Thrillers Book Reviews (page 46)

RED STORM RISING by Tom Clancy
THRILLERS
Released: July 1, 1987

"But, still, an informative, readable, sometimes dazzling speculation on superpower war."
The author of the best-selling sub-chaser, The Hunt for Red October, launches a bigger confrontation: the USSR takes on NATO for a deadly bout of conventional warfare. Read full book review >
THRILLERS
Released: Jan. 6, 1987

"Mid-brow melodrama that is a strong recovery after Buckley's recent Blackford Oakes blandishments—and far more gripping than his twitterings as bon vivant of the high seas."
Buckley's best Blackford Oakes thriller, written seemingly by a new William F. Buckley—abstemious, ambitious, inoffensive, hardworking. Read full book review >

THE GOOD TERRORIST by Doris Lessing
THRILLERS
Released: Sept. 25, 1985

"Altogether, this is a book which is strong as a diagnostic study of political motivation—and stronger still as an uncannily authentic character-study."
In her first signed novel since the mythical Canopus in Argos series, Lessing returns to reality—and to her considerable gifts for social observation and vivid characterization. Read full book review >
SEE YOU LATER ALLIGATOR by William F. Buckley Jr.
THRILLERS
Released: Feb. 15, 1985

"Che himself."
Who was really behind JFK's '1962 triumph in the Cuban missile crisis? Read full book review >
CHRISTINE by Stephen King
THRILLERS
Released: April 29, 1983

"King's blend of adolescent raunch, All-American sentiment, and unsubtle spookery has never, since Carrie, been more popcorn-readable—with immense appeal for all those fans interested in the 522-page equivalent of a drive-in horror movie."
The Exorcist meets My Mother, The Car. . . in a chiller that takes a nifty Twilight Zone notion and stretches it out to King-sized proportions—with teen-gab galore, horror-flick mayhem, epic foreshadowing, and endlessly teased-out suspense. Read full book review >

CUJO by Stephen King
THRILLERS
Released: Sept. 1, 1981

King goes non-supernatural this time—and the result, despite the usual padding, is a tighter, more effective horror novel. Read full book review >
THE DEAN'S DECEMBER by Saul Bellow
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 1981

"And every page of it commands the attention."
Rich yet dry and static, Bellow's somber new book (his first as Nobel laureate) is often more essay than novel: a wintery meditation on death—a death in the family, the death of American cities, the death of the planet—as filtered through the mind of Albert Corde, one of Bellow's least vivid or particularized alter egos. Read full book review >
THE KEY TO REBECCA by Ken Follett
THRILLERS
Released: Sept. 22, 1980

"Top-notch entertainment—shrewdly paced, cannily crafted."
If they liked it once, they'll love it twice. Read full book review >
EYE OF THE NEEDLE by Ken Follett
THRILLERS
Released: July 31, 1978

"As it is, Eye of the Needle introduces a fresh if not especially distinctive voice in suspense—and is easily the best first novel in the espionage genre since The Day of the Jackal."
Graham Greene he's not. Read full book review >
THE HONOURABLE SCHOOLBOY by John le Carré
THRILLERS
Released: Sept. 1, 1977

"But if Le Carre is the Henry lames of spy novelists, firing more nuances than bullets, this is his Golden Bowl—dense, hard, and gleaming on the outside, clark within, and worth possessing whatever the price."
The aftermath of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy: the ascendancy of spychief George Smiley, the wholesale dismantling and piecemeal rebuilding of Britain's betrayed intelligence service, and Le Carre's longest, deepest, and quietest incisions into the gentlemen who steal secrets, hide bodies, and rarely blink. Read full book review >
RAISE THE TITANIC! by Clive Cussler
THRILLERS
Released: Oct. 26, 1976

"However, watch it, since a readership which won't stop to come up for air has been indicated."
This is already making waves—a $40,000 advertising budget; $800,000 paperback sale, and guess what it will look like in shuddering Sensurround. Read full book review >
THE GREAT TRAIN ROBBERY by Michael Crichton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1975

"Surely it will be the highest-handed entertainment of the season and all the money rides, once again."
Mr. Crichton at his versatile, confident best—with all the clout of a cosh or an eel-skin or a sack or a neddy (you'll learn all this voker romeny or criminal jargon here)—has written a documentary of that heist and provided along with it a grand tour de force of the criminal underworld. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Gabrielle Zevin
March 3, 2015

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over—and see everything anew. “Zevin writes characters who grow and prosper,” our reviewer writes, “in a narrative that is sometimes sentimental, sometimes funny, sometimes true to life and always entertaining.” View video >