Mystery Thriller Book Reviews (page 1592)

THE FUNDAMENTALS OF MURDER by William F. Love
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 1991

"Brighter and tighter than the pair's debut last year in The Chartreuse Clue: this welcome series could take off if only Dave, who's by no means a dope, could get over his implausible ignorance about the Church."
When born-again Okie Jerry Fanning, just arrived in the Big Apple to claim it for Jesus, gets jailed for the stranglings of three prostitutes and an ambitious model-exec, Nero Wolfeish Bishop Francis X. Regan and his legman Dave Goldman go to work to get him off. Read full book review >
SINGAPORE TRANSFER by Wayne Warga
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 1991

"Lightweight stuff, but without the light touch of two previous Dean adventures, Hardcover and Fatal Impressions."
A loony, far-fetched caper in which journalist/consultant Jeffrey Dean is approached by an emissary of Singapore's prime minister, who'd like him to ghost the PM's book on economics. Read full book review >

THE TWENTY ACRE PLOT by Stephen F. Wilcox
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 1991

"A complicated ending assigns murder in one direction, the coverup in another, for a tough, funny, original approach to the hard-boiled genre, and more proof that second-novelist Wilcox (The Dry White Tear) is a comer."
Another entrant in the son-of-Raymond-Chandler sweepstakes as Wilcox—who can write a wonderfully crusty, wry turn-of-phrase- -introduces upstate New Yorker Elias Hackshaw, who, with his sister and brother-in-law, produces the weekly Triton Advertiser, including his muckraking opinion column. Read full book review >
DEATH QUALIFIED by Kate Wilhelm
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 1991

"But the audacious scope of Wilhelm's cosmic riddling may spoil you for mysteries that merely ask whodunit."
Another heaven-storming hybrid of mystery and fantasy from veteran Wilhelm (Cambio Bay; Sweet, Sweet Poison, etc.): What's the link between a powerful mind-altering computer program and two murders in the Oregon woods? Read full book review >
FATAL RECALL by Deforest Day
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 1991

"But despite Chase's highly adaptable derring-do—he concocts a homemade bomb and breaks out of a car trunk en route to identifying a who-cares mastermind—Day's just playing back old material at a faster speed, like Alvin and the Chipmunks."
Day's third novel about do-it-all Naval Intelligence veteran Chase Defoe (August Ice, A Cold Killing) begins with the death of retired general Harmon Kilgallen just as he's reached a crucial point in his memoirs: his recovery following WW II of a priceless cache of Old Master paintings. Read full book review >

A RED DEATH by Walter Mosley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1991

"This time Mosley earns the acclaim his first novel received."
BEAST by Peter Benchley
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 1991

"Although necessarily lacking the shock value of Jaws, this crafty, well-researched, exhilarating semi-sequel, powered by that marvelously demonic squid, who's every bit a match for the Great White, is bound to clamber way high up on the best-seller lists."
At least Benchley (Rummies, 1989, etc.) didn't call it Tentacles—although he might have. Read full book review >
SPLIT SECONDS by Kevin Robinson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 30, 1991

"If Robinson can work harder on plotting, the outlook for book two will be brighter."
Wheelchair-bound since he fell off a roof in 1986, Nick Foster writes a column for the Melbourne Sun Coaster, a Florida newspaper- -and when NASA staffer James Woods is found enmeshed in a crab-line and Propjob the porpoise salvages a computer disk from the site, he's sure he's onto a big story. Read full book review >
BLOODY MARKO by J. Madison Davis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 28, 1991

"Rattles in the brain for weeks."
The history of a war criminal is revealed in reverse, beginning with his trial in today's disintegrating Yugoslavia and ending with the Austrian invasion of his childhood village. Read full book review >
MEXICO WAY by Robert Moss
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 28, 1991

"Original, horrifying, extremely entertaining, and certainly no stranger than any of the bungled real-life geopolitics of the past 20 years."
Moss, who sometimes teams with Arnaud de Borchgrave (Monimbo, 1983) and sometimes doesn't (Death Beam, 1981), cooks up a Tex-Mex thriller about secession and oil rights and dirty politics on both sides of the Rio Grande in which the hero is, of all things, a decent CIA officer. Read full book review >
PACIFIC BEAT by T. Jefferson Parker
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 28, 1991

"Not as much fun as Heat—the action is too slowly deliberate, and sometimes overwhelmed by introspection—but a wiser, more mature work, resonant, literate, and powerful."
Mirroring the title of his marvelous debut novel, Laguna Heat (1985), Parker's third California thriller—after the uneven Little Saigon (1988)—is a moodily intense affair: the introspective and involving tale of a man who searches for his sister's killer among the citizens of Newport Beach. Read full book review >
THE PIRANHAS by Harold Robbins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 27, 1991

"Unclean, unclean!"
A novel that wavers between fireball excitement and abysmal vulgarity, that leaves the reader dazed with complexities and a feeling that greater spiritual health might have resulted through never having read it—though zillions will. 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 >