Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 1795)

AN OCCASIONAL HELL by Randall Silvis
Released: Feb. 1, 1993

"Playwright-novelist Silvis (Excelsior, 1988) settles into the detective genre with unassuming authority and a refreshing lack of condescension."
Goaded beyond endurance by months of knowing about her husband Alex's Saturday-morning dalliance with waitress Jeri Gillen, Elizabeth Catanzaro phones Jeri's rock-singer husband Rodney to tell him where the couple's enjoying themselves—and a few hours later she's facing police inquiries about Alex's murder and Jeri and Rodney's disappearance. Read full book review >
SUTURES by Christopher Sanford
Released: Jan. 28, 1993

"Weightless entertainment—though possibly a welcome distraction for this year's initiates in the call room."
A brief, amiable first novel about a medical intern's life that's as entertaining as—and no more elucidating than—a late- night conversation in an after-hours bar. Read full book review >

MYSTERY RIDE by Robert Boswell
Released: Jan. 26, 1993

"And because Stephen and Angela are somewhat dull, this becomes one of those novels that's liveliest at its edges, where the minor characters act up a storm."
After moving south of the border for his second novel (The Geography of Desire, 1989), Boswell heads back home to take a leisurely look at a divided American family (the same territory as in Crooked Hearts, 1987). Read full book review >
BROOKLYN BRIDGE by Leslie Kaplan
Released: Jan. 25, 1993

"Something was lost in translation."
First published in 1987 in France, Kaplan's drifting, pointillistic attempt to evoke four New Yorkers' existential angst may strike American readers as more comic than elucidating with its quasi-meaningful juxtaposition of ghetto blasters with abrupt, inexplicable sexual battles among white people. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 22, 1993

"Overall, though: a neatly reasoned historical possibility, and a fairly decent puzzle to resolve."
Hugh Corbett (The Angel of Death, etc.), the medieval clerk and sometime spy for Edward I of England, is assigned a complex task: to discover who murdered Lady Eleanor in her bedchamber at the abbey and then tried to make it look like suicide. Read full book review >

HANGING ON THE WIRE by Gillian Linscott
Released: Jan. 22, 1993

"Still, worth reading for its evocative creation of time, place, and ideas whose era was about to arrive."
The time is June 1917; the death toll in Britain's war with Germany has reached shocking numbers; and here, in a second outing, suffragette/amateur-sleuth Nell Bray (Sister Beneath the Sheet, 1991) answers a call for help from her friend Jenny Chesney, who's assisting Dr. Julius Stroud at a small, experimental military hospital in Wales. Dr. Stroud, a passionate convert, is trying to cure his physically unwounded casualties with the new psychoanalytic theories of Sigmund Freud. Read full book review >
FLEUR by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
Released: Jan. 21, 1993

"Skillful in its re-creation of historical events and foreign milieus, but an only moderately satisfying romance that lacks real emotional suspense and drama."
The second installment in a trilogy (after Anna, 1991) featuring the grown descendants of Count Nikolai Sergeyevitch Kirov as they move into the middle of the 19th century. Read full book review >
MY THOMAS by Roberta Grimes
Released: Jan. 20, 1993

"Historically accurate and sincere—but also a redundant, overly precious patchwork of a courageous woman's private thoughts and the colorful American life swirling around her."
A pedantic, tedious hardcover debut in which Grimes (the paperback Almost Perfect) presents an imaginary journal kept by Martha Jefferson, beloved wife of Thomas, during the passionate but tragically few years of their marriage. Read full book review >
THE MAN WHO WAS LATE by Louis Begley
Released: Jan. 20, 1993

"Often compelling if also frequently mannered: American saga of an immigrant's rise to the outward trappings of a patrician elegance, confidence and wealth, while the empty winds of hollowness and despair visit the heart inside."
Begley's prize-winning Wartime Lies is followed by this fastidiously (and sometimes artificially) crafted novel that chronicles the life—and the death by suicide—of a talented and successful man who was born a Central European Jew, survived WW II, and emigrated to America with his parents in 1947. Read full book review >
APACHE AUTUMN by Robert Skimin
Released: Jan. 19, 1993

"Truth and history prevail over bodice-ripping in a sad, well- told story."
The leadership of an exceptionally capable chief is not enough to preserve Apache independence in the face of post-Civil War expansionism. Read full book review >
PEACHY by Fredrica Wagman
Released: Jan. 19, 1993

"More a lemon than a peach."
Wagman (Magic Man, Magic Man, 1975, etc.) returns after almost 18 years to limn—in excruciatingly pretentious prose—the midlife crisis of an aging American Princess. Read full book review >
CITY OF LIES by Peter McCabe
Released: Jan. 19, 1993

"It's a shame he's so emphatic about making Mike's first case his last."
Just as New York crime reporter Mike Kincaid's about to waltz into a new job at City Magazine, the mag's design chief, Stephen Lister, is killed amid allegations of drug-dealing, snuff films, and a secret plan to take over the finances of City. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Nelson DeMille
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 >