Thrillers Book Reviews (page 46)

SMOKING POPPY by Graham Joyce
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 8, 2002

"Surprisingly moving bits on wounded love and disrespected friendship flesh out a thoroughly frightening and foreign adventure."
Paternal love grapples with opium dreams in a sharp, short, and terrifying adventure: the latest from this four-time winner of the British Fantasy Award (Indigo, 2000, etc.). Read full book review >
EDDIE’S WORLD by Charlie Stella
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 1, 2001

"A sure-footed debut from a writer with a spare, no-nonsense prose style who can make you like characters you think you shouldn't."
Eddie Senta's world is out of whack and, as he'll be the first to tell you, he's got no one to blame but himself. Read full book review >

THE FEAST OF THE GOAT by Mario Vargas Llosa
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2001

"A landmark in Latin American fiction."
The Peruvian master (The Notebooks of Don Rigoberto, 1998, etc.) now turns to the bloody reign (1930-61) of the Dominican Republic's dictatorial president Rafael Trujillo—and its aftermath. Read full book review >
BLOOD AND GOLD by Anne Rice
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 31, 2001

"Given her historical antecedents, Rice-Who-Must-Be-Obeyed writes like a damned Queen. Pure vellum in the chronicle."
Large arterial heart-piece in Rice's Vampire Chronicles. Read full book review >
CRITICAL SPACE by Greg Rucka
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 9, 2001

"Deftly plotted, elegantly written: might just be the thriller of the year."
Professional bodyguard Atticus Kodiak (Shooting at Midnight, 1999, etc.) returns to face one of the world's most fearsome assassins. Read full book review >

BLACK HOUSE by Stephen King
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 15, 2001

"Those not knowing King's Dark Tower series or The Talisman will follow all this easily enough. Many admiring King's recent, subtler work, though, may find these blood-spattered pages a step backward into dreamslash & gutspill."
Coauthors King and Straub, together again (The Talisman, 1984), take a Wisconsin Death Trip into parallel universes. Read full book review >
THE PARROT’S THEOREM by Denis Guedj
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"A wonderful little book, cartoonlike, yes, but tender and impassioned—and with a tour of math just as useful for YAs as for Methuselah."
A bestseller in France (where the author teaches history of science), Guedj's first fiction is a charmer indeed—a history of mathematics offered up pretty as you please via a handful of likable characters, a mystery—and a talking parrot. Read full book review >
FRED & EDIE by Jill Dawson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"A riveting story, not so much because of its tragic dimensions, but because of the remarkable degree to which Edie rises from the page to tell her tortured tale. Can the movie version, to be released here this year, compare?
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A third novel from British poet and editor Dawson (the YA How Do I Look, 1991, etc.), shortlisted for the 2000 Whitbread and Orange Prizes and already a bestseller in the UK (30,000 copies thus far), works history and fiction seamlessly together in a complicated story of passion and murder that caused a sensation in England in 1922. Read full book review >
SMOKE FILLED ROOMS by Kris Nelscott
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 20, 2001

"You don't need to be a fan of private-eye novels to admire Smokey: You just need a conscience."
Now squeezed in with his friend Franklin's family, filling in as a security guard at Chicago's Conrad Hilton and hiding behind the name Bill Grimshaw, private eye Smokey Dalton hopes he's found a safe place to hide himself and ten-year-old Jimmy, the young boy he spirited out of Memphis after he witnessed Martin Luther King Jr.'s killing and was menaced by the real assassins (A Dangerous Road, 2000). Read full book review >
BLACK WATER TRANSIT by Carsten Stroud
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 15, 2001

"In a field overrun with snapping jaws, this bites through bone."
Densely stylish, superdramatic waterfront suspense from Stroud (Deadly Force, 1996). Read full book review >
THE RED ROOM by Nicci French
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 7, 2001

"Not as unnerving as French's flawless Killing Me Softly (to be released as a movie in October) but stylish and engrossing nonetheless."
Another strong, vulnerable, beset young heroine; another brilliant thriller from French (Beneath the Skin, 2000, etc.), who now has to be considered a major player. Read full book review >
BLUE DIARY by Alice Hoffman
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

"A welcome return to top form by a gifted, popular author."
A small-town hero with a criminal past raises unsettling questions about guilt and trust, in this unsparing new novel by Hoffman (The River King, 2000, etc.). 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 >