Thrillers Book Reviews (page 483)

STONE DANCER by Murray Smith
THRILLERS
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"Nicely cynical, with satisfying twists and turns. (Book-of- the-Month Club selection)"
British TV writer Smith's second foray into the world of international intrigue is built around the plot of a master counterfeiter to hold the US dollar for ransom and the plans of an unreconstructed KGB splinter group to turn his effort to their own purposes. Read full book review >
AH, TREACHERY! by Ross Thomas
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"But all the characters project such a deliciously matter-of-fact sense of knowing exactly what they're talking about, from campaign finance reform to assassination techniques, that just meeting, listening to, and watching them in action will leave you dizzy with pleasure."
The title, a sly translation of Beethoven's aria, perfectly captures the disapproving, exhilarated tone of this effervescent concoction. Read full book review >

IRISH GOLD by Andrew M. Greeley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"The would-be lovers may be less cloying back in Chicago, where Greeley (Sacraments of Love, 1993, etc.) promises to send them for a new series. (Book-of-the-Month Club dual selection)"
Back in the Old Country to find out why his late grandparents left after the Troubles, insisting they could never return, Dermot Michael Coyne, retired from the Chicago commodities trading floor on a bit of Irish luck, runs headlong into fetching student Nuala Anne McGrail, reason enough to remain on the island forever. Read full book review >
THRILLERS
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"Ortega's heavy-handed approach and obsession with satire overshadows these potentially powerful narratives."
In these two Peruvian allegories, Ortega tries to use caustic humor to convey a nation haunted by government repression, daily terrorism, and communism—but fails when every joke falls flat. Read full book review >
THE FALL LINE by Mark T. Sullivan
THRILLERS
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"First-novelist Sullivan tries for Hemingway on powder but ends up remaking The Stunt Man with Leni Riefenstahl in the Peter O'Toole role, intercut with soporific flashbacks to a B-grade drug film."
An unintriguing post-felony intrigue with a hero who gets away from it all (dead wife and child, pursuit by Latin American drug lords, burial in federal witness protection program) by hitting the slopes big time. Read full book review >

WILDFIRE by Ken Goddard
THRILLERS
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"Gets by on swagger and bravura and a steady diet of shoot- outs—but just barely. (Author tour)"
Goddard's ultimately tepid thriller gets off to a quick start but never manages to build on its initial momentum. Read full book review >
THRILLERS
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"Not to everyone's taste."
Vaguely familiar fairy tales and other prototypical plots take on a new darkness when viewed from a vampire's perspective in this horror anthology edited by fantasy author Brite (Drawing Blood, 1993, etc). Read full book review >
THROAT SPROCKETS by Tim Lucas
THRILLERS
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"Wittily perverse, with often mesmerizing language, this is a virtuoso performance that is, well, draining."
In his first novel about the persuasive powers of film, Lucas (editor-in-chief of Video Watchdog) puts poetic bite into seemingly banal material about one man's sexual fetish: the exposed female throat. Read full book review >
EVERVILLE by Clive Barker
THRILLERS
Released: Oct. 27, 1994

"Never mind."
A shelf-cracking sequel to The Great and Secret Show (1989) that begs the question: Is this sort of hermetic dross really worth the felling of defenseless forests? Read full book review >
FIRES OF EDEN by Dan Simmons
THRILLERS
Released: Oct. 27, 1994

"The flip side of a Don Ho single, short on poi and ukuleles but long on elemental carnage, vengeful immortals, and nimble plotting."
A period romance masquerading as a metaphysical thriller disguised as a buddy movie, this latest novel from Simmons (Lovedeath, 1993, etc.) bridges two centuries and offers lots of plucky fun along the way. Read full book review >
GREEN RIVER RISING by Tim Willocks
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 26, 1994

"Realize that you are ingesting gobs of junk artfully disguised as gourmet fare, then dive in and enjoy. (First serial to Granta; film rights to Alan J. Pakula/Warner Bros.)"
A debut thriller set in a Texas prison by a young British psychiatrist who has never been to Texas, or to a prison. Read full book review >
THERE WAS A LITTLE GIRL by Ed McBain
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 25, 1994

"It's a rare pleasure seeing such an old pro still taking the kind of chances that would sink a writer with less nerve."
After Matthew Hope (Mary, Mary, 1993, etc.) is critically shot in the opening sentences, his extended Florida family—his PI Warren Chambers, Chambers's own op Toots Kiley, and Calusa police detective Morris Bloom—retrace his steps for the last few days before the shooting looking for clues, and find that Hope's last client had been George Steadman, eager to acquire a 30-acre parcel to use as winter quarters for his circus. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jude Deveraux
June 30, 2015

New York Times bestselling author Jude Deveraux's eagerly awaited Ever After, the third novel in her blockbuster Nantucket Brides trilogy, continues the saga of the Montgomery-Taggerts, set on an island steeped in beauty and unforgettable romance. Life is anything but perfect for Hallie Hartley, a young physical therapist who has given up nearly everything—even her love life—for her beautiful blonde stepsister, Shelly. Though Shelly's acting career has never taken off, she has certainly perfected the crocodile tears to get what she wants—which all too often means Hallie's boyfriends. When Hallie arrives home early from work one fateful day, she makes two startling discoveries that will turn her life upside down. "This sexy, lighthearted romp brings the series to a satisfying close," our reviewer writes. View video >