Thrillers Book Reviews (page 483)

STEALING THUNDER by Peter Millar
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1999

"A solid piece of work, less suspenseful than absorbing and intelligent."
British newcomer Millar turns in an alternative history of the Cold War. Read full book review >
BURNOUT by Jeannine Kadow
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 1999

"Should sell, though. (Book of the Month Club alternate selection)"
Knockout melodrama whose first half will probably carry it to big sales, by former TV reporter Kadow (the paperback Blue Justice). Read full book review >

PROUD LEGIONS by John Antal
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 1999

"Make your interactive tactical decision now! (First printing of 50,000; $50,000 ad/promo)"
It's 6:00 p.m., 25 Sept., present day: Readers alerted to every passing moment are led through battle maps and attack plans while great armored dragons roar through the night as described by Antal, an active-duty army officer now serving in the Pentagon. 6:10 p.m.: To his earlier foray into Soldier of Fortune gamesmanship, Armor Attacks: The Tank Platoon (1991), readers were given the option to choose from various possibilities provided by Antal to help his hero win the day with correct tactical decisions and get a battlefield promotion to captain and a silver star. 6:48 p.m.: In Proud Legions, Antal dreams up a new war in Korea, which he currently foresees as inevitable anyway. 7:00 p.m.: Antal opens with a detailed readout on the new MIA2 Abrams main battle tank, just so we know what his novel is about, which is tank combat in a Korean land war. 7:10 p.m.: North Korea is intent on capturing Seoul with its 10,000,000 people, at which point, tactically, it will have won any war and stopped all resistance. 7:20 p.m.: But to win the Second Korean War, the North Koreans must break through the 2nd Battalion's 72nd Armor, commanded by Lt. Read full book review >
BLOOD AND WATER by Lori Fairweather
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 1999

"Most readers will anticipate her next venture with curiosity and pleasure."
A robust first novel tells the story of twin sisters Sidney and Frances LaSalle—friends in childhood, always at loggerheads in adulthood. Read full book review >
EVERY TRACE by Gregg Main
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 1999

"Formula stuff by and large, but with some nicely engineered surprises to tingle the spine."
A debut novelist pushes most of the right buttons in this clever suspenser about revenge gone awry. Read full book review >

THE SALESMAN by Joseph O’Connor
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 1999

"A deft, often angry, and moving portrait of the complexities of loss and vengeance. (Author tour)"
An astringent view of crime and punishment, Irish style, as seen through the eyes of a grieving father who's coming unraveled. Read full book review >
MARY, MARY by Julie Parsons
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1999

"Powerful stuff—lyrical, elliptical, and unrelentingly grim."
Britisher Parsons's harrowing first novel traces the aftermath of a brutal sex killing. Read full book review >
TAKING LIVES by Michael Pye
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1999

"This is about as good as literary thrillers get. (First printing of 50,000)"
It's a pity Alfred Hitchcock isn't around to direct the inevitable film version of this witty and intricate intercontinental thriller from the acclaimed historian (Maximum City: The Biography of New York, 1993) and fiction writer (The Drowning Room, 1996, etc.). Read full book review >
THALE'S FOLLY by Dorothy Gilman
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 1999

"A sweetly entertaining fairy tale sure to delight the author's many fans."
One of the author's determinedly charming stories, apart from her Mrs. Pollifax series (Incident at Badamya, etc.). Read full book review >
RIVER'S END by Nora Roberts
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1999

"If the conventional wisdom is true, that romance readers never tire of reruns of the same old same old, then Roberts won't have disappointed them."
Though Roberts (The Reef, 1998, etc.) never writes badly, her newest mystery romance is more inconsistent than most. Read full book review >
STARR BRIGHT WILL BE WITH YOU SOON by Rosamond Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1999

"A mediocre vintage for the gifted and prolific Oates, or perhaps a sign that it's time to move on to triplets or quads."
Pseudonymous Smith, now officially unmasked as Joyce Carol Oates, dips once more into the troubled pool of star-crossed twins in the most overwrought of her seven gothic pastiches (Double Delight, 1997, etc.). Read full book review >
VITTORIO THE VAMPIRE by Anne Rice
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1999

"Drink up, Riceans!"
The second entry in a new series of short vampire fabulisms began with Rice's well-received Pandora (1998), set in ancient Rome. 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 >