Thrillers Book Reviews (page 483)

COCK-A-DOODLE-DO by Philip Weiss
Released: March 1, 1995

"An honorable try."
Ambitious first novel from journalist Weiss, in which a nice- ish public-service lawyer almost loses all his nice ideals in not- so-nice New York. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 27, 1995

"Ellroy reins in the more flagrant stylistic excesses of his L.A. Quartet (White Jazz, 1992, etc.), but indulges every overripe subplot you can imagine, in this lurid, volcanic historical epic."
It's the Kennedys versus Jimmy Hoffa, Fidel Castro, and J. Edgar Hoover in this blistering, sprawling slice of Americana from the comic-book Dos Passos of our time. Read full book review >

SOLDIER BOY by E. Scott Jones
Released: Feb. 21, 1995

"Insufficient camaraderie, not enough shooting, and an excess of banter."
Who misses the Cold War? Read full book review >
DARK TIDE by William P. Kennedy
Released: Feb. 18, 1995

"A superb story, with a perhaps not totally unexpected twist at the very end."
The well-worn plot in which people are thrown together on a small boat and mortally threatened by both the forces of nature and the sort of evil that only people can devise is given full and effective treatment in this chill-a-minute thriller from Kennedy (Guard of Honor, 1993, etc.). Read full book review >
RULES OF THE HUNT by Victor O'Reilly
Released: Feb. 15, 1995

"Perhaps too convoluted for its own good, this page-turner should still enhance O'Reilly's place among contemporary thriller writers."
Irish tough guy Hugo Fitzduane takes on a fierce Japanese group, the Yaibo, or the Cutting Edge, in this violent, fast-paced sequel to Games of the Hangman (1991). Read full book review >

NIGHT SINS by Tami Hoag
Released: Feb. 15, 1995

"Sliding unashamedly from police procedural to purple prose, Hoag savvily steeps her novel in the conventions of steamy romance, where the color of the police chief's 'whiskey' eyes are as important as the clues."
In Hoag's swell, sexy thriller (after Lucky's Lady, 1992), an eight-year-old boy is kidnapped, and two emotionally battered cops find love. Read full book review >
NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH by Richard Parrish
Released: Feb. 13, 1995

"Save this one for your beach bag."
Joshua Rabb, a transplanted Brooklynite lawyer for the Bureau of Indian Affairs in the 1940s, is the only person who can understand the Yiddish ramblings of the survivor of an execution on one of the Papago reservations outside Tucson. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 9, 1995

"The ending, while clever, will have those of all political beliefs cringing for different reasons, Sloan often gets the proportions wrong in her blend of not-so- subtle social commentary and suspense, but there's no denying this novel's lowest-common-denominator appeal: It reads like a house afire."
Just when it was beginning to look impossible, former lawyer Sloan pumps some life into the crowded field of legal thrillers. Read full book review >
THE HEART OF JUSTICE by William J. Coughlin
Released: Feb. 4, 1995

A legal slugfest over control of a Microsoftish firm puts the heat on all interested parties, including the presiding judge and his bride. Read full book review >
NO TIME FOR HEROES by Brian Freemantle
Released: Feb. 4, 1995

"Compared to the current glut of suspensers using Russia's political instability for story fodder, however, it looks pretty good."
An honest Russian cop teams up with a recovering alcoholic FBI agent to stop a worldwide organized crime syndicate. Read full book review >
PAX PACIFICA by Steve Pieczenik
Released: Feb. 3, 1995

"Pieczenik uses Chinese philosophy to weave a web so intricate that it's opaque and abstruse."
A thriller based on a fundamental tenet of Sun Tzu's Art of War: Wars are won not on the battlefield, but in the minds of men. Read full book review >
ANY GIVEN MOMENT by Laura Van Wormer
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"A novel about warm agents who care and their loyal, altruistic authors: Shelve this as science fiction."
There's buoyant fun in Van Wormer's (Benedict Canyon, 1992, etc.) shrewd look at the publishing industry in which—after much splashing around—the little fish manages to swallow the big fish. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >