Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 945)

SMASH CUT by Steven Womack
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 23, 1991

"Workmanlike plotting and prose—enlivened only by Lynch's relationship with his acerbic, bored secretary Maud."
New Orleans p.r. honcho Jack Lynch (Murphy's Fault), now trying to score positive media points for client Andrew Kwang, whose plans to purchase the defunct Riverbend Nuclear Power Plant and convert it into Kwang World Pictures headquarters has run afoul of Pearl Bergeron, representative of the Louisiana Film Commission- -is suddenly up to his press releases in trouble: Pearl is murdered, and Lynch's client shapes up as the number one suspect. Read full book review >
THE PRESIDENT'S MAN by Elliott Roosevelt
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 22, 1991

"Repetitive, clichÇd hoodlum dialogue, perfunctory sex passages, and endless details of clothes worn and food eaten keep this one dull and static beneath all the gunfire, but history and nostalgia buffs might like it anyway."
First of a series of posthumous novels featuring Jack Endicott, a friend of and troubleshooter for Franklin Roosevelt, then New York Governor, soon to be elected to his first term as President. Read full book review >

PARTY TILL YOU DIE by David Charnee
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 22, 1991

"The first in a series, which can only improve."
A gimmicky first novel introducing clown/juggler Pat Arnold (the Archie Goodwin role) and rich, smart, attorney/part-time super-sleuth and freelance clown D.L. Blacker (Nero Wolfe wannabe), who meet when both are hired by obnoxious wheeler-dealer Gary Johnson to play the Mega-Bank employee party. Read full book review >
AN EYE FOR AN EYE by Joseph Teluskin
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 22, 1991

"Not entirely satisfactory as either detective story or moral exemplum—but Teluskin keeps the pot boiling briskly until the end."
Distinguished physician Gerald Braun shoots Ron Martin, his daughter's confessed killer—who got off with six years—in front of two police officers but gets out on his own recognizance after his rabbi, Daniel Winter, argues his case before the court. Read full book review >
THE CIRCLE OF MYNNIA by L.L. Blackmur
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 21, 1991

"Blackmur's wicked sense of humor, droll way with a conversational skewer, and blithe disregard of every accepted mystery convention should delight clichÇ-weary readers and win new fans."
A charming concoction in which the sensible Joan Cook, after a boating mishap on Martha's Vineyard, falls for wealthy playboy Philip Dumas and moves to Paris with him, where they share digs with his dad, Chick, a gone-to-seed archaeologist; Chick's much younger wife, Charlotte; Philip's acerbic sister, Hayden; and world-class mooch Walter Hudson. Read full book review >

DEADSTICK by Terence Faherty
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 21, 1991

A sure-handed debut introduces failed seminarian/current law- firm researcher Owen Keane, a questing young man often at emotional/philosophical odds with his attorney boss Harry, a college chum, and with his quasi-girlfriend Marilyn, a relentlessly pragmatic librarian. Read full book review >
CHASING AWAY THE DEVIL by Susan Rogers  Cooper
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 21, 1991

"Solid and satisfying."
Recently divorced, tough-tender Milt Kovack, Deputy Sheriff of Prophesy County, Oklahoma (Other People's Houses, etc.), has proposed marriage to feisty waitress Glenda Sue and been rejected. Read full book review >
EVIDENCE OF BLOOD by Thomas H. Cook
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 18, 1991

"One of the better Cooks to date."
Lush-languaged Cook (Sacrificial Ground, Blood Innocents), in a pared-down mode. Read full book review >
MORTAL REMAINS IN MAGGODY by Joan Hess
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 18, 1991

"Some sly, funny barbs at Hollywood pretensions enliven the familiar foibles of Maggody's goofy citizens—and provide another cheerful chapter in this lighthearted series."
Fans of the Hess stories set in Maggody, Arkansas (Strangled Prose, etc.), will readily conjure up the potential for havoc when a sleazy Hollywood crew arrives to film Wild Cherry Wine, another of their not-so-soft-porn productions. Read full book review >
MIRACLE CURE by Harlan Coben
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 18, 1991

"Lurid, formula medical thriller—enhanced by celebrity look-alikes, rich and famous scenery, and shadowy sex."
Manhattan AIDS researchers hold off announcing the discovery of a cure for the disease until they find who is murdering their prize patients—in a medical thriller by the author of Play Dead (1990). Dr. Bruce Grey, who is supposed to be on vacation from his AIDS research clinic, slips back into New York in disguise and checks into a hotel, where he is promptly tortured and pitched from a window. Read full book review >
SHADE THOSE LAURELS by Cyril Connolly
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 16, 1991

"A delightful conceit."
An elegant, hyperliterary thriller by the late English critic and novelist. Read full book review >
NO FORWARDING ADDRESS by Elisabeth Bowers
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 15, 1991

"Best for the exquisitely delineated scenes between Meg and her college-age son, in the throes of his first love affair, and her career-minded daughter, a new convert to feminism."
When Vicky Fischer hires Vancouver p.i. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Pierce Brown
author of GOLDEN SON
February 17, 2015

With shades of The Hunger Games, Ender’s Game, and Game of Thrones, Pierce Brown’s genre-defying Red Rising hit the ground running. The sequel, Golden Son, continues the saga of Darrow, a rebel battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom. As a Red, Darrow grew up working the mines deep beneath the surface of Mars, enduring backbreaking labor while dreaming of the better future he was building for his descendants. But the Society he faithfully served was built on lies. Darrow’s kind have been betrayed and denied by their elitist masters, the Golds—and their only path to liberation is revolution. “Stirring—and archetypal—stuff,” our reviewer writes. View video >