Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 945)

OFFICER DOWN by Michael Grant
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 9, 1993

"The recent bombing of the World Trade Center (not, by the way, the climactic target here) gives this crackerjack story an added timeliness."
Tired of battling US anti-drug authorities on Colombian soil, the druglords hatch an ingenious, improbable, yet prophetic scheme: They'll hire a cadre of terrorists to execute NYPD officers at random, spreading fear and demoralization in preparation for an all-out attack on a high-profile public institution—all in order to frighten federal authorities into backing off their demands for extraditions from Colombia. Read full book review >
THE NIGHT MANAGER by John le Carré
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 7, 1993

"Despite the familiarity of the story's outlines, le Carre shows his customary mastery in the details—from Jonathan's self-lacerating momentum to the intricacies of interagency turf wars—and reveals once again why nobody writes espionage fiction with his kind of authority."
Le Carre returns to the same subject as his disappointingly episodic The Secret Pilgrim—the fate of espionage in the new world order—but now looks forward instead of backward, showing a not-quite innocent mangled between that new order and the old one, whose course le Carre has so peerlessly chronicled for 30 years. 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 HUNTING CLUB by J.G. Sandom
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 1, 1993

"The second half is considerably more predictable, though never less than slickly entertaining, right down to the last, inevitable twist. (Film rights to Warner Brothers—and there's no mystery why.)"
Five New Yorkers out for a bachelor party leave their comfy bar for the Party Girl Lounge, then follow an especially game stripper up to her apartment—and into a spiraling nightmare of murder and its consequences. Read full book review >
SARATOGA HAUNTING by Stephen Dobyns
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 1, 1993

"Who cares whodunit when it's coming to everybody?"
When the skull of Grace Mulholland, an office manager who disappeared 18 years ago with $233,000 from the insurance company she worked for, turns up buried under Jacko's Pool Hall, private eye Charlie Bradshaw, tormented by the way he handled the case as a cop back in 1974—he persuaded his boss that reclusive, painfully shy Mulholland had fled alone to Mexico—takes a long second look at the surviving cast, and at the ghost of his old, unrecognizable self. Read full book review >

THE FAT BOY MURDERS by David A. Kaufelt
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 1, 1993

"A cluttered suburban cozy—first of a new series by Kaufelt (Souvenir, 1983, etc.)—for fans of David Willis McCullough's Ziza Todd stories."
Years ago, the Fat Boys—a not-so-secret society in a Waggs Neck Harbor (Long Island) Catholic high school—asserted their masculinity by tormenting sensitive Jackson Hall. Read full book review >
THE APOSTROPHE THIEF by Barbara Paul
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 1, 1993

"Steadily engrossing procedural—with interesting sidelights on police politics, backstage theater, and collecting lore."
Veteran Paul's beleaguered detective Sergeant Marion Larch, of New York's Ninth Precinct (You Have the Right to Remain Silent, etc.) is fed up with her lazy, loutish partner Foley and with her devious, self-serving Captain di Falco. Read full book review >
TWICE BURNED by Kit Craig
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1993

"Perilously padded hackwork—but some, of course, may love it."
Bad Seed-esque very high gothic about a family curse, set largely in Florida, as was Craig's much tamer first suspenser Gone (1992—now forthcoming as a movie-of-the-week). Read full book review >
WOLF IN THE SHADOWS by Marcia Muller
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 1, 1993

"Despite its elaborate overplotting and often dull, repetitive inner musings, Muller's latest—largely salvaged by its tense and satisfying windup—is absorbing much of the way and vastly more entertaining than the author's recent outings."
San Francisco-based Sharon McCone, ever resourceful investigator for All Souls Legal Cooperative (Pennies on a Dead Woman's Eyes, etc.), finds her courage and ingenuity tested to the max as she faces a pair of major crises. Read full book review >
THE MAMUR ZAPT AND THE MEN BEHIND by Michael Pearce
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1993

"The most satisfying entry yet in this attractive series."
Against the background of the hereditary Khedive's dithering over the choice of a new Prime Minister, a wave of (mostly ineffectual) attacks on civil servants—just maybe acts of low-level terrorism- -leads David Cadwallader Owen, the Mamur Zapt of colonial Cairo, to investigate Ali Osman Pasha, a beating victim who turns out to be a candidate for the PM post. Read full book review >
DEATH IN A STRANGE COUNTRY by Donna Leon
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 1, 1993

"This is definitely an author to watch."
Something different for Venetian Commissario Guido Brunetti, whose first case (Death at La Fenice, 1992) so expertly resurrected the closed-circle whodunit. Read full book review >
TELL ME NO SECRETS by Joy Fielding
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 22, 1993

"Don't even think of starting this anywhere near bedtime. (First serial to Cosmopolitan; Literary Guild Triple Selection for July)"
Eight years after her mother mysteriously disappeared on her way to a doctor's appointment, Chicago prosecutor Jess Koster's panic attacks have returned—as she fights to convict a sadistic rapist who may have killed his latest victim. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Marilu Henner
author of CHANGING NORMAL
April 26, 2016

After they’d been dating only a short while, and as they were falling in love, Marilu Henner and Michael Brown were hit with the ultimate bad news: Michael was diagnosed with cancer. Refusing traditional care, they pieced together a personal and holistic view on battling his cancer, all while forging an unbreakable bond. In this moving and informative book, Marilu pulls back the curtain on how they dealt with the blow. She relates her holistic perspective on health—including the superfoods, exercises, and immunotherapy they used to fight back—and why a diagnosis doesn’t have to be the end of romance or of a happy and fulfilling life. “An inspiring love story wrapped in a serious call for new ways to treat disease,” our reviewer writes. View video >