Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 1788)

THE PALACE OF DREAMS by Ismail Kadare
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 14, 1993

"Brooding, mysterious in its dreamlike states and logic: a memorable portrait of a man powerless before the caprices of Fate and its handmaiden, the State."
Albania-born, Paris-based Kadarâ (Broken April, 1990, etc.) returns with a nightmarish tale from the dark side of totalitarianism (a book first published in 1981 in Albania and ``immediately banned''): a young man finds employment in a mammoth state-run institution for dream analysis, only to see the job become his life as he rises through the ranks. Read full book review >
DEAD ON YOUR FEET by Grant Michaels
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 10, 1993

"Much here for gay balletomanes, but others may have less interest in Stan's romantic soul-searching, his bumbling detective work, and his clientele back at Snips."
A third appearance for Boston hairdresser/amateur sleuth Stan Kraychik (Love You to Death, 1992, etc.), who's all a-dither at committing to a relationship with Nureyev-like choreographer Rafik Panossian, now working on a new ballet for controversial director Max Harkey. Read full book review >

THRESHOLD OF FIRE by Hella Haasse
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 9, 1993

"Rich in psychological and historical detail, with both the characters and ancient Rome vibrantly alive: a subtle, quiet tale eloquently told."
The cusps of the past are further explored in another of the prolific Haasse's historical sagas (In a Dark Wood Wandering, 1989; The Scarlet City, 1990)—a 1964 novel newly translated from the Dutch in which the clash of religions and codes of honor comes vividly to the fore in Christianized fifth-century Rome. Read full book review >
NOCTURNE by Lisa St. Aubin de Terán
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 9, 1993

"A vivid, at times stunning depiction of Umbrian village life past and present—and a first-rate portrayal of the heart's yearning and the vitality of love."
In a seventh novel—as exquisitely styled as her previous efforts (Joanna, 1991, etc.)—Umbria-based St. Read full book review >
CRIMINAL SEDUCTION by Darian North
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 8, 1993

"Painstaking but uniquely uninvolving courtroom scenes, a wildly improbable hero and heroine, and a climactic series of revelations that will surprise only pre-law sophomores."
Debut fiction about a hayseed true-crime writer who's in upstate New York to cover a sensational murder trial. Read full book review >

MAESTRO by John E. Gardner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 7, 1993

Peerless conductor Louis Passau, accused on the eve of his 90th birthday of having been a Nazi spy, is to be debriefed by a covey of British and American agents—until two breathless attempts on his life leave him in the maverick hands of Big Herbie Kruger (the paperback The Quiet Dogs, etc.), pulled out from retirement to serve as his father confessor. Read full book review >
CELEBRATIONS AT THRUSH GREEN by Miss Read
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 7, 1993

"Again, the illustrations by John S. Goodall have a neat, affectionate intimacy."
For the fans, another deep dream of peace—in the doings of that Cotswold English village of Thrush Green, endearingly chronicled as civil neighbors enjoy little pleasures and major satisfactions. Read full book review >
A SIMPLE PLAN by Scott Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 7, 1993

"Think of a backwater James M. Cain, or a contemporary midwestern Unforgiven—and don't think about getting any sleep tonight. (First printing of 75,000; film rights...?)"
A fairy-tale windfall blasts the lives of two brothers, determined to do whatever it takes to hold onto the money, in Scott's electrifying first novel. Read full book review >
SNOWY by Ruth Doan MacDougall
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 7, 1993

"With enjoyable period detail."
By the author of A Lovely Time Was Had by All (1982) and other stories about happy-to-abrasive mixes and match-ups among friends, lovers, and married couples in small New Hampshire towns: a sequel that chronicles the 30-year career of Henrietta Snow (``Snowy'') from The Cheerleader (1973). Read full book review >
GLORY ENOUGH FOR ALL by Duane Schultz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 7, 1993

"Readers who prize good war stories won't be disappointed."
From ace historian Schultz (Over the Earth I Come, 1992, etc.), a you-are-there Civil War novel, dripping in blood, guts, and irony, that details the tragic Battle of the Crater. Read full book review >
THE WOLVES OF SAVERNAKE by Edward Marston
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 6, 1993

"Marston fans may hope for his early return to that other world he so brilliantly re-created."
The author moves from his customary Elizabethan Age theater world (The Mad Courtesan, etc.) to 1086 and the village of Bedwyn, dominated by its Abbey, its Royal Mint, and the Savernake Forest surrounding it. Read full book review >
THE WIVES OF BATH by
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 3, 1993

"Unpurposeful and silly."
From the Canadian author of The Last of the Golden Girls (1991): a fantasia on the theme of gender (especially the adolescent variety), set to the tune of a macabre tale about a young girl with a severe case of penis envy. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >