Mystery Thriller Book Reviews (page 1590)

PARAMOUR by Gerald Petievich
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 18, 1991

"Already sold to Hollywood for a Ridley Scott film, which is about right."
Petievich, once the inventive schemer of To Live and Die in L. A., seems to have settled into a groove of actioners with Earth Angels (1989)—and now, this kinetic, overtired saga of a Secret Service bodyguard who gets involved with the President's mistress. Read full book review >
SHADE THOSE LAURELS by Cyril Connolly
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 16, 1991

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

RIVER OF DARKNESS by James Grady
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 16, 1991

"A brooding, ambitious, and rather long wrap-up of everything awful in the American spy business."
The secret war in Laos, the Kurds, the cold war, the drug war, Watergate, and Iran-contra are among the submerged stumps and sand bars here through which paddle sundry good and evil employees of the American intelligence industry. Read full book review >
NO FORWARDING ADDRESS by Elisabeth Bowers
MYSTERY THRILLER
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 THRILLER
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 >

HARLOT'S GHOST by Norman Mailer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 15, 1991

The Big One, volume one (yes, 1,408 pages!) of Mailer's long-promised masterpiece, in which he does for the CIA what Melville did for mammals and God, and what Thomas Mann did for the metaphysics of tuberculosis. Read full book review >
THE LAST DETECTIVE by Peter Lovesey
MYSTERY THRILLER
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 THRILLER
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 THRILLER
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 THRILLER
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 THRILLER
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 THRILLER
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 >
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 >