Thrillers Book Reviews (page 483)

THE CONCRETE BLONDE by Michael Connelly
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 1, 1994

"But the charming, if retro, writing ('The courtroom seemed as silent as a dead man's heart') and the lurid thrills make this gem as lovable as any tale of serial murder can be."
Veteran crime reporter Connelly's (The Black Ice, 1993) third novel deftly blends cop thriller and courtroom drama in a darkly gripping tale structured around a set of gruesome serial killings. Read full book review >
SHOOTING AT LOONS by Margaret Maron
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 1, 1994

"What makes this novel special is her ability to bring this web of conflicts to subtle, vivid life while still leaving Deborah time for a good man and some great shellfish. (Mystery Guild selection)"
Filling in for an ailing jurist on the North Carolina coast, Judge Deborah Knott (Southern Discomfort, 1993) is welcomed to Harkers Island by an unpleasant discovery: the body of neighboring Andy Bynum, founder of the Independent Fishers Alliance. Read full book review >

BURIAL by Graham Masterton
THRILLERS
Released: June 1, 1994

"Should Indian spirits ever really take their revenge, with any luck the sinkhole will open under Burial and send it where it belongs."
Modern America is in peril of being sucked down the spiritual drain by dead, angry Indians in this follow-up to Manitou and Revenge of the Manitou (both not reviewed). Read full book review >
SêANCE FOR A VAMPIRE by Fred Saberhagen
THRILLERS
Released: June 1, 1994

"A clever idea, appealingly and persuasively set forth, but about halfway through, the uncomplicated plot subsides into aimless twiddling."
Saberhagen's revisionist Dracula series (A Question of Time, 1992) features the count as a sharing and caring New Vampire who also happens to be a relative of Sherlock Holmes. Dr. Watson, capably assisted by the count, relates how, in 1903, Kulakov, a mad Russian vampire of 18th-century origin, sets in motion a plan to recover some missing jewels from the prosperous Altamont family. Read full book review >
FLESH AND BLOOD by James Neal Harvey
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 30, 1994

"EWSLUGPS: They're all guilty."
The death of Sen. Read full book review >

CORRUPTION by Andrew Klavan
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 25, 1994

"A suspenseful, gritty look at what crawls under the apparently innocent surface of a small American town."
The primal passions erupting in a small New York town depicted here by two-time Edgar winner Klavan (Animal Hour, 1993) gather with the force of a brush fire sweeping through dry grass. Read full book review >
THE FIST OF GOD by Frederick Forsyth
THRILLERS
Released: May 16, 1994

"Despite some lingering loose ends and a trail of extraneous coincidence, The Fist of God—with its mix of secret war councils, confidential memos, super sleuthing, and military fireworks—should satisfy die-hard fans of espionage yarns. (Book-of-the-Month Club main selection)"
Readers who are intrigued by behind-the-scenes machinations of the Gulf War can eavesdrop on the major players as well as some fictional creations in this workmanlike thriller from the author of The Day of the Jackal (1971) and The Odessa File (1972). Read full book review >
TICKLED TO DEATH by Joan Hess
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 16, 1994

"There's more, much more, in this quagmire of a plot, bogged down with paper-thin characters, heavy-handed whimsy, a denouement that defies belief, and a heroine who grows ever more unappealing. (Author tour)"
A ninth adventure for Farberville's nosy bookstore owner Claire Malloy (Poisoned Pins, 1993, etc.). Read full book review >
PUBLIC GARDEN by James P. Moran
THRILLERS
Released: May 11, 1994

"Living proof that truth is stranger than fiction."
On her way home from an abortion she never wanted, a young lawyer pauses in the middle of the Boston Common to shoot her lover, another associate at her firm, wounding him slightly and setting in motion the most anemic courtroom drama in years. Read full book review >
THRILLERS
Released: May 4, 1994

"The demarcation between truth and fantasy is unclear, but Aline's life is a fairy tale anyway, and she is as eager to show off her glamorous world as she is to create a credible thriller. (Literary Guild alternate selection)"
In real life, American-born Aline, Countess of Romanones (The Spy Wore Silk, 1991, etc.) intended to retire from espionage following her marriage into the Spanish aristocracy after WW II. Read full book review >
CHARADE by Sandra Brown
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 2, 1994

The queen of Texas melodrama takes metaphor perhaps a step too far as she pits her heart-transplant-patient heroine against a serial killer obsessed with stopping her new heart. Read full book review >
REMEMBER ME by Mary Higgins Clark
THRILLERS
Released: May 2, 1994

"Readers more interested in mystery than menace may well find this her best book yet. (Literary Guild main selection; author tour)"
Everything you'd expect from the reigning queen of prepubescent female suspense: A bereaved young mother battles demons from a recent mystery, from the distant past, and from her own fearful imaginings about the impending fate of her infant daughter. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Luis Alberto Urrea
April 21, 2015

Examining the borders between one nation and another, between one person and another, Luis Alberto Urrea’s latest story collection, The Water Museum, reveals his mastery of the short form. This collection includes the Edgar-award winning "Amapola" and his now-classic "Bid Farewell to Her Many Horses," which had the honor of being chosen for NPR's "Selected Shorts" not once but twice. Urrea has also recently published a poetry collection, Tijuana Book of the Dead, mixing lyricism and colloquial voices, mysticism and the daily grind. We talk to Urrea about both of his new books this week on Kirkus TV. View video >