Margot Mifflin
August 09, 1991 AT 04:00 AM EDT

True Crime

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
94 minutes
Wide Release Date
03/19/99
performer
Clint Eastwood, Denis Leary, Isaiah Washington, James Woods, Frances Fisher, Lisa Gay Hamilton, Mary McCormack, Diane Venora
director
Clint Eastwood
author
Paul Brickman, Larry Gross, Stephen Schiff
genre
Mystery and Thriller, Drama

We gave it a B

True Crime is a detective novel for the media age. When a journalist finds himself covering his father’s murder, one of three killings that implicates the ex-girlfriend he still loves, his private and professional interests collide, and the dark side of his predatory career is exposed. Mewshaw’s cast of slippery politicians, scheming junkies, and frustrated lovers loads the knotty plot with tantalizing possibilities, but the resolution is forced and the story is larded with too much random violence, as if to distract the reader from the characters’ muddled motives. Still, Mewshaw is a shrewd and vivid writer with an eye for telling detail. B

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