Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 948)

IN A PIG'S EYE by Robert Campbell
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 4, 1991

"But fans of the series will get the usual reliable serving of charm, politics, and Chicago atmosphere: light as air—and a lot less polluted."
Another entertaining—if somewhat less colorful—outing for Chicago's favorite son Jimmy Flannery, now the Democratic Party committeeman for the 27th Ward (a big promotion) and an expectant father. Read full book review >
BODY GUARD by Rex Burns
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

"If you haven't discovered Kirk and Bunch yet, don't wait a minute longer."
As usual, low-key Denver p.i. Read full book review >

A GERMAN REQUIEM by Philip Kerr
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

"Though not as elaborately horrifying as Bernie's first two adventures, this one, lacking the Reich as automatic villain, is even bleaker—and, in its depressing way, even richer in ironic insight."
Bernhard Gunther, who's aged over ten years since his first appearance in 1936 Berlin—he's now lived through a hellish war and has settled down warily with a wife who's cuckolding him with one of the occupying Americans—is cast as a less witty but equally mordant detective in this postwar tale of murder and political intrigue. Read full book review >
HOT AIR by Jon L. Breen
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

"A contrived and unconvincing plot, but lively characters, crisp dialogue and great race track background and atmosphere keep this one amiably entertaining."
There's much ado at Surfside Meadows racetrack in California over the upcoming retirement of jockey Brad Roark. Read full book review >
EASEFUL DEATH by Ralph McInerny
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

"Byzantine plotting, a surplus of complicated characters, much intellectual posturing, and a mostly cheerless atmosphere—all in an ambitious but only sporadically compelling story."
Another of the author's interesting departures from his Father Dowling and Andrew Broom series (Finger Marks, etc.). Read full book review >

NEW YORK DEAD by Stuart Woods
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

"Woods's best since Under the Lake."
Silky-smooth cop-thriller, Woods's first since Chiefs (1981)- -only this one's set not in the author's usual deep South (Palindrome, 1990; Grass Roots, 1989, etc.), but in N.Y.C., where Stone Barrington, lawyer-turned-cop, must solve the case of a skydiving celebrity. Read full book review >
THE GENESIS FILES by Bob Biderman
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

"Terrific, unsentimental parenting patter—in a needlessly complicated, overfamiliar medical-mystery plot."
A US debut novel (first published in 1988 in Britain) in which San Francisco freelance journalist Joseph Radkin begins to wonder: What were Malcolm Greene, the director of the People's Medical Center, and genetic-engineering scientist Krohl doing in the hospital lab at midnight just before it blew them and everything in it to kingdom come? Read full book review >
MURDER IN ORDINARY TIME by Carol Anne O’Marie
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

"In all: unpretentious but unrewarding."
San Francisco's elderly, sleuthing Sister Mary Helen is once again barging in where Police Inspectors Kate Murphy and Dennis Gallagher have begged her not to go (Advent of Dying, etc.). Read full book review >
ROSTNIKOV'S VACATION by Stuart M. Kaminksy
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

"A lesser, lighter entry in this fine series, with the most understated Soviet political plot you're likely ever to see."
Kaminsky's vacation is more like it, since Inspector Porfiry Rostnikov has taken a trip to Yalta with his wife under strict orders from his superiors (why?), whereas Kaminsky seems to be on holiday from the intensity of A Cold Red Sunrise (1988). Read full book review >
GAMES OF THE HANGMAN by Victor O'Reilly
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

"Switzerland can be expected to sue."
A photographer with a military past leads a search through Switzerland for a brilliant, spectacularly vile terrorist—in a gory but consistently clever thriller. Read full book review >
THE COPPER PEACOCK by Ruth Rendell
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

"Lesser work from a major talent; readable but unpersuasive."
Nine new short stories from the prolific, impressive Rendell—but an underpar batch this time, with no top-notch entries and quite a few clinkers. Read full book review >
AN ECHO OF JUSTICE by Hugh Miller
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Sept. 25, 1991

"Miller (Home Ground, Snow on The Ground, etc.) has a nice eye for the gray area between justice and revenge, though his police officers divide too improbably into savage brutes and tenderhearted gents."
Rough justice among the British constabulary as compassionate Inspector Mike Fletcher sweats to save fugitive cop-killer Steve McMillan (what could have made this scared kid kick Sgt. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Gabrielle Zevin
March 3, 2015

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over—and see everything anew. “Zevin writes characters who grow and prosper,” our reviewer writes, “in a narrative that is sometimes sentimental, sometimes funny, sometimes true to life and always entertaining.” View video >