Thrillers Book Reviews (page 483)

ALL SOULS' DAY by Bill Morris
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1997

"While the prose is occasionally only serviceable, Morris's version of the moment when America, out of duplicity and arrogance, became tragically enmeshed in Vietnam, is deeply moving, a persuasive vision of the greatest tragedy in our recent past. (Author tour)"
An angry, moving, ingenious blend of fact and fiction about the early stages of the war in Vietnam. Read full book review >
NIMITZ CLASS by Patrick Robinson
THRILLERS
Released: June 1, 1997

"A hell-and-high-water technothriller, and an impressive debut from British journalist Robinson. (First printing of 250,000; $325,000 ad/promo)"
When one of America's prized Nimitz Class carriers is lost with all hands and planes while on station in the Arabian Sea, Washington publicly accepts the catastrophe as a tragic mishap and secretly organizes an all-out hunt to bring those responsible to justice. Read full book review >

THE PURIFICATION CEREMONY by Mark T. Sullivan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1997

"Shorn of the heavy-going mystical ruminations that are bound to be cut, the inevitable movie should be a first-rate actioner. (First printing of 300,000; $250,000 ad/promo)"
Hunters get hunted by a vengeful lunatic in this all-stops- out yarn of the world's worst hunting trip. Read full book review >
OUT OF THE SUN by Robert Goddard
THRILLERS
Released: June 1, 1997

"Father and son, cloak and dagger, relativity and quantum mechanics—Goddard (Closed Circle, 1994, etc.) is surely the suavest guide to this unlikely mÇlange of formulas."
Six years after the mysterious disappearance of Heather Mallender played havoc with his seedy existence (Into the Blue, 1991), Harry Barnett's life is turned upside-down once more by an unexpected discovery—the news that he has a grown son. Read full book review >
THE DINOSAUR CLUB by William Heffernan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1997

"An enormously entertaining yarn that puts the concept of human resources in an arresting new perspective. (Film rights to Warner Bros.)"
A jocose but pointed fable from Heffernan (Corsican Honor, 1992, etc.) pits aging executives against impatient young guns whose corporate strategies don't put people first. Read full book review >

FATAL TERRAIN by Dale Brown
THRILLERS
Released: June 1, 1997

"Nobody, in detailing the lethal excitements of high-tech aerial combat in at least plausible geopolitical contexts, does it better than Brown."
Retired USAF Colonel Patrick McLanahan and his band of irregulars help turn the tide when the People's Republic of China makes war on its lost province of Taiwan, in another high adventure from past master Brown (Shadows of Steel, 1996, etc.). Read full book review >
DIFFERENT WOMEN DATING by Jonathan Gash
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 1, 1997

"The promised series is cause for rejoicing."
That rascal Lovejoy never could resist the ladies, so it's only natural that when Gash put the antiquer/swindler/raconteur aside after 19 adventures (The Possessions of a Lady, 1996, etc.), he'd turn to an even more devout worshipper of female charm. Read full book review >
STAR WITNESS by Lia Matera
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 1, 1997

Say this for Willa Jansson (Last Chants, 1996, etc.): She doesn't shrink from the big cases. Read full book review >
THE READER by Bernhard Schlink
THRILLERS
Released: June 1, 1997

"Toward its climax, the novel becomes, fitfully, frustratingly abstract, but on balance this is a gripping psychological study that moves skillfully toward its surprising and moving conclusion."
The Reader ($20.00; June 1997; 224 pp.; 0-679-44279-0): A compact portrayal of a teenaged German boy's love affair with an emotionally remote older woman, and the troubled consequence of his discovery of who she really is and why she simultaneously needed him and rejected him. Read full book review >
OUT OF BODY by Thomas Baum
THRILLERS
Released: May 21, 1997

"Still, for much of its length a tough, original, and compelling debut, showing great promise. (Author tour)"
Strong debut suspense novel set in Seattle. Read full book review >
DISCIPLES by Austin Wright
THRILLERS
Released: May 20, 1997

"Still, despite many moments of genuine emotion—the encounters between Harry and Lena, the appearances of the surprisingly sympathetic Miller—the characters in general are wooden embodiments of ideas who fail to lend plausibility to a disjointed plot."
A metaphysical thriller by the author of, among others, Telling Time (1995), this one about the human need for gurus both religious and secular. Read full book review >
THE PRESIDENT'S DAUGHTER by Jack Higgins
THRILLERS
Released: May 19, 1997

"Higgins's 27th (Drink with the Devil, 1996, etc.), negligible as melodrama, shows the old pro giving Tom Clancy a run for his money as the most fetishistic of contemporary thriller writers. (Book-of-the-Month Club main selection)"
The President's illegitimate daughter is kidnapped by terrorists who haven't reckoned with the might of the Higgins regulars. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Morgan Matson
July 25, 2016

The Unexpected Everything is a YA feel-good story of friendship, finding yourself, and all the joys in life that happen while you’re busy making other plans. Andie has a plan. And she always sticks to her plan. Future? A top-tier medical school. Dad? Avoid him as much as possible (which isn’t that hard considering he’s a Congressman and he’s never around). Friends? Palmer, Bri, and Toby—pretty much the most awesome people on the planet, who needs anyone else? Relationships? No one’s worth more than three weeks. So it’s no surprise that Andie’s got her summer all planned out too. Until a political scandal costs Andie her summer pre-med internship, and lands both she and Dad back in the same house together for the first time in years. Suddenly she’s doing things that aren’t Andie at all. “Romance fans will find plenty to enjoy, as Andie gradually lets down her guard and risks the messy and unpredictable wonder of first love,” our reviewer writes. “A novel best read on a lazy summer day with sand between the toes.” View video >