Mystery Thriller Book Reviews (page 1589)

DEATH IS A TWO-STROKE PENALTY by James Y. Bartlett
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 20, 1991

"A series is promised, though it's likely to interest only hard- core golf fans."
A pleasant, unremarkable first novel asking who shoved up-and- coming pro golfer John Turnbull into a ditch off the 14th hole after hours in the middle of a South Carolina tournament. Read full book review >
SACRIFICE by Andrew Vachss
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 20, 1991

"Vachss still writes a mean page, full of sound and fury; but his spike-hard prose and action are blunted by a moralism that smugly sets Burke up as the most obnoxiously self-righteous—and increasingly one-note—judge, jury, and executioner since Mike Hammer."
A routine sixth outing for Vachss's dark knight Burke—that is, a bitter cup overflowing with satanic child-rape, multiple personality disorder, voodoo, execution-murders, and other workaday hazards of the ``outlaw'' p.i.'s ever-more bleak—and vengeful—Gotham half-life. Read full book review >

SPILL by Les Standiford
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 20, 1991

"They walked out into the cool dark, together'')."
A routine disaster thriller—a biochemical spill threatens Yellowstone National Park—distinguished by a clean, literate prose style and some magnificent scenery. Read full book review >
OVERHEAD by Jack M. Bickham
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 20, 1991

"Credibility crushed in straight sets 6-2, 6-0, 6-1."
Tennis pro, Vietnam vet, and intelligence operative Brad Smith, who first served in Dropshot (1990), quits an irritating job in Texas to head for Montana, where his unusual skills are needed to open a new tennis resort and locate a murderous nearby secret agent. Read full book review >
A DEATH FOR A DANCING DOLL by E.X. Giroux
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 19, 1991

"Lively, imaginative entertainment—one of this reliable writer's best."
London's intuitive lawyer-sleuth Robert Forsythe and his not- so-young but crisply efficient secretary Abigail Sanderson (Death of a Doctor, etc.) are vacationing in Vancouver, where Forsythe's been asked by a friend to talk to 70-ish Rebecca Holly. Read full book review >

COFFIN AND THE PAPER MAN by Gwendoline Butler
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 19, 1991

"One of the best in the Coffin series."
Scotland Yard's Chief Commander John Coffin is, at last, mostly at ease with the Docklands area he now commands (Coffin in the Museum of Crime, etc.), living in an apartment neighboring one owned by actress Stella Pinero, his longtime friend, sometime lover. Read full book review >
DEEP SHAKER by Les Roberts
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 19, 1991

"And if he seems a shade too written-to-formula, his food is still as mouthwatering as anything Lawrence Sanders has come up with."
Slovenian sleuth Milan Jacovich (Full Cleveland, Pepper Pike), in an attempt to wrest an old pal's son from drugs, again must call on a Cleveland don for help and, at the same time, avoid the ``Jamaican Connection,'' a bloodthirsty island gang that uses school kids as dope-runners. Read full book review >
THICKER THAN WATER by Bruce Zimmerman
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 19, 1991

"Nice green Jamaican ambiance, great action, fair-enough puzzle, and Quinn again, with his unforced humor and engaging decency."
Quinn Parker, San Francisco phobia specialist turned detective, made his likable debut in Blood Under the Bridge (1989). Read full book review >
QUILLER BAMBOO by Adam Hall
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 18, 1991

"But depressive, sententious Quiller is as good company as ever in this lesser entry in a fine series."
British superspook Quiller (The Quiller Memorandum, Quiller Barracuda, etc.), weariest of all the sons of Bond, is assigned to protect a potential revolutionary from the Chinese government. Read full book review >
BLOOD MARKS by Bill Crider
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 18, 1991

"Not for gentle tastes, but a striking addition to the serial- killer subgenre—gory, repugnant, and gripping to its last ugly reverberation."
Crider, author of two so-so series (Evil at the Root, Dying Voices, etc.), takes a totally different tack in this gritty story of a serial killer. Read full book review >
A CLASSIC ENGLISH CRIME by Tim Heald
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 18, 1991

"For the most part, though, there's a sad lack of the ingenuity, the grasp of the rhetoric of Golden Age plotting, that made Christie inimitable."
A middling-to-poorish collection of 13 new detective stories, each set in England between the wars, to celebrate Agatha Christie's centenary. Read full book review >
DAY OF ATONEMENT by Faye Kellerman
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 18, 1991

"Contrived, wordy, and far from Kellerman's best."
Such a honeymoon for LAPD Detective Peter Decker and his Orthodox bride, Rina Lazarus (Milk and Honey, 1990, etc.): The Lutheran-raised Peter (Akiva in Brooklyn Yiddish) not only meets up, for the first time, with his birth-mother, Frieda Levine, and her other five progeny, but he also has to scour the Orthodox Jewish communities for his half-nephew Noam/Nick-O, who, feeling stifled at home, has disappeared during the High Holy Days. 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 >