Thrillers Book Reviews (page 46)

BLOOD AND GUILE by William Hoffman
MYSTERY & CRIME
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 >
COLD IS THE GRAVE by Peter Robinson
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 2, 2000

"The result is mystery-mongering at once as sensitive and grandly scaled as P.D. James's."
Fresh from his plunge into the murky waters of history (In a Dry Season, 1999), Robinson proves that present-day England can be equally enigmatic and equally disturbing. Read full book review >

THE GOLDEN AGE by Gore Vidal
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 19, 2000

"A beguiling conclusion to an invaluable extended work. If Vidal's novels were used as texts, we'd all be American History majors."
Though its narrative temperature remains dangerously low, entertainment value is dependably high in this seventh and last of Vidal's delectable Novels of Empire. Read full book review >
TARGET by Brian Freemantle
THRILLERS
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"Freemantle puts his long-standing Charley Muffin series (Mind Reader, 1999, etc.) on hold for a deft, consistently absorbing global thriller, proving once again that, le Carré aside, no one does this sort of thing better."
The CIA and the KGB in harness together and against the world, in this latest by one of the genre's canniest spymeisters. Read full book review >
BODY OF A GIRL by Leah Stewart
THRILLERS
Released: Aug. 22, 2000

"An unsparing portrait of a woman who drinks too much, pushes too hard, and whose choices are frequently easy to disapprove of. But with this taut, tense thriller Stewart debuts auspiciously."
A young reporter investigates both a murder and herself in this no-holds-barred thriller debut. Read full book review >

THE END OF WAR by David L. Robbins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 8, 2000

"Brilliant storytelling by an author who continues to grow and impress (War of the Rats, 1999, etc.), and who, here, seems in absolute control of his material."
A deeply felt antiwar suspenser about the savagery preceding the fall of Hitler's Berlin. Read full book review >
A LINE IN THE SAND by Gerald Seymour
THRILLERS
Released: Aug. 8, 2000

"Seymour's prose is like his people—unsentimental, spare, tender when necessary—and from top to bottom, the story moves with elegant efficiency. The author's rare gift is to make the monstrous human, and to give face to the faceless."
A subtle sociopolitical commentary wrapped in the carapace of an expertly plotted, nail-biting espionage thriller. Read full book review >
TRUE JUSTICE by Robert K. Tanenbaum
THRILLERS
Released: Aug. 1, 2000

"Think of a '58 Chrysler, chunky with chrome and tailfins, but grounded finally by the kind of moral and spiritual reflection about the law most legal thrillers would get thrown out on a technicality."
A pair of Monster Moms take center stage in the latest legal whirlwind for New York Chief Assistant D.A. Butch Karp and his fearless wife Marlene Ciampi. Read full book review >
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 1, 2000

Taylor completes his unique reverse trilogy, which began in 1995 with The Four Last Things (1997) and traveled back to 1970 with The Judgment of Strangers (1998), in this deceptively quiet cathedral mystery, set in 1957-58, which packs wronged wife Wendy Appleyard to the Dark Hostelry in Rosington, where she licks her wounds at the home of her best friend, Janet Byfield, whose husband David, vice principal at the local theological college, is sedately angling to replace the retiring principal. Read full book review >
RAVELING by Peter Moore Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2000

"Stylish, substantive, and savvy."
A classy suspense debut pitting two men against each other in that struggle between brothers that's as old as the Bible. Read full book review >
A CONVENTIONAL CORPSE by Joan Hess
MYSTERY & CRIME
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
THRILLERS
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 >
Kirkus Interview
Nancy Isenberg
author of WHITE TRASH
July 19, 2016

Poor Americans have existed from the time of the earliest British colonial settlement. They were alternately known as “waste people,” “offals,” “rubbish,” “lazy lubbers,” and “crackers.” By the 1850s, the downtrodden included so-called “clay eaters” and “sandhillers,” known for prematurely aged children distinguished by their yellowish skin, ragged clothing, and listless minds. Surveying political rhetoric and policy, popular literature and scientific theories over 400 years, in White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America, Nancy Isenberg upends assumptions about America’s supposedly class-free society––where liberty and hard work were meant to ensure real social mobility. Poor whites were central to the rise of the Republican Party in the early nineteenth century, and the Civil War itself was fought over class issues nearly as much as it was fought over slavery. “A riveting thesis supported by staggering research,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >