Mystery Thriller Book Reviews (page 1588)

STATE STREET by Richard Whittingham
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 15, 1991

"Smart pace and authentically nasty atmosphere and detail enliven this somewhat lumpish descent into the bowels of the Windy City."
Sportswriter Whittingham (Saturday Afternoon, 1986) turns to fiction with this gritty, overplotted Chicago procedural. Read full book review >
REPRISAL by
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 15, 1991

"Wilson's most gripping yet, with his strongest characterizations."
First-class horror novel and third volume in a malignant- entity series begun with The Keep (1981) and Reborn (1990). Read full book review >

NATIVE TONGUE by Carl Hiaasen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 13, 1991

"The problem may be that Hiaasen's tilled this particular crime-comic soil one time too many."
Hiaasen's fourth Florida crime-farce—about an environmental-protection scam—is as manic as ever but lacks the crisp suspense that made Skin Tight a minor crime-classic. Read full book review >
DOWNTOWN by Ed McBain
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 11, 1991

"Ramshackle plotting toward the end, as usual with recent McBains, but still slick and professionally funny—a real grabber."
McBain lays off the 87th Precinct for a zany Christmas adventure that takes off like a nuclear-powered roller coaster: hick Florida orange-grower Michael Barnes, looking to catch the last plane out of Manhattan after a business trip, gets hustled by a pair of sharpies, then, minus his driver's license, turns his car over to a movie producer who ditches him and drives it away, and then, leaving the police station where he's reported his bad luck, gets held up by a masked Chinese gunman who leads him, when they're both chased by a police officer in lingerie (don't ask), to a high-stakes crapshoot. Read full book review >
IMAJICA by Clive Barker
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 11, 1991

Dazzling metaphysical epic-adventure as Barker surpasses his previous ground-breaking work (The Great and Secret Show, 1989, etc.) to reconfigure the Fall and to imagine a modern-day attempt to reverse it. Read full book review >

NIGHT OF THE SEVENTH DARKNESS by Daniel Easterman
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 11, 1991

"More horror novel than thriller, grim and unforgiving, and resonant with menace, decay, and the stuff nightmares are made of."
A dark and disturbing foray into voodoo-terror by a master of the religious-conspiracy thriller (The Brotherhood of the Tomb, 1990; The Ninth Buddha, 1989, etc.). Read full book review >
THE DOOMSDAY CONSPIRACY by Sidney Sheldon
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 10, 1991

"Whitley Strieber's Communion); mediocre as a thriller, even Sheldon-style; but fascinating as one top author's earnest if inept effort (backed by a polemical postscript) to voice the kind of warning that H.G. Wells did with so much more style. (Literary Guild Dual Selection for Fall)"
A science-fiction—yes, science-fiction—novel from the master of soap. Read full book review >
A WOMAN'S EYE by Sara Paretsky
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 6, 1991

"Overall, though, disappointing."
Twenty-one all-new stories, mostly a somber, let's-take-ourselves-too-seriously collection featuring female protagonists from such women writers as old-timers Dorothy B. Hughes and Dorothy Salisbury Davis; England's Antonia Fraser; academe's Amanda Cross; a California pileup including Sue Grafton, Marcia Muller, Faye Kellerman, Julie Smith, Susan Dunlap, Mary Wings, Marilyn Wallace, and Shelley Singer, the unique Maria Antonia Oliver, and Paretsky herself, whose sluggishly belabored case for V.I. Warshawski and introduction here ("there is no one way to view women") hardly represent her best work. Read full book review >
AND SOON I'LL COME TO KILL YOU by Susan Kelly
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 3, 1991

"A decided letdown after the strong Until Proven Innocent."
This time out, Boston mystery writer Liz Connors (Until Proven Innocent, etc.) is assailed by literate, quasi-poetic anonymous notes threatening her life. Read full book review >
CARPOOL by Mary Cahill
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 3, 1991

"Cahill stumbles repeatedly in her eagerness to seduce the reader—a failed effort, though likely to engage the sympathies of other carpoolers across the country."
Erma Bombeck meets Angela Lansbury with unfortunate results in this suburban mystery featuring a carpooling mom, a dead farmer, a stone-faced Indian detective, and an assortment of aimlessly adulterous bit players—all manipulated with amateurish enthusiasm by this veteran carpooler and first-time Baltimore writer. Read full book review >
THE MASTER STROKE by Elizabeth Gage
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 3, 1991

"A delicious tale of injustice and revenge, further enhanced by its exciting, nascent-computer-industry backdrop."
The title is appropriate: powerful characters and an utterly captivating plot make this 50's-era business-world romance a true masterstroke by the author of A Glimpse of Stocking (1988) and Pandora's Box (1990). Read full book review >
FOUR PAST MIDNIGHT by Stephen King
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 3, 1991

"5 million."
A double-double Whopper hot from the grill of "America's literary boogeyman," as he puts it in his introduction: four sizzling horror novellas sandwiched within the theme of "Time. . .and the corrosive effects it can have on the human heart." 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 >