Thrillers Book Reviews (page 46)

Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"A tense, layered examination of wives, moms, and the women they become."
Buffy Cox, the out-of-shape, passive wife of entrepreneur Neville, never recovered from the accidental death of her son. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"Things begin to sag near the end, as Passaro gets too involved in the actual cases—this is a legal story with legal aspects that aren't terribly interesting—but the whole remains powerful, filled with heartbreak and surprising flashes of poetry."
An arrogant lawyer's life gets a shellacking in this bruising first novel about marriage, the law, and, most of all, New York City. Read full book review >

Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"A rich read most jackals will take kindly to."
Sequel at half the length to Simmons's 1990 baggy-pants small-town Illinois childhood nostalgia fest, Summer of Night, told partly through the hovering spirit of Duane, an 11-year-old genius chewed to pieces by a corn combine 40 years ago. Read full book review >
PROTECT AND DEFEND by Richard North Patterson
Released: Dec. 14, 2000

"A blissfully large-scale political thriller that's also an unsparing examination of tough questions about abortion, by an author shrewd and generous enough to give spokespeople of every persuasion their day in court."
The hotly contested abortion rights case that snarls his first Supreme Court nomination proves to Kerry Kilcannon that running for president (No Safe Place, 1998) is a walk in the park compared to actually serving in the office. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 14, 2000

"A gorgeous crazy quilt of a novel, filled with saints and sinners bent on mayhem, southern-style."
Against her will, a Mississippi preacher's wife is drawn into a web of madness and murder. Read full book review >

BLOOD AND GUILE by William Hoffman
Released: Nov. 1, 2000

"Tense, filled with sharp characterizations, and beautifully worked out (especially in its explanations of said characters' credibly mixed motives)."
The Virginia author of such highly praised mainstream fiction as A Walk to the River and Godfires may have another winner in this Deliverance-like tale of a hunting expedition that has lethal consequences, a partial sequel to his very successful 1998 thriller Tidewater Blood. Read full book review >
COLD IS THE GRAVE by Peter Robinson
Released: Oct. 2, 2000

"The result is mystery-mongering at once as sensitive and grandly scaled as P.D. James's."
Fresh from his plunge into the murky waters of history (In a Dry Season, 1999), Robinson proves that present-day England can be equally enigmatic and equally disturbing. Read full book review >
THE GOLDEN AGE by Gore Vidal
Released: Sept. 19, 2000

"A beguiling conclusion to an invaluable extended work. If Vidal's novels were used as texts, we'd all be American History majors."
Though its narrative temperature remains dangerously low, entertainment value is dependably high in this seventh and last of Vidal's delectable Novels of Empire. Read full book review >
TARGET by Brian Freemantle
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"Freemantle puts his long-standing Charley Muffin series (Mind Reader, 1999, etc.) on hold for a deft, consistently absorbing global thriller, proving once again that, le Carré aside, no one does this sort of thing better."
The CIA and the KGB in harness together and against the world, in this latest by one of the genre's canniest spymeisters. Read full book review >
BODY OF A GIRL by Leah Stewart
Released: Aug. 22, 2000

"An unsparing portrait of a woman who drinks too much, pushes too hard, and whose choices are frequently easy to disapprove of. But with this taut, tense thriller Stewart debuts auspiciously."
A young reporter investigates both a murder and herself in this no-holds-barred thriller debut. Read full book review >
THE END OF WAR by David L. Robbins
Released: Aug. 8, 2000

"Brilliant storytelling by an author who continues to grow and impress (War of the Rats, 1999, etc.), and who, here, seems in absolute control of his material."
A deeply felt antiwar suspenser about the savagery preceding the fall of Hitler's Berlin. Read full book review >
A LINE IN THE SAND by Gerald Seymour
Released: Aug. 8, 2000

"Seymour's prose is like his people—unsentimental, spare, tender when necessary—and from top to bottom, the story moves with elegant efficiency. The author's rare gift is to make the monstrous human, and to give face to the faceless."
A subtle sociopolitical commentary wrapped in the carapace of an expertly plotted, nail-biting espionage thriller. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
author of SEINFELDIA
August 22, 2016

Jennifer Keishin Armstrong’s new bestseller Seinfeldia is the hilarious behind-the-scenes story of two guys who went out for coffee and dreamed up Seinfeld —the cultural sensation that changed television and bled into the real world. Comedians Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld never thought anyone would watch their silly little sitcom about a New York comedian sitting around talking to his friends. NBC executives didn’t think anyone would watch either, but they bought it anyway, hiding it away in the TV dead zone of summer. But against all odds, viewers began to watch, first a few and then many, until nine years later nearly 40 million Americans were tuning in weekly. In Seinfeldia, TV historian and entertainment writer Armstrong celebrates the creators and fans of this American television phenomenon, bringing readers behind-the-scenes of the show while it was on the air and into the world of devotees for whom it never stopped being relevant, a world where the Soup Nazi still spends his days saying “No soup for you!” “Armstrong’s intimate, breezy history is full of gossipy details, show trivia, and insights into how famous episodes came to be,” our reviewer writes. “Perfect for Seinfeldians and newcomers alike.” View video >