Thrillers Book Reviews (page 483)

RULES OF THE HUNT by Victor O'Reilly
THRILLERS
Released: Feb. 15, 1995

"Perhaps too convoluted for its own good, this page-turner should still enhance O'Reilly's place among contemporary thriller writers."
Irish tough guy Hugo Fitzduane takes on a fierce Japanese group, the Yaibo, or the Cutting Edge, in this violent, fast-paced sequel to Games of the Hangman (1991). Read full book review >
NIGHT SINS by Tami Hoag
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 15, 1995

"Sliding unashamedly from police procedural to purple prose, Hoag savvily steeps her novel in the conventions of steamy romance, where the color of the police chief's 'whiskey' eyes are as important as the clues."
In Hoag's swell, sexy thriller (after Lucky's Lady, 1992), an eight-year-old boy is kidnapped, and two emotionally battered cops find love. Read full book review >

NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH by Richard Parrish
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 13, 1995

"Save this one for your beach bag."
Joshua Rabb, a transplanted Brooklynite lawyer for the Bureau of Indian Affairs in the 1940s, is the only person who can understand the Yiddish ramblings of the survivor of an execution on one of the Papago reservations outside Tucson. Read full book review >
GUILT BY ASSOCIATION by Susan R. Sloan
THRILLERS
Released: Feb. 9, 1995

"The ending, while clever, will have those of all political beliefs cringing for different reasons, Sloan often gets the proportions wrong in her blend of not-so- subtle social commentary and suspense, but there's no denying this novel's lowest-common-denominator appeal: It reads like a house afire."
Just when it was beginning to look impossible, former lawyer Sloan pumps some life into the crowded field of legal thrillers. Read full book review >
THE HEART OF JUSTICE by William J. Coughlin
THRILLERS
Released: Feb. 4, 1995

A legal slugfest over control of a Microsoftish firm puts the heat on all interested parties, including the presiding judge and his bride. Read full book review >

NO TIME FOR HEROES by Brian Freemantle
THRILLERS
Released: Feb. 4, 1995

"Compared to the current glut of suspensers using Russia's political instability for story fodder, however, it looks pretty good."
An honest Russian cop teams up with a recovering alcoholic FBI agent to stop a worldwide organized crime syndicate. Read full book review >
PAX PACIFICA by Steve Pieczenik
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 3, 1995

"Pieczenik uses Chinese philosophy to weave a web so intricate that it's opaque and abstruse."
A thriller based on a fundamental tenet of Sun Tzu's Art of War: Wars are won not on the battlefield, but in the minds of men. Read full book review >
ANY GIVEN MOMENT by Laura Van Wormer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"A novel about warm agents who care and their loyal, altruistic authors: Shelve this as science fiction."
There's buoyant fun in Van Wormer's (Benedict Canyon, 1992, etc.) shrewd look at the publishing industry in which—after much splashing around—the little fish manages to swallow the big fish. Read full book review >
A CROOKED MAN by Christopher Lehmann-Haupt
THRILLERS
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"Having thrown stones for years, Lehmann-Haupt might better have stayed away from glass houses such as this one."
The senior daily book reviewer for the New York Times here offers his first novel, a Washington political thriller that strains credulity well beyond the breaking point. Read full book review >
THE POLISH OFFICER by Alan Furst
THRILLERS
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"A truly splendid novel of the wartime experience."
Furst (Dark Star, 1991, etc.) has shown that he can produce an espionage tale that sloughs off the coil of genre. Read full book review >
THE WHEEL OF JUSTICE by William E. Holland
THRILLERS
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"What could have been a clever update of Kafka ends up sounding merely authentic."
American businessfolk confront post-Soviet Russian reality in Holland's (Moscow Twilight, 1992) sleepy new thriller. Read full book review >
WALKING AFTER MIDNIGHT by Karen Robards
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"Robards's usual professional effort (Maggy's Child, 1994, etc.), but a disappointing descent into cute. (Literary Guild alternate selection; Doubleday Book Club main selection; author tour)"
A romance that starts out like a breath of retro Daphne Du Maurier, but ends up facile and old hat. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >