Thrillers Book Reviews (page 483)

DEFIANCE COUNTY by Jay Brandon
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 1, 1996

"Even the courtroom cut-and-thrust—a trademark of Brandon's Lone Star thrillers (Local Rules, 1995, etc.)—is tired this time."
Even after she's fled criminal law for a safe berth in the Texas Attorney General's Office—after impugning her own witness when she doubted an identification—Kelsey Thatch is condemned to the courtroom once again when her boss sends her to cozy Galilee to try Billy Fletcher, general manager of Smoothskins, the town's only reason for existing, for killing his sister-in-law and her husband and kidnapping the only witness to the crime, their five- month-old daughter. Read full book review >
LAST CHANTS by Lia Matera
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 1, 1996

"As in The Maltese Falcon, a constant stream of loony byplay keeps you from doping out whodunit—unless you can call on your own online shaman."
In her first outing since Prior Convictions (1991), Willa Jansson, unlike her creator ``one of the few lawyers without a legal thriller in the works,'' has the perfect excuse for missing her first day at the newest of her numberless jobs: She's been taken hostage by a gun-toting madman. Read full book review >

IN A HEARTBEAT by Eric Stone
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1996

"The whole package is presented with an unfocused intensity that might pass for professionalism if not for the amateurish handling of the killer, who would need special lighting to stand out from the wallpaper."
Another grisly series of sex murders, this one kicked off by the killing of D.C. paralegal Victoria Benton. Read full book review >
FLIGHTS OF FEAR by Graham Masterton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1996

"Too bad, since it sounds like the best."
Following Fortnight of Fear (not reviewed), a second volume of 14 horror stories, few distinguished, by Britain's Masterton, who has 25 horror novels to his name. Read full book review >
WALKING THE LABYRINTH by Lisa Goldstein
THRILLERS
Released: June 1, 1996

"A deftly woven, engrossing who-dun-what: despite some intrusively didactic patches, Goldstein's best outing since A Mask for the General (1987)."
Contemporary fantasy, San Franciscoset, about young drifter Molly Travers and her large, mysterious family. Read full book review >

EXTREME DENIAL by David Morrell
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 31, 1996

"Well, here's the novel. (Film rights to Paramount; author tour)"
BLOOD OF PATRIOTS by Neil Abercrombie
THRILLERS
Released: May 30, 1996

"Abercrombie's constituents some pause, albeit one that should prove right up the alley of Hoyt fans. (Author tour)"
BLACK LIGHT by Stephen Hunter
THRILLERS
Released: May 20, 1996

"But, overall, the author is compulsively readable: His weapons scenes work, and so does his cliffhanger structure. (Literary Guild main selection; author tour)"
The veteran thriller writer's third tale featuring the honorable sniper Bob Lee Swagger (Point of Impact, 1992; Dirty White Boys, 1994). Read full book review >
THRILLERS
Released: May 17, 1996

"A curiosity that will interest obsessive fans but confuse the uninitiated. (150 two-color illustrations; 1 gatefold)"
Fans of Mary Shelley's novel and the many movies it's engendered will find little new in this lavishly designed faux journal by the famously mad scientist. Read full book review >
SACRED HEARTS by Alison Joseph
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 16, 1996

"Though charismatic, monstrous Hugo and self-tormenting clotheshorse nun Agnes aren't the most realistic characters you've ever met, first-novelist Joseph writes with such pointed authority that she has you believing in them in spite of yourself."
Fifteen years after driving his long-suffering first wife out of his hearth and home and into a convent, the magnetic, dangerous Hugo Bourdillon, who's capable of sending you flowers and a fat check the morning after attacking you with a wine bottle, has murdered his second. Read full book review >
CLOSELY AKIN TO MURDER by Joan Hess
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 13, 1996

"Even Hess's trademark guffaws are only smiles this time. (Mystery Guild selection)"
A shocking wakeup call for Farberville (Ark.) bookstore owner Claire Malloy (Busy Bodies, 1995, etc., etc.)—from her cousin Ronnie Landonwood, presumed dead for 30 years after she admitted killing Hollywood director Oliver Pickett in Acapulco, and now threatened by a blackmailer who's going to expose her all over again. Read full book review >
REQUIEM FOR A GLASS HEART by David Lindsey
THRILLERS
Released: May 8, 1996

"Equal opportunity is a dominant if implicit theme of this violent, broody, overlong international thriller, the only moral of which seems to be that sex kills. (Author tour)"
With more women in the global workforce every year, it seems inevitable that at least a few will become hired guns. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >