Thrillers Book Reviews (page 483)

Released: June 24, 1999

"If the payoff doesn't quite justify the buildup, the doomy first half of the tale, as Pronzini watches his Titanic and its iceberg draw ever closer, is worth the price of admission."
When Pronzini takes leave of the Nameless Detective (Boobytrap, 1998, etc.) for his noir studies of life's losers, you can be sure that blue skies aren't in the forecast, but you can't be sure of much else. Read full book review >
ONE LAST DANCE by Eileen Goudge
Released: June 21, 1999

"A sunnier tale of a Daddy Dearest, by a writer who knows how to entertain in a lively and credible way—despite those too neatly programmed happy endings. (Literary Guild super release; Doubleday main selection)"
Death in a closeknit family brings disturbing revelations of infidelities and betrayal as Goudge (Thorns of Truth, 1998, etc.) offers an absorbing and persuasive, if sometimes predictable, take on sibling rivalry. Read full book review >

BOY IN THE WATER by Stephen Dobyns
Released: June 15, 1999

"More likely, they'll simply lean back and luxuriate in this clever tale's outrageously entertaining melodramatics. (First printing of 60,000)"
An enjoyably overstuffed thriller, set in the rarefied (and intrigue-laden) world of a New England prep school, from veteran writer Dobyns, author of the Saratoga mystery series and such interestingly different other novels as The Two Deaths of Sonora Puccini (1988) and The Wrestler's Cruel Study (1993). Read full book review >
Released: June 10, 1999

"Here, Etsuko Ogata overcomes her family's many objections to her marrying the unsuitable Yoshihiro Tsukamoto—only to have her bridegroom disappear on the first night of their honeymoon and turn up dead the next morning."
Honeymoon To Nowhere ($12.00 paper; Jun. 10; 288 pp.; 1-56947-154-1): The first US trade edition of the 1965 novel by Takagi (The Informer, above, etc.), previously published in mass-market paper in 1977. Read full book review >
LIE IN THE DARK by Dan Fesperman
Released: June 9, 1999

"Though Fesperman's take on civil crime in a country at war won't seem especially original to fans of Graham Greene or John le CarrÇ—or, for that matter, of Philip Kerr or J. Robert Janes—his portrait of shattered Bosnia can stand with their bleakest work. (Author tour)"
What's one more casualty in war-torn Sarajevo? Read full book review >

DEATH DU JOUR by Kathy Reichs
Released: June 8, 1999

"Reichs plots ambitiously, knows her way around a morgue, isn't afraid to pile on the Grand Guignol, and spins a tale that reads, well, like a house afire. (Author tour)"
Called from her peaceful exhumation of the century-old bones of Sister Elisabeth Nicolet, whose heroic work during Quebec's 1885 smallpox epidemic may qualify her for sainthood, consulting anthropologist Temperance Brennan finds herself in a charnel house. Read full book review >
NIGHTWATCH by Richard P. Henrick
Released: June 8, 1999

"All moves cracklingly, despite a ton of acronyms cluttering every page."
Readers who saw Air Force One will feel right at home as a coup against the US government is enacted on the high-flying Nightwatch, a terrifically advanced 747 that becomes the America's supreme seat of power from which a nuclear nightmare can be launched. Read full book review >
TRUE BELIEVERS by Doug Richardson
Released: June 8, 1999

"As for rest, if you liked Die Hard II, a film for which he provided the screenplay, you'll probably go along."
A bizarro thriller featuring messianic cultists, power-hungry politicos, and nonstop dirty tricks from both groups. Read full book review >
TERMINAL EVENT by James Thayer
Released: June 1, 1999

"A smoothly entertaining return to form after Thayer's excellent historical pastiche, Man of the Century (1997), that will make airport buyers want to miss their flights."
Superbly crafted thriller from the prolific Thayer (Five Past Midnight, 1997, etc.). Read full book review >
HAVANA BAY by Martin Cruz Smith
Released: June 1, 1999

"A strong, satisfying addition to one of the most memorable and idiosyncratic series of modern thrillers. (Book-of-the-Month Club main selection; Author tour)"
The welcome return of one of the two (along with George Smiley) most memorable characters in modern thrillers. Read full book review >
ACT OF REVENGE by Robert K. Tanenbaum
Released: June 1, 1999

"It all adds up to too much of a very good thing indeed."
Fasten your seat belts for the bumpiest ride in Butch Karp's long career with the New York D.A.'s office: a case that expands till it gobbles up his wife and daughter. Read full book review >
THE PIPER'S SONS by Bruce Chandler Fergusson
Released: June 1, 1999

"Intriguing situation, sympathetic characters, but prose that tends to overheat and plotting that can spin out of control."
A mixed-bag of a thriller debut from Fergusson, a former newspaper writer and ad copywriter, in which the sins of the father include (gulp) serial killing. 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 >