Thrillers Book Reviews (page 46)

THE MUSIC OF THE SPHERES by Elizabeth Redfern
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 9, 2001

"Kick off your shoes, lean back in your favorite chair—and make sure your thinking cap stays securely in place. The Music of the Spheres demands an attentive ear, even as its multiple harmonies enchant and satisfy the senses."
A growing sense of intellectual excitement pervades this richly imagined and densely plotted debut, a worthy companion to such successful literary historical fiction as Iain Pears's An Instance of the Fingerpost and Matthew G. Kneale's English Passengers. Read full book review >
HOW TO BE GOOD by Nick Hornby
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 9, 2001

"By the close, the engaging Carr family is restored whole, even as it realizes—and as the author reminds us with his characteristic sprightly fatalism—that they still inhabit an empty universe."
Another delightful comedy from Hornby (High Fidelity, 1995, etc.), this one about a woman whose plans to divorce her crabby husband are sidetracked by his sudden, if loony, embrace of saintliness. Read full book review >

THE PROCEDURE by Harry Mulisch
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 2001

"Definitely not hammock reading. This is exhilarating, mind-bending stuff by an author who probes ever deeper into the mysteries that matter most—and keeps getting better."
The riddle of creation, and the innumerable natural and man-made shocks the overweening intellect is (so to speak) heir to, are the dominant concerns in this elusive and fascinating metaphysical fiction. Read full book review >
YONDER STANDS YOUR ORPHAN by Barry Hannah
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 2001

"A sprawling, nearly plotless novel: Hannah shows quite authoritatively that he's still the master of his craft. The manufactured eccentricity of some of his recent short stories is absent here, but not his love of characters and language. A masterwork of southern beat terror gospel."
The first outing in a decade from the great southern roustabout (Never Die, 1991, etc.) goes on a long tear through the lives of a motley crew of misfits living around a giant lake in the backwoods of Mississippi. Read full book review >
BLACK OXEN by Elizabeth Knox
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2001

"'Why are these people trying to teach the world about Taoscal magic?' The answers to this question, and many others, will be found by the diligent—and patient—reader, somewhere within the sprawling, infuriating pages of Black Oxen."
Byzantine intrigue and melodramatic excess abound to an almost unprecedented degree in this fascinating, inordinately busy new novel from the New Zealand author (The Vintner's Luck, 1999). Read full book review >

THE CHILDREN’S WAR by J.N. Stroyar
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 12, 2001

"Toweringly intelligent, with icy touches showing how all sides dehumanize to achieve their aims. Stylish, no, but a fierce picture of massive dystopian evil."
What if . . . the Third Reich had won WWII and, 50 years later, were still around, embracing Europe, allied with the USSR, and in a truce with the North American Union? It's still the same oppressive Third Reich, all its old horrors intact, but with endless underground movements bent on destroying it. Read full book review >
WITNESS FOR THE DEAD by Michael Fredrickson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2001

"Fredrickson, a lawyer, knows his courtrooms, sure. But he also knows his people—and makes them interesting, believable, and often very funny."
Another literate, gripping legal thriller, by the author of the impressive A Cinderella Affidavit (1999). Read full book review >
THE HOTHOUSE by Wolfgang Koeppen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2001

"A rediscovered masterpiece. Norton is reissuing Koeppen's Death in Rome to accompany it. Let's hope a new edition of Pigeons on the Grass will follow soon thereafter."
The first English translation of an important German novel, first published in 1953, whose pointillist complexity offers a searing image of postwar Germany on the perilous threshold of partition and possible rearmament. Read full book review >
NUREMBERG: THE RECKONING by William F. Buckley Jr.
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2001

"Literate, absorbing, and thought-provoking. Buckley at his best."
The 15th novel by the conservative intellectual godfather and gadfly is a brainy thriller cut from the same cloth as Spytime (2000): fast-moving and based on historical events only all too real. Read full book review >
PASSAGE by Connie Willis
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 8, 2001

"Once again, Willis has developed an idea that bears all the authority of a genuine insight: disturbingly plausible, compelling, intensely moving, and ultimately uplifting."
New contemporary, near-mainstream outing for the celebrated author of To Say Nothing of the Dog (1997), etc. Joanna Lander, a clinical psychologist at Denver's Mercy General hospital, studies patients who've had Near Death Experiences (NDEs). Read full book review >
PEACEMAKER by Gordon Kent
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 2001

"Heroes of both sexes to root for, deliciously corrupt villains to create anxiety: despite occasional forays into acronymic thickets, this rollicking, rousing naval thriller bears comparison to the genre's best."
A stirring sequel to Rules of Engagement (1999) from the pseudonymous Kent (a father and son writing team), with Navy intelligence officer Alan Craik back for some more of his special brand of derring-do. Read full book review >
ACROBAT by Gonzalo Lira
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 2001

"Lira (Counterparts, 1998) is an edgy, energetic storyteller, and his spin on a well-worn genre has it frisking about almost as if newly minted."
It's not George Smiley's kind of spycraft, but it's complex enough and no less deadly. 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 >