Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 945)

WE'RE OFF TO SEE THE KILLER by William Murray
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 13, 1993

"Moreover, there's surprisingly loose—and dull—writing from the usually adroit Murray, whose plot this time around runs well out of the money."
Lackluster seventh outing for gambler/magician Shifty Lou Anderson (the excellent The King of the Nightcap, 1989, etc.), now spending a few months watching over the stables while horse trainer Charlie Pickard recovers from bypass surgery and trying to make sense of horse owner Roger Baldwin's insistence on having smarmy jockey Daryl Spencer up on his ponies. Read full book review >
IDOL BONES by Diane M. Greenwood
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 12, 1993

"A simple plot lurks beneath layers of church lore, formidably intellectual chitchat, and a jumpy narrative—heady stuff for some; a slightly pretentious bore for most."
Third in the author's tales of life and death among the Anglican clergy finds Reverend Theodora Braithwaite (Unholy Ghosts, etc.) on loan to the country cathedral of Bow St. Read full book review >

DREAMING BACK by M.E. Hirsh
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 11, 1993

"Smaller in scale than Kabul (1986) but just as resonant: an unusually personal approach to Tony Hillerman territory."
The Chama, New Mexico, police are satisfied that jewelry designer Leigh Haring's adventurous older sister Leni, a doctoral student of mind-altering drugs, was strangled by her half-Hopi lover Ben Naya. Read full book review >
MRS. POLLIFAX AND THE SECOND THIEF by Dorothy Gilman
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 3, 1993

"Pollifax fans may love it, but Gilman's best work lies outside this series."
Grandmother, garden-clubber, karate expert, and part-time CIA agent Emily Pollifax (Mrs. Pollifax and the Whirling Dervish, 1990, etc.) is sent by boss Carstairs first to a funeral in Virginia, then to Sicily. Read full book review >
NIGHTMARES AND DREAMSCAPES by Stephen King
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"Addicts, fear not: the King lives."
King's third collection, after Night Shift (1978) and Skeleton Crew (1985), offers 23 formerly uncollected works, with King as bizarre as ever. Read full book review >

INTEREST OF JUSTICE by Nancy Taylor Rosenberg
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"Any writer who will pit a cripple against a maniac is a commercial force to be reckoned with—expect big interest in this smartly melodramatic crowd-pleaser. (Literary Guild Dual Selection for December; film rights to Citadel/HBO)"
High-gear legal-action thriller about a judge caught up in a child-porn scam gone rotten. Read full book review >
FEEDING FRENZY by Paul Kemprecos
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"Derivative (Parker's stuff; Benchley's Jaws) but easygoing and likable."
One of Cape Cod's beaches has a serious litter problem: bodies keep washing up on the sand, shredded and gnawed to the bone. Read full book review >
A SUDDEN, FEARFUL DEATH by Anne Perry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"Ambitious but overblown. (First printing of 50,000)"
William Monk, tough, unhappy ex-policeman hero of several of the author's Victorian-era novels (The Face of a Stranger, etc.), is almost peripheral in this one. Read full book review >
CRY VENGEANCE by Ron Handberg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"Connect-the-dots suspense, with a subtext about vigilante justice that's too crude and confused to be truly insulting."
Jessica Mitchell, a new reporter on Alex Collier's Channel 7 Twin Cities news team (Savage Justice, 1992), goes off on her own to find out the truth about the murder of accused rapist Edward Hill—and uncovers a vigilante court of last resort for the victims of sex offenders. Read full book review >
THE DEVIL MET A LADY by Stuart M. Kaminsky
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"Not the best in this waggish, venerable series."
Another pleasantly foolish outing for Toby Peters (The Melting Clock, 1991, etc.), shamus to Hollywood's Golden Age stars. Read full book review >
DIAMOND SOLITAIRE by Peter Lovesey
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"Polish up the Gold Dagger; Lovesey's angling for another."
Curmudgeonly Peter Diamond (The Last Detective, etc.) returns, now ex-CID and recently fired from Harrods' security force for failing to discover an abandoned Japanese girl left overnight in the furniture department. Read full book review >
THE TITIAN COMMITTEE by Iain Pears
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"As before, literate and cultivated, with a 20's (1520's) cast, and a particularly clever historical analogy saved for dessert."
Flavia di Stefano, junior investigator for the Polizia Art Squad of Rome, has been sent to Venice to assist (actually, to inoffensively not assist) the local carabinieri looking into the murder of American art historian Louise Masterson; Jonathan Argyll, the gawky British dealer's representative Flavia arrested in The Raphael Affair (1992), has come to Venice to negotiate for a mediocre painting with the Marchesa di Mulino, who suddenly turns skittish. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Nancy Isenberg
author of WHITE TRASH
July 19, 2016

Poor Americans have existed from the time of the earliest British colonial settlement. They were alternately known as “waste people,” “offals,” “rubbish,” “lazy lubbers,” and “crackers.” By the 1850s, the downtrodden included so-called “clay eaters” and “sandhillers,” known for prematurely aged children distinguished by their yellowish skin, ragged clothing, and listless minds. Surveying political rhetoric and policy, popular literature and scientific theories over 400 years, in White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America, Nancy Isenberg upends assumptions about America’s supposedly class-free society––where liberty and hard work were meant to ensure real social mobility. Poor whites were central to the rise of the Republican Party in the early nineteenth century, and the Civil War itself was fought over class issues nearly as much as it was fought over slavery. “A riveting thesis supported by staggering research,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >