Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 931)

NICE GUYS FINISH DEAD by David Debin
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 1, 1992

"If you've been waiting 30 years for a gonzo detective story, here it is—a first novel with a series waiting in the wings."
Who shot gentle environmental activist Linda Selby full of heroine and strung her body from her bedroom ceiling? Read full book review >
THE KING OF NOTHING by A.E. Maxwell
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 1, 1992

"Fiddler shines as he struts his stuff, but too many yakuzas spoil the sushi."
Trouble follows a cursed Japanese samurai sword that Rory Cairns brought home from the war—and left to his adventurer/detective friend Fiddler (Money Burns, etc.) on his abrupt demise. Read full book review >

ATOLL by Colin D. Peel
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 1, 1992

"Action-adventure guaranteed not to raise the pulse."
Far-fetched adventure yarn from Peel (Snowtrap, 1985, etc.), this one centering on the misdeeds of the French on the Polynesian atoll of Mururoa, which, after 30-odd years of their underwater nuclear tests, has now started to leak radioactive contaminate. Read full book review >
MARIMBA by Richard Hoyt
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 1, 1992

"Hoyt's rapacious Miamians leave you gasping."
A Doberman with a taste for human flesh and the voodoo-and- shopping-mad family who keep him well fed are somewhere near the center of Hoyt's (Darwin's Secret, Whoo?, etc.) Read full book review >
DEATH AT LA FENICE by Donna Leon
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 1, 1992

"Deftly plotted and smoothly written in the Ngaio Marsh cultural mode, but recommended even for readers who, like Brett Lynch, don't care for Verdi."
Cyanide poisoning during the second-act intermission of La Traviata leaves the eminent conductor Helmut Wellauer dead, survived by a constellation of suspects from prima Flavia Petrelli (whose lesbian liaison with a wealthy American archeologist, Brett Lynch, Wellauer was threatening to expose) to director Franco Santore (furious over Wellauer's refusal to honor a bargain to find a job for Santore's protege)—and including of course Wellauer's suddenly wealthy, and much younger, widow Elizabeth. Read full book review >

MONZA by Bob Judd
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 21, 1992

"As there can be few surprises in the time-honored plot, the fun is all in the scenery, the Italians, and the truly terrifying driving."
Forrest Evers, the world champion racer who drove flat out through Formula One and The Race, takes the wheel of a vintage Ferrari to rescue a terrified beauty from her Mafia-connected husband. Read full book review >
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 19, 1992

"A clever, eventually successful tour de force, mostly for audiences who'd like to renew their acquaintance with Drood—and who don't mind paying top dollar for the privilege."
A bevy of fictional detectives—from Sherlock Holmes and Father Brown to Raskolnikov's nemesis, Porfiry Petrovich—convene at a conference in Rome to complete Dickens's last novel, left tantalizingly incomplete at the author's death. Read full book review >
DROVER AND THE ZEBRAS by Bill Granger
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 18, 1992

"Granger is on surer ground with Drover than with his more mannered November Man series."
Defrocked sportswriter Jimmy Drover (Drover, 1991) is back for a visit to Chicago, where he is unable to resist an appeal for help from an old college flame who has problems with her brother, her ex-husband, the mob, and the NCAA. Read full book review >
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 17, 1992

"Cornwen, one of the great naval writers of this era, finds a way to get his intrepid army hero to sea for much of the story—without in the least compromising the high standards of this first-rate series."
The hero of Cornwell's Sharpe series (Sharpe's Revenge, etc.) reluctantly abandons his Norman hearth and home to search for an old friend gone missing in revolutionary Chile. Read full book review >
AND THEN YOU DIE by James E. Martin
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 16, 1992

"A so-so effort."
The third outing for Cleveland shamus Gil Disbro finds him flying to Nevada in search of millionaire Boyd Lassiter's estranged wife, Renee, now mysteriously missing from a dude ranch. Read full book review >
FINAL CURTAIN by Mignon F. Ballard
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 15, 1992

Tepid romantic suspense from southern specialist Ballard (The Widow's Woods, etc.), who, this time out, sends Virginia Cameron to Fiddler's Glen and the Plumb-Nelly tavern/guest-house to discover what really happened 50 years ago to her grandmother's sister, Dahlia Brown. Read full book review >
THE WISDOM OF SERPENTS by Ronald Levitsky
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 10, 1992

"Don't be fooled by sensitive Nate's low profile: Levitsky is already turning out some of the strongest detective fiction since Ross Macdonald."
Civil-rights lawyer Nate Rosen (The Love That Kills, 1991), called by his old friend Jesse Compton to Earlyville, Tennessee, to defend snake-handling Rev. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fatima Bhutto
April 14, 2015

Set during the American invasion of Afghanistan, Fatima Bhutto’s debut novel The Shadow of the Crescent Moon begins and ends one rain-swept Friday morning in Mir Ali, a small town in Pakistan’s Tribal Areas close to the Afghan border. Three brothers meet for breakfast. Soon after, the eldest, Aman Erum, recently returned from America, hails a taxi to the local mosque. Sikandar, a doctor, drives to the hospital where he works, but must first stop to collect his troubled wife, who has not joined the family that morning. No one knows where Mina goes these days. But when, later in the morning, the two are taken hostage by members of the Taliban, Mina will prove to be stronger than anyone could have imagined. Our reviewer writes that The Shadow of the Crescent Moon is “a timely, earnest portrait of a family torn apart by the machinations of other people’s war games and desperately trying to survive.” View video >