Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 1768)

IN AMERICA by Susan Sontag
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 8, 2000

"Yet, though Sontag may not be a novelist, really, she enlightens and entertains in what becomes, against rather long odds, a surprisingly lighthearted and likable book."
Once past its odd, sluggish opening, and not yet as far as its final 'scene," a reader finds much to enjoy in Sontag's highly researched fourth novel (The Volcano Lover, 1992, etc.). Read full book review >
THE GATES OF THE ALAMO by Stephen Harrigan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 6, 2000

"An original work of high distinction indeed: as fine a historical novel as any within recent memory, and far and away Harrigan's best book yet. (First printing of 100,000; Book-of-the-Month Club alternate selection/Quality Paperback Book Club selection)"
A full-dress fictionalization of the historic siege remembered as "the Texas holy of holies," from the veteran Texas Monthly contributor and novelist (Jacob's Well, 1984, etc.). Read full book review >

GOOD PEOPLES by Marcus Major
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 6, 2000

"Major, with a gift for dialogue, creates an amiable work—though small in scale, it serves as a companionable distraction into the territory of romantic love."
A first novel, set in African-American and Latino communities, that offers some heartfelt insights gleaned from the bumpy road of courtship. Read full book review >
HOUSE OF LEAVES by Mark Z. Danielewski
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 6, 2000

"The story's very ambiguity steadily feeds its mysteriousness and power, and Danielewski's mastery of postmodernist and cinema-derived rhetoric up the ante continuously, and stunningly. One of the most impressive excursions into the supernatural in many a year."
An amazingly intricate and ambitious first novel - ten years in the making - that puts an engrossing new spin on the traditional haunted-house tale. Read full book review >
PENNY DREADFUL by Will Christopher Baer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 6, 2000

"Baer's over-the-top magic, however, will attract and lock in new members to his cult."
Please deposit four quarters to read the following, about a novel that bears bits of colored glass and has sex coming from it in waves. Read full book review >

THE BARBARIANS ARE COMING by David Wong Louie
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 6, 2000

"As grandly comic as an American carnival and as tragic as any Chinese opera."
One of the most moving father-son stories in decades, this first novel from the author of the prize-winning collection Pangs of Love (1991) is also a knowing and witty take on the immigrant experience, at the same time that it transcends the particularities of that experience. Read full book review >
JOHNNIE D. by Arthur Winfield Knight
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 6, 2000

"Baby Face Nelson, J. Edgar Hoover, the Woman in Red, and Dillinger himself provide the details surrounding the violent career and mysterious death of the man who was known across the nation as Public Enemy #1."
Johnnie D. ($22.95; Mar. 6; 224 pp.; 0-312-86759-X): A fictionalized biography of John Dillinger that pieces together the life story of the famed bank robber and desperado through a series of (imagined) interviews with his friends, partners in crime, victims, and pursuers. Read full book review >
SEPARATIONS by Massimo Bontempelli
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 2, 2000

"One hopes they'll be able to bring us more of Bontempelli's strange and enchanting fiction."
Two once-famous short novels written by an early exponent of `magical realism` (1878-1960), who is as highly regarded in his native Italy as was his much better-known contemporary (and friend) Luigi Pirandello. `The Life and Death of Adria and Her Children` (1930) is a charmingly discursive sendup of the family saga in which an agelessly beautiful young matron's personality (and, indeed, `soul`) is explored with disarming subtlety and quietly increasing menace. Read full book review >
THE HOOK by Donald E. Westlake
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 2, 2000

"The set-up borrows a bit from Strangers on a Train, but the insider's view of the writer's life and the publishing industry are Westlake at his most trenchant—and several of those failed Bryce plots sound suspiciously like the work of Robert Ludlum."
Since blockbuster novelist Bryce Proctorr is blocked and can't write a word, while midlist author Wayne Prentice can't find a publisher for his new book, since each of his titles has sold even less well than the one before, Bryce offers Wayne half of his million-plus advance if he can palm Wayne's finished manuscript off as his own—with a few changes, of course—and one small hook. Read full book review >
THE BERYLLIUM MURDER by Camille Minichino
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2000

"An overworked plot and uncharismatic heroine make this outing less than a must, but enough twists are properly in place to hold most readers to the end."
Another offbeat adventure for Dr. Gloria Lamerino (The Lithium Murder, 1999, etc.), a physicist now retired to her hometown of Revere, Massachusetts, after a 25-year stint in California, mostly at the Berkeley physics lab where Gary Larkin headed a team studying substances like beryllium. Read full book review >
WELCOME TO TEMPTATION by Jennifer Crusie
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2000

"Nevertheless, with her third seriously pleasing hardcover—bright, funny, sexy, and wise—it's time to welcome Crusie into the pantheon of top-flight romance writers."
If small towns are filled with heroes like Crusie's (Crazy for You, p. 163, etc.), then romance readers may begin to crowd the highways. Read full book review >
WHERE YOU BELONG by Barbara Taylor Bradford
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2000

"Afterward she returns to New York to begin her life anew—a long and tortuous process that seems more agonizing and dangerous than the worst assignment Val ever took on."
Where You Belong ($24.95; Mar.; 416 pp.; 0-385-49275-8): The latest from the prolific Bradford (A Sudden Change of Heart, 1999, etc.) that follows the adventures of Valentine ("Val") Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kathleen Kent
author of THE DIME
February 20, 2017

Dallas, Texas is not for the faint of heart. Good thing for Betty Rhyzyk she's from a family of take-no-prisoners Brooklyn police detectives. But in Kathleen Kent’s new novel The Dime, her Big Apple wisdom will only get her so far when she relocates to The Big D, where Mexican drug cartels and cult leaders, deadbeat skells and society wives all battle for sunbaked turf. Betty is as tough as the best of them, but she's deeply shaken when her first investigation goes sideways. Battling a group of unruly subordinates, a persistent stalker, a formidable criminal organization, and an unsupportive girlfriend, the unbreakable Detective Betty Rhyzyk may be reaching her limit. “Violent, sexy, and completely absorbing,” our critic writes in a starred review. “Kent's detective is Sam Spade reincarnated—as a brilliant, modern woman.” View video >