Thrillers Book Reviews (page 46)

BLACK OXEN by Elizabeth Knox
Released: July 1, 2001

"'Why are these people trying to teach the world about Taoscal magic?' The answers to this question, and many others, will be found by the diligent—and patient—reader, somewhere within the sprawling, infuriating pages of Black Oxen."
Byzantine intrigue and melodramatic excess abound to an almost unprecedented degree in this fascinating, inordinately busy new novel from the New Zealand author (The Vintner's Luck, 1999). Read full book review >
Released: June 12, 2001

"Toweringly intelligent, with icy touches showing how all sides dehumanize to achieve their aims. Stylish, no, but a fierce picture of massive dystopian evil."
What if . . . the Third Reich had won WWII and, 50 years later, were still around, embracing Europe, allied with the USSR, and in a truce with the North American Union? It's still the same oppressive Third Reich, all its old horrors intact, but with endless underground movements bent on destroying it. Read full book review >

WITNESS FOR THE DEAD by Michael Fredrickson
Released: June 1, 2001

"Fredrickson, a lawyer, knows his courtrooms, sure. But he also knows his people—and makes them interesting, believable, and often very funny."
Another literate, gripping legal thriller, by the author of the impressive A Cinderella Affidavit (1999). Read full book review >
THE HOTHOUSE by Wolfgang Koeppen
Released: June 1, 2001

"A rediscovered masterpiece. Norton is reissuing Koeppen's Death in Rome to accompany it. Let's hope a new edition of Pigeons on the Grass will follow soon thereafter."
The first English translation of an important German novel, first published in 1953, whose pointillist complexity offers a searing image of postwar Germany on the perilous threshold of partition and possible rearmament. Read full book review >
NUREMBERG: THE RECKONING by William F. Buckley Jr.
Released: June 1, 2001

"Literate, absorbing, and thought-provoking. Buckley at his best."
The 15th novel by the conservative intellectual godfather and gadfly is a brainy thriller cut from the same cloth as Spytime (2000): fast-moving and based on historical events only all too real. Read full book review >

PASSAGE by Connie Willis
Released: May 8, 2001

"Once again, Willis has developed an idea that bears all the authority of a genuine insight: disturbingly plausible, compelling, intensely moving, and ultimately uplifting."
New contemporary, near-mainstream outing for the celebrated author of To Say Nothing of the Dog (1997), etc. Joanna Lander, a clinical psychologist at Denver's Mercy General hospital, studies patients who've had Near Death Experiences (NDEs). Read full book review >
PEACEMAKER by Gordon Kent
Released: May 1, 2001

"Heroes of both sexes to root for, deliciously corrupt villains to create anxiety: despite occasional forays into acronymic thickets, this rollicking, rousing naval thriller bears comparison to the genre's best."
A stirring sequel to Rules of Engagement (1999) from the pseudonymous Kent (a father and son writing team), with Navy intelligence officer Alan Craik back for some more of his special brand of derring-do. Read full book review >
ACROBAT by Gonzalo Lira
Released: May 1, 2001

"Lira (Counterparts, 1998) is an edgy, energetic storyteller, and his spin on a well-worn genre has it frisking about almost as if newly minted."
It's not George Smiley's kind of spycraft, but it's complex enough and no less deadly. Read full book review >
SPY’S FATE by Arnaldo Correa
Released: May 1, 2001

"Character-driven and consistently entertaining: the first US publication for storywriter and second-novelist Correa, 'considered one of the three founders of the Cuban crime-fiction genre.'"
From Cuba with panache, a rare English-language thriller, written with flair, authority, and admirable detachment, about intelligence operations grown soft. Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 2001

"Relentlessly suspenseful and unexpectedly timely: just the thing for Dick Cheney's bedside reading wherever he's keeping himself these days."
When the newly elected Vice President's life is threatened, the Secret Service runs to nomadic soldier-of-fortune Jack Reacher (Echo Burning, 2001, etc.) in this razor-sharp update of The Day of the Jackal and In the Line of Fire that's begging to be filmed. Read full book review >
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 >
Kirkus Interview
Kathleen Kent
author of THE DIME
February 20, 2017

Dallas, Texas is not for the faint of heart. Good thing for Betty Rhyzyk she's from a family of take-no-prisoners Brooklyn police detectives. But in Kathleen Kent’s new novel The Dime, her Big Apple wisdom will only get her so far when she relocates to The Big D, where Mexican drug cartels and cult leaders, deadbeat skells and society wives all battle for sunbaked turf. Betty is as tough as the best of them, but she's deeply shaken when her first investigation goes sideways. Battling a group of unruly subordinates, a persistent stalker, a formidable criminal organization, and an unsupportive girlfriend, the unbreakable Detective Betty Rhyzyk may be reaching her limit. “Violent, sexy, and completely absorbing,” our critic writes in a starred review. “Kent's detective is Sam Spade reincarnated—as a brilliant, modern woman.” View video >