Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 948)

BREACH OF IMMUNITY by Molly Hite
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 5, 1992

"Downbeat, with a pronounced feminist sensibility from the author of Class Porn (1987)."
A transvestite rapist of both male and female gays is on the loose, and the one thing all his victims have in common is a subscription to a gay newspaper. Read full book review >
BLANCHE ON THE LAM by Barbara Neely
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 4, 1992

"Primarily for southern gothic aficionados."
Blanche, a street-smart black domestic on the run from the sheriff for passing a bad check (again), winds up cooking and caring for edgy Miz Grace, her husband Everett, her wealthy, reclusive Aunt Emmeline, and her somewhat retarded Cousin Mumsfield at their summer home in Hokeysville, North Carolina—in a quirky mystery debut that pits Blanche against a Faulknerian cast of oddballs who may be trying to kill each other off to claim a southern fortune. Read full book review >

WRITER IN RESIDENCE by Herbert Burkholz
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 1, 1992

"It's likely, though, that readers of this first volume will want to read the next."
First novel in what the author intends to be a trilogy focusing in an inventive, obsessive way on an American writer who lives for decades on the Spanish island of Ibiza and then returns to the US. Read full book review >
AND JUSTICE FOR ONE by John Clarkson
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 1, 1992

"Reminiscent of the best early Lawrence Sanders."
A very tough private policeman goes to war with the criminals who run Manhattan's illegal after-hours bars—in an exceptionally violent but exceptionally good first thriller. Read full book review >
COMPELLING EVIDENCE by Steve Martini
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 1, 1992

"Martini is no Scott Turow—his characters are thinner, his prose flabbier—but his legal intrigue will probably keep you up just as late. (Book-of-the-Month Dual Selection for Spring)"
A year after he's fired from the California law firm of Potter, Skarpellos by Ben Potter, who's found out he's having an affair with Ben's wife Talia, corporate-turned-criminal lawyer Paul Madriani is asked to join Talia's defense—on a charge of murdering Ben on the eve of his nomination to the Supreme Court. Read full book review >

INCIDENT AT POTTER'S BRIDGE by Joseph Monninger
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 1, 1992

"Still, the don't-look- behind-you plot is the genuine article—as is the unsparingly graphic detail."
Versatile Monninger (Second Season, The Viper Tree, etc.) tries his hand at a serial killer loose on a college campus—with grisly, effective results. Read full book review >
COMPANY MAN by Brent Wade
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1992

"Few surprises here, but first-novelist Wade tells necessary truths sometimes eloquently, always clearly."
What timing for Wade's debut novel: a successful (and Republican) black man—accused of sexual harassment—recovers in the hospital after a suicide attempt. Read full book review >
THE DAY THE RABBI RESIGNED by Harry Kemelman
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 1, 1992

"The murder mystery is less interesting, presumably by design, than the question of what's next in store for the rabbi."
After nine previous novels, it's no wonder Rabbi David Small has had it with the fractious congregation at Barnard's Crossing, Massachusetts, and is looking for another line of work. Read full book review >
WHISPER DEATH by John Lawrence Reynolds
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 1, 1992

"The plot takes too long to unwind, the characters are cookie- cutter clichÇ, and Canadian award-winner Reynolds (The Man Who Murdered God, And Leave Her Lay Dying) disappoints."
Joe McGuire returns to the Boston PD from a leave of absence, is matched up as partner with his ex-lover's new boyfriend, and is sent off to Palm Springs to escort a murderer home. Read full book review >
THIRD MAN OUT by Richard Stevenson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1992

"Stevenson is adept at handling people and places—now he needs a workable rather than workmanlike plot to put them through their paces."
When gay activist John Rutka engineers his own endangerment to generate sympathy and business for his ``outing'' publication, it backfires: Gay p.i. Read full book review >
FAITHFULLY EXECUTED by Michael Bowen
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 1, 1992

"Not as wacky (or cutesy) as Bowen's earlier mysteries, but still effervescent enough to make you forget how hard the puzzle's making you work."
Minutes before Henry Luttwalk is slated for lethal injection by the US government, somebody (who, how, why?) poisons him. Read full book review >
THE CATACOMB CONSPIRACY by Margot Arnold
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 1, 1992

"This long-running (nine titles), lackluster series, with its idiosyncratic detective team, stodgy dialogue, and everything-but- the-kitchen-sink plotting, will draw no new admirers with this outing, but loyalists will find it on a par with The Menehune Murders (1989)."
Pesky American anthropologist Penny Spring and her crusty, antisocial best friend, British archaeologist Sir Tobias Glendower, while vacationing in a Roman villa, encounter two murders, a kidnapping, a disappearance, and Inspector Cicco—who wishes they'd stop nosing around and just go home. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer
authors of OFF THE PAGE
May 19, 2015

Meet Oliver, a prince literally taken from the pages of a fairy tale and transported into the real world. Meet Delilah, the girl who wished Oliver into being. In bestseller Jodi Picoult and her daughter Samantha van Leer’s new young adult novel, Off the Page, it’s a miracle that seems perfect at first—but there are complications. To exist in Delilah’s world, Oliver must take the place of a regular boy. Enter Edgar, who agrees to play Oliver’s role in the pages of Delilah’s favorite book. But just when it seems that the plan will work, everything gets turned upside down. We talk to the mother-daughter team on Kirkus TV. View video >