Thrillers Book Reviews (page 490)

MEG by Steve Alten
THRILLERS
Released: July 1, 1997

"Weightless characters on a choppy sea—but hellishly riveting. (First printing of 250,000; film rights to Disney; Literary Guild main selection)"
As Jaws meets Jurassic Park, Meg (short for megladon) brings us a 60-foot, 20-ton prehistoric shark with a nine-foot-wide mouth that is likely to gobble up bestseller lists, as well as reappear in 1998 as a summer blockbuster. Read full book review >
EIGHT MONTHS ON GHAZZAH STREET by Hilary Mantel
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 1, 1997

"At once a riveting thriller and a subtle political tale, set in a place as harsh and unforgiving as the desert."
A chilling portrait of an authoritarian society as a young Englishwoman moves with her husband into a Saudi Arabian neighborhood and finds murder lurking behind the shuttered windows and closed doors. Read full book review >

TITUS CROW by Brian Lumley
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 1, 1997

"Carmine prose from the very pits of hell as Lumley blends Lovecraft's demons and gods with Edgar Rice Burroughs's wild sense of adventure."
Second hardcover volume of three, this one reprinting two ``adventure horror'' novels written in Lumley's Lovecraft-struck youth. Read full book review >
WRIT IN BLOOD by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1997

"Readers hooked on Lestat would do well to investigate Saint- Germain: He's altogether different yet at least as complex and satisfying."
Another outing (Mansions of Darkness, 1996, etc.) for Yarbro's ancient and well-traveled vampire, Ragoczy, the Count Saint- Germain—the ``saint'' component of his name is no coincidence. Read full book review >
TALK OF ANGELS by Kate O’Brien
THRILLERS
Released: June 27, 1997

"Passive and impressionable Mary is sometimes a frustrating heroine, but O'Brien writes with a striking grace and acuity that illuminate not only the landscape of but the complexity of the people living in it. (Film rights to Miramax)"
The skilled prose of Irish author O'Brien (18971974) transmutes the material of a conventional coming-of-age tale (``banned in Ireland in 1936 for its frank depiction of lesbianism'') into a rich, absorbing study of character and culture. Read full book review >

ASSASSIN by David Hagberg
THRILLERS
Released: June 24, 1997

"Another twisty thriller from the reliable Hagberg (High Flight, 1995, etc.)—and a welcome return for Cold War hardcase McGarvey, who's still a cunning devil when it comes to organizing solo operations across forbidden frontiers."
The security services of several nations want to stop retired CIA hit man Kirk McGarvey before he can complete a lone-wolf mission to Moscow that could upset any number of geopolitical applecarts. Read full book review >
WALKING BACK THE CAT by Robert Littell
THRILLERS
Released: June 20, 1997

"Even though the answers aren't as elegant or original as the questions, Littell (The Visiting Professor, 1994, etc.) delivers the goods with understated ingenuity and his hallmark tenderness- -a commodity even rarer in spy fiction than merited trust. (First printing of 50,000; $40,000 ad/promo)"
An aging KGB agent and a seen-it-all Gulf War vet join forces to thwart a ring of freelance assassins in this quirky Cold War thriller. Read full book review >
THE AX by Donald E. Westlake
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 20, 1997

"90s update of The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit."
A downsized line manager plots a murderous way to winnow the competition for his next job, in this unusually somber tale from the reigning king of crime comedy. Read full book review >
DOUBLE TAKE by Judy Mercer
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 16, 1997

"No page-turner, but Mercer nevertheless is a bright author with a fine sense of humanity and some ideas that may very well mature."
Mercer's second Ariel Gold thriller has a fetching cast and an ingenious plot device. Read full book review >
TATTOO by Anthony Britto
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 15, 1997

"The kitchen-sink plotting and risible motive for the killings sink this first mystery, leaving only a plastic surgeon's endearing pipe-dream of life in the fast lane."
The life of a Beverly Hills plastic surgeon isn't all glamorous indolence—not if the surgeon is 40ish Dr. Gareth Lloyd, whose rounds of cosmetic and reconstructive surgery, Scotch and frozen pizza, child visitation and discreet adultery, are rudely interrupted by the shooting of his colleague Dr. Jack Ehrenberger, patron saint of Hollywood faces, upscale art collector, and husband of Lloyd's current mistress. Read full book review >
SPLIT IMAGE by Ron Faust
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 13, 1997

"The spare, surrealistic mastery of just the right detail makes this Faust's most rewarding thriller since his return to fiction with In the Forest of the Night (1992)."
As if in a dream, a washed-up Chicago playwright sleepwalks into murder, then into taking over the life of the man he killed. Read full book review >
FAT TUESDAY by Sandra Brown
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 12, 1997

"No surprises here, but Brown's readers will find this Mardi Gras extravaganza more than satisfying. (First printing of 500,000; Literary Guild main selection/Doubleday Book Club selection)"
Mega-selling Brown (Exclusive, 1996, etc.) returns, this time with a tale of murder, mayhem, and the battle of the sexes set in sleazy, swampy, sweaty New Orleans. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Melissa Sweet
author of SOME WRITER!
September 26, 2016

“SOME PIG,” Charlotte the spider’s praise for Wilbur, is just one fondly remembered snippet from E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. In Some Writer!, two-time Caldecott Honor winner and 2014 Kirkus Prize finalist Melissa Sweet mixes White’s personal letters, photos, and family ephemera with her own exquisite artwork to tell his story, from his birth in 1899 to his death in 1985. Budding young writers will be fascinated and inspired by the journalist, New Yorker contributor, and children’s book author who loved words his whole life. This authorized tribute is the first fully illustrated biography of E. B. White and includes an afterword by Martha White, E. B. White's granddaughter. “Like Charlotte, Sweet spins a terrific story,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A masterful biography that will enchant young readers.” View video >