Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 955)

HIDDEN CITY by Jim DeBrosse
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Nov. 19, 1991

"A better-than-average airplane book that deftly interweaves the scourge of the Middle Ages with tribal lore and the current obsession for land-grabbing."
Rick Decker, crusading reporter on the Cincinnati Eagle (The Serpentine Wall, 1988), now tackles the bubonic plague—and almost succumbs to it himself. Read full book review >
INFECTED BE THE AIR by Janice Law
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Nov. 18, 1991

"Cleverly plotted, swiftly paced escapism that holds the reader to the last page and marks a leap forward from the author's Anna Peters series (The Big Payoff, etc.)."
Sturdy, resilient Alice Bertram is struggling, along with teenage children Doug and Julie, to build a normal life after divorcing brilliant, philandering teacher-writer Max. Read full book review >

HOUR OF THE HUNTER by J.A. Jance
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Nov. 15, 1991

A hodgepodge hardcover debut in which two Native American medicine men, an Arizona lawman, a young widow and her son, and a Papago basket-weaver/wise woman are inexorably drawn into confrontation with the evil ohb, a university professor-turned-serial-killer, who upended their lives six years before when he tortured and murdered the basket-weaver's granddaughter and then stage-managed a suicide/flame-up for his distraught accomplice Garrison Ladd. Read full book review >
SOLVED by Ed Gorman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 14, 1991

"Ho-hum, overall, and not as interesting as the true-crime antecedents."
Sixteen short stories—some puckish, several conspiracy- oriented, and all never-published-before (for good reason)—that rework and supposedly ``solve'' various real-life notable mysteries. Read full book review >
I'M GETTING KILLED RIGHT HERE by William Murray
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Nov. 12, 1991

"But for Runyonesque dialogue, picaresque racetrack vignettes, and great verve, Murray gallops in a winner."
The further adventures of magician/horseplayer Shifty Anderson, who, in order to afford the upkeep on the filly Mad Margaret (left to him in The Hard Knocker's Luck, 1985), becomes horseflesh partners with rich, cruel, and possessive builder Michael Cameron and his heart-stoppingly beautiful wife Linda. Read full book review >

SHE WALKS IN BEAUTY by Sarah Shankman
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Nov. 7, 1991

"Rambunctious, overstuffed, and undisciplined, but fun all the way."
Star reporter Samantha Adams's new assignment for the Atlanta Constitution is the Miss America Pageant in Atlantic City. Read full book review >
STEEL GUITAR by Linda Barnes
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Nov. 5, 1991

"Another of Barnes's superb mixes of warmth, enthusiasm, clever plotting, vivid characters, and overall brio."
GREEN WITH ENVY by Jerry Kennealy
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Nov. 1, 1991

"A fine entry in this modest, underrated series."
Despite a hilarious interlude in which he struggles to outdrink a villainous, self-contained secretary, this is an unusually sober case for San Francisco p.i. Read full book review >
THE RANSOM by Brian Tobin
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Nov. 1, 1991

"An entertaining How To Kidnap primer with no extra parts."
Thoughtful, articulate ex-con Baker Wyatt, dreaming of the Big Score despite his budding romance with art director Vickie Travis, joins forces with car thief Tony Ramputti and pickpocket Hector Herraro to kidnap NY mobster Tito Benitez, who's one tough cookie. Read full book review >
THE FIFTH RAPUNZEL by B.M. Gill
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Nov. 1, 1991

"Above-average fare- -but only middling Gill."
Detective Chief Inspector Tom Maybridge (Death Drop, etc.) is shocked by the car-accident deaths of forensic pathologist Professor Peter Bradshaw and his wife Lisa. Read full book review >
CHRISTMAS STALKINGS by Charlotte MacLeod
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1991

"For last-minute shoppers only."
Continuing in the tradition of her 1989 collection, Mistletoe Mysteries, MacLeod and 12 others offer 13 Christmas-themed stories of, mostly, the ``Bah, humbug!'' variety. Read full book review >
DOOMED TO DIE by Dorothy Simpson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1991

"A quietly absorbing addition to a reliable series."
Another of Simpson's leisurely, well-crafted police procedurals featuring Inspector Luke Thanet and sidekick Mike Lineham, who are faced here with the murder of gifted artist Perdita Master, found dead on the kitchen floor of Vanessa Broxton's house, a plastic bag over her head. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Nelson DeMille
author of RADIANT ANGEL
May 26, 2015

After a showdown with the notorious Yemeni terrorist known as The Panther, in Nelson DeMille’s latest suspense novel Radiant Angel, NYPD detective John Corey has left the Anti-Terrorist Task Force and returned home to New York City, taking a job with the Diplomatic Surveillance Group. Although Corey's new assignment with the DSG-surveilling Russian diplomats working at the U.N. Mission-is thought to be "a quiet end," he is more than happy to be out from under the thumb of the FBI and free from the bureaucracy of office life. But Corey realizes something the U.S. government doesn't: The all-too-real threat of a newly resurgent Russia. “Perfect summer beach reading, with or without margaritas, full of Glock-and-boat action,” our reviewer writes. View video >