Thrillers Book Reviews (page 46)

DREAMCATCHER by Stephen King
THRILLERS
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
THRILLERS
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 >

MARTYRS’ CROSSING by Amy Wilentz
THRILLERS
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
THRILLERS
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 >
A PRIVATE INQUIRY by Jessica Mann
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"A tense, layered examination of wives, moms, and the women they become."
Buffy Cox, the out-of-shape, passive wife of entrepreneur Neville, never recovered from the accidental death of her son. Read full book review >

VIOLENCE, NUDITY, ADULT CONTENT by Vince Passaro
THRILLERS
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"Things begin to sag near the end, as Passaro gets too involved in the actual cases—this is a legal story with legal aspects that aren't terribly interesting—but the whole remains powerful, filled with heartbreak and surprising flashes of poetry."
An arrogant lawyer's life gets a shellacking in this bruising first novel about marriage, the law, and, most of all, New York City. Read full book review >
A WINTER HAUNTING by Dan Simmons
THRILLERS
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"A rich read most jackals will take kindly to."
Sequel at half the length to Simmons's 1990 baggy-pants small-town Illinois childhood nostalgia fest, Summer of Night, told partly through the hovering spirit of Duane, an 11-year-old genius chewed to pieces by a corn combine 40 years ago. Read full book review >
PROTECT AND DEFEND by Richard North Patterson
THRILLERS
Released: Dec. 14, 2000

"A blissfully large-scale political thriller that's also an unsparing examination of tough questions about abortion, by an author shrewd and generous enough to give spokespeople of every persuasion their day in court."
The hotly contested abortion rights case that snarls his first Supreme Court nomination proves to Kerry Kilcannon that running for president (No Safe Place, 1998) is a walk in the park compared to actually serving in the office. Read full book review >
BUTTERFLY SUNDAY by David Hill
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 14, 2000

"A gorgeous crazy quilt of a novel, filled with saints and sinners bent on mayhem, southern-style."
Against her will, a Mississippi preacher's wife is drawn into a web of madness and murder. Read full book review >
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 >
Kirkus Interview
Melissa Sweet
author of SOME WRITER!
September 26, 2016

“SOME PIG,” Charlotte the spider’s praise for Wilbur, is just one fondly remembered snippet from E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. In Some Writer!, two-time Caldecott Honor winner and 2014 Kirkus Prize finalist Melissa Sweet mixes White’s personal letters, photos, and family ephemera with her own exquisite artwork to tell his story, from his birth in 1899 to his death in 1985. Budding young writers will be fascinated and inspired by the journalist, New Yorker contributor, and children’s book author who loved words his whole life. This authorized tribute is the first fully illustrated biography of E. B. White and includes an afterword by Martha White, E. B. White's granddaughter. “Like Charlotte, Sweet spins a terrific story,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A masterful biography that will enchant young readers.” View video >