Thrillers Book Reviews (page 490)

THE REEF by Nora Roberts
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"Clunky denouement aside, Roberts's legion of fans will swarm to this."
With her happy balance of love, sex, and the supernatural, Roberts has become the fairy godmother of escapists and the queen of formula romance. Read full book review >
SUPERSTITION by David Ambrose
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"If the film sticks to Ambrose's terrific ending, instead of going soft like Ghost, this could make one of the scariest, brainiest, most memorable love stories ever made about the unseen. (Film rights to Interscope/ Columbia/Tri-Star)"
Still another hypnotic paranormal thriller from the Great Ambrose (Mother of God, 1996; The Man Who Turned Into Himself, 1994, etc.) that, once again, will drag you unfailingly into the small hours. Read full book review >

THE CRIMINALIST by Eugene Izzi
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"But over the course of a dozen or so novels, he was a storytelling machine."
Grim but absorbing thriller, in which a family torn apart by a brutal murder endures a replay 20 years later. Read full book review >
COLD IN EARTH by Melissa Jones
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 30, 1998

"Still, on balance, a remarkably well-done first effort."
Cot death, they called it, when two-month-old Beth Warren died, but in this bleak, near-brilliant first novel, it soon becomes appallingly clear that they called it wrong. Read full book review >
BODY LANGUAGE by James W. Hall
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 30, 1998

"A double-barreled actioner set apart from the pack by Hall's virtuoso control of tone, which can shift you from giggles to gasps with a single well-trimmed phrase. ($200,00 ad/promo; author tour)"
Key West chronicler Hall gives rugged adventurer Dick Thorn (Red Sky at Night, 1997, etc.) a well-earned rest as the author heads north to Miami to follow the fortunes of a police photographer, a lethal serial rapist, and two very large bags full of money. Read full book review >

ZERO OPTION by P.T. Deutermann
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 28, 1998

"Solid, authentic detail that bolts each event to the next and creates an intensely plausible entertainment—with a leavening of telepathy for added pleasure."
Deutermann (Sweepers, 1997, etc.), a retired Navy captain who served the Joint Chiefs of Staff as an arms control specialist, returns in top form with this gripping tale of men caught up in a nasty business: selling germs. Read full book review >
MISSING MAN by Michael Cassutt
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 28, 1998

"Even so, it's not what we might hope for from a writer for TV's The Outer Limits, The Twilight Zone revival, and the brainspinningly experimental Max Headroom."
Absorbing, rather bitter debut thriller about NASA and a team of US astronauts going up in 1999 to join Russia's Mir space station team. Read full book review >
BAG OF BONES by Stephen King
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 22, 1998

"Philosophically limited but a promising artistic shift for a writer who tried something like this with 1995's failure, Rose Madder."
Leaving Viking for the storied literary patina of Scribner, current or not, King seemingly strives on the page for a less vulgar gloss. Read full book review >
THE GHOST OF HANNAH MENDES by Naomi Ragen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 22, 1998

"A glossy celebration of culture and family, inevitably a tad schmaltzy but, like Ragen's previous work, an agreeable enough read."
A 16th-century ghost helps her present-day descendant preserve the past, in a story by American-Israeli Ragen (The Sacrifice of Tamar, 1994, etc.) that's as much a heartfelt plea for continuity as a family saga. Read full book review >
CRITICAL MASS by Steve Martini
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 21, 1998

"Any resemblance to books that haven't been made into movies is purely coincidental."
Courtroom specialist Martini, last seen reveling in the unlikely trials of ghostwriting (The List, 1997), tries his hand at a Tom Clancy premise: an errant Russian nuclear bomb in the hands of home-grown terrorists. Read full book review >
A PERFECT CRIME by Peter Abrahams
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 19, 1998

"One other surefire prediction: With Hard Rain (1)987 and The Fan (1995) already turned into Hollywood movies, this property, suitably pruned and tightened, can't be far behind. (First printing of 100,000)"
A simple case of adultery leads to more fatalities than the Gulf War in Abrahams's tense, formulaic domestic thriller. Read full book review >
THE GHOST OF THE REVELATOR by Jr. Modesitt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 16, 1998

"Appealing characters, agreeably labyrinthine plotting, a fascinatingly detailed backdrop—and, love ‘em or loathe ‘em, ghosts."
Sequel to Of Tangible Ghosts (1994), Modesitt's intriguing, flavorsome alternate-world yarn where ghosts are real and America doesn't exist; instead, the continent is split among Columbia, Quebec, Deseret, and New France (some maps would have been useful); Europe is dominated by the Austro-Hungarian Empire; Adolph Hitler (under his real name) is the Empire's Ambassador to Japan; cars run on steam; computers are "difference engines," and you don't telephone, you "wire." 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 >