Thrillers Book Reviews (page 483)

THE GUN RUNNER'S DAUGHTER by Neil Gordon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1998

"Such meditations are poor stand-ins for the action and derring-do that the genre demands."
Plot-soggy sins-of-the-father tale that, like Gordon's debut, Sacrifice of Isaac (1995), tarts up conventional thriller melodramatics in densely layered ethical and religious complexities.Yale Law School student Allison Rosenthal's breezy, name-brand casual summers on Martha's Vineyard end forever when her wealthy father, Ronald, a shadowy, tough-talking broker for an Israeli weapons manufacturer, is arrested in America for selling arms to Bosnian Muslims in defiance of a UN trade embargo. Read full book review >
TALK by Laura Van Wormer
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 1, 1998

"No surprises here, but Van Wormer (Just For the Summer, 1997, etc.) once again does deliver the goods—the usual thrills, chills, and dazzling wardrobes that fans look for in a lightweight late-summer read."
A padded, paint-by-numbers stalker tale that takes on the trendy subject of TV talk shows. Read full book review >

BLOODSTREAM by Tess Gerritsen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1998

"Doc Gerritsen's mastery of the stupefying stupidity inherent in adolescent resistance to almost everything may well give the reader gray hairs."
Third straight biological unpleasantry by redeployed internist Gerritsen (Support, 1997, etc.), who shuns no commercial device on the quest to suck in ever more readers. Read full book review >
DIE TRYING by Lee Child
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 20, 1998

"Another Rogue Warrior meets Die Hard with all the typical over-the-top plotting, blood-splattering ultraviolence, lock-jawed heroics and the dumbest villains this side of Ruby Ridge."
Furiously suspenseful, but brain-dead second volume in Child's gratuitously derivative Jack Reacher action series (Killing Floor, 1997). Read full book review >
CHARMED CIRCLE by Carol Smith
THRILLERS
Released: July 15, 1998

"Smith knows how to keep her audience hooked—the murders go unsolved until the bitter end, and her descriptions of deluxe Antiguan excursions will further satisfy all in search of fine-quality entertainment for the beach."
After just two books, London-based literary agent Smith (Friends for Life, 1996) seems to have set some rather firm guidelines for herself: mix a couple of striking women with a few dashing gay men and a sudden murder, then wait for the fireworks to explode. Read full book review >

THE HEARING by James Mills
THRILLERS
Released: July 13, 1998

"That innocence ultimately triumphs over guile is, perhaps, the only unbelievable element in this cooly constructed, smartly plotted Washington-insider novel."
A witty morality tale about the depraved events that can influence a controversial Supreme Court nomination is, wonderfully, about character. Read full book review >
THE STALKING OF SHEILAH QUINN by Jeremiah Healy
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 8, 1998

"A waste of Healy's talent likely to appeal only to hardcore lawyer-haters."
In a break from his highly regarded John Cuddy series (The Only Good Lawyer, 1998, etc.), Healy makes his legal-eagle heroine more victim than detective. Read full book review >
PERJURY by Stan Latreille
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 8, 1998

Routine legal thriller based on Picasso's maxim that art—in this case, a witness's damning testimony—is a lie that helps us realize the truth. Read full book review >
A CONSPIRACY OF TALL MEN by Noah Hawley
THRILLERS
Released: July 8, 1998

"A debut thriller with storytelling grip."
A paranoid's delight: In middle life and still followed about by a cloud of foreboding, Linus Owens is a professor of conspiracy theory who is himself wrapped tight in an infinite cat's cradle of suspicions about large-sum currency, cellular phones, faxes, large screen TVs, multiple CD changers, electronic organizers, the terrifying sound of his own wife, Claudia, steaming milk in their espresso machine. Read full book review >
AGAINST ALL ENEMIES by Richard Herman
THRILLERS
Released: July 8, 1998

"Herman has a distinctive beat to his wickedly adroit military thrillers whose firestorms are averted only at the last second."
Former Air Force major Herman (most recently, Power Curve, 1997, about the first woman president of the US) produces realistic suspense tales that some call "thinking man's" thrillers that out-Clancy Clancy. Read full book review >
FULL DRESS GRAY by IV Truscott
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 8, 1998

"Civilians, though, may feel a bit let down."
An old soldier returns to West Point to find even more trouble than he—d left behind in this up-to-the-minute sequel to Dress Gray (1979). Read full book review >
SPIN by Tom Lowe
THRILLERS
Released: July 7, 1998

"A hilarious hash of political low-jinks, thinly fictionalized gossip, and clever jabs at high-living conservatives that charms and scandalizes with disarming ease."
Delightfully trashy morality tale posing as a Primary Colors political roman Ö clef, this time dishing and damning the Republican camp. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Laini Taylor
March 27, 2017

In bestselling YA writer Laini Taylor’s new fantasy novel, Strange the Dreamer, the dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he's been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance to lose his dream forever. What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving? “Lovers of intricate worldbuilding and feverish romance will find this enthralling,” our critic writes. View video >