Thrillers Book Reviews (page 483)

CIMARRON ROSE by James Lee Burke
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"Even the ragged ends make other mystery novels look anemic."
You can take Burke out of Louisiana's Iberia Parish (Cadillac Jukebox, 1996, etc.), but you can't take Iberia out of Burke, as this tangled tale of Texas murder and memory makes wondrously clear. Read full book review >
MONSTRUM by Donald James
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"A bleak but engrossing tale whose impact owes much to the author's skill at conveying the horrific details of a future-shock domain that's neither East nor West but sui generis. (First printing of 100,000)"
An effectively moody murder mystery—and more—set in 21st- century Russia, from the versatile James (The House of Janus, 1990, etc.). Read full book review >

OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE by Perri O’Shaughnessy
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"Forced, unconvincing characters and vastly overheated plotting, with some sharp, if predictable, courtroom scenes and an impressive knowledge of forensic pathology."
Third, and weakest, in a legal procedural whodunit series featuring Lake Tahoe attorney Nina Reilly from the O'Shaughnessy sisters writing team. Read full book review >
TROUBLED WATERS by Carolyn Wheat
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"Required reading for anybody who remembers the '60s—or anybody who's forgotten them."
The shocking resurfacing of a long-vanished fugitive—Cass Jameson's old friend and fellow-activist Jan Gebhardt turns herself in to the authorities—yanks Cass out of her New York orbit to the side of her quadriplegic brother in Ohio and back in time to 1982, when Ron Jameson allegedly drove his van to the spot where Jan executed a federal agent. Read full book review >
DEATH, LIES, AND APPLE PIES by Valerie S. Malmont
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"Just the thing for readers who need their blood-pressure checked before tackling the rigors of Tamar Myers's comparatively racy Penn Dutch stories."
Can you imagine? Read full book review >

BLIND JUSTICE by Grif Stockley
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"Despite some incisive asides on racism, sensitive Page's fifth case is his weakest."
It's old-home week for Gideon Page when Latrice Bledsoe asks him to come back to Bear Creek, Arkansas, to defend her meatpacker husband Doss on a charge of taking money from Paul Taylor to kill Willie Ting, the boss at Southern Pride Meats. Read full book review >
STATE OF MIND by John Katzenbach
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"Less gory than one might expect, and less psychologically compelling than the narrative would want us to believe: Katzenbach is not likely to keep anyone guessing too long, but the action is fast-paced and most of the story's loose ends are smartly tied. (Author tour)"
Jeffrey Clayton, a criminology professor and noted expert on serial killers, is handed an unusual assignment: tracking down a mass murderer who just might be his long-presumed-dead father. Read full book review >
SKELETON CANYON by J.A. Jance
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"Most of the sitcom-shaped intrigues are so lightweight that the homicidal complications seem to have been airlifted in from Jance's tougher, stronger J.P. Beaumont series (Name Withheld, etc.)."
A year after they played Romeo and Juliet at summer camp, recent Bisbee High grads Brianna O'Brien and Ignacio Ybarra are at it again, this time for real. Read full book review >
TALES OF H.P. LOVECRAFT by Joyce Carol Oates
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"But even without it this attractive volume offers a fine chance to sample Lovecraft's ghoulish pleasures."
A collection of ten prototypical stories by Lovecraft (1890-1937), the influential myth-and monster-maker of Providence, Rhode Island, whose extravagantly gothic tales have spawned and inspired such latterday disciples as Stephen King and Ramsey Campbell. Read full book review >
SLANT by Greg Bear
THRILLERS
Released: July 28, 1997

"Complexity without clarity; Bear's yarn eventually packs quite a wallop, but what with the numbing present-tense narrative it seems to take forever to get there."
This sequel to Queen of Angels (1990) continues Bear's exploration of artificial intelligence and nanotechnology in the mid-21st century. Read full book review >
MARKER by Lowell Cauffiel
THRILLERS
Released: July 23, 1997

"Derivative, gear-grindingly slow in places, but strongly evocative of the mean-spirited, morally bankrupt placelessness of Motor City and environs."
Cool, contrived, but smooth and by-the-numbers debut thriller pits a recovering alcoholic judge against a blackmailing ex-con. Read full book review >
SOON SHE WILL BE GONE by John Farris
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 23, 1997

"Like the summer's action flicks: marvelous visuals, little substance."
Serial-kidnapper psychodrama set in the privileged precincts of the very wealthy, by the ever assured Farris (Dragonfly, 1995, etc.), a master of pitch-perfect dialogue be it backcountry or Manhattan art world. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
author of SEINFELDIA
August 22, 2016

Jennifer Keishin Armstrong’s new bestseller Seinfeldia is the hilarious behind-the-scenes story of two guys who went out for coffee and dreamed up Seinfeld —the cultural sensation that changed television and bled into the real world. Comedians Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld never thought anyone would watch their silly little sitcom about a New York comedian sitting around talking to his friends. NBC executives didn’t think anyone would watch either, but they bought it anyway, hiding it away in the TV dead zone of summer. But against all odds, viewers began to watch, first a few and then many, until nine years later nearly 40 million Americans were tuning in weekly. In Seinfeldia, TV historian and entertainment writer Armstrong celebrates the creators and fans of this American television phenomenon, bringing readers behind-the-scenes of the show while it was on the air and into the world of devotees for whom it never stopped being relevant, a world where the Soup Nazi still spends his days saying “No soup for you!” “Armstrong’s intimate, breezy history is full of gossipy details, show trivia, and insights into how famous episodes came to be,” our reviewer writes. “Perfect for Seinfeldians and newcomers alike.” View video >