Thrillers Book Reviews (page 46)

THE COMPANY by Robert Littell
Released: April 22, 2002

"Accurate? Only CIA operatives know. Fascinating? Surprising? Suspenseful? Yes, yes, yes."
Virtually a history of the US for the past fifty years as seen through the dark lens of the CIA. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 2002

"Wild, weird, and wonderful. Harington should send a copy to Al Gore—then disconnect his phone."
If Robert Penn Warren had ever been turned on to hallucinogens, he might have produced something like this fantasy of a mad southern autodidact who runs for governor of Arkansas and finds just enough lunatics to bring him to the threshold of victory. Read full book review >

IN THE FOREST by Edna O’Brien
Released: March 29, 2002

"At once rich and chilling: one of O'Brien's darkest, most accomplished works in years."
O'Brien (Wild Decembers, 2001, etc.) offers a grimly fascinating portrait of a young Irish psychopath, delivered in a flat and unaffected prose reminiscent of a police dossier. Read full book review >
AREA 7 by Matthew Reilly
Released: Feb. 12, 2002

"Reilly's least believable, but most suspenseful blow-'em-up to date: The jet-boat chase through the blind chasms of Arizona's Lake Powell puts the Bond books to shame."
Fresh from his adventures in the Antarctic (Ice Station, 1999), Marine Captain Shane "Scarecrow" Schofield handles more high-tech mayhem and death-defying action when he escorts the president of the US into a top-secret Utah Air Force Base. Read full book review >
THE ANALYST by John Katzenbach
Released: Feb. 4, 2002

"Hokey, gimmicky, and flatly unbelievable—but even readers immune to the erratic charms of Katzenbach's earlier thrillers (Hart's War, 2000, etc.) will find themselves powerless to stop after page ten."
Katzenbach's finest hour is the tale of a widowed New York psychotherapist roused from the cocoon of his habitual rounds by an anonymous letter—a letter threatening him with a fate worse than death. Read full book review >

BURIED AT SEA by Paul Garrison
Released: Feb. 1, 2002

"Action-filled, wave-pounding page-turner."
Garrison surpasses his first seafaring thriller (Fire and Ice, 1998) with a grippingly realistic cross-Atlantic chase for stolen technology that doubles as a winning tale of mentor-pupil redemption. Read full book review >
SMOKING POPPY by Graham Joyce
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
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
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 >
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 >
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
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 >
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 >