Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 948)

PINK VODKA BLUES by Neal Barrett
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 1, 1992

"Science-fiction writer Barrett (Through Darkest America, 1987, etc.) gives us his best shot—of wry."
Heavy-drinking Russell Murray can't remember the last day or so—or the name of the girl in his bed when two bruisers come gunning for him and kill her instead. Read full book review >
NICE GUYS FINISH DEAD by David Debin
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 1, 1992

"If you've been waiting 30 years for a gonzo detective story, here it is—a first novel with a series waiting in the wings."
Who shot gentle environmental activist Linda Selby full of heroine and strung her body from her bedroom ceiling? Read full book review >

THE KING OF NOTHING by A.E. Maxwell
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 1, 1992

"Fiddler shines as he struts his stuff, but too many yakuzas spoil the sushi."
Trouble follows a cursed Japanese samurai sword that Rory Cairns brought home from the war—and left to his adventurer/detective friend Fiddler (Money Burns, etc.) on his abrupt demise. Read full book review >
ATOLL by Colin D. Peel
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 1, 1992

"Action-adventure guaranteed not to raise the pulse."
Far-fetched adventure yarn from Peel (Snowtrap, 1985, etc.), this one centering on the misdeeds of the French on the Polynesian atoll of Mururoa, which, after 30-odd years of their underwater nuclear tests, has now started to leak radioactive contaminate. Read full book review >
MARIMBA by Richard Hoyt
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 1, 1992

"Hoyt's rapacious Miamians leave you gasping."
A Doberman with a taste for human flesh and the voodoo-and- shopping-mad family who keep him well fed are somewhere near the center of Hoyt's (Darwin's Secret, Whoo?, etc.) Read full book review >

DEATH AT LA FENICE by Donna Leon
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 1, 1992

"Deftly plotted and smoothly written in the Ngaio Marsh cultural mode, but recommended even for readers who, like Brett Lynch, don't care for Verdi."
Cyanide poisoning during the second-act intermission of La Traviata leaves the eminent conductor Helmut Wellauer dead, survived by a constellation of suspects from prima Flavia Petrelli (whose lesbian liaison with a wealthy American archeologist, Brett Lynch, Wellauer was threatening to expose) to director Franco Santore (furious over Wellauer's refusal to honor a bargain to find a job for Santore's protege)—and including of course Wellauer's suddenly wealthy, and much younger, widow Elizabeth. Read full book review >
MONZA by Bob Judd
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 21, 1992

"As there can be few surprises in the time-honored plot, the fun is all in the scenery, the Italians, and the truly terrifying driving."
Forrest Evers, the world champion racer who drove flat out through Formula One and The Race, takes the wheel of a vintage Ferrari to rescue a terrified beauty from her Mafia-connected husband. Read full book review >
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 19, 1992

"A clever, eventually successful tour de force, mostly for audiences who'd like to renew their acquaintance with Drood—and who don't mind paying top dollar for the privilege."
A bevy of fictional detectives—from Sherlock Holmes and Father Brown to Raskolnikov's nemesis, Porfiry Petrovich—convene at a conference in Rome to complete Dickens's last novel, left tantalizingly incomplete at the author's death. Read full book review >
DROVER AND THE ZEBRAS by Bill Granger
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 18, 1992

"Granger is on surer ground with Drover than with his more mannered November Man series."
Defrocked sportswriter Jimmy Drover (Drover, 1991) is back for a visit to Chicago, where he is unable to resist an appeal for help from an old college flame who has problems with her brother, her ex-husband, the mob, and the NCAA. Read full book review >
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 17, 1992

"Cornwen, one of the great naval writers of this era, finds a way to get his intrepid army hero to sea for much of the story—without in the least compromising the high standards of this first-rate series."
The hero of Cornwell's Sharpe series (Sharpe's Revenge, etc.) reluctantly abandons his Norman hearth and home to search for an old friend gone missing in revolutionary Chile. Read full book review >
AND THEN YOU DIE by James E. Martin
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 16, 1992

"A so-so effort."
The third outing for Cleveland shamus Gil Disbro finds him flying to Nevada in search of millionaire Boyd Lassiter's estranged wife, Renee, now mysteriously missing from a dude ranch. Read full book review >
FINAL CURTAIN by Mignon F. Ballard
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 15, 1992

Tepid romantic suspense from southern specialist Ballard (The Widow's Woods, etc.), who, this time out, sends Virginia Cameron to Fiddler's Glen and the Plumb-Nelly tavern/guest-house to discover what really happened 50 years ago to her grandmother's sister, Dahlia Brown. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Vanessa Diffenbaugh
September 1, 2015

Vanessa Diffenbaugh is the New York Timesbestselling author of The Language of Flowers; her new novel, We Never Asked for Wings, is about young love, hard choices, and hope against all odds. For 14 years, Letty Espinosa has worked three jobs around San Francisco to make ends meet while her mother raised her children—Alex, now 15, and Luna, six—in their tiny apartment on a forgotten spit of wetlands near the bay. But now Letty’s parents are returning to Mexico, and Letty must step up and become a mother for the first time in her life. “Diffenbaugh’s latest confirms her gift for creating shrewd, sympathetic charmers,” our reviewer writes. View video >