Thrillers Book Reviews (page 483)

VANITAS by S.P. Somtow
Released: Dec. 1, 1995

"Somtow wraps up his enlightened bloodsucker's career with all the gore and horror of a vegetarian vampire chomping on a beefsteak tomato."
Third—and, apparently, last—of Somtow's yarns (Valentine, 1992, etc.) about the rock star and 2,000-year-old eunuch adolescent vampire Timmy Valentine, who has bestowed his vampirehood upon Angel Todd in exchange for the latter's human soul. Read full book review >
SPOOKER by Dean Ing
Released: Nov. 27, 1995

"A second-rate thriller with little pace or suspense, albeit an abundance of loose ends and shock-value details."
Spookers are the rainy-day funds that intelligence agents amass against the time when they must decampwhereon hangs a flimsy tale from Ing (Butcher Bird, 1993, etc.). Read full book review >

WHERE THE MONEY IS by Ivan G. Goldman
Released: Nov. 22, 1995

"An impressive debut, one reminiscent of the work of Elmore Leonard and Donald Westlake for the way it effectively combines antic action with sardonic commentary."
Backstage Las Vegas provides an appropriately raffish setting for a stylish, twisty first novel, this one featuring a full complement of lovable losers and blackguardly villains. Read full book review >
CORRUPTION OF BLOOD by Robert K. Tanenbaum
Released: Nov. 20, 1995

"Here and there we get glimpses of Tanenbaum's virtuosic ability to sort out and dramatize complicated material, but this novel is sunk in its own self-importance."
Manhattan ADA Butch Karp gets a crack at the crime of the century in this heavy-breathing addition to a popular series that includes such brainy thrillers as Depraved Indifference (1989) and Material Witness (1993). Read full book review >
DRAG QUEEN by Robert Rodi
Released: Nov. 20, 1995

"The plot's flighty and incoherent, but when it congeals, the humor is merciless and swift."
Another plateful of giddy meringue from Rodi (What They Did to Princess Paragon, 1994, etc.), the undisputed doyen of the effervescent gay novel of manners. Read full book review >

SOUL CATCHER by Colin Kersey
Released: Nov. 15, 1995

"Wind for villain, with characters who carry just enough flesh for the story as they face one blustery cliffhanger after another."
A Big Bad Wind avenges the murder of Native American shaman Black Wolf by destroying large areas of Seattle: a rousing supernatural thriller by first-novelist Kersey. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 14, 1995

"May the gladiolas protect you, and watch out for chestnut trees throwing burrs."
Mild horror fantasy and first novel telling of a big garden in tune with the Brazilian rain forests and a vanished Mayan civilization. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 10, 1995

"Fiction too often pushed into the awkward service of ideas, but still worth the read."
Acclaimed Hungarian novelist Esterh†zy (The Book of Hrabal, 1994, etc.) unevenly combines anecdote and opinion to create a pastiche-portrait of a society in which ``lies'' pervert both the personal and the political. Read full book review >
BLACK EAGLES by Larry Collins
Released: Nov. 9, 1995

"An engrossing, wide-angle yarn that could help confirm many conspiracy theorists' wilder suspicions and speculations."
Collins (Maze, 1989, etc.) blends fact with fancy in a transnational melodrama, plausibly settling any lingering doubts as to the origin of crack, how Nicaraguan contras were financed, and the importance of Panama for laundered money as well as narcotics. Read full book review >
A DEAD MAN OUT OF MIND by Kate Charles
Released: Nov. 9, 1995

"Devotees of traditional English village sagas will love this fourth in the series; puzzle fans may be put off by its overcontrived red herringsand overleisurely pace. (Author tour)"
Charles, a masterly chronicler of English High Church rites and their practitioners (Appointed to Die, etc.), tackles the odd goings-on at London's paired churches—St. Read full book review >
NO DEFENSE by Rangeley Wallace
Released: Nov. 9, 1995

"Convoluted and mildly engaging at best."
Newcomer Wallace, a former attorney, is more concerned with romance than the law in her fast-paced but shakily plotted first novel. Read full book review >
FALSE WITNESS by Dexter Dias
Released: Nov. 8, 1995

"Judging from this entry, the entire British legal profession needs a good spankingand would probably love to have one."
Has the Simpson trial soured you on the American legal system? Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jason Gay
November 17, 2015

In the 1990s, copies of Richard Carlson’s Don't Sweat the Small Stuff (and its many sequels) were seemingly everywhere, giving readers either the confidence to prioritize their stresses or despondence over the slender volume’s not addressing their particular set of problems. While not the first book of its kind, it kicked open the door for an industry of self-help, worry-reduction advice guides. In his first book, Little Victories, Wall Street Journal sports columnist Gay takes less of a guru approach, though he has drawn an audience of readers appreciative of reportage that balances insights with a droll, self-deprecating outlook. He occasionally focuses his columns on “the Rules” (of Thanksgiving family touch football, the gym, the office holiday party, etc.), which started as a genial poke in the eye at the proliferation of self-help books and, over time, came to explore actual advice “both practical and ridiculous” and “neither perfect nor universal.” The author admirably combines those elements in every piece in the book. View video >