Thrillers Book Reviews (page 490)

STAINLESS by Todd Grimson
Released: Feb. 1, 1996

"An erotic confetti-shower that leaves you thrilled and unclean."
``When I'm dead, there'll be no stain on our love,'' Garbo tells Armand as her eyes close forever in Camille, and much the same can be said by Justine, the fated vampiress here, as she and her human lover, Keith, go up in a Leibestod of sunlight and darkness. Read full book review >
LORD OF THE DEAD by Tom Holland
Released: Feb. 1, 1996

"Attractive figures in living pasteboard, yes, but a sequel seems likely, as long as Byron still lives and longs to escape eternity. (First printing of 75,000; Book-of-the-Month Club alternate; Quality Paperback Book Club featured alternate; $100,000 ad/promo)"
Gothic Sturm and Drang by British scholar Holland, whose first novel tells how a 19-year-old Lord Byron becomes emperor of the planet's vampires. Read full book review >

Released: Jan. 26, 1996

"A standout collection by one of the most original crime writers around."
A generous helping of indefatigable Gorman's short fiction since 1988. Read full book review >
THE SOUVENIR by Patricia Carlon
Released: Jan. 25, 1996

"Say Nothing, 1968, etc.) presents a cunningly understated puzzle with a particularly deft solution."
Four years ago, two 16-year-old girls, strangers to each other, joined together to hitchhike across Australia. Read full book review >
HUNTER'S MOON by Chuck Logan
Released: Jan. 23, 1996

"Logan's language is tough-guy perfect, but too many minor characters and convolutions of plot damage an otherwise snazzy debut. ($30,000 ad/promo)"
A former Special Forces killing machine and—naturally- -tormented lonely guy goes on a hunting trip with an old AA buddy and finds himself sucked into a vortex of backwoods loathing and scheming. Read full book review >

IRON GATE by Richard Herman
Released: Jan. 22, 1996

"Vivid, violent scenes of aerial combat and plausible maneuvering behind the lines where geopolitical fates are determined: a notably exciting account of a low-intensity conflict that's uncomfortably credible on its own merits."
Bird-colonel Matt Pontowski (Dark Wing, 1994, etc.) takes his US Air Force Wing on a peacekeeping mission to South Africa, where aggressive white separatists may have made a go of cold fusion (giving them a nuclear capability): Herman's latest entry in a first-rate series of military/political thrillers. Read full book review >
ABSOLUTE POWER by David Baldacci
Released: Jan. 18, 1996

"For all its arresting premise, an overblown and tedious tale of capital sins. (Film rights to Castle Rock; Book-of-the-Month selection)"
The mother of all presidential cover-ups is the centerpiece gimmick in this far-fetched thriller from first-novelist Baldacci, a Washington-based attorney. Read full book review >
THE SIEGE by Graham Petrie
Released: Jan. 18, 1996

"Petrie sets up some intriguing if unattractive elements, but his high style and unrelenting seriousness add up to little in the end—other than rather familiar meditations on the shifting nature of reality, all of them bleak."
A more realistic, if less successful, second novel by Petrie (see above). Read full book review >
INTENSITY by Dean Koontz
Released: Jan. 12, 1996

"A suspense masterpiece that leaves its competitors buried in dust. (First printing of 600,000; Literary Guild main selection)"
Written with Krazy-Glu, Koontz's 27th book is his most gripping chiller yet. Read full book review >
CITY OF BEADS by Tony Dunbar
Released: Jan. 10, 1996

"Dunbar's understated, syncopated delivery makes you wonder if there are enough honest men in New Orleans for a rubber of bridge."
The role of righteous avenger doesn't really suit comfy New Orleans lawyer Tubby Dubonnet, but it looks like he's stuck with it when he ends up in the middle of three do-good cases. Read full book review >
TRIAL BY FIRE by Nancy Taylor Rosenberg
Released: Jan. 8, 1996

A Dallas prosecutor finds herself on the other side of the aisle when she's arrested for the arson murder of her parents—in Rosenberg's latest lawyer-in-distress scenario. Read full book review >
HOPE by Len Deighton
Released: Jan. 3, 1996

Deighton artfully fills in more blanks in the long-running saga of British espionage agent Bernard Samson, the protagonist in two earlier trilogies and the featured attraction of this sequel to Faith (1995). Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >