Thrillers Book Reviews (page 46)

Released: July 1, 2000

"First-rate Hess: crackling dialogue, winning characters, and an ingenious puzzle."
Perennially put-upon bookseller Claire Malloy (A Holly, Jolly Murder, 1999, etc.) is marching to an assertive new beat these days. Read full book review >
AFTER LIFE by Rhian Ellis
Released: July 1, 2000

"Impressively assured and insightful."
First-novelist Ellis makes an auspicious debut with this imaginatively rendered psychological suspense thriller set in an upstate New York town inhabited entirely by mediums and spiritualists. Read full book review >

THE COLOR OF SUMMER by Reinaldo Arenas
Released: July 1, 2000

"Excessive, redundant, chaotic, and absolutely necessary. And if Fifo ever gets hold of a copy, he'll be swallowing his cigars."
Fourth volume of the late (1943-90) Cuban writer's semiautobiographical "pentagony" (Arenas's word), written in 1991 as part of a five-volume sequence (The Palace of White Skunks, 1990, etc.). Read full book review >
FLASH POINT by James W. Huston
Released: June 1, 2000

"A thinking man's military thriller, with superb action, crackling hardware-speak, and just enough tragedy to emphasize the emotional price for so much gung-ho American heroism."
Huston's third military thriller is also his best as it examines the cost of another hypothetical American reprisal against terrorism, this time with a supersonic fighter-jet pursuit of a bin Laden stand-in to his secret desert fortress. Read full book review >
THE NIGHT BUS by Janice Law
Released: June 1, 2000

"A superior performance, inarguably the author's best to date."
We first meet Cath Tolland as an anonymous passenger on the night bus to Florida, traveling in a deep personal fog that eventually lands her in a hospital emergency room. Read full book review >

SNAKE by Mary Woronov
Released: June 1, 2000

"If David Lynch wants a new script, send him this chunk of lost highway."
A first-rate suspense thriller by actress/director Woronov (Swimming Underground: My Years in the Warhol Factory, 1995), who has appeared in over 20 films, including Paul Bartel's surreal Eating Raoul and Warhol's Chelsea Girls. Read full book review >
THE NOTORIOUS DR. AUGUST by Christopher Bram
Released: June 1, 2000

A deeply felt novel about the "crimes" of love that ultimately brings fresh meaning to that tired phrase "family values." Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 14, 1999

"His masterpiece."
King's fat new work impressively follows his general literary upgrading begun with Bag of Bones (1998) and settles readers onto the seabottom of one of his most satisfying ideas ever. Read full book review >
WHEN THE WIND BLOWS by James Patterson
Released: Nov. 4, 1998

"Reads like a dream."
This time out, Patterson (Jack and Jill, 1996, etc.) summons some brio and does a magic hat trick with the million-dollar—promo thriller genre. Read full book review >
DAMASCUS GATE by Robert Stone
Released: May 14, 1998

"Not to be missed."
Stone's inordinately ambitious sixth novel, which in several surface ways resembles his A Flag for Sunrise (1981), grapples with intractable issues of political and religious faith, compromise, and betrayal. Read full book review >
PANDORA by Anne Rice
Released: March 19, 1998

"This is Rice in top romantic form, despite a slippery page here and there."
First sheaf in a new series by Rice, picking up where The Tale of the Body Thief (1992) left off and telling of 2,000-year-old Pandora, who is seduced in Paris by newly-fanged David Talbot, an elderly scholar, into writing her memoirs. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 1, 1998

"Painful and powerful work by one of England's best novelists."
A sad, chilling, precise exploration of deranged love, by the author of, among other works, the novels The Innocent (1990) and Black Dogs (1992). Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Frances Stroh
author of BEER MONEY
May 6, 2016

Frances Stroh’s earliest memories are ones of great privilege: shopping trips to London and New York, lunches served by black-tied waiters at the Regency Hotel, and a house filled with precious antiques, which she was forbidden to touch. Established in Detroit in 1850, by 1984 the Stroh Brewing Company had become the largest private beer fortune in America and a brand emblematic of the American dream itself; while Stroh was coming of age, the Stroh family fortune was estimated to be worth $700 million. But behind the beautiful façade lay a crumbling foundation. As their fortune dissolved in little over a decade, the family was torn apart internally by divorce and one family member's drug bust; disagreements over the management of the business; and disputes over the remaining money they possessed. “The author’s family might have successfully burned through a massive fortune, but they squandered a lot more than that,” our reviewer writes about Stroh’s debut memoir, Beer Money. “A sorrowful, eye-opening examination of familial dysfunction.” View video >