Thrillers Book Reviews (page 483)

WHAT'S THE WORST THAT COULD HAPPEN? by Donald E. Westlake
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 11, 1996

"This lovely new Mission: Improbable from the galaxy's king of the comic crime caper will have you shouting a resounding Amen."
Acting on a tip that a billionaire's house on Long Island is empty, John Dortmunder and a professional colleague pay it a nocturnal call. Read full book review >
ICON by Frederick Forsyth
THRILLERS
Released: Oct. 10, 1996

"Fine page-turning fare from a consummate pro."
An American spy who has come in from the cold helps save turn- of-the-century Russia from its own worst self in an absorbingly resonant thriller from Forsyth (The Fist of God, 1994, etc.), who once again proves himself a master of the game of blending historical fact with fictive fancy. Read full book review >

EVIL ANGLES AMONG THEM by Kate Charles
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 10, 1996

"Less might have been more, but English-village fans won't complain."
The fifth in the author's Book of Psalms series (A Dead Man Out of Mind, 1995, etc.). Read full book review >
SAINTS REST by Thomas Gifford
THRILLERS
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"An enthralling tale of a convulsive power struggle that's notable for liberal doses of violent action and a minimum of ideological prattle."
A paranoid political fantasy elevated to the level of absorbing melodrama by the irresistible narrative talents of old pro Gifford (The First Sacrifice, 1994, etc.). Read full book review >
THE ACOLYTE by David Compton
THRILLERS
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Good scenery and imaginative violence don't save this overplotted and underconvincing first thriller. (Film rights to Touchstone)"
After bedding both blond and brunette spies, dodging bullets and trashing a brand-new BMW, a young Republican actually gets the President of the US to listen to him. Read full book review >

DEADLY DREAMS by Gerald A. Schiller
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"A Twilight Zone appetizer served without an entrÇe."
Denise Burton's troubles don't quit when she goes to sleep. Read full book review >
BREACH OF TRUST by Bonnie MacDougal
THRILLERS
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"A little creaky, a little sudsy, but an unusually well- balanced debut—if the financial defalcations don't hook you, the romantic triangle will—packed with more breaches of trust than you can shake a subpoena at."
A sturdy, soapy legal saga swirling around the plundering of a fat Philadelphia trust. Read full book review >
BLOOD TELLS by Ray Saunders
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Lame dialogue, discursive plotting, and a preposterous shoot- 'em-up climax aside, Saunders's series opener satisfies more than not, offering page-turning suspense and the author's meticulous respect for detail."
Tough cop tracks a Rambo-like psychokiller to his Outer Banks lair in a gory, predictable, but rapid-reading fish-out-of-water thriller. Read full book review >
RETURN TO THE HOUSE OF USHER by Robert Poe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Less supernatural than the elder Poe—but the hidden papers of great poets always cast a spell."
Psychological thriller debut by a distant relative of Edgar Allan Poe's that, while it will not win an Edgar, holds up as a consistently interesting tale, though more in the line of a Wilkie Collins mystery/romance than a Poe grotesquerie. Read full book review >
A SHARPNESS ON THE NECK by Fred Saberhagen
THRILLERS
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Neat, sober Saberhagen and immensely engaging."
Intelligent mix of historical and modern-day vampirism, with the ninth return of Saberhagen's revisionist, sharing-and-caring Prince Vlad Dracula (SÇance for a Vampire, 1994, etc), the most honorable of the undead. Read full book review >
THE LOST by Jonathan Aycliffe
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Brevity breeds tight storytelling, with a final muted twist that proves just enough."
In his hardcover debut, pseudonymous Cambridge professor Aycliffe (Night of the Apocalypse, 1995, etc., as Daniel Easterman) handily upgrades the vampire novel through fine writing and realism. Read full book review >
HORROR SHOW by Greg Kihn
THRILLERS
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Not to be missed by Ed Wood fans, or horror fans generally."
Rock star Kihn's talented debut novel, a very entertaining revamping of Ed Wood, the film about Hollywood's worst filmmaker ever. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Marilu Henner
author of CHANGING NORMAL
April 26, 2016

After they’d been dating only a short while, and as they were falling in love, Marilu Henner and Michael Brown were hit with the ultimate bad news: Michael was diagnosed with cancer. Refusing traditional care, they pieced together a personal and holistic view on battling his cancer, all while forging an unbreakable bond. In this moving and informative book, Marilu pulls back the curtain on how they dealt with the blow. She relates her holistic perspective on health—including the superfoods, exercises, and immunotherapy they used to fight back—and why a diagnosis doesn’t have to be the end of romance or of a happy and fulfilling life. “An inspiring love story wrapped in a serious call for new ways to treat disease,” our reviewer writes. View video >