Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 1795)

CHILLER by Sterling Blake
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 12, 1993

"A nicely paced debut that holds up throughout, though George's misdeeds as a credit thief are far more compelling than his kill- sprees."
Cryonics medical technifiction in the Michael Crichton vein but—despite the title—more thriller than horror chiller. Read full book review >
SHELTER by Monte Merrick
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 8, 1993

"Nelson's efforts to cope with a world suddenly made treacherous by parental love withheld are described with delicacy and humor—in a distinctly above-average example of the coming-of- age genre."
Teenage fantasies of horror in the house next door yield to the reality of a family falling apart—in this YA-ish debut novel from screenwriter Merrick. Read full book review >

SPELLBOUND by Hilary Norman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 8, 1993

"The lovers often seem more cloying than passionate, and the prose sometimes clunks like a square-wheeled cart—but Norman tells a good story, complete with likable characters and luxurious sets."
Another darkly romantic thriller from Norman (Fascination, 1992; Shattered Stars, 1991, etc.)—a high-glamour journey through the theater worlds of London and New York. Read full book review >
THE FORBIDDEN ZONE by Whitley Strieber
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 8, 1993

"Genuinely scary, with plenty of scattered body parts for gorehounds—but subtle it is not, and the Providence recluse was scarier still, by saying less and implying far more."
Strieber's horror novels often rework classic occult themes (Unholy Fire: possession; The Hunger: vampirism, etc). Read full book review >
THE DISCIPLES by Joseph J. Andrew
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 6, 1993

"An impressive debut—and an elegantly executed conceit."
An engrossing thriller—and first novel—that displays a firm grasp of conspiracy theory and a light touch in making its wickedly outrageous premise at least plausible. Read full book review >

FREE by Todd Komarnicki
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 6, 1993

"Some nice insights into the homeless life—but, overall, a smart idea gets beaten senseless by overwriting."
A high concept from screenwriter Komarnicki: a homeless man turns detective to solve a series of murders. Read full book review >
AN EYE FOR DARK PLACES by Norma Marder
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 6, 1993

"Painfully overextended and sketchy at times, but, still, an imaginative first effort from a distinctive voice that deserves to be heard again."
A fantastic reality beyond the bleak one offered a lonely woman—at the end of her tether in a fragmented future England- -serves as the wellspring of hope in this ambitious, original debut from Illinois-based Marder. Read full book review >
THE NEW MOON WITH THE OLD MOON IN HER ARMS by Ursule Molinaro
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 2, 1993

An original myth-laden novella, set in ancient Athens, about a woman who offers herself as a public sacrifice in order to revive a moon goddess cult. Read full book review >
IMPULSE by Michael Weaver
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 2, 1993

"Gory, manipulative, perfectly paced vacation reading."
Rape, incest, serial murder, mutilation, and patricide disrupt the pleasant life of a popular Manhattan columnist and his wife—in a first novel from N.Y.C. writer Weaver. Read full book review >
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 2, 1993

"A contemporary Way of the Pilgrim, first published in Russia in 1989, that's also a profoundly moving look at the state of one brave Russian woman's soul."
A passionate, gorgeously written fictional account of an intellectual Russian woman's journey back to God and the Orthodox Christianity of her ancestors. ``Veronica,'' a widow in her mid-40s, journeys to the ancient monastery of Dzhvari in Georgia with her beloved son Mitya. Read full book review >
ANNA'S BOOK by Barbara Vine
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 2, 1993

"Despite an anticlimactic ending, then: the best Vine since A Dark-Adapted Eye."
For her sixth Barbara Vine novel (King Solomon's Carpet, 1992, etc.), Ruth Rendell returns to the formula of the earliest Vines: the unfolding investigation—through the interpretation of contemporary accounts aided by memory—of a crime in the past. Read full book review >
THE FIVE-DOLLAR SMILE by Shashi Tharoor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1993

"Like most youthful forays: best forgiven and, with few exceptions, best forgotten."
A collection of early stories—most written when the Indian- born Tharoor (Show Business, etc.) was in his late teens and early 20s—that are more a foretaste of the good things to come than accomplishments in themselves. 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 >