Thrillers Book Reviews (page 483)

THE FACTS OF DEATH by Raymond Benson
THRILLERS
Released: June 15, 1998

"A postmodern treat for fans and newcomers that lovingly, if not ironically, duplicates a formula so familiar that originality would be sacrilege. (First serial rights to Playboy)"
The fate of the world, and James Bond, are in capable hands in this second 007 adventure from Benson (Zero Minus Ten, 1997). Read full book review >
THE ELEVENTH COMMANDMENT by Jeffrey Archer
THRILLERS
Released: June 15, 1998

"There's much, much more—roping in the Russian Mafiya, the Washington Redskins, a dozen double-crosses, and two returns from the grave—all of it the most rousing moonshine. ($250,000 ad/promo; author tour; radio/TV satellite tour)"
"This was the real world," CIA assassin Connor Fitzgerald reminds himself as he escapes from his latest messy job without a single "Rambo-type helicopter" for help. Read full book review >

ARTICLES OF FAITH by Robert L. Rodin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 15, 1998

"An acceptable if somewhat labored first effort that turns chilling when, at the close, the author mentions his father's deathbed confession of having done similar things, and worse, during the bad old Cold War days."
Earnest sins-of-the-father debut thriller that, the author states in an emotional postscript, is based on a nasty truth. Read full book review >
ELEVEN DAYS by Donald Harstad
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 15, 1998

"Harstad may have a hard time later equaling this wild and woolly weirdness."
Debut police shocker, inspired by a real event and written by a 26-year veteran of the Clayton County Sheriff's Department in northeastern Iowa. Read full book review >
BREACH OF PROMISE by Perri O’Shaughnessy
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 12, 1998

"Maybe the best way to read Nina's fifth case is to knock off halfway through, as Mike Markov undoubtedly wishes he'd done too. (Author tour)"
What looks like Lake Tahoe attorney Nina Reilly's most routine case—a palimony suit with millions in the balance—takes a startling turn in this inventive, misshapen legal thriller. Read full book review >

VAST EMOTIONS AND IMPERFECT THOUGHTS by Rubem Fonseca
THRILLERS
Released: June 11, 1998

From best-selling novelist and screenwriter Fonseca (Bufo and Spallanzani, 1990, etc.) comes this campy, racy little thriller conjoining murder, smuggled jewels, an unknown novel by Isaac Babel, and a Brazilian filmmaker who's reeling at his wife's recent suicide. Read full book review >
THE LAST VOICE THEY HEAR by Ramsey Campbell
THRILLERS
Released: June 11, 1998

"You bet, though clever Ben isn't as fearsome as the savagely moronic Fancy family of Campbell's 1996 novel, The One Safe Place."
British psychothriller in the vein of Campbell's The Count of Eleven (1992) and Nazareth Hill (1997), with none of his more familiar occult horror and supernatural trimmings. Read full book review >
UNSPEAKABLE by Sandra Brown
THRILLERS
Released: June 10, 1998

"And they did. (Literary Guild main selection; TV satellite tour)"
Styleless and clichÇ-besotted though the works of the queen of Texas melodrama may be, her last novel—1997's Mardi Gras sleaze extravaganza Fat Tuesday—got a first printing of 500,000 and the nod from two book clubs. Read full book review >
THE TATTOOED SOLDIER by Héctor Tobar
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 10, 1998

"Tobar's characters are thin, but his tale not only vividly reenacts the horror of death-squad victims everywhere, but also sheds an honest and even light on the stark realities facing the homeless—and many immigrants—in America."
California journalist Tobar's disturbing debut neatly and credibly brings two Guatemalan adversaries together by chance on the streets of Los Angeles, where they play out the endgame of a deadly struggle begun in their homeland. Read full book review >
THE DOOMSDAY REPORT by Rock Brynner
THRILLERS
Released: June 4, 1998

"A witty premise mired in tedious, journalistic pessimism about Mother Nature's numerous aches and pains. (Author tour)"
Awkward hybrid of thriller, farce, and environmental polemic. Read full book review >
BALANCE OF POWER by James W. Huston
THRILLERS
Released: June 3, 1998

"Huston's answer, a qualified yes, is supported by numerous heartstopping scenes of military derring-do, steely camaraderie, and selfless patriotism. (Film rights to Disney; author tour)"
A debut military thriller that delivers the requisite guts and glory while making a meaningful statement about the ambiguous role of violence in America. Read full book review >
GAIN by Richard Powers
THRILLERS
Released: June 1, 1998

"Yet another unconventional work from Powers, a novelist who never does the same thing twice, but not his strongest."
Never one to tread lightly or think small, Powers (Galatea 2.2, 1995, etc.) here tackles 170 years of US capitalism as embodied by a single corporation, binding it to the struggle of a midwestern mom to a cancer most likely caused by the same company's malfeasance. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kathleen Kent
author of THE DIME
February 20, 2017

Dallas, Texas is not for the faint of heart. Good thing for Betty Rhyzyk she's from a family of take-no-prisoners Brooklyn police detectives. But in Kathleen Kent’s new novel The Dime, her Big Apple wisdom will only get her so far when she relocates to The Big D, where Mexican drug cartels and cult leaders, deadbeat skells and society wives all battle for sunbaked turf. Betty is as tough as the best of them, but she's deeply shaken when her first investigation goes sideways. Battling a group of unruly subordinates, a persistent stalker, a formidable criminal organization, and an unsupportive girlfriend, the unbreakable Detective Betty Rhyzyk may be reaching her limit. “Violent, sexy, and completely absorbing,” our critic writes in a starred review. “Kent's detective is Sam Spade reincarnated—as a brilliant, modern woman.” View video >