Mystery Thriller Book Reviews (page 1606)

FACES IN THE CROWD by William Marshall
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 17, 1991

"Told with period verve and Bosch-like cruelty at a 200 horsepower tempo by an energetic, raucous, and very knowledgeable tour guide to New York's more unsavory past."
A sprawling, chaotic, Hogarthian glimpse of Victorian-era crime in Manhattan, again featuring police officers Tillman and Muldoon (The New York Detective, 1989), now trying to track down Rotary Rosie Seymore, supposedly dead, but the last name on a prostitute's lips before she fell from a rooftop. Read full book review >
PRAYER FOR THE DEAD by David Wiltse
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 17, 1991

"Creepy stuff, all right."
Another serial psycho-killer from a specialist in the genre (The Wedding Guest, The Serpent, The Fifth Angel). Read full book review >

PASTIME by Robert B. Parker
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 17, 1991

Parker continues his high rebound (begun with his Chandleresque Poodle Springs and last year's Spenser yarn, Stardust) with a sequel to Early Autumn (1980) that's even more vibrant than the original, which Spenser fans will remember as one of the Boston p.i.'s most personal, resonant cases. Read full book review >
WOLF RUN by Julian Savarin
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 17, 1991

"Smooth but undistinguished action-adventure."
Free-lance spy-turned-photographer Gordon Gallagher (Villiger, Naja) sets his supercharged, all-wheel-drive Audi in pursuit of his fiancÇe's murderers. Read full book review >
SKY MASTERS by Dale Brown
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 17, 1991

"Genuinely exciting fight scenes are swamped by oceans of technical detail of interest primarily to the pencil-protector crowd."
War erupts almost immediately when America pulls out of the Philippines and China slips in to fill the power vacuum. Read full book review >

FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 16, 1991

"Strictly for feline fanatics."
Seventeen new if not overly original stories guaranteed to give you paws—if not pause. Read full book review >
MURDER GAME by Bruce Cassiday
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 15, 1991

Adler, ``creator'' of the puzzle-contest books Who Killed the Robins Family? and Revenge of the Robins Family, is at it again, with a teasing blackmail-kidnap-murder tale whose best solution is worth a $10,000 prize. Read full book review >
THE CHRISTIE CAPER by Carolyn Hart
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 15, 1991

"Meanwhile, the author's knowledge of the genre is ever— and irritatingly—on show."
An elaborately plotted homage to Agatha Christie—once again featuring Annie Darling (Deadly Valentine, etc.), owner of the Death on Demand mystery bookstore on South Carolina's Browards Rock Island. Read full book review >
CATALYST by Philip Cornford
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 15, 1991

"But Cornford's genuinely original attempt to fuse these two strains of the spy novel offers a tantalizing glimpse of where the genre is likely to go next."
Australian novelist Cornford's first US publication is an ambitious, unevenly successful mixture of George Smiley's cat-and- mousing with the James Bond formula of saving the world by capturing a global conspirator—in this case, a man called ``Control'' who's responsible for a rash of terrorist killings of well-known hawks in the US and USSR. Read full book review >
RIGHT TO DIE by Jeremiah Healy
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 11, 1991

"But nothing can save Andrus—and only the vivid characters, lots of Marathon lore, and the Boston backdrop salvage the far- fetched plot in this flawed but lively entertainment."
This time out, Boston's tough/sentimental p.i. Read full book review >
BAD BUSINESS by Anthony Bruno
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 8, 1991

"Not as deliriously overplotted as last year's Bad Luck, but still sharp enough to make you hug yourself with anticipation as Gibbons and Tozzi sink deeper into the mud you know they'll have just enough— well, maybe not quite enough—trouble wriggling out of."
A lesser outing for antic FBI team Gibbons and Tozzi finds Tozzi framed for the murder of a key witness against a Mafia dope ring. Read full book review >
A GENERATION OF LEAVES by Robert S. Bloom
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 4, 1991

"Ponderous and leaden, convoluted, an epic but in tedium res."
The weight of American history in the decades surrounding the War of 1812 crushes Bloom's first novel, an ambitious but tedious saga of unrequited love and family affairs. 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 >