Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 955)

THE BLACK ECHO by Michael Connelly
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 21, 1992

"Still, Connelly knows his turf and perhaps he'll map it more freshly next time out."
Big, brooding debut police thriller by Los Angeles Times crime-reporter Connelly, whose labyrinthine tale of a cop tracking vicious bank-robbers sparks and smolders but never quite catches fire. Read full book review >
CAUGHT LOOKING by Randy Russell
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 21, 1992

"Russell (Blind Spot, Hard Wire) is better than ever, and a writer to watch."
Alton Benjamin ``Rooster'' Franklin, Russell's sardonic answer to Westlake's Dortmunder, now heads for Kansas City with his visiting teenager, the ``rad'' Avery, in tow to discover who boosted the car of his girlfriend Carolyn's brother-in-law, virtually blind-as-a-bat ``high-heat'' pitcher Rowdy Monroe, whose glove was in the trunk. Read full book review >

A WISP OF SMOKE by Roy Lewis
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 20, 1992

"In this latest appearance from Landon, his reluctant attraction to Jane Wilson—plus the absence of the author's frequent concentration on medieval architecture—lends a lighter, livelier air to a steadily diverting story."
The murder of author/ex-Army officer Ken Andrews seems far removed from shy, middle-aged bachelor Arnold Landon (The Devil is Dead, 1990, etc.), a planning officer in Durham, until he's asked by publisher Peter Aspen to finish the book on Rosicrucians that Andrews was writing. Read full book review >
THE CROAKING OF THE RAVEN by Francis Lyall
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 20, 1992

"Solid police routines finally produce an undermotivated culprit, but disjointed plotting, colorless characters, and lack of tension make for dull going—helped only a little by a competent, literate style."
This rather tepid police procedural marks the author's US debut and introduces Superintendent Alan Mason and sidekick Ian Crawford, who work out of the Scottish town of Greyhavens. Read full book review >
HARD FALL by Ridley Pearson
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 17, 1992

"Not as psychologically probing as Undercurrents, and hampered by the far-fetched premise, but, overall, a well-oiled thriller with every gear smoothly spinning at top speed."
Coming back strong from last year's ragged Probable Cause, Pearson turns in a tale of international terrorism that offers the sort of breakneck action, mature characterization, and tight forensic detail that made Undercurrents (1988) a police-procedural classic. Read full book review >

DUDE ON ARRIVAL by J.S. Borthwick
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 17, 1992

"Add half a plus for horse-lovers."
Professor Sarah Deane and doctor boyfriend Alex are once again vacation guests (Bodies of Water, 1990, etc.)—this time over Christmas at the plush Arizona Rancho Del Gato Blanco, where Sarah's rich, no-frills Aunt Julia has been staying since Thanksgiving. Read full book review >
HALO PARADE by Bill James
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 17, 1992

"A dark, dour study of good men with sour edges."
The third cynical police procedural featuring Detective Chief Superintendent Colin Harpur (Lolita Man, p. 507) finds him disconsolate: his mistress, the widow of a fellow officer, has recently married another cop; and Ray Street, the young lad whom Colin sent undercover to infiltrate druglord ``You-know-who'' and his gang, is now also snorting up and recklessly endangering himself. Read full book review >
DEAD LETTER by John R. Riggs
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 15, 1992

"Overall, though, the plot is less interesting than the people who frequent it."
Oakalla, Wisconsin, newspaper editor Garth Ryland (One Man's Poison, etc.), who lobbied against the election of the new sheriff, Whitey Huffer, is now at odds with him over the accidental death— or murder?—of deaf trashman Amel Pilkin, who seemed awfully excited about some good news just before he died. Read full book review >
QUARRY by Bill Pronzini
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 15, 1992

"Add to this the unappealing wedding-mania that partner Eberhardt is experiencing and the outcome is bathos—plus reader annoyance."
When Grady Haas, depressed and uncommunicative, moves back in with her dad, he asks Nameless to find out what's wrong. Read full book review >
FUGITIVE NIGHTS by Joseph Wambaugh
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 15, 1992

"Wambaugh cannot write a total wipeout but this is not among his strongest or more durable works."
Wambaugh (The Golden Orange, 1990, etc.) returns to a familiar venue: glittering Palm Springs, its cops, and nearby desert canyons. Read full book review >
THE CAT WHO MOVED A MOUNTAIN by Lilian Jackson Braun
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 9, 1992

"A shade cuter than most Braun outings, with a very incidental murder, but devoted fans will lap it up anyway."
Newsman Jim Qwilleran and his Siamese sidekicks, Koko and Yum Yum, now find themselves summering on the top of Big Potatoe Mountain in the ramshackle digs of the late J.J. Hawkinfield, while Qwill mulls over life now that he's officially the beneficiary of the Klingenschoen fortune. Read full book review >
PUSHOVER by Lillian O'Donnell
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 9, 1992

"A solid procedural with plenty of action, a deglamorized New York backdrop, and a no-nonsense heroine."
A couple of major cases face NYPD's Lieutenant Norah Mulcahaney (A Private Crime, etc.) in this outing. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jude Deveraux
author of EVER AFTER
July 1, 2015

New York Times bestselling author Jude Deveraux's eagerly awaited Ever After, the third novel in her blockbuster Nantucket Brides trilogy, continues the saga of the Montgomery-Taggerts, set on an island steeped in beauty and unforgettable romance. Life is anything but perfect for Hallie Hartley, a young physical therapist who has given up nearly everything—even her love life—for her beautiful blonde stepsister, Shelly. Though Shelly's acting career has never taken off, she has certainly perfected the crocodile tears to get what she wants—which all too often means Hallie's boyfriends. When Hallie arrives home early from work one fateful day, she makes two startling discoveries that will turn her life upside down. "This sexy, lighthearted romp brings the series to a satisfying close," our reviewer writes. View video >