Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 931)

BODY OF TRUTH by David Lindsey
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 18, 1992

"A tad slow in patches, but beautifully written and echoing with deep moral resonance: Graham Greene would be proud."
It's back to homicide-cop Stuart Haydon for Lindsey, who, last time out, dropped his usual Houston-based hero (In the Lake of the Moon, 1988, etc.) for a policewoman on a spellbinding serial-killer case (Mercy, 1990). Read full book review >
THE SEEDS OF MURDER by Michael Underwood
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 18, 1992

"Definitely lesser Underwood."
A somewhat bland new challenge for London lawyer Rosa Epton (A Dangerous Business, etc.). Read full book review >

BLOOD RELATIVE by Michael Allegretto
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 18, 1992

This time out, Denver p.i. Read full book review >
WOMEN OF MYSTERY by Cynthia Manson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 15, 1992

"Mostly one more attempt to cash in on the burgeoning women-in- mystery market and, considering the names involved, a surprisingly amateurish compilation."
Fifteen stories reprinted from either Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine or Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, each written by a woman and featuring a woman heroine, who, all too frequently, is either rescued by a man—Patricia McGeer's kidnapping in Israel; Elizabeth A. Dalton's wife-beating husband; Dorothy Salisbury Davis's date from hell; Anne Perry's disruptive, 1894-set house- party—or perkily demanding to be taken as seriously as a man— Janet Stockey's good-cop/bad-cop scenario; B.K. Stevens's novice p.i. Read full book review >
PAST THE BLEACHERS by Christopher A. Bohjalian
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 15, 1992

"Still, a good get-out-your-handkerchief read for ball fans."
From the author of Hangman (1991) and A Killing in the Real World (1988), a tug-at-the-heartstrings baseball novel— authentically moving in places but, finally, too programmatically sentimental. Read full book review >

KING OF THE CORNER by Loren D. Estleman
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 15, 1992

"Neither as colorful nor as vigorous as the earlier volumes- -but, still, a pleasing if rather rambling mystery-thriller boasting a likable lead, nice baseball metaphors, and a boldly chilling portrait of Coleman A. Young as a devil incarnate."
A paroled felon takes a walk on the wild side of the law in this relatively slight yet satisfying conclusion to Estleman's Detroit crime trilogy (Whiskey River, Motor City). Read full book review >
ALL THE DEAD HEROES by Stephen F. Wilcox
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 14, 1992

"Smooth and readable, with a bittersweet approach to heroes and national pastimes."
To coincide with Frank Wooley's induction into the baseball Hall of Fame, freelance writer T.S.W. Sheridan (The St. Read full book review >
A VERY VENETIAN MURDER by Haughton Murphy
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 14, 1992

"Lackluster as mystery, but spiffy as a Venice-on-a-zillion- dollars-a-day guide."
Retired attorney Reuben Frost (Murder Saves Face, etc.) joins wife Cynthia for their twentysomething stay at the Cipriani Hotel in Venice. Read full book review >
TIGHT LINES by William G. Tapply
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 6, 1992

"The usual Tapply strengths: a deceptively tranquil style, heavy doses of the Brady charm, and just enough mystery to keep you turning the pages until the revelation you've feared all along."
The elegiac tone that Tapply's affected for Brady Coyne's last few outings (Client Privilege, etc.) is perfectly suited to this autumnal tale of elderly, blue-blooded Susan Ames's attempt to find her daughter Mary Ellen so that they can make peace before Susan dies. Read full book review >
FAME'S PERIL by Martha Smilgis
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 5, 1992

"Doni's progress is certainly overshadowed but still involving."
A noisy, gut-punching first novel by a magazine journalist (Time, Sports Illustrated, People) who's covered enough of the celebrity scene to background this kidnapping-suspense tale with plenty of star-parading grounds and hilarious in-chat. Read full book review >
'I' IS FOR INNOCENT by Sue Grafton
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 5, 1992

"Rack up another winner for Grafton."
California's formidable p.i. Read full book review >
THE PRINCIPAL CAUSE OF DEATH by Mark Richard Zubro
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1992

"Undemanding fare, but the school politics are dead-on, and Tom and Scott have become the sort of interesting couple one might like to have over for dinner."
Grover Cleveland High School teacher Tom Mason and his lover, superstar pitcher Scott Carpenter (Sorry Now?, The Only Good Priest, etc.), the gay counterparts of Mr. and Mrs. North, delve into the murder of school principal Robert Jones, who may have been silenced by Dan Bluefield, the school bully, or by any one of a number of faculty members whom Jones had reprimanded—including the guidance counselor, who kept seducing students; an old-timer who's been coasting along until retirement; an ineffectual student teacher; the drama coach, who's got shady talent-agency ties; even an alcoholic custodian who was going to be fired. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Bill Browder
author of RED NOTICE
March 24, 2015

Bill Browder’s Red Notice is a nonfiction political thriller about an American financier in the Wild East of Russia, the murder of his principled young tax attorney, and his mission to expose the Kremlin’s corruption. In 2007, a group of Russian law enforcement officers raided Browder’s offices in Moscow and stole $230 million of taxes that his fund’s companies had paid to the Russian government. Browder’s attorney Sergei Magnitsky investigated the incident and uncovered a sprawling criminal enterprise. A month after Sergei testified against the officials involved, he was arrested and thrown into pre-trial detention, where he was tortured for a year. On November 16, 2009, he was led to an isolation chamber, handcuffed to a bedrail, and beaten to death by eight guards in full riot gear. “It may be that ‘Russian stories never have happy endings,’ ” our reviewer writes about Red Notice, “but Browder’s account more than compensates by ferociously unmasking Putin’s thugocracy.” View video >