Thrillers Book Reviews (page 483)

THE SUB by Thomas M. Disch
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 6, 1999

"Over the top, of course—but good, dirty fun anyway, from a stylish satirist who knows how to sling it with the best of them."
If Jesse Ventura thinks Garrison Keillor is the enemy, wait till he gets hold of this newest installment in Disch's luridly entertaining "Supernatural Minnesota" series (earlier offenses include The Businessman, 1984, The M.D., 1991, and The Priest, 1995) The story's certifiably insane actions occur in and around the rural metropolis of Leech Lake, an unassuming hamlet distinguished only by an old folks" home with a pronounced Native American presence, Navaho House, and nearby New Ravensburg Prison. Read full book review >
TRANSFER OF POWER by Vince Flynn
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 6, 1999

"The prose is pedestrian, the plotting predictable, the characters comic strip, and the end long in coming. (Author Tour)"
Second-novelist Flynn (Term Limits, 1998) returns, this time with an overstuffed political thriller about bad guys kidnapping the White House. Read full book review >

HANNIBAL by Thomas Harris
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 6, 1999

You don't have to get very far into Hannibal, the novel in which Thomas Harris finally brings back literature's most distinguished cannibal, to be reminded of Star Wars. You don't have to wait for Harris's made-for-the-movies action sequences, like the abortive opening drug bust that puts FBI agent Clarice Starling on the hot seat, or the grisly set pieces that will keep the special effects people working nights, like the climactic sequence in which the tenth through fourteenth victims die impossibly cinematic deaths. You don't even have to know about the novel's $10 million movie sale to Dino de Laurentiis. No, all you have to recognize is Hannibal's position as the literary world's answer to Star Wars, the summer's other pre-sold property, the one title that had bookstores across America opening at midnight so that they could feed customer frenzy the moment it was officially published on June 8. Read full book review >
OUTLAW MOUNTAIN by J.A. Jance
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 6, 1999

"Not much dash to the prose, depth to the plotting, or nuance to the characters, but Jance has a certain reassuring sturdiness, and those who like her won't be disappointed here. (Mystery Guild Dual Main Selection; $150,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
Trouble in bunches for Cochise County (Ariz.) Read full book review >
DARK SISTER by Graham Joyce
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 5, 1999

"Taut and realistic, but tending toward ordinary supernatural horror and without the nuances that made The Tooth Fairy (1998) such a delight."
The third US publication for British fantasist Joyce. Read full book review >

THE SOLDIER SPIES by W.E.B. Griffin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 2, 1999

"In any event—despite vast detail and readers' likely familiarity with the OSS—Griffin's plot stays hot and moves at quicksilver speed."
First hardcover printing of the third volume of the Men at War trilogy, begun with The Last Heroes (1997) and The Secret Warriors (1999), both rousingly well received reprints of softcover originals published under the pseudonym Alex Baldwin. Read full book review >
THE TRENCH by Steve Alten
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 1999

"Not exactly taxing on the intellectual side, but a nail-biting summer read. (Author tour)"
A sequel to the riveting Meg (1997), continuing the adventures of a prehistoric shark with a mouth like a garage door that marauds in the ocean's upper waters along the California coast. Read full book review >
A COMFORTING LIE by Linda Phillips Ashour
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 1999

"A talented writer, tangled here in a story that swings awkwardly from melodrama to serious fiction, never fully becoming either."
A somewhat puzzling story about the manner in which the pursuit of happiness blinds one to reality. Read full book review >
CRITICAL ANGLE by Jo Bannister
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1999

Critical Angle ($25.00; Jul.; 224 pp.; 0-7278-2288-8): Severn House's reprint program (Unlawful Entry, 1998, etc.) continues with this non-series novel, originally published in the US as Shards (1990), in which the author of the Castlemere procedurals (Broken Lines, p. 105) takes wounded photojournalist Mickey Flynn to Israel to photograph a PLO training camp—and, it could be, to get used in a deeper game than he understands. Read full book review >
TRIPWIRE by Lee Child
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 1999

"Unabashedly mindless but fun: Reacher swashbuckles with the best of them."
A good guy outsmarts a venomous viper, outguns a gazillion villains—and falls in love with a nice gal. Read full book review >
SONS OF THE CITY by Scott Flander
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 1999

"Yet soap-opera plotting permeates, seriously weakening what might have been a better-than-average debut."
Ask Sergeant Eddie North of the Philadelphia PD to define the job within the job, and he answers fast and unequivocally. Read full book review >
THE SEXUAL OCCUPATION OF JAPAN by Richard Setlowe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1999

"Lucky readers who first discover Setlowe here (The Black Sea, 1991, etc.) will delight in knowing that some thrillers can be great fun and for grownups at the same time."
First-rate adult melodrama about the globalization of entertainment and communications networks, not to mention intellectual and spiritual maturity in high finance. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >