Thrillers Book Reviews (page 483)

HIGH CRIMES by Joseph Finder
THRILLERS
Released: Feb. 4, 1998

"Tri-Star should blow A Few Good Men right off the map. (Film rights to Tri-Star; author tour)"
Turning from international intrigue (The Zero Hour, 1996, etc.) to courtroom drama—think A Few Good Men starring a wife defending her husband—Finder spins his tightest web yet. Read full book review >
DEADLOCK by Malcolm C. MacPherson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1998

"A flashy opening gives way to a routine, albeit tangled, legal yarn that's redeemed by a quirky cast and a wide-eyed fascination with courtroom chicanery."
MacPherson (In Cahoots, 1994, etc.) offers a lively, if gimmicky, San Franciscobased legal procedural that leavens the requisite sleazy sensationalism with a Dickensian delight in oddball characters, class warfare, and courtroom arcana. Read full book review >

THE LAST HOSTAGE by John J. Nance
THRILLERS
Released: Feb. 1, 1998

"Many slam-bang special effects, and the characters are unremarkable, but Nance's streamlined narrative offers some nicely nasty twists right up to a startling, and grimly appropriate, climax."
Strongly knotted, twisty airline melodrama from Nance (Medusa's Child, 1997, etc.), an air safety analyst and retired Air Force pilot who served in Vietnam and Desert Storm, still serves as a Boeing 737 captain for a major airline, and is a licensed attorney. Read full book review >
WHERE THE ROAD GOES by Joanne Greenberg
THRILLERS
Released: Feb. 1, 1998

"Stimulating and involving."
Greenberg (No Reck'ning Made, 1993, etc.) hits her full storytelling stride in a tale of domestic tragedy revealed through the diaries and correspondence of a 62-year-old activist grandmother who's participating in an Environmental Walk from California to Cape Cod. Read full book review >
ENDURING LOVE by Ian McEwan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1998

"Painful and powerful work by one of England's best novelists."
A sad, chilling, precise exploration of deranged love, by the author of, among other works, the novels The Innocent (1990) and Black Dogs (1992). Read full book review >

FLESH AND GOLD by Phyllis Gotlieb
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 1, 1998

"Overinvolved but unflinching with a splendid array of aliens, motives, and perversions."
First outing for the Canadian poet and writer since Heart of Red Iron (1989). Read full book review >
THE UNCANNY by Andrew Klavan
THRILLERS
Released: Feb. 1, 1998

"A cocktail of the feisty and the fusty, flavored with bitters by Bernard but with too much sweet vermouth and too watery by half."
In an effort to mix literary stylishness with gothic convention, Klavan (True Crime, 1995, etc.) stuffs an American film director into a badly padded English ghost story. Read full book review >
THREE QUARTERS by Denis Hamill
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 1, 1998

"Routine violence, over-the-top characterizations, and preposterously tangled plotting, all redeemed by hilariously crude, pseudo street-talk."
An ultraviolent tough-cop revenger from New York Daily News columnist Hamill (House on Fire, 1995, etc.) that reads like the best Steven Seagal movie you'll never see. Read full book review >
SHARP EDGES by Jayne Ann Krentz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1998

"Krentz's usual lilting, charming prose and slightly eccentric characters find themselves at the service of a regrettably pedestrian suspenser."
Perhaps Krentz's fiction (Grand Passion, 1994, etc.) ought to be packaged with madeleines, if only to reinforce the sense of dÇjÖ vu her fans must feel with every page, tripping over bits and pieces that have been used in her historical romances, written as Amanda Quick, and that may well be incorporated in her science-fictional ones, written as Jayne Castle. Read full book review >
THE ELEVENTH PLAGUE by John S. Marr
THRILLERS
Released: Feb. 1, 1998

"Wash your hands thoroughly after reading. (Film rights to Fox 2000; $200,000 ad/promo; radio satellite tour)"
Epidemiologist Marr and freelancer Baldwin (Ice Pick, 1982) team up to write a gripping (if styleless) suspenser about a mad scientist bringing down upon mankind the ten Biblical plagues of Exodus, plus one more for good measure. Read full book review >
THIS NEVER HAPPENED by E.W. Summers
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1998

"Readers who haven't already overdosed on family angst, though, or who can't get enough of it, will find Richard's struggles properly gripping."
Summers's entry in the dysfunctional-family sweepstakes starts with a bang when fragile painter Claire Brown shoots her husband, letting all manner of demons out of the closet. Read full book review >
FERTILE GROUND by Rochelle Krich
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 1, 1998

"Krich makes use of the suspense formula to put a hot-button issue—the problems of parenthood in the age of fertility clinics—under the knife."
Murder is the least of the chicanery at an L.A. fertility clinic in this tautly-moving tale. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kendare Blake
November 16, 2016

Bestseller Kendare Blake’s latest novel, Three Dark Crowns, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. The last queen standing gets the crown. “Gorgeous and bloody, tender and violent, elegant, precise, and passionate; above all, completely addicting,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >