Thrillers Book Reviews (page 483)

SHROUDED by Carol Anne Davis
THRILLERS
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"Following the progress of his necrophiliac romance is like watching the Titanic and the iceberg glide inexorably toward each other."
Twenty years after his goldfish dies and he stops loving his mother or anybody else, Douglas Tate is working as an Edinburgh undertaker. Read full book review >
SENATORIAL PRIVILEGE by E.J. Gorman
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"Unlike that much darker Cedar Rapids native Ed Gorman, E.J. gives every single character exactly what he or she deserves."
Throat-clutching man-on-the-run melodrama that subordinates the D.C. types of the title to Gorman's beloved small-town Iowa. Read full book review >

AMBER BEACH by Elizabeth Lowell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"Much livelier than Winter Fire, and perhaps the beginning of a series."
A well-made, completely predictable and unchallenging second hardcover from Lowell (Winter Fire, 1996)—a romance that offers all the sexual tension, adventure, and squishy clichÇs that fans of the genre could possibly want. Read full book review >
THE BEST LAID PLANS by Sidney Sheldon
THRILLERS
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"A twisty yarn with few real surprises: Sheldon continues to exploit his special talent for getting down and dirty with the high and mighty. (Literary Guild selection)"
Schlockmeister Sheldon (Morning, Noon and Night, 1995, etc.) outdoes himself with an overcharged (albeit eminently readable) tale about a randy American president and the vengeful newspaper heiress he done wrong. Read full book review >
AGAINST THE BROTHERHOOD by Quinn Fawcett
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"The desperate villains are MGM stock, and Mycroft gives no evidence of either the presence or the brains that would justify the new life the series promises."
Sherlock Holmes's smarter brother Mycroft was reputed to be so indolent that only cases of national security could rouse him to a real effort. Read full book review >

THE ANGEL OF DARKNESS by Caleb Carr
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"As for the nefarious Libby—presented, with perfect appropriateness, only as others see and hear her—she rivals Lydia Gwilt of Wilkie Collins's Armadale as the pluperfect villainess, and the centerpiece of an enormously entertaining and satisfying reading experience. (Author tour)"
An absorbing if overlong sequel to Carr's popular 1994 thriller, The Alienist. Read full book review >
NIGHTKILL by
THRILLERS
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"Inventive, no."
Semimedical thriller by Wilson, a practicing physician (Deep as the Marrow, p. 95, etc.) and sometime horror novelist (The Select, 1994, etc.), who joins Lyon, also a novelist of medical thrillers, to produce a mob/medical story without a hint of the occult. Read full book review >
A DRY SPELL by Susie Moloney
THRILLERS
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"Canadian writer Moloney's second novel (but first to appear here) is a tepid Horse Whisperer rewrite using Stephen King conventions even too worn and weary for him. (Film rights to Paramount; Book-of-the-Month Club/Quality Paperback Book Club selection; $350,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
Conventional ghost-story/romancer about a drifter who brings love, confusion, and, finally, a torrential downpour to an arid North Dakota burg. Read full book review >
JESUS SAVES by Darcey Steinke
THRILLERS
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"This is angry, painful, disturbing fiction, its impact only slightly lessened by the occasional rhapsodic outbursts of some of the characters. (Author tour)"
A grim and often persuasive view of modern suburbia as the outer circle of hell. Read full book review >
GOTHIC GHOSTS by Wendy Webb
THRILLERS
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"Except for the few noted above: a bland assortment without much range or depth."
Anthology of 19 new ghostly tales, although few whomp up any sort of gothic atmosphere or induce shivers. Read full book review >
VAPORETTO 13 by Robert Girardi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"But the last third, involving a retirement home in Arizona and a new career in Bar Harbor, Maine, ranges far from Venice—and breaks the spell."
An American banker adrift in Venice takes up with an older woman—centuries older—whom he encounters while meandering through the city's labyrinth of back streets, in an erotically charged, dreamlike third novel from Girardi (Madeleine's Ghost, 1995; The Pirate's Daughter, 1997). Read full book review >
FURNACE by Muriel Gray
THRILLERS
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"An enjoyably lurid entertainment that will almost certainly shape-shift into a blockbuster movie. (Book-of-the- Month Club selection)"
Furnace ($23.95; Oct.; 368 pp.; 0-385-48002-4): Scottish novelist Gray, whose debut performance was the well- received The Trickster (1995), plunges even deeper into Stephen King territory with this remorselessly grisly supernatural thriller set in the Virginia hills and also the remoter ``worlds'' of alchemy and Scots folklore. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Melissa Sweet
author of SOME WRITER!
September 26, 2016

“SOME PIG,” Charlotte the spider’s praise for Wilbur, is just one fondly remembered snippet from E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. In Some Writer!, two-time Caldecott Honor winner and 2014 Kirkus Prize finalist Melissa Sweet mixes White’s personal letters, photos, and family ephemera with her own exquisite artwork to tell his story, from his birth in 1899 to his death in 1985. Budding young writers will be fascinated and inspired by the journalist, New Yorker contributor, and children’s book author who loved words his whole life. This authorized tribute is the first fully illustrated biography of E. B. White and includes an afterword by Martha White, E. B. White's granddaughter. “Like Charlotte, Sweet spins a terrific story,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A masterful biography that will enchant young readers.” View video >