Thrillers Book Reviews (page 483)

THE THIRD LION by Floyd Kemske
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 15, 1997

"An offbeat account of a world-class rogue from yesteryear, whose ingratiating civility and utter lack of scruples helped him leave large footprints on the sands of time."
Kemske, best known for his quirky takes on latter-day organization men (Human Resources, 1995, etc.), smoothly shifts gears to deliver a wryly engrossing historical novel featuring the duplicitous French statesman Charles-Maurice de Talleyrand- PÇrigord. Read full book review >
TORCHLIGHT by III Stevenson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 13, 1997

"The gripping undersea sequences offset the farfetched intrigues inside the Beltway, if only just barely."
A pair of ex-SEALs take on turncoats in the upper echelons of the US government, as well as a host of villainous foreigners, to bring an international arms trafficker to book: a diverting sea story from first-novelist Stevenson (whose forebears include the venturesome author of Treasure Island). Read full book review >

SHADOWS by Jonathan Nasaw
THRILLERS
Released: Oct. 13, 1997

"Not as original as The World on Blood, but swift-moving, with fitfully interesting characters."
Nasaw, who invented the San Francisco's Vampires Anonymous group for The World on Blood (1996), brings Jamey Whistler, his most presentable and epicurean vampire, back from that novel, this time plunging him into greater peril. Read full book review >
THE KINGDOM OF SHIVAS IRONS by Michael Murphy
THRILLERS
Released: Oct. 6, 1997

"These are the occult dimensions of golf, straight from the Easter bunny. ($200,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
Ghosts on the golf course! Read full book review >
THE DEFENSE by D.W. Buffa
THRILLERS
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"Cool courtroom high jinks mired in forced plotting, clumsy dialogue, and the author's clear loathing of the legal trade. (First printing of 100,000; author tour)"
Ham-fisted, corpse-clogged legal procedural from defense- lawyer/first-novelist Buffa. Read full book review >

ANGRY MOON by Terrill Lee Lankford
THRILLERS
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"He wouldn't have been far off if he had."
Lankford follows the nihilistic noir Shooters (1996) with a shrieking, hellacious Quentin Tarantino knockoff: dueling assassins, one of whom is immortal. Read full book review >
SHATTERED BONE by Chris Stewart
THRILLERS
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"An impressive debut, complete with suspenseful action, plausible geopolitical scenarios, and authoritative detail on the small wonders of advanced military technology. (Book-of-the-Month Club alternate selection)"
The US is drawn by design into a potentially dangerous belligerency pitting Russia against Ukraine: a top-notch technothriller from first-timer Stewart, an active duty Air Force officer honored for his feats as a B-1 bomber pilot. Read full book review >
SHROUDED by Carol Anne Davis
THRILLERS
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"Following the progress of his necrophiliac romance is like watching the Titanic and the iceberg glide inexorably toward each other."
Twenty years after his goldfish dies and he stops loving his mother or anybody else, Douglas Tate is working as an Edinburgh undertaker. Read full book review >
SENATORIAL PRIVILEGE by E.J. Gorman
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"Unlike that much darker Cedar Rapids native Ed Gorman, E.J. gives every single character exactly what he or she deserves."
Throat-clutching man-on-the-run melodrama that subordinates the D.C. types of the title to Gorman's beloved small-town Iowa. Read full book review >
AMBER BEACH by Elizabeth Lowell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"Much livelier than Winter Fire, and perhaps the beginning of a series."
A well-made, completely predictable and unchallenging second hardcover from Lowell (Winter Fire, 1996)—a romance that offers all the sexual tension, adventure, and squishy clichÇs that fans of the genre could possibly want. Read full book review >
THE BEST LAID PLANS by Sidney Sheldon
THRILLERS
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"A twisty yarn with few real surprises: Sheldon continues to exploit his special talent for getting down and dirty with the high and mighty. (Literary Guild selection)"
Schlockmeister Sheldon (Morning, Noon and Night, 1995, etc.) outdoes himself with an overcharged (albeit eminently readable) tale about a randy American president and the vengeful newspaper heiress he done wrong. Read full book review >
AGAINST THE BROTHERHOOD by Quinn Fawcett
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"The desperate villains are MGM stock, and Mycroft gives no evidence of either the presence or the brains that would justify the new life the series promises."
Sherlock Holmes's smarter brother Mycroft was reputed to be so indolent that only cases of national security could rouse him to a real effort. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Melissa Sweet
author of SOME WRITER!
September 26, 2016

“SOME PIG,” Charlotte the spider’s praise for Wilbur, is just one fondly remembered snippet from E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. In Some Writer!, two-time Caldecott Honor winner and 2014 Kirkus Prize finalist Melissa Sweet mixes White’s personal letters, photos, and family ephemera with her own exquisite artwork to tell his story, from his birth in 1899 to his death in 1985. Budding young writers will be fascinated and inspired by the journalist, New Yorker contributor, and children’s book author who loved words his whole life. This authorized tribute is the first fully illustrated biography of E. B. White and includes an afterword by Martha White, E. B. White's granddaughter. “Like Charlotte, Sweet spins a terrific story,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A masterful biography that will enchant young readers.” View video >