Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 955)

MIRACLE CURE by Harlan Coben
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 18, 1991

"Lurid, formula medical thriller—enhanced by celebrity look-alikes, rich and famous scenery, and shadowy sex."
Manhattan AIDS researchers hold off announcing the discovery of a cure for the disease until they find who is murdering their prize patients—in a medical thriller by the author of Play Dead (1990). Dr. Bruce Grey, who is supposed to be on vacation from his AIDS research clinic, slips back into New York in disguise and checks into a hotel, where he is promptly tortured and pitched from a window. Read full book review >
SHADE THOSE LAURELS by Cyril Connolly
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 16, 1991

"A delightful conceit."
An elegant, hyperliterary thriller by the late English critic and novelist. Read full book review >

NO FORWARDING ADDRESS by Elisabeth Bowers
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 15, 1991

"Best for the exquisitely delineated scenes between Meg and her college-age son, in the throes of his first love affair, and her career-minded daughter, a new convert to feminism."
When Vicky Fischer hires Vancouver p.i. Read full book review >
THE WOMAN WHO FELL FROM GRACE by David Handler
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 15, 1991

"Full of incredible coincidences and too cute by half—but Hoagy's laid-back humor is easy to take, and the convoluted mystery will keep you guessing midway through the finale."
Edgar-winning Handler's hardcover debut—another headliner in Doubleday's new Perfect Crime series—takes his ghostwriter-sleuth Stewart Hoag to Staunton, Virginia, to work on the sequel to beloved historical blockbuster Oh, Shenandoah, at the request of the family of author Alma Glaze, killed 50 years ago in a car accident. Read full book review >
THE LAST DETECTIVE by Peter Lovesey
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 8, 1991

"Top-form Lovesey."
Doubleday inaugurates their ``Perfect Crime'' imprint with a body in a lake, soon identified as former soap-opera actress Gerry Snoo. Read full book review >

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 >
Kirkus Interview
Mona Eltahawy
April 28, 2015

In her debut book, Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution, Egyptian-American journalist and commentator Mona Eltahawy mounts an angry indictment of the treatment of women throughout the Arab world. Born in Egypt, she spent her childhood in London, moving with her family to Saudi Arabia when she was 15. Her shock was immediate and visceral: “It felt as though we’d moved to another planet whose inhabitants fervently wished women did not exist,” she recalls. Women could not travel, work or even go to a doctor’s appointment without male approval. We talk to Eltahawy this week on Kirkus TV about her arresting new book. View video >