Thrillers Book Reviews (page 483)

SPYDER WEB by Tom Grace
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 13, 1999

"Originally self-published and distributed in the Detroit area, where Grace works as an architect: a first effort that puts the right pieces in play, but moves them around without flair."
First-time author Grace delves into the world of industrial espionage in a spirited if clunky technothriller about the race to control the world's latest computer hacking device. Read full book review >
TOYER by Gardner McKay
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 13, 1999

"Hardly."
A novel-length version of a Los Angeles psychokiller drama, by playwright and Hawaiian Public Radio personality McKay. Read full book review >

THE LAW OF SIMILARS by Chris Bohjalian
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 13, 1999

"A two-dimensional take on morality through formulaically good characters whose bad behavior is a bit of a stretch. (Author tour)"
Bohjalian (Midwives, 1997, etc.) returns to small-town Vermont for a meditation on grief and healing. Read full book review >
THE HOUSE OF PAIN by Franklin Allen Leib
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 13, 1999

"Some good ideas are shortchanged by Leib's heavy hand, which makes for limp dialogue and few nuances."
A so-so legal thriller by Vietnam vet Leib (The Fire Dream, etc.) that begins better than it ends—with a kidnaping in which the kidnappers are . . . kids. Read full book review >
GLAMORAMA by Bret Easton Ellis
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 12, 1999

"Brain candy for the Vanity Fair set."
The latest descent into the belly of the beast from Ellis (The Informers, 1994, etc.), who shows a surprising stamina for this sort of thing. Read full book review >

AS CATCH CAN by Vincent Zandri
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 12, 1999

"Overwrought, but redeemed by a lonely hero with an unusual perspective on human depravity. (Author tour)"
A melodramatic but satisfying by-the-numbers debut thriller pits a brooding, middle-aged New York prison warden on the trail of an escaped murderer. Read full book review >
THE MIDNIGHT HOUR by Karen Robards
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 12, 1999

"Decently done work in the genre of the —now— romance."
Psychos lurking in the dark, steamy sex, and touches of the supernatural seem to be favored ingredients of romances these days, and Robards handles them better than most. Read full book review >
MANNER OF DEATH by Stephen White
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 11, 1999

"Not all of them, though."
Dr. Alan Gregory, the Boulder psychologist whose previous six cases (Critical Conditions, p. 80, etc.) have all introduced him to murderers, becomes a killer's target himself. Read full book review >
SINS OF THE FATHERS by John Blackthorn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 6, 1999

"What he lacks is the savvy storyteller's abililty to invent people who can make the backgrounds come alive."
Castro-haters plot to nuke Fidel in this less-than-explosive suspenser. Read full book review >
THE PRODIGAL SPY by Joseph Kanon
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 6, 1999

"Still, Kanon is very good. ($200,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
Edgar Award—winning Kanon (Los Alamos, 1997) returns with a Cold War spy tale. Read full book review >
BASILICA by William D. Montalbano
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 4, 1999

"Formulaic and hackneyed, but written with plenty of action and a good, crisp pace: the sort of book you don—t put down until it's finished—and then promptly forget it. (First printing of 75,000; $750,000 ad/promo)"
The latest of the post-Woltyla Vatican thrillers to come on the market, this one by the late newspaperman and novelist (A Death in China, 1984, etc.). Read full book review >
FACE-TIME by Erik Tarloff
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 1999

Today's intentional blurring of the line between fact and fiction continues with sometime speechwriter Tarloff's first novel, which asks the burning question: What if "Monica Lewinsky" had a live-in boyfriend who got wind of her affair and had hurt feelings and moral outrage of his own? Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >