Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 948)

MONKEY WRENCH by Liza Cody
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 4, 1995

"As for Eva, though, may she live a hundred years—which still probably wouldn't bring her a story as prodigious as she is."
When her streetwalker sister Dawn is beaten to death in a London alley, Crystal naturally goes to her sometime companion Eva Wylie (Bucket Nut, 1993) for help—and takes half a dozen of Dawn's mates with her. Read full book review >
THE ODD JOB by Charlotte MacLeod
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 3, 1995

"This one's strictly for the author's enthusiastic she-can-do- no-wrong devotees."
An over-the-top adventure for Boston's Sarah (nÇe Kelling) Bittersohn. Read full book review >

THE EDGE OF THE CRAZIES by Jamie Harrison
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 2, 1995

"Harrison's debut will have you checking the schedule for the next train back to Blue Deer. (Author tour)"
``Blue Deer had always boasted a high rate of insanity,'' reflects archeologist-turned-sheriff Jules Clement, and it's no idle boast. Read full book review >
LOCAL RULES by Jay Brandon
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 1995

"The result is professionally engrossing, but well below the level of the author's more thrilling legal thrillers."
Pulled over for speeding on the fringes of tiny Green Hills, Texas, former San Antonio prosecutor Jordan Marshall is pressed into service entering what he's assured will be a pro forma plea for Wayne Orkney, an apathetic teen who savagely beat his best friend, Kevin Wainwright, in front of half the town. Read full book review >
STEROID BLUES by Richard La Plante
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 1995

"Sick, raunchy, and educational. (Author tour)"
Teaming for a third time the troubled duo of Philadelphia police detective Bill Fogarty and pathologist/karate master Josef Tanaka (Leopard, 1994; Mantis, 1993), La Plante (the nonfiction Hog Fever, p. 201) adds bodybuilding, sadomasochism, and gender pharmacology to the long parade of grotesques that typify his often derivative but rarely boring thrillers. Read full book review >

A WILD JUSTICE by Craig Thomas
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 1995

"This Yankee should have stayed home—if not out of the novel altogether."
Thriller veteran Thomas (Playing with Cobras, 1993, etc.) returns, this time with a Gorky Park wannabe that forgot a basic tenet of the genre: provide numerous twists and turns, yes, but keep it relatively simple. Read full book review >
THE SHADOW MAN by John Katzenbach
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1995

"The Holocaust supplies high seriousness, an inflated sense of menace, some factual digressions, and the length that will make some readers take this quick, juiceless thriller seriously. (First printing of 75,000; Book-of-the-Month Club alternate)"
Brandish the Holocaust in front of a formula novelist, and the ink flows like blood—as it does in this overextended thriller about an unrepentant Nazi loose among Miami Beach's Jewish community. Read full book review >
LOCAL KNOWLEDGE by Conor Daly
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 1995

"Though this debut has its share of bumps and lumps, Kieran ends up not only solving a knotty case but playing a few memorable holes of golf."
Years ago, Kieran Lenahan forsook the halls of justice for the fairways of the Milton Country Club, but he goes back into legal action when club co-owner Sylvester Miles is found sunk in a water hazard, and Pete O'Meara, the budding delinquent Kieran installed in the pro shop, is arrested for his murder. Read full book review >
THE GRACE IN OLDER WOMEN by Jonathan Gash
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 1995

"You'll love it, if it doesn't drive you up the wall."
``My mind's a ragbag. Read full book review >
THE INNOCENTS by Richard Barre
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 1995

"Every move is familiar, but newcomer Barre handles them all with the kind of power that reminds you what made them that way."
The day after Benito Reyes's sixth birthday back in 1967, his parents gave him up to baby-broker Bolo Zavala as the price of their own entry into the US. Read full book review >
SHORT MONEY by Pete Hautman
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 1995

"Not as funny or as light on its feet as Joe's manic debut, but still as relaxing as two weeks in a country-club prison."
A prequel to Drawing Dead (1993) that explains how ex-cop Joe Crow met Narcotics Anonymous stalwart Laura Debrowski and how he got his pink Jaguar, though not how he managed to stay alive long enough to star in the earlier novel. Read full book review >
JUST DESSERTS by G.A. McKevett
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 1995

"But the pseudonymous McKevett's clean, unpretentious style keeps everything moving along smartly, and her sweet-toothed heroine could strike a chord among readers who find V.I. a bit of a stretch."
Newcomer Savannah Reid, a Georgia peach transplanted to the San Carmelita Police Department, isn't fat; she's Junoesque. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >