Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 948)

RED SQUARE by Martin Cruz Smith
Released: Nov. 1, 1992

"Russia as one of the great romances of thriller fiction. (Literary Guild Dual Selection for December)"
Inspector Arkady Renko, banished to a Soviet factory-ship in Polar Star (1989), returns to Moscow on the eve of the Coup—and steps into the kind of intrigue, atmosphere, and excitement not seen from Smith since Renko's megaselling debut in Gorky Park (1981). Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 1, 1992

The 12th appearance of Japan's Inspector Otani (The Bogus Buddha, etc.), now retired from the Hyogo prefectural police and persuaded to let author Melville record his ``reminiscences.'' Here, he recalls a case that begins with an argument with his wife, Hanae; includes someone hitting him with a rifle bullet in a park near city hall; and involves the murder of an amateur Noh enthusiast, the wealthy Hideki Suminoe, whom Otani first saw performing at a shrine. Read full book review >

Released: Nov. 1, 1992

"Maude sequel."
Laura Michaels—a graduate student at Oklahoma's School of Social Work and part-time group leader at the Timberdale Retirement Center—is upset when one of her favorite patients, Cora, dies suddenly during the night, a jar of Ben-Gay at her side. Read full book review >
THE KING IS DEAD by Sarah Shankman
Released: Nov. 1, 1992

"Another rich and racy fun-fest from this gifted writer."
Atlanta crime reporter Samantha Adams and her restaurant-owner boyfriend Harry Zach (She Walks in Beauty, etc.) have arrived in Tupelo, Mississippi, where Harry is competing in the Third International Barbecue Cookoff. Read full book review >
BONEYARDS by Robert Campbell
Released: Nov. 1, 1992

"Tough-minded and authentic, but lacking the charm and mordancy of Campbell's series work; anyway, Joseph Wambaugh and Stephen Solomita, among others, have tracked this kind of dinosaur cop before."
Downbeat, pungent slice of crooked-cop life, circa 1977 Chicago—and a rare nonseries outing for Campbell (the Jimmy Flannery novels: In a Pig's Eye, etc.; the Whistler novels: Sweet La-La Land, etc.). Read full book review >

A BONE TO PICK by Charlaine Harris
Released: Nov. 1, 1992

"A breezily written, harmless but insipid non-happening."
Aurora Teagarden, the author's sweet, southern heroine (Real Murders, etc.), having lost her policeman lover Arthur to another, finds comfort in the substantial legacy willed her by Jane Engle- -even as she wonders at the strangeness of it, since they weren't close friends. Read full book review >
DEATH TRANCE by R.D. Zimmerman
Released: Oct. 26, 1992

"First, if you can believe it, of a series starring Maddy."
Edgar-nominated Zimmerman (Mindscream, Deadfall in Berlin) frames this thin, jumpy whodunit with a clever premise: Alex Phillips's blind, paraplegic older sister Madeline, a psychologist retired to an island in Lake Michigan, uses hypnosis to walk him attentively through his memories of the last days he spent with his onetime lover Toni— Dr. Antoinette Domingo—before her murder. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 26, 1992

"You won't be sorry when George ends his tour of Seoul by getting assigned to the DMZ up north."
The unusually brutal killing—she was evidently bound, skewered, and set afire—of Pak Ok-suk, a budding lady of the evening in Seoul, poses such a p.r. problem for the American Army personnel she was so intimate with that Sgts. Read full book review >
CLOSE TO THE BONE by David Wiltse
Released: Oct. 22, 1992

"The battle of psychos doesn't look nearly as original in an antiterrorist setting as it did in Prayer for the Dead—but Wiltse evokes the creepy intensity of the hunter and his prey as well as anybody who's worked that genre in years."
A prequel showing how, before FBI Special Agent John Becker tangled with the psychopathic killer of Prayer for the Dead (1991), he was pitted against a psychopathic political assassin on the loose in New York. Read full book review >
MURDER AT MOOT POINT by Marlys Millhiser
Released: Oct. 20, 1992

"Entertainingly oddball—a refreshing spin on Millhiser's increasingly trying tales (The Mirror, The Threshold, etc.) of psychic adventure."
Driving up to foggy Moot Point, Oregon, to deliver a contract to reclusive New Age author Jack Monroe, literary agent Charlie Greene finds her stay prolonged by the discovery of old Georgette Glick and her Schwinn under the wheels of Charlie's Toyota. Read full book review >
ARMS OF NEMESIS by Steven Saylor
Released: Oct. 19, 1992

"Wily Cicero's absence leaves Gordianus without much of a plot, but Saylor convincingly transposes the English country-house conventions to ancient Rome, and his scene-setting—especially at the Sibyl's shrine at Cumae—is effectively atmospheric."
Gordianus the Finder, Cicero's hired investigator who first appeared in Roman Blood (1991), gets his own case when Marcus Crassus, the richest man in the world, summons him to his opulent villa to look into the murder of Crassus' cousin and overseer Lucius Licinius. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 18, 1992

"76, etc.) is good- humored, fast and funny entertainment."
The author is in a playful mood as she surveys the supermarket scene, specifically at Seattle's Galaxy Foods, where sweet, able assistant-manager Ted Constantino runs a tight shift despite interference and constant bickering from the Krogstads. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jason Gay
November 17, 2015

In the 1990s, copies of Richard Carlson’s Don't Sweat the Small Stuff (and its many sequels) were seemingly everywhere, giving readers either the confidence to prioritize their stresses or despondence over the slender volume’s not addressing their particular set of problems. While not the first book of its kind, it kicked open the door for an industry of self-help, worry-reduction advice guides. In his first book, Little Victories, Wall Street Journal sports columnist Gay takes less of a guru approach, though he has drawn an audience of readers appreciative of reportage that balances insights with a droll, self-deprecating outlook. He occasionally focuses his columns on “the Rules” (of Thanksgiving family touch football, the gym, the office holiday party, etc.), which started as a genial poke in the eye at the proliferation of self-help books and, over time, came to explore actual advice “both practical and ridiculous” and “neither perfect nor universal.” The author admirably combines those elements in every piece in the book. View video >