Thrillers Book Reviews (page 483)

THE DAY THE MUSIC DIED by Ed Gorman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1999

"The tapestry is so rich, and the cast so various, that it's no wonder we can't spend longer with the killer."
It's 1958, and Buddy Holly has just been killed, together with Richie Valens, in a plane crash hours after Sam McCain took Pamela Forrest, the co-worker who's never loved him, to see Buddy at the Surf Ballroom. Read full book review >
NEVERMORE by Harold Schechter
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1999

"Good atmosphere, dull story."
Davy Crockett meets Edgar Allan Poe—and together they set out in search of Baltimore's 1830s equivalent of John Wayne Gacy: a gothic thriller (and first hardcover fiction) from Schechter (Depraved: The Shocking Story of America's First Serial Killer, 1994, etc.) Read full book review >

SMOKE SCREEN by Vincent Patrick
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 1999

"Smart, fast, gripping: everything we—d want from realistic suspense."
Admirers of the W. R. Burnett classic The Asphalt Jungle will enjoy this nifty updating by Patrick (Family Business, 1985, etc.), best known for his richly ethnic Manhattan oeuvre. Read full book review >
RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW by Trey Ellis
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 1999

"Many amusing scenes for Ellis's faithful, but no match for Sinclair Lewis."
Ellis's third seriocomic novel (Platitudes, 1988; Home Repairs, 1993), this about a con-man/cult leader/motivational speaker whose provenance goes back to Lewis's Elmer Gantry. Read full book review >
SEIZE THE NIGHT by Dean Koontz
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 29, 1998

"With headlong glee, Koontz again unveils encyclopedic intelligence about how things work in the physical world—and how to bolt sentences into the moonlight."
This tour de force, though less intense than Intensity (1996), has Koontz, the nimble master of the macabre, inventing a hugely empty California army base once used for secret experiments and now, in its vast, moonlit state, called Dead Town. Read full book review >

THE LAST GOODBYE by Malcolm Bell
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 21, 1998

"Hokey, frivolous fun for fans of sadistic bad guys and deathless James Bond heroics."
—A former government employee" debuts with an old-fashioned spy saga featuring a globetrotting ex—CIA agent, a passionate dental assistant, and high-tech gadgets galore. Read full book review >
DISTRACTION by Bruce Sterling
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 15, 1998

"After his ponderous Holy Fire (1996), Sterling, our former cyberpunk Svengali, is back with a bang with this uproarious, provocative, thoughtful, often hilarious, sometimes inspired medium-future deconstruction of politics, science, economics, and the American Dream."
In 2044, following the collapse of the information economy, America is run by permanent "Emergency committees": the government is so broke it can't afford to pay people in the Armed Forces, who put up road blocks in order to shake down travelers; a new Cold War is under way (against the Dutch); Anglos are a distrusted minority; privacy no longer exists (even banknotes are bugged); and cities are privately owned, outside of which nomad nation-gangs roam, building laptops out of grass. Read full book review >
THE CAVEREL CLAIM by Peter Rawlinson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 10, 1998

"A splendid fifth novel (Indictment for Murder, etc.) from Rawlinson, himself a former Lord Chancellor."
Recently widowed Lady Andrea Caverel lives on the English estate called Ravenscourt with her small son Francis. Read full book review >
THE BARRENS AND OTHERS by
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 10, 1998

"No disappointments here."
Excerpts from the Wilson horror oeuvre of the past 20 years, chosen by the author (Deep as the Marrow, 1997, etc.) as his choicest stories, all previously published in genre magazines and in his hardcover collections. Read full book review >
IN THE DARK by Meagan McKinney
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 1998

"Way over the top and unintentionally amusing—which may be the only reasons to read it."
Another silly tale from McKinney (Gentle From the Night, 1997, etc.),again about how love can save you from the dark side. Read full book review >
AMSTERDAM by Ian McEwan
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 1, 1998

"Middle-brow fiction British style, strong on the surface, vapid at the center."
Winner of this year's Booker Prize, McEwan's latest (Black Dogs, 1992; Enduring Love, 1998) is a smartly written tale that devolves slowly into tricks and soapy vapors. Read full book review >
THE MAMMOTH BOOK OF 20TH CENTURY GHOST STORIES by Peter Haining
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 1, 1998

"Great supernatural fiction indeed, and not to be confused with horror fiction."
Top-flight entry in the Mammoth Book of . . . series, which are always valuable and fun, but this one takes the cake and has a number of modern classic entries that idle readers may well never have heard of but should not miss. 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 >