Thrillers Book Reviews (page 483)

GROUND ZERO by Bonnie Ramthun
Released: Aug. 30, 1999

"On balance, though, a creditable debut."
It's a computer age spin on ye olde locked room mystery that newcomer Ramthun trots out. Read full book review >
THE PLEDGE by Rob Kean
Released: Aug. 25, 1999

"Irritating when it's not merely silly'sordid, outlandish, and dispiriting."
A less-than-rewarding debut thriller about rampant campus wickedness. Read full book review >

WHITE HOUSE by David Hagberg
Released: Aug. 24, 1999

"Since it's all comic-book stuff, it doesn't drag, but it doesn't grab either."
A touch of Japan-bashing, a smidgen of nuke-scarifying, and a max of superheated swashbuckling—all in this formulaic Hagberg technothriller (Assassin, 1997, etc.). Read full book review >
COLD HIT by Linda Fairstein
Released: Aug. 17, 1999

"A workmanlike (though oddly seigneurial) job midway between Fairstein's tour de force debut, Final Jeopardy (1996), and its disappointing follow-up, Likely to Die (1997). (Literary Guild alternate selection; Mystery Guild main; author tour)"
Whoever raped and murdered gallery owner Denise Caxton tied her to a heavy ladder and tossed her into the Hudson to sink into oblivion. Read full book review >
SEA CHANGE by James Powlik
Released: Aug. 17, 1999

"Next time out, the talented Powlik may well get the mix just right. ($250,000 ad/promo)"
Oceanographer Powlik debuts with a bio-technothriller so awash in technology that some likable characters barely get their heads above water. Read full book review >

GRAVITY by Tess Gerritsen
Released: Aug. 17, 1999

"Doc Gerritsen (Bloodstream, 1998, etc.), a former internist who creates chilling viral disasters, knows all the natural gates and alleys of the human bio-novel as well as she does the musculature of suspense."
A strongly plotted thriller about a plague-like epidemic on a space station. Read full book review >
CREEPING IVY by Natasha Cooper
Released: Aug. 4, 1999

Creeping Ivy ($23.95; Aug. 4; 352 pp.; 0-312-20520-1): Something different from the author of the seven British cozies starring civil servant/novelist Willow King (Sour Grapes, 1998, etc.): a thriller asking whether, when Antonia Weblock's daughter Charlotte disappears from the playground, it was really such a good idea for Antonia to call her cousin Trish Maguire, a barrister specializing in child-abuse cases, for help. Read full book review >
SAFE HARBOR by Eugene Izzi
Released: Aug. 3, 1999

"As always, you get few of the graces, plenty of story, and some scenes of undeniable power."
Originally published in 1995 in the UK, this typically dark Izzi psychothriller makes its US debut posthumously. Read full book review >
UNNATURAL CAUSES by Leah Ruth Robinson
Released: Aug. 3, 1999

"Still, the best in this series, with plenty of moments of hammering energy."
Emergency room technician Robinson takes Dr. Evelyn "Ev" Sutcliffe (Blood Run, 1988, etc.) back to her home ER at Manhattan's University Hospital. Read full book review >
CUBA by Stephen Coonts
Released: Aug. 3, 1999

"An overplotted slog of snarling Latinos and everything-you-never-needed-to-know about Cuban social history—until the shooting starts and Coonts delivers some of his best gung-ho suspense writing yet. (325,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
Coonts, military-combat thrillermeister, pits his series character, Jake Grafton, against a power-mad Cuban bureaucrat armed with Soviet ICBMs aimed at the US. Read full book review >
THE PASSENGER by Patrick A. Davis
Released: Aug. 2, 1999

"The lesson here is that exciting things don't happen to lackluster people."
By-the-numbers suspense about the crash of a military jet and the cover-up that follows. Read full book review >
THE EDGE by Catherine Coulter
Released: Aug. 2, 1999

"Far from rich characters, though the main story (shades of The Lady Vanishes) will keep the pages turning. (Author tour)"
After writing some 45 historical romances, Coulter recently decided to try another genre. 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 >