Thrillers Book Reviews (page 490)

BODY OF A CRIME by Michael C. Eberhardt
THRILLERS
Released: Feb. 10, 1994

It's no longer enough for a lawyer to win that big case; now he's got to turn it into a novel, as California attorney Eberhardt does in this tale of a dis-embodied murder trial, inspired by a similar case he defended ten years ago. Read full book review >
HAUNTED by Joyce Carol Oates
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 10, 1994

"Like swallowing live mice."
Surging intensity floods nearly every page of Oates's 18th hardcover collection (Where Is Here?, 1992, etc. etc.), these devoted to explorations of the grotesque. Read full book review >

A HIGH PRESSURE SYSTEM by Ken Gross
THRILLERS
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

Queens Borough President John Fasio is finally taking the cue from his manipulative assistant Murray Gerber and allowing himself to stand for the New York mayor's job when the current mayor resigns to run for governor. Read full book review >
FACE VALUE by Lia Matera
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"Matera's look at the dehumanizing power of sexual manipulation- -the computer re-imaging plot here cuts much deeper than the gimmickry of Rising Sun—is so unblinking that you'll look right past the story's coincidences in your hurry to get to the hair-raising finale."
Where on earth does Laura di Palma (``my primary areas of specialty are bankruptcy and corporate litigation'') get the weird criminal clients who keep her in business? Read full book review >
UNDER THE BONE by Anne-christine d'Adesky
THRILLERS
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"Too much a documented brief, too little a case for the imagination."
A disappointing first novel from a Haitian-American journalist that—despite a detailed rendering of the horrors of Haitian life- -is a work of docufiction relying on nasty docufacts rather than on the even nastier but more instructive workings of the human heart. Read full book review >

BONDAGE by Patti Davis
THRILLERS
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"America, America."
If you've seen the title and the author's name and you're still reading, you must want the skinny. Read full book review >
EXTRAORDINARY POWERS by Joseph Finder
THRILLERS
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"The complex story purrs along like a high-powered race car loaded with options, even though it all boils down to Telepathic Man and a bunch of lesser guys with guns after the big score. (First printing of 100,000)"
Soviet spy maven Finder (The Moscow Club, 1991) adapts to the disappearance of the Red Menace—without missing a step—by following the trail of $10 billion spirited out of Russia to protect it from hard-liners: a fortune in gold that's rearranging a lot of loyalties from Moscow to Washington. Read full book review >
KISS OF THE WOLF by Jim Shepard
THRILLERS
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"Grab this one."
Tense, heartbreaking family drama with an underworld angle— for his fourth novel, Shepard returns to the world of Flights (1983): Italian-Americans in small-town Connecticut. Read full book review >
SPECIAL VICTIMS by Nick Gaitano
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"He killed for the art of it'') seems to come out of a different world, redolent of lending libraries and preadolescent fantasies."
An intense, undernourished psychodrama about a Chicago cop on the trail of the Collector, a contract killer of unwilling organ-donors. Read full book review >
THE SISTER by Elleston Trevor
THRILLERS
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"An expert but synthetic timekiller—minor work from a sometime master."
Checking into the convent of the Sisters of the Sacred Light does nothing for the explosive sibling rivalry in this sequel to the paperback The Sibling, Trevor's latest break from his Quiller spy novels as Adam Hall. Read full book review >
GOING NATIVE by Stephen Wright
THRILLERS
Released: Jan. 24, 1994

"Wright's novel packs no narrative punch (only in Borneo does the story roll); it aims to resonate through a pattern of recurring images, but while always alert and intelligent, it never quite becomes the powerful indictment Wright may have hoped for."
America is a bad trip. Read full book review >
RELIGIOUS CONVICTION by Grif Stockley
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 21, 1994

"Only the background—especially Gideon's prickly duet with dying, dislikable Chet and his tender, second-guessing relation with Sarah—is as strong as ever."
Arkansas lawyer Gideon Page, clinging to a parlous private practice after his stint as a public defender (Probable Cause, Expert Testimony), barely makes it into court in this undramatic courtroom drama. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Nelson DeMille
author of RADIANT ANGEL
May 26, 2015

After a showdown with the notorious Yemeni terrorist known as The Panther, in Nelson DeMille’s latest suspense novel Radiant Angel, NYPD detective John Corey has left the Anti-Terrorist Task Force and returned home to New York City, taking a job with the Diplomatic Surveillance Group. Although Corey's new assignment with the DSG-surveilling Russian diplomats working at the U.N. Mission-is thought to be "a quiet end," he is more than happy to be out from under the thumb of the FBI and free from the bureaucracy of office life. But Corey realizes something the U.S. government doesn't: The all-too-real threat of a newly resurgent Russia. “Perfect summer beach reading, with or without margaritas, full of Glock-and-boat action,” our reviewer writes. View video >