Thrillers Book Reviews (page 490)

DIRT by Stuart Woods
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Besides, it hardly seems fair to the poor blackmailers when they're badly outnumbered by well-armed victims too despicable to root for. ($275,000 ad/promo combined with paperback publication of Choke)"
Eased out of the NYPD, lawyer/shamus Stone Barrington (New York Dead, 1991) is free to mix with an even sleazier crowd: a vicious pair of blackmailers and their equally slimy victims. Read full book review >
HARVEST by Tess Gerritsen
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"The pages turn themselves as this far-from-superhuman heroine tries, in vain, to convince the world that she's not paranoid: Everyone really is out to get her."
Former internist Gerritsen debuts with a tale of medical suspense as taut and well-plotted as it is formulaic. Read full book review >

Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Like Rendell's last Chief Inspector Wexford mystery (Simisola, 1995), this poignant tale shows the author at her most extroverted: Under her tireless probing, every social class that Regent's Park brings together turns out to be equally pathological."
A delicate London flower plucks up the courage to walk out on her abusive lover—and into a vintage Rendell nightmare. Read full book review >
ESCARDY GAP by Peter Crowther
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Lighthearted butchery, an intermittently lively dance around the maypole staged in an abattoir."
Very long fantasy/horror debut novel that doesn't pick up steam for 250 pages, then becomes passably inventive of its kind. Read full book review >
HAVEN by John Peyton Cooke
Released: Aug. 30, 1996

A Seattle physician and her Chinese-American husband find out what evil lurks behind the neighborly facade of Haven, Idaho. Read full book review >

Released: Aug. 27, 1996

"If you haven't discovered him yet, an uncommonly rich experience awaits."
For years, Chicano lawyer Henry Rios has kept the secret that his old Stanford classmate Christopher Chandler is as gay as Henry himself—he even helped him plead an ancient lewd-conduct charge down to something that wouldn't destroy his career— despite the pressure from his friendship with Chris's wife, Bay. Read full book review >
NIGHTLAND by Louis Owens
Released: Aug. 21, 1996

"This is how it's done."
A Native American Richard Condon might have conjured up this neatly plotted thriller, a wonderful companion to Owens's two previous novels, The Sharpest Sight (1992) and Bone Game (1994). Read full book review >
THE INSULT by Rupert Thomson
Released: Aug. 15, 1996

"But there is nonetheless a dark, hugely suggestive power at work here, cumulatively having the visceral impact of a nightmare."
A feverishly imagined tale of a blind man who develops night vision and uses it to search for a vanished lover, this is a surpassingly bleak and defiantly illogical study of obsession from the highly touted Thomson (Air and Fire, 1994, etc.). Read full book review >
THE VULTURE FUND by Stephen Frey
Released: Aug. 14, 1996

"A lone upright bull takes on lowlife bears and power-mad politicos in a paranoid fantasy almost totally devoid of pace or suspense. (First printing of 150,000; author tour)"
Wall Street and Washington baddies plot—ploddingly—against the public interest in another lurid shocker from investment banker Frey (The Takeover, 1995). Read full book review >
MERCY by Jodi Picoult
Released: Aug. 13, 1996

"Overly predictable characters aside, Picoult does manage this time to bring trendy, headline-grabbing themes to life. (Literary Guild alternate selection)"
Despite kilt-wearing characters right out of Brigadoon, Picoult (Picture Perfect, 1995, etc.) persuasively explores a mercy killing in a small Massachusetts town and the subject of spouses who love too much. Read full book review >
GREEN LAKE by S.K. Epperson
Released: Aug. 12, 1996

"The rest of the cast is too busy killing each other off."
Summertime in that bucolic retreat, Green Lake, Kansas, and the living is easy—if you don't mind the assortment of perverts and grotesques that Epperson left out of The Neighborhood (1995). Read full book review >
RAISING CAIN by Gallatin Warfield
Released: Aug. 9, 1996

"A Time to Kill knockoff with more mystification than Warfield usually vouchsafes his fans, but with every trace of moral complexity neatly ironed out. (Author tour)"
Hardheaded Maryland State's Attorney Gardner Lawson (Silent Son, 1994, etc.) wades back into the ring for a third face-off against Prince of Darkness Kent King, Esq. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Emma Straub
May 30, 2016

In Emma Straub’s new novel Modern Lovers, friends and former college bandmates Elizabeth and Andrew and Zoe have watched one another marry, buy real estate, and start businesses and families, all while trying to hold on to the identities of their youth. But nothing ages them like having to suddenly pass the torch (of sexuality, independence, and the ineffable alchemy of cool) to their own offspring. Back in the band’s heyday, Elizabeth put on a snarl over her Midwestern smile, Andrew let his unwashed hair grow past his chin, and Zoe was the lesbian all the straight women wanted to sleep with. Now nearing fifty, they all live within shouting distance in the same neighborhood deep in gentrified Brooklyn, and the trappings of the adult world seem to have arrived with ease. But the summer that their children reach maturity (and start sleeping together), the fabric of the adult lives suddenly begins to unravel, and the secrets and revelations that are finally let loose—about themselves, and about the famous fourth band member who soared and fell without them—can never be reclaimed. “Straub’s characters are a quirky and interesting bunch, well aware of their own good fortune, and it’s a pleasure spending time with them in leafy Ditmas Park,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >