Thrillers Book Reviews (page 46)

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 >
DREAMCATCHER by Stephen King
Released: March 20, 2001

"Top suspense with a surreal climax you'd have to read twice if the epilogue didn't spell out its layered complexities."
King's first novel since Bag of Bones (1998) builds on the stylistic improvement begun with his splendidly well-writtenThe Green Mile (1996).Read full book review >
FORCE 12 by James Thayer
Released: March 14, 2001

"A masterful, enthralling sea story to put alongside the genre's classics."
Smashing, edge-of-the-seat thriller about a gloomy rescue paratrooper with a death wish who risks all to save a monomaniacal software mogul and the mogul's ex-lover in the storm-tossed Bering Sea. Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 2001

"An impressively savvy political novel that compares interestingly with Robert Stone's Damascus Gate (1998)."
An increasingly suspenseful debut novel from the award-winning New Yorker writer (The Rainy Season, 1989) that spins a persuasively elaborate plot from a tragic "incident" at a Jerusalem checkpoint. Read full book review >
MIMI’S GHOST by Tim Parks
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"Wittily conceived and disgracefully enjoyable: as deftly plotted as any of Evelyn Waugh's acidic farces, to which this cheerfully blackhearted tale is a worthy counterpart."
Parks's highly entertaining tenth novel (published in England in 1995), a sequel to his Juggling the Stars (1993), continues the outrageous misadventures of Englishman-in-Italy Morris Duckworth, an antihero who bears more than a passing resemblance to Patricia Highsmith's "Talented Mr. Ripley." Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Clinton Kelly
January 9, 2017

Bestselling author and television host Clinton Kelly’s memoir I Hate Everyone Except You is a candid, deliciously snarky collection of essays about his journey from awkward kid to slightly-less-awkward adult. Clinton Kelly is probably best known for teaching women how to make their butts look smaller. But in I Hate Everyone, Except You, he reveals some heretofore-unknown secrets about himself, like that he’s a finicky connoisseur of 1980s pornography, a disillusioned critic of New Jersey’s premier water parks, and perhaps the world’s least enthused high-school commencement speaker. Whether he’s throwing his baby sister in the air to jumpstart her cheerleading career or heroically rescuing his best friend from death by mud bath, Clinton leaps life’s social hurdles with aplomb. With his signature wit, he shares his unique ability to navigate the stickiest of situations, like deciding whether it’s acceptable to eat chicken wings with a fork on live television (spoiler: it’s not). “A thoroughly light and entertaining memoir,” our critic writes. View video >