Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 1788)

LYING WITH THE ENEMY by Tim Binding
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

"Credible and extraordinarily revealing: all that we are as humans, good and bad, finds embodiment on this tiny island in the midst of war."
A different sort of storyteller, English novelist Binding shifts from the macabre world of hangings in A Perfect Execution (1996) to the furtive hazards of collaboration among Britain's Guernsey Islanders under Nazi occupation. Read full book review >
PAST LIVES, PRESENT TENSE by Elizabeth Ann Scarborough
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

"Amusing idea, engaging outcome."
Editor Scarborough sets the ground rules and provides the scenario for these 15 new stories, namely, what if you recover the personality of anyone who had ever lived? Read full book review >

THE MASTER OF ALL DESIRES by Judith Merkle Riley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

"Stylish and intelligent historical fiction that makes even the supernatural credible."
Another dazzling mix of history, romance, and the occult from Riley, a writer who excels at getting the background right and creating strong intelligent heroines (The Serpent Garden, 1996, etc.). Read full book review >
THE WISH TO KILL by Janet Hannah
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

"A first novel whose people and prose alike are too affectless for moral outrage or emotional engagement—leaving only the well-drawn Jerusalem backdrops as a plus."
How's this for instant gratification? Read full book review >
THE PANCHINKO WOMAN by Henry Mynton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

"Keen details about Korean cultural history buried in plotting so heavy, and characters so thinly drawn, that suspense never builds."
An ambitious, densely complex debut uses thriller formula to express the intricate relationships among Koreans, Japanese, and a skeptical West that will never understand them. Read full book review >

FROZEN MUSIC by Marika Cobbold
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

"A large cast and bizarre subplots (Linus's oddball family, Esther's breakdown in a London cafÇ) make for an engaging read, that, with any luck, should broaden Cobbold's audience."
Swedish author Cobbold (The Purveyor of Enchantment, 1998, etc.) offers another winning discourse on relationships, once again distinguished by her piercing humor and incisive perspective on the usually skewed path of human interaction. Read full book review >
THE PHOTOGRAPHER'S WIFE by Robert Sole
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

"Packed with period detail and fine touches of emotion, a strikingly smooth and heartwarming story from first to last."
This graceful, astute, fin-de-siäcle tale, first published in France in 1996, of a boisterous Egyptian photographer and the young artist he marries—who becomes, before his eyes, the most famous photographer of her day—marks an auspicious US debut for journalist SolÇ. Read full book review >
SILVERHAIR by Stephen Baxter
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

"An improbable yarn, stuffed with mammoth facts and lore, that's both absorbing and sometimes affecting."
First of a projected science fiction trilogy from the England-resident author of Moonseed (1998). Read full book review >
FIRST TIGER by George Harrar
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

"The baffling intricacies of adolescent behavior are clearly of primary concern here, and they—re handled well, but other characters meanwhile wither away into insubstantiality."
The trials of a good-hearted but troubled teenager in Pennsylvania provide the focus for Harrar's debut as he details the way one family-shattering tragedy leads inexorably to another. Read full book review >
THE UNBURIED by Charles Palliser
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

"A complex puzzler, though the real story here, which is finely done even in its anachronistic 19th-century style, is the simple one of a decent man forced at last to open his eyes and take a good look around."
Palliser's penchant for riddles wrapped in enigmas (Betrayals, 1995, etc.) continues with a busy tale, set in a cathedral in the south of England, about an old recluse murdered for his money, and an old friendship that has seen better days. Read full book review >
ELEMENTARY, MY DEAR GROUCHO by Ron Goulart
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

"Groucho oucho."
It's 1938, and Mammoth Studios is filming The Valley of Fear, in which Sherlock Holmes is played by Miles Ravenshaw, that notorious English ham. Read full book review >
B. HORROR by Wendell Mayo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 30, 1999

"Others should note that this off-offbeat sheaf from a university press has strong literary worth."
paper 0-942979-61-3 Top-drawer horror stories, by the author of Centaur of the North (1996), that distance themselves from the genre routine by depending largely on fantasy, fun, and a wonderfully supple prose style. 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 >