Thrillers Book Reviews (page 46)

A RIVER OUT OF EDEN by John Hockenberry
Released: April 17, 2001

"Hockenberry strays occasionally into melodrama, but for the most part he makes it all seem disconcertingly plausible: a gripping, unnerving debut thriller."
Chilling first novel about hatred as the handmaiden of terrorism, by Dateline NBC correspondent Hockenberry (a memoir: Moving Violations, 1995). Read full book review >
WIDOW’S WALK by Andrew Coburn
Released: April 1, 2001

"Coburn's style is terse, almost staccato, but his formidable skill at character portrayal and plot development would make the publication of his British backlist more than welcome on his native shores."
Veteran Coburn (No Way Home, 1992, etc.) hails from New England, but his new mystery, first published in England in 1984, is new only to Americans. Read full book review >

DREAMCATCHER by Stephen King
Released: March 20, 2001

"Top suspense with a surreal climax you'd have to read twice if the epilogue didn't spell out its layered complexities."
King's first novel since Bag of Bones (1998) builds on the stylistic improvement begun with his splendidly well-writtenThe Green Mile (1996).Read full book review >
FORCE 12 by James Thayer
Released: March 14, 2001

"A masterful, enthralling sea story to put alongside the genre's classics."
Smashing, edge-of-the-seat thriller about a gloomy rescue paratrooper with a death wish who risks all to save a monomaniacal software mogul and the mogul's ex-lover in the storm-tossed Bering Sea. Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 2001

"An impressively savvy political novel that compares interestingly with Robert Stone's Damascus Gate (1998)."
An increasingly suspenseful debut novel from the award-winning New Yorker writer (The Rainy Season, 1989) that spins a persuasively elaborate plot from a tragic "incident" at a Jerusalem checkpoint. Read full book review >

MIMI’S GHOST by Tim Parks
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"Wittily conceived and disgracefully enjoyable: as deftly plotted as any of Evelyn Waugh's acidic farces, to which this cheerfully blackhearted tale is a worthy counterpart."
Parks's highly entertaining tenth novel (published in England in 1995), a sequel to his Juggling the Stars (1993), continues the outrageous misadventures of Englishman-in-Italy Morris Duckworth, an antihero who bears more than a passing resemblance to Patricia Highsmith's "Talented Mr. Ripley." Read full book review >
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 >
Kirkus Interview
H.W. Brands
October 11, 2016

As noted historian H.W. Brands reveals in his new book The General vs. the President: MacArthur and Truman at the Brink of Nuclear War, at the height of the Korean War, President Harry S. Truman committed a gaffe that sent shock waves around the world. When asked by a reporter about the possible use of atomic weapons in response to China's entry into the war, Truman replied testily, "The military commander in the field will have charge of the use of the weapons, as he always has." This suggested that General Douglas MacArthur, the willful, fearless, and highly decorated commander of the American and U.N. forces, had his finger on the nuclear trigger. A correction quickly followed, but the damage was done; two visions for America's path forward were clearly in opposition, and one man would have to make way. Truman was one of the most unpopular presidents in American history. General MacArthur, by contrast, was incredibly popular, as untouchable as any officer has ever been in America. The contest of wills between these two titanic characters unfolds against the turbulent backdrop of a faraway war and terrors conjured at home by Joseph McCarthy. “An exciting, well-written comparison study of two American leaders at loggerheads during the Korean War crisis,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >