Thrillers Book Reviews (page 483)

INFINITY'S CHILD by Harry Stein
THRILLERS
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"A bestseller bid that, for all its plausible detail on designer genes, is unevenly paced, hastily resolved, and fatally deficient in the suspense area. (Literary Guild featured alternate selection)"
The robbing of cradle and grave is a centerpiece plot device in an oddly lifeless biotech thriller from Stein (The Magic Bullet, 1994, etc.). Read full book review >
SURVIVAL INSTINCTS by Marissa Piesman
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"It was some sort of incest taboo'')."
Nina Fischman's back from her abortive trek to L.A. with Jonathan Harris, sans man, sans job, sans pride (she has to move in with her mother, for crying out loud). Read full book review >

MEDUSA'S CHILD by John J. Nance
THRILLERS
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"Nothing new, maybe, but a thriller that grips and absolutely doesn't let go. (First printing of 100,000)"
Retired airline and Air Force pilot Nance improves steadily, this time borrowing from his own plot for Pandora's Clock (1995) but leaving out the romance. Read full book review >
WHITE SANDS by Simon Gandolfi
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"A preachy but strongly wrought manhunt with sharply detailed mayhem and a vivid, lengthy catalogue of sweaty bad guys nasty enough to make tourists want to stay in their hotel rooms with the air conditioning turned way up."
Cold-blooded Colombian cocaine smugglers, scheming American yuppie slime, a befuddled Bahamian adolescent, and a feisty feminist schoolteacher make work for Patrick Trent, a retired MI5 assassin who's now a full-time Bahamian boat bum. Read full book review >
Z by Bob Mayer
THRILLERS
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

Although retired from the US Army, Dave Riley is not out of the action as he battles crafty villains and a deadly pestilence in southwestern Africa in this sixth installment of Mayer's absorbing and well-written series (Cut-Out, 1995, etc.). Read full book review >

THE CLUB DUMAS by Arturo Pérez-Reverte
THRILLERS
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"Bibliophiles will love this witty and clever fabrication, though its very specialized content may place it just outside the range of the general reader."
An intricate and very bookish mystery novel—set, in fact, in the rarefied world of book collecting and dealing—from the sophisticated Spanish author of The Flanders Panel (1994, not reviewed). Read full book review >
THE DEVIL'S FOOTPRINT by Victor O'Reilly
THRILLERS
Released: Jan. 29, 1997

"Although O'Reilly includes a rather full measure of preachments on the West's indifference to the latter-day threat of terrorism, he tells a mean adventure story—chock-full of high-tech power and chivalric glory."
Irish hardcase Hugo Fitzduane goes another resourceful round with the Japanese terrorists he fought to a bloody standstill in Rules of the Hunt (1995). Read full book review >
TRICK QUESTION by Tony Dunbar
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 27, 1997

"Fans of jocular Tubby (City of Beads, 1995, etc.), though, will drink up the convivial New Orleans atmosphere, and the spectacle of a lawyer whose co-counsel declines to examine a witness because his doctor's ordered him to avoid conflict."
Some people are always ready to jump to conclusions. Read full book review >
THE FRIENDS OF FREELAND by Brad Leithauser
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 24, 1997

"Skillfully crafted and conceived, but far too long and obvious."
A Northern Saga, longer than an Arctic shadow and tougher to swallow than frozen venison filet, from a gifted poet and novelist (Seaward, 1993, etc.) who seems to have had a lot of time on his hands. Read full book review >
CLASS TRIP by Emmanuel Carrère
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 13, 1997

Class Trip ($19.95; Jan. 13, 1997; 176 pp.; 0-8050-4694-1): A subtle combination of noir mystery and metaphysical thriller by the acclaimed author of The Mustache (1988) and Gothic Romance (1990). Read full book review >
FLESH AND BONES by Paul Levine
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 1, 1997

"Jake just never learns about women—luckily for his fans, who'll find this impossible case, his seventh (Fool Me Twice, 1995, etc.), more tightly wound than any since his debut in To Speak for the Dead (1990)."
Not even a lawyer as light on his feet as Jake Lassiter can find much wiggle room when he himself was one of the dozens of witnesses who watched his client, model Chrissy Bernhardt, walk up to her father in a crowded bar and shoot him three times, sending him spiraling into a fatal heart attack. Read full book review >
IN THE DEEP MIDWINTER by Robert Clark
THRILLERS
Released: Jan. 1, 1997

"Still, his ability to see the value in a lost, often ridiculed, way of life is valuable, as is his tidy narrative technique. (First printing of 50,000; $75,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
A first novel by the biographer of James Beard tries to recapture the moral issues of 1950s America, a time when WASPish reticence and conservative social values reigned. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fernanda Santos
author of THE FIRE LINE
May 17, 2016

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. New York Times writer Fernanda Santos’ debut book The Fire Line is the story of the fire and the Hotshots’ attempts to extinguish it. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. There's Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. View video >