Thrillers Book Reviews (page 483)

LET US PREY by Bill Branon
THRILLERS
Released: Feb. 16, 1994

"Branon's outlaws, the nonpolitical ones, are appealing, funny, and, in their loyalty to each other, rather nice. (First printing of 100,000)"
A raffish lot of gamblers, assassins, and hookers unwittingly involve themselves in a mammoth anti-democratic conspiracy and then try to undo it. Read full book review >
BODY OF A CRIME by Michael C. Eberhardt
THRILLERS
Released: Feb. 10, 1994

It's no longer enough for a lawyer to win that big case; now he's got to turn it into a novel, as California attorney Eberhardt does in this tale of a dis-embodied murder trial, inspired by a similar case he defended ten years ago. Read full book review >

HAUNTED by Joyce Carol Oates
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 10, 1994

"Like swallowing live mice."
Surging intensity floods nearly every page of Oates's 18th hardcover collection (Where Is Here?, 1992, etc. etc.), these devoted to explorations of the grotesque. Read full book review >
A HIGH PRESSURE SYSTEM by Ken Gross
THRILLERS
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

Queens Borough President John Fasio is finally taking the cue from his manipulative assistant Murray Gerber and allowing himself to stand for the New York mayor's job when the current mayor resigns to run for governor. Read full book review >
FACE VALUE by Lia Matera
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"Matera's look at the dehumanizing power of sexual manipulation- -the computer re-imaging plot here cuts much deeper than the gimmickry of Rising Sun—is so unblinking that you'll look right past the story's coincidences in your hurry to get to the hair-raising finale."
Where on earth does Laura di Palma (``my primary areas of specialty are bankruptcy and corporate litigation'') get the weird criminal clients who keep her in business? Read full book review >

UNDER THE BONE by Anne-christine d'Adesky
THRILLERS
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"Too much a documented brief, too little a case for the imagination."
A disappointing first novel from a Haitian-American journalist that—despite a detailed rendering of the horrors of Haitian life- -is a work of docufiction relying on nasty docufacts rather than on the even nastier but more instructive workings of the human heart. Read full book review >
BONDAGE by Patti Davis
THRILLERS
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"America, America."
If you've seen the title and the author's name and you're still reading, you must want the skinny. Read full book review >
EXTRAORDINARY POWERS by Joseph Finder
THRILLERS
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"The complex story purrs along like a high-powered race car loaded with options, even though it all boils down to Telepathic Man and a bunch of lesser guys with guns after the big score. (First printing of 100,000)"
Soviet spy maven Finder (The Moscow Club, 1991) adapts to the disappearance of the Red Menace—without missing a step—by following the trail of $10 billion spirited out of Russia to protect it from hard-liners: a fortune in gold that's rearranging a lot of loyalties from Moscow to Washington. Read full book review >
KISS OF THE WOLF by Jim Shepard
THRILLERS
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"Grab this one."
Tense, heartbreaking family drama with an underworld angle— for his fourth novel, Shepard returns to the world of Flights (1983): Italian-Americans in small-town Connecticut. Read full book review >
SPECIAL VICTIMS by Nick Gaitano
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"He killed for the art of it'') seems to come out of a different world, redolent of lending libraries and preadolescent fantasies."
An intense, undernourished psychodrama about a Chicago cop on the trail of the Collector, a contract killer of unwilling organ-donors. Read full book review >
THE SISTER by Elleston Trevor
THRILLERS
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"An expert but synthetic timekiller—minor work from a sometime master."
Checking into the convent of the Sisters of the Sacred Light does nothing for the explosive sibling rivalry in this sequel to the paperback The Sibling, Trevor's latest break from his Quiller spy novels as Adam Hall. Read full book review >
GOING NATIVE by Stephen Wright
THRILLERS
Released: Jan. 24, 1994

"Wright's novel packs no narrative punch (only in Borneo does the story roll); it aims to resonate through a pattern of recurring images, but while always alert and intelligent, it never quite becomes the powerful indictment Wright may have hoped for."
America is a bad trip. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Bill Browder
author of RED NOTICE
March 24, 2015

Bill Browder’s Red Notice is a nonfiction political thriller about an American financier in the Wild East of Russia, the murder of his principled young tax attorney, and his mission to expose the Kremlin’s corruption. In 2007, a group of Russian law enforcement officers raided Browder’s offices in Moscow and stole $230 million of taxes that his fund’s companies had paid to the Russian government. Browder’s attorney Sergei Magnitsky investigated the incident and uncovered a sprawling criminal enterprise. A month after Sergei testified against the officials involved, he was arrested and thrown into pre-trial detention, where he was tortured for a year. On November 16, 2009, he was led to an isolation chamber, handcuffed to a bedrail, and beaten to death by eight guards in full riot gear. “It may be that ‘Russian stories never have happy endings,’ ” our reviewer writes about Red Notice, “but Browder’s account more than compensates by ferociously unmasking Putin’s thugocracy.” View video >