Thrillers Book Reviews (page 483)

THORNS OF TRUTH by Eileen Goudge
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 15, 1998

"A likable cast keeps this plot-driven novel from seeming too contrived, and Goudge's adroit handling of sex and love should keep her legion of fans well-sated. (Literary Guild featured alternate selection)"
Goudge's fifth adult romance (Trail of Secrets, 1996, etc.) is a hearty, stick-to-your-ribs sequel to Garden of Lies (1989). Read full book review >
THE CRASHER by Shirley Lord
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 13, 1998

"But not much."
Novelist Lord (My Sister's Keeper, 1994, etc.), an editor for both Harper's Bazaar and Vogue, uses her access to fashion, journalism, and society to limn the careening ride to love and fame of a young woman with designing ambitions—in a dizzying mix of murder, old-fashioned gumption, and contemporary sleaze. Read full book review >

BAD MEDICINE by Ron Querry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 13, 1998

"Great Indian lore in an ingenious medical gripper without the whole globe held in terror."
Steadily entertaining second novel (after The Death of Bernadette Lefthand, not reviewed), about Western versus Navajo and Hopi medicine in the Southwest. Read full book review >
TIDEWATER BLOOD by William Hoffman
THRILLERS
Released: April 7, 1998

"Limpid and swift-moving, with a full complement of understated surprises: an exemplary presentation of the innocent man on the run for readers who want more texture than they can find in The Fugitive. (Author tour)"
Murder, injustice, flight, detection—a disappointingly, though expertly, formulaic tale from Hoffman (Follow Me Home, 1994, etc.). Read full book review >
FAULT LINES by Anna Salter
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 7, 1998

"Not Thomas Harris and The Silence of the Lambs by a long shot, but a book steadily gripping in its psychology, despite an overly familiar villain."
Second thriller featuring female Vermont forensic psychologist Dr. Michael Stone (Shiny Water, 1997). Dr. Stone, a specialist in child abuse and domestic violence, helped put away Alex B. Willy, a child molester who—during an earlier interview not admissible as evidence—revealed to Stone a whole batch of crimes he wasn't charged with. Read full book review >

THE EXPERT by Lee Gruenfeld
THRILLERS
Released: April 2, 1998

"Gruenfeld's been a witness in high-tech cases himself, but, here, his obvious expertise in computer technology goes for naught."
A labored, overlong tale of computer espionage that finds a manufacturer charged with treason for selling a computer chip- -supposedly an encryption device the experts agree can't possibly exist—to the Chinese. Read full book review >
BRAIN STORM by Richard Dooling
THRILLERS
Released: April 1, 1998

A comic cautionary tale for young lawyers everywhere: Whatever it takes, don't agree to defend an alleged hate killer. Read full book review >
HUSH by Mark Nykanen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1998

"Chet's grim illness is ghastly, but the plot twists and climax are unsurprising, reducing this to a standard-issue thriller."
Overly familiar debut melodrama somewhat redeemed by one fresh theme, the use of art therapy to overcome childhood mutism. Read full book review >
EVE'S MEN by Newton Thornburg
THRILLERS
Released: April 1, 1998

"Apart from keeping the story moving, though, Thornburg doesn't seem to have much in mind; when Brian's house of cards comes clattering down, you may feel a little bewildered that you cared about his innocent accomplices."
A straight-arrow Chicago realtor falls victim to his brother's revenge scenarios—and his own response to his brother's lover—in this swift-moving, lightweight fantasy. Read full book review >
THE SILENT CRADLE by Margaret Cuthbert
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1998

"Predictable and occasionally hokey, but a surefire crowd-pleaser that balances cool operating-room tension with steaming soap-opera foam. (TV satellite tour)"
An above-par medical thriller pits a feisty, African- American obstetrician against ER crazies, seductive doctors, bilious bean-counters, and a villainous baby-killer. Read full book review >
THE BLOOD ARTISTS by Chuck Hogan
THRILLERS
Released: April 1, 1998

"A masterfully suspenseful, character-driven potboiler paced with humor, shamelessly gratuitous destruction, and Grand Guignol gross-outs."
Sensational bugs-and-guts followup to Hogan's Ruby Ridgeinspired debut, The Standoff (1994). Read full book review >
FINAL SECONDS by John Lutz
THRILLERS
Released: April 1, 1998

"22, etc.) and pseudonymous August shine in dramatizing the up-and-down power of Harper's own dubious celebrity, which makes him a target for a dozen agendas besides the bomber's."
Looking for some relief from the omnipresent headlines about Theodore Kaczynski, Oklahoma City, and the World Trade Center plot? Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Clinton Kelly
January 9, 2017

Bestselling author and television host Clinton Kelly’s memoir I Hate Everyone Except You is a candid, deliciously snarky collection of essays about his journey from awkward kid to slightly-less-awkward adult. Clinton Kelly is probably best known for teaching women how to make their butts look smaller. But in I Hate Everyone, Except You, he reveals some heretofore-unknown secrets about himself, like that he’s a finicky connoisseur of 1980s pornography, a disillusioned critic of New Jersey’s premier water parks, and perhaps the world’s least enthused high-school commencement speaker. Whether he’s throwing his baby sister in the air to jumpstart her cheerleading career or heroically rescuing his best friend from death by mud bath, Clinton leaps life’s social hurdles with aplomb. With his signature wit, he shares his unique ability to navigate the stickiest of situations, like deciding whether it’s acceptable to eat chicken wings with a fork on live television (spoiler: it’s not). “A thoroughly light and entertaining memoir,” our critic writes. View video >