and returned home to New York City, taking a job with the Diplomatic Surveillance Group. Although Corey's new assignment with the DSG-surveilling Russian diplomats working at the U.N. Mission-is thought to be "a quiet end," he is more than happy to be out from under the thumb of the FBI and free from the bureaucracy of office life. But Corey realizes something the U.S. government doesn't: The all-too-real threat of a newly resurgent Russia. “Perfect summer beach reading, with or without margaritas, full of Glock-and-boat action,” our reviewer writes. View video >