"I really enjoy this series about the four women -- the cop, the ADA, the ME and the reporter.
A terrorist group is -- yes -- terrorizing San Francisco. The ladies must be MORE than one step of the small band of radicals who sign their word "August Spies" -- and the life of one of the ladies is in terrible peril because she works for what the group perceives as their enemy."
"If you love gossip, you'll love this. With the obvious exception of the ending of this "novel," I doubt very much else is fiction. The name-dropping gets to the point of being laugh-out-loud funny ("How many names can I get into just one sentence?"), but the behind-the-scenes tales of the OJ trial are juicy."
"I am a major fan of all of Stephen White's mysteries involving Dr. Alan Gregory. This one is late in the series, but his home life plays a minor part so reading it out of order isn't particularly jarring.
I highly recommend this series for mystery lovers."
"As much as I love Stephen Greenleaf, and as good as the basic story is, this is the least well-written of the Tanner mystries. It was as if he was trying too hard. Normally I'd give him 4-1/2 or 5 stars.
Tanner is hired by the family of a murdered woman to make sure her husband, a psychologist who specializes in working with defense attorneys to get clients off on insanity pleas isn't able to fake insanity and escape responsibility for killing his wife.
The tale takes twists and turns involving many other charactes, and is a great comparison of Berkeley today with the activist Berkeley of the 60s. It's a good story, the writing just isn't up to his usual standard."
"Goldsborough gave it the old college try, but his taking over the Nero Wolfe series after Stout's death (even though he was approved by Stout's widow) just didn't live up to the master. Not bad, but not wonderful."