Thrillers Book Reviews (page 483)

NONE TO ACCOMPANY ME by Nadine Gordimer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"A vintage display of the moral passion, tempered by unsentimental understanding of the imperfect way we must work out our ideals in the real world, that makes Gordimer one of the most electrifying writers in modern literature. (First printing of 60,000)"
After the relatively disappointing My Son's Story (1990), Nobelist Gordimer is back near the top of her form in a challenging novel of personal and social transformation in a changing South Africa. Read full book review >
ARC LIGHT by Eric L. Harry
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"A grim tale which so successfully evokes the bleakness and terror of an impending world war that it could depress contemplative readers while titillating those just out for techno- thrills."
Harry's first novel is all gloom and doom, an appropriate tone for his World War III scenario. Read full book review >

PURSUIT INTO DARKNESS by Daniel Pollock
THRILLERS
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"The rest of this vigorous, overslung saga is just windowdressing."
Should a Venezuelan mountain be stripped of its rich lode of iron ore by the powerful Proteus corporation, or set aside as an archaeological site? Read full book review >
TITANS by Tim Green
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"A poor effort with yawn-inducing results."
Former pro-football player Green (Ruffians, 1993) fumbles his way through a second attempt at a suspense novel. Read full book review >
MURDER AMONG NEIGHBORS by Jonnie Jacobs
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"A West Coast Compromising Positions, with omelettes, Chardonnay, and mild innuendo substituting for detection, and nary a mean bone in its well-preserved body."
When quintessential California socialite Pepper Livingston takes time off from her breakneck schedule (Sunshine House, the Save Our Hills Coalition, etc.) to get strangled, the news causes scarcely a ripple among her neighbors in trendy Walnut Hills. Read full book review >

SNOW FALLING ON CEDARS by David Guterson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Packed with lovely moments and as compact as haiku—at the same time, a page-turner full of twists. (Author tour)"
Old passions, prejudices, and grudges surface in a Washington State island town when a Japanese man stands trial for the murder of a fisherman in the 1950s. Read full book review >
SACRIFICE by John Farris
THRILLERS
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Farris beautifully evokes ho-hum small-town southern life—his situation humor is so real, it's surreal—and Greg Walker is an intriguing character, but when he travels south of the border his story runs out of steam."
Farris (Fiends, 1990, etc.) concocts a thriller whose pitch-perfect middle Americanisms initially give credibility to its lurid plot. Read full book review >
THE YEAR'S BEST FANTASY AND HORROR by Ellen Datlow
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Genre auslanders who've been invited into the fold include Thomas Disch, Gabriel Garc°a M†rquez and Sherman Alexie."
The seventh annual collection of dreams and nightmares from editors Datlow and Windling. Read full book review >
PHOENIX SUB ZERO by Michael DiMercurio
THRILLERS
Released: Aug. 30, 1994

"Still, fans of Tom Clancy and his ilk could do a lot worse."
A Third World coalition possessing cheap nukes and the will to use them threatens Uncle Sam in this rousing and well-paced, if predictable, undersea yarn. Read full book review >
BORN BAD by Andrew Vachss
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 29, 1994

"Still, what can you do with a thick pile of short stories that even the author claims aren't writerly?"
Two short plays and 42 stories from Vachss, who's known for his eight novels (see below) featuring PIs who hunt down child abusers and sex offenders. Read full book review >
A KILLING IN MOSCOW by Clive Egleton
THRILLERS
Released: Aug. 19, 1994

"Egleton nicely depicts the bureaucratic minefield and sea of red herrings confronting his hero, but he often strands readers in passages containing enough acronyms and jargon to require a glossary."
A convincing and muscular thriller that needs every sinew to bear its often weighty prose. Read full book review >
SHADOWS OF DOUBT by Herb Brown
THRILLERS
Released: Aug. 15, 1994

"All the trappings, but little of the substance, of a courtroom drama."
Retired Ohio Supreme Court Justice Brown (Presumption of Guilt, 1991) serves up a legal thriller that fails to resolve the difficult questions it raises. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Nelson DeMille
author of RADIANT ANGEL
May 26, 2015

After a showdown with the notorious Yemeni terrorist known as The Panther, in Nelson DeMille’s latest suspense novel Radiant Angel, NYPD detective John Corey has left the Anti-Terrorist Task Force and returned home to New York City, taking a job with the Diplomatic Surveillance Group. Although Corey's new assignment with the DSG-surveilling Russian diplomats working at the U.N. Mission-is thought to be "a quiet end," he is more than happy to be out from under the thumb of the FBI and free from the bureaucracy of office life. But Corey realizes something the U.S. government doesn't: The all-too-real threat of a newly resurgent Russia. “Perfect summer beach reading, with or without margaritas, full of Glock-and-boat action,” our reviewer writes. View video >