Thrillers Book Reviews (page 490)

THE PROJECT by Zev Chafets
THRILLERS
Released: April 18, 1997

"Another hugely entertaining tale from Chafets."
, the reactionary governor of a Sunbelt state, out of the Oval Office. Read full book review >
THE MAGGODY MILITIA by Joan Hess
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 14, 1997

"Here, the demented militants, with their minor- key echoes of the natives' craziness, makes an offer you can't refuse."
The latest dispatch from Maggody, Ark., shows the town besieged by militant survivalists who'd be more threatening if their incompetence didn't rival the burlesque follies of the natives. Read full book review >

THE WALLS OF JERICHO by Jon Land
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 10, 1997

"Gory, formulaic, and a bit silly, but what would have been pointless entertainment is saved by sad, frequently ironic glimpses into the seemingly bottomless morass of Arab-Israeli politics."
Land's 16th thriller (The Fires of Midnight, 1995, etc.) is an overdone cop-buddy serial-killer procedural, spiced, however, by romance and convincing below-the-surface probing into contemporary Arab-Israeli issues. Read full book review >
THE GENESIS CODE by John F. Case
THRILLERS
Released: April 1, 1997

"A first-rate biotech thriller with an intriguing, if ungodly, religious twist."
On the track of child killers with global reach, a dogged investigator uncovers a plot that gives new meaning to ecclesiastic militancy, in a chillingly effective debut by the pseudonymous Case. Read full book review >
ILLUSIONS by Janet Dailey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1997

"Fans will be satisfied, but hardly satiated."
There's a straightforward, even simplistic element to Dailey's (Notorious, 1996, etc.) follow-the-numbers murder mystery, but the quirky, determined Delaney Wescott—and her romantic pursuits—keep a fire going under the otherwise predictable proceedings. Read full book review >

RIDE THE LIGHTNING by Robert H. Mitchell
THRILLERS
Released: April 1, 1997

"While Mitchell delivers a full measure of gritty detail on life behind bars, he stumbles with a surfeit of set-piece preachments (on redemption, recidivism, rehabilitation, etc.) and finally veers off course into didactic melodrama at the close."
Oklahoma City trial lawyer Mitchell builds on a 1973 uprising at a Sooner state prison in his flawed but bleakly effective first novel. Read full book review >
KILLING GROUND by Gerald Seymour
THRILLERS
Released: April 1, 1997

"An arresting saga of the world that turns on menace, mistrust, moral ambiguity, and vaulting ambition."
An utterly unsentimental and elegantly crafted tale of the global drug trade, from the immensely accomplished Seymour (The Heart of Danger, 1995, etc.). Read full book review >
JEREMIAH: TERRORIST PROPHET by Michael A. Smith
THRILLERS
Released: April 1, 1997

"A fallen soufflÇ. (First printing of 75,000; $100,000 ad/promo)"
Tritely formulaic, tongue-in-cheek psychokiller first novel, infrequently redeemed by sarcastic winks at the questionable entanglements binding TV journalists to the purveyors of media-ready sensationalism. Read full book review >
THE GRIS-GRIS MAN by Don Davis
THRILLERS
Released: April 1, 1997

"A knockabout thriller from rolling-stone Davis (Appointment with the Squire, 1995, etc.) that combines voodoo, special forces, police work, and the steamy atmosphere of the Big Easy with the surrealistic pace of a Nintendo game."
Wade Broussard is the Louisiana state trooper you call when your case involves voodoo. Read full book review >
COUNT ME OUT by Russell James
THRILLERS
Released: April 1, 1997

"Conscientiously menacing (if overextended) stuff, though not a patch on the breathtakingly nasty Payback (1993) and Slaughter Music (1995)."
When the gunpowder has cleared from over Deptford mastermind Gottfleisch's meticulously planned security van robbery, Scott Heywood, the accomplice who was supposed to be killed, has popped loose with the boodle. Read full book review >
MIDWIVES by Chris Bohjalian
THRILLERS
Released: April 1, 1997

Bohjalian (Water Witches, 1995, etc.) blends some provocative moral, medical, and political issues into a classic coming-of-age story in this To Kill a Mockingbirdlike reminiscence of the murder trial of a midwife, as witnessed by her teenaged daughter. Read full book review >
THE SPEED QUEEN by Stewart O’Nan
THRILLERS
Released: April 1, 1997

"Unfortunately, she's the entire story. (Author tour)"
Granta hotshot O'Nan (The Names of the Dead, 1996, etc.) gives us his variation on In Cold Blood, new and improved, for those who never read the original. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
author of SEINFELDIA
August 22, 2016

Jennifer Keishin Armstrong’s new bestseller Seinfeldia is the hilarious behind-the-scenes story of two guys who went out for coffee and dreamed up Seinfeld —the cultural sensation that changed television and bled into the real world. Comedians Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld never thought anyone would watch their silly little sitcom about a New York comedian sitting around talking to his friends. NBC executives didn’t think anyone would watch either, but they bought it anyway, hiding it away in the TV dead zone of summer. But against all odds, viewers began to watch, first a few and then many, until nine years later nearly 40 million Americans were tuning in weekly. In Seinfeldia, TV historian and entertainment writer Armstrong celebrates the creators and fans of this American television phenomenon, bringing readers behind-the-scenes of the show while it was on the air and into the world of devotees for whom it never stopped being relevant, a world where the Soup Nazi still spends his days saying “No soup for you!” “Armstrong’s intimate, breezy history is full of gossipy details, show trivia, and insights into how famous episodes came to be,” our reviewer writes. “Perfect for Seinfeldians and newcomers alike.” View video >