Thrillers Book Reviews (page 483)

KILL OR CURE by Mary Kittredge
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 23, 1995

"But readers who can overlook heavy coincidence and lightweight motivation will have a gripping good time with this one."
A fast-moving, high-tension sixth adventure for New Haven's Edwina Crusoe (Desperate Remedy, 1993, etc.)—nurse, heiress, and mother of two-year-old twins—whose one-woman agency investigates medically related cases. Read full book review >
FENCE JUMPERS by Robert Leuci
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 22, 1995

"Steamclouds of entertainment and great cooking."
Leuci's best, a Mafia opera worthy of Verdi. Read full book review >

ATHENA by John Banville
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 9, 1995

"Even if Banville's precious prose may make you pull your hair out in hanks, there's no disputing his claim to this unique fictional territory."
Ireland's Banville (Ghosts, 1993, etc.) is deservedly known as an inventive stylist and erudite novelist. Read full book review >
LET ME CALL YOU SWEETHEART by Mary Higgins Clark
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 8, 1995

"About what you'd expect when Clark neglects her tried-and- true damsel-in-distress formula for a whodunit: an amateurish plot studded with toothlessly menacing villains, told in prose as telegraphic and arrhythmic as a plot summary. (First printing of 1,000,000; Literary Guild main selection)"
Following the publication of her best book (Remember Me) and her worst (The Lottery Winner, both 1994), Clark returns to the middle range—maybe a little south of the middle—in this tale of a ten-year-old murder revisited. Read full book review >
THE INFORMATION by Martin Amis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 1995

"A palate-pleasing feast of foie gras and petits fours—not quite the sustained, sustaining fare through which both body and mind can expand in appreciation. (First serial to the New Yorker; author tour)"
Shifting his notoriously keen eye and exquisite wit from the Holocaust echoes of Time's Arrow (1991) to the dismal inanity of a failed writer's life, Amis comes up short of unqualified success- -this time, though, in a novel that's drawn a lot of attention, thanks to the gargantuan (by British standards) advance paid for it, and that's already been written up and talked over in a recent New Yorker profile. ``He was forty tomorrow, and reviewed books.'' With this, the miserable lot of Richard Tull—once-published novelist, ever-lesser critic, and lash-tongued lush—begins to take its sorry shape. Read full book review >

JUST WHEN WE ARE SAFEST by Reg Gadney
THRILLERS
Released: May 1, 1995

"Gadney remains not only in control of his plot but demonstrates a gift for description: in all, a roller-coaster ride that carries the reader along at breakneck speed."
Intricate but entertaining page-turner about the Brits vs. the IRA, by novelist and nonfiction author Gadney (Cry Hungary!, 1986, etc.). Read full book review >
QUAKE by Richard Laymon
THRILLERS
Released: May 1, 1995

"A poor disaster epic whose vulturous vulgarity cramps all possible scope."
A big one on the Richter scale, but not the big one expected along the San Andreas Fault, hits Los Angeles and definitely strips Angelenos of their morals. Read full book review >
CONFIDENCE OF THE HEART by David Schweidel
THRILLERS
Released: May 1, 1995

"An ambitious but hyperkinetic debut."
A man's groping attempts to reignite his life are juxtaposed with painful snapshots of political strife in Guatemala—in this energetic but uneven first novel, winner of the Milkweed National Fiction Prize. Read full book review >
KNIGHT AND DAY by Ron Nessen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1995

"Nessen (The Hour, 1984, etc.) and USA Today correspondent Neuman have cobbled together the perfect mystery for people who do their reading with remote control in hand."
He's Jerry Knight, the vain, left-baiting host of an all-night radio talk show. Read full book review >
IN THE MIDNIGHT HOUR by Peg Tyre
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 1, 1995

"Kate Murray and John Finn are as interesting as ever, but this time around, the obstacles to their blissful fadeout aren't."
A drug bust that goes bad—two guys are dead, a cop and an unarmed seller—once again brings together crime reporter Kate Murray and her ex-lover John Finn, NYPD Narcotics, when they meet over the bodies. Read full book review >
NIGHT MAGIC by Tom Tryon
THRILLERS
Released: May 1, 1995

"A prosaic take on a Faustian bargain that has precious little resonance in an age where virtual reality is fast becoming a norm."
It would be agreeable to report that Tryon's last go at the supernatural was on par with his occult classic, The Other (1971)- -agreeable, but untrue. Read full book review >
THE BETWEEN by Tananarive Due
THRILLERS
Released: May 1, 1995

"Neatly plotted and smoothly told, with an ending that avoids concrete explanations about Hilton's mental state."
Intriguing first novel, by a Miami Herald syndicated ``dating'' columnist, that dances among horror, the occult, and a rational explanation for its weird moments, . Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Libba Bray
author of LAIR OF DREAMS
August 25, 2015

In Lair of Dreams, the second installment of Libba Bray’s bestselling young adult Diviners series, after a supernatural showdown with a serial killer, Evie O'Neill has outed herself as a Diviner. Now that the world knows of her ability to "read" objects, and therefore, read the past, she has become a media darling, earning the title "America's Sweetheart Seer." But not everyone is so accepting of the Diviners' abilities....Meanwhile, mysterious deaths have been turning up in the city, victims of an unknown sleeping sickness. Can the Diviners descend into the dreamworld and catch a killer? “Weaving together a chilling mystery with a truly elusive solution, several poignant love stories, agonizing injustice, terrifyingly monstrous dreams, and even a cameo by legendary psychiatrist Carl Jung, this installment wraps enough up to satisfy but clearly sets the stage for more,” our reviewer writes in a rare starred review. “How will readers stand the wait?” View video >