Thrillers Book Reviews (page 483)

THE TESSERACT by Alex Garland
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"Garland's narration is so oblique that his story doesn—t even begin to cohere until the very last chapter—which, it must be said, does little to justify the effort of reading him. (Book-of-the-Month Club/QPB alternate selection; author tour)"
A pointlessly elaborate portrait of disparate lives coming together in the Philippines, by English novelist Garland (The Beach, 1996). Read full book review >
WHILE I WAS GONE by Sue Miller
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"Both Joe and Daniel—never very credible to begin with—remain one- dimensional ideas rather than full-blooded characters."
Now, in a richly textured but emotionally cool novel, Miller (The Distinguished Guest, 1995, etc. ) limns a fall from grace and the hard climb back to redemption as a woman tempted to take a timeout from her marriage almost destroys all the good things in her life. Read full book review >

WITHER by J.G. Passarella
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"Unjaded younger readers, however, will find crushed eyeballs and a certain evil scariness slapped like fresh meat onto the page."
First novel, decidedly in the horror vein, by screenwriter Passarella, who carries off a series of familiar ploys with ease if little originality. Read full book review >
INCUBUS by Ann Arensberg
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"As much as it transcends its genre, this is nonetheless one of the finest contemporary novels of the supernatural—the best since Clive Barker's The Damnation Game. (Book-of-the-Month selection)"
The territory that was long ago ceded to Stephen King—ghostly goings-on in rural Maine—is entered to stunning effect in this absorbing tale of demonic possession, by the author of Sister Wolf (1980) and Group Sex (1986). Read full book review >
THE MAMMOTH BOOK OF BEST NEW HORROR 9 by Stephen Jones
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"Enough delectable storytelling to raise the dead for a nightcap of print."
Jones again shows that horror can be as richly felt and well-written as mainstream fiction. Read full book review >

MISERY LOVES MAGGODY by Joan Hess
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 26, 1999

"As even the Tunica cops admit, 'This is better than a miniseries.'"
Misery may love Maggody, Ark., but police chief Arly Hanks's mom, Ruby Bee, is itching to leave the no-horse town (pop. 755) together with her crony Estelle Oppers for a pilgrimage to Graceland, complete with stops at Elvis's birthplace in Tupelo, the Elvis museum and chapel, several Elvis souvenir shops, and a climactic dinner with entertainment provided by a bevy of Elvis impersonators. Read full book review >
FOREIGN BODIES by Hwee Hwee Tan
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 26, 1999

"Witty, hip, engrossing—and utterly astonishing both in breadth of feeling and depth of intelligence: one of the strangest and most original works of the year."
If Flannery O—Connor had written the screenplay for Midnight Express, it might have turned out somewhat like this startling and remarkable debut novel—academic glam, international intrigue, and Christian redemption all stirred up in the same wok. —Going Abroad was the core motivating principle of my life.— Mei has always been looking for ways out. Read full book review >
SELF-PORTRAIT WITH GHOSTS by Kelly Dwyer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 25, 1999

"For self-actualization fans, a richly detailed and gracefully written family romance."
A series of too-quickly-resolved dilemmas make this story about familial repression more like a manual: how to grow emotionally without breaking a sweat. Read full book review >
THE DEAL by Joe Hutsko
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 18, 1999

"Occasionally titillating, mostly stale insider-stuff. (Author tour)"
Gossipy roman-Ö-clef about the duel between the visionary founder of an upstart California computer company and the fatuous, guilt-ridden mainstream marketing executive who wants to steal the company from him. Read full book review >
SPYDER WEB by Tom Grace
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 13, 1999

"Originally self-published and distributed in the Detroit area, where Grace works as an architect: a first effort that puts the right pieces in play, but moves them around without flair."
First-time author Grace delves into the world of industrial espionage in a spirited if clunky technothriller about the race to control the world's latest computer hacking device. Read full book review >
TOYER by Gardner McKay
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 13, 1999

"Hardly."
A novel-length version of a Los Angeles psychokiller drama, by playwright and Hawaiian Public Radio personality McKay. Read full book review >
THE LAW OF SIMILARS by Chris Bohjalian
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 13, 1999

"A two-dimensional take on morality through formulaically good characters whose bad behavior is a bit of a stretch. (Author tour)"
Bohjalian (Midwives, 1997, etc.) returns to small-town Vermont for a meditation on grief and healing. 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 >