Thrillers Book Reviews (page 46)

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 >
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"A wonderful little book, cartoonlike, yes, but tender and impassioned—and with a tour of math just as useful for YAs as for Methuselah."
A bestseller in France (where the author teaches history of science), Guedj's first fiction is a charmer indeed—a history of mathematics offered up pretty as you please via a handful of likable characters, a mystery—and a talking parrot. Read full book review >
FRED & EDIE by Jill Dawson
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"A riveting story, not so much because of its tragic dimensions, but because of the remarkable degree to which Edie rises from the page to tell her tortured tale. Can the movie version, to be released here this year, compare?
A third novel from British poet and editor Dawson (the YA How Do I Look, 1991, etc.), shortlisted for the 2000 Whitbread and Orange Prizes and already a bestseller in the UK (30,000 copies thus far), works history and fiction seamlessly together in a complicated story of passion and murder that caused a sensation in England in 1922. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 20, 2001

"You don't need to be a fan of private-eye novels to admire Smokey: You just need a conscience."
Now squeezed in with his friend Franklin's family, filling in as a security guard at Chicago's Conrad Hilton and hiding behind the name Bill Grimshaw, private eye Smokey Dalton hopes he's found a safe place to hide himself and ten-year-old Jimmy, the young boy he spirited out of Memphis after he witnessed Martin Luther King Jr.'s killing and was menaced by the real assassins (A Dangerous Road, 2000). 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 >