Thrillers Book Reviews (page 483)

MOVIE CAT by Garrison Allen
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 1999

"Detecting honors go once again to Empty Creek bookstore owner Penelope Warren, sister of featured Elephant actress Storm Williams, and her feline sleuth Big Mike (Dinosaur Cat, 1998, etc.)."
A double dose of bad luck for director C.D. Masterly: The Ears of the Elephant looks to be his last movie, and he's going to die far from Hollywood, surrounded by unfriendly faces, in Empty Creek, Arizona. Read full book review >
THE SEVENTH SENSE by T.J. MacGregor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1999

"Too many cooks spoil the suspense, leaving this story most memorable as another example of MacGregor's distinctive amalgams of melodrama, parapsychology, and wrenching emotional loss (The Hanged Man, 1998, etc.). (Author tour)"
An FBI agent goes after the hit-and-run driver who has killed her husband and newborn son—and so does nearly everyone else in greater Miami. Read full book review >

QUICKSILVER by Judith Reeves-Stevens
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 1999

"If a weapon like that in the hands of terrorists grabs you, so should the rest of this hostage suspenser. (First printing of 75,000; author tour)"
Disaster looms again in the Reeves-Stevens's latest thriller, following the threat of asteroid impact and superviruses of 1998's Icefire. Read full book review >
THE SANDS OF SAKKARA by Glenn Meade
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 1999

"A desperately churning plot seldom compensates for a cast of stick-figures speaking wooden dialogue."
After two successful previous outings (Brandenburg, 1997; Snow Wolf, 1996), Meade slumps here—with a monster-sized thriller about a monstrous attempt to assassinate Roosevelt and Churchill during WWII. Read full book review >
THE WHITE HOUSE CONNECTION by Jack Higgins
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 1999

"It's a question that might, with relevance, be put to the author. (Book-of-the-Month Club main selection)"
The Irish peace process is at risk in a listless thriller short on twists and devoid of tingles. Read full book review >

WRACK by James Bradley
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 1999

"Bradley is talented, but this outing, masquerading as high literature, is plain unoriginal."
An archeologist searches for a Portuguese shipwreck in this young award-winning Australian writer's American debut. Read full book review >
SNOW MAN by Carolyn Chute
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 1999

"Let's hope that the longer work-in-progress she refers to in the Author's Note (—the ‘true story' of the ‘Militia Movement' in New England as I have experienced it—) makes better use of them."
Another blast of proletarian rage from Chute, but lacking, regrettably, the solid characterizations that anchored Merry Men (1994) and The Beans of Egypt, Maine (1985). Read full book review >
H.M.S. UNSEEN by Patrick Robinson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 20, 1999

"Far more smoothly written than Tom Clancy's mammoth digital readouts."
Robinson, rising master of naval technothrillers (Nimitz Class, 1997, is now being filmed by Universal Pictures), returns with his second supersubmarine tale, something of a sequel to 1998's Kilo Class. Read full book review >
NEW AMERICA by Michael A. Smith
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 20, 1999

"Nightmarish stuff if you could believe a minute of it."
An out-of-control baddie holds the US at bay—in a sequel that's equally out of control. Read full book review >
THE SILICON DAGGER by Jack Williamson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 16, 1999

"Energetic, but confused and contradictory."
From a veteran author (The Black Sun, 1997, etc.), a near-future rant involving the Internet, drug laws, privacy, independence, governmental secrecy, corrupt politicos, and whatnot. Read full book review >
HARMFUL INTENT by Baine Kerr
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 15, 1999

"Kerr delivers exactly what legal-intrigue fans crave: crackling suspense up top, compelling moral problems floating beneath the surface with an iceberg's menace."
Kerr grabs the brass ring in this first novel about a medical malpractice suit that takes every turn you can imagine, and some you can't. Read full book review >
VAPORS by Wes DeMott
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 14, 1999

"DeMott (Walking K, not reviewed) has little to offer thriller aficionados other than implausible characters, clumsy dialogue, unlikely plot twists, and violence, violence, violence. (First printing of 40,000; $200,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
It's about corruption in high places, it's about the FBI, it's about undying love, but most of all it's about people shooting other people. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >