Thrillers Book Reviews (page 490)

THE BRITANNIA CONTRACT by Paul Mann
THRILLERS
Released: July 15, 1993

"Grand summer reading—an outsized, perfectly realized thriller that doesn't carry any of Clancy's extra weight. (First printing of 50,000)"
Mann's bid at a Clancy-sized thriller has an elegantly simple premise. Read full book review >
PRIME WITNESS by Steve Martini
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 14, 1993

"Good medium-grade beach fare."
Defense attorney Paul Madriani (Compelling Evidence, 1992) signs on for a brief stint in the Davenport, California, prosecutor's office—then finds himself condemned to try a high-profile serial killing. Read full book review >

THE NIGHT MANAGER by John le Carré
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 7, 1993

"Despite the familiarity of the story's outlines, le Carre shows his customary mastery in the details—from Jonathan's self-lacerating momentum to the intricacies of interagency turf wars—and reveals once again why nobody writes espionage fiction with his kind of authority."
Le Carre returns to the same subject as his disappointingly episodic The Secret Pilgrim—the fate of espionage in the new world order—but now looks forward instead of backward, showing a not-quite innocent mangled between that new order and the old one, whose course le Carre has so peerlessly chronicled for 30 years. Read full book review >
THE BOOK OF COMMON DREAD by Brent Monahan
THRILLERS
Released: July 7, 1993

"Enrapting!"
A vampire at Princeton! Read full book review >
THE FAT BOY MURDERS by David A. Kaufelt
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 1, 1993

"A cluttered suburban cozy—first of a new series by Kaufelt (Souvenir, 1983, etc.)—for fans of David Willis McCullough's Ziza Todd stories."
Years ago, the Fat Boys—a not-so-secret society in a Waggs Neck Harbor (Long Island) Catholic high school—asserted their masculinity by tormenting sensitive Jackson Hall. Read full book review >

DESERT FIRE by David Hagberg
THRILLERS
Released: July 1, 1993

"An absorbing if wintry tale—especially notable for its broody atmosphere and its driven, world-weary protagonist."
A lone German detective battles Iraqis and PLO mercenaries seeking to secure Saddam Hussein a powerful atomic reactor that would guarantee him bomb-grade plutonium—in an effectively moody chiller from old pro Hagberg (Critical Mass, etc.). Read full book review >
HONOR AMONG THIEVES by Jeffrey Archer
THRILLERS
Released: July 1, 1993

"Maps of the Washington motorcade route and the Mideast—just in case you have any questions. (First printing of 500,000)"
It's Amateur Night on the international intrigue stage, as perennial bestseller Archer (As the Crow Flies, etc.) shows Saddam Hussein's henchmen grooming an actor to take the place of the President so that they can—push the button that starts WW III? Read full book review >
CHAINS OF COMMAND by Dale Brown
THRILLERS
Released: July 1, 1993

"But the surprisingly violent Clinton-bashing—while amusing—will probably not make a lot of new friends for the genre."
Eastern Europe erupts in war as the Russians rush to the aid of their compatriots in Moldova, happily trampling Ukraine in the process. Read full book review >
TELL ME NO SECRETS by Joy Fielding
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 22, 1993

"Don't even think of starting this anywhere near bedtime. (First serial to Cosmopolitan; Literary Guild Triple Selection for July)"
Eight years after her mother mysteriously disappeared on her way to a doctor's appointment, Chicago prosecutor Jess Koster's panic attacks have returned—as she fights to convict a sadistic rapist who may have killed his latest victim. Read full book review >
MATERIAL WITNESS by Robert K. Tanenbaum
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 15, 1993

Even a slugger like Tanenbaum (Reversible Error, 1992, etc.) can't hit a home run every time—as witnessed by this contrived, though compelling, fifth novel in his 70's-set series about crime- busting Manhattan D.A. Butch Karp and his crew. Read full book review >
SATAN'S LAMBS by Lynn S. Hightower
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 14, 1993

"For Hightower's first hardcover: Great talk, heavy action, and, in Lena, a gritty lady with a future."
The drive for this suspense grabber set in Kentucky, about the search for a child held by cult creeps, is supplied by the tough, jumpy, compassionate-to-hurting p.i. Read full book review >
CONFEDERACY OF THE DEAD by Richard Gilliam
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 14, 1993

"Still, the Civil War theme has built-in popularity, and the best stories here are very good indeed."
Anthology comprising 25 original entries illustrating the Civil War from a generally supernatural vantage. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Bill Browder
author of RED NOTICE
March 24, 2015

Bill Browder’s Red Notice is a nonfiction political thriller about an American financier in the Wild East of Russia, the murder of his principled young tax attorney, and his mission to expose the Kremlin’s corruption. In 2007, a group of Russian law enforcement officers raided Browder’s offices in Moscow and stole $230 million of taxes that his fund’s companies had paid to the Russian government. Browder’s attorney Sergei Magnitsky investigated the incident and uncovered a sprawling criminal enterprise. A month after Sergei testified against the officials involved, he was arrested and thrown into pre-trial detention, where he was tortured for a year. On November 16, 2009, he was led to an isolation chamber, handcuffed to a bedrail, and beaten to death by eight guards in full riot gear. “It may be that ‘Russian stories never have happy endings,’ ” our reviewer writes about Red Notice, “but Browder’s account more than compensates by ferociously unmasking Putin’s thugocracy.” View video >