Thrillers Book Reviews (page 490)

SILENT SON by Gallatin Warfield
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 6, 1994

It's not easy to carve out a niche in the increasingly crowded field of legal intrigue, and you have to admire the ingenuity of Warfield's approach: a courtroom mystery with no mystery. Read full book review >
A MAP OF THE WORLD by Jane Hamilton
THRILLERS
Released: June 3, 1994

"Unforgettably, beat by beat, Hamilton maps the best and worst of the human heart and all the mysterious, uncharted country in between. (Book-of-the-Month Club alternate selection; Quality Paperback Book Club alternate selection; author tour)"
Hamilton's second novel will inevitably invite comparison with Jane Smiley's A Thousand Acres—it too is a big book about a farm family's fall from grace—but the author of The Book of Ruth (1988), winner of the PEN/Hemingway award for the best first novel, carves out her own territory in a strong, compelling story. Read full book review >

JUBILEE by Robert McCrum
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 2, 1994

"Although McCrum is an expert at both deceiving and enlightening the reader, the high stakes of both the political and filial dramas are never made plausible, and this intricate mystery falls flat."
A clever but unconvincing suspense novel from the author of four previous novels (Mainland, 1992, etc.). Read full book review >
WHITE SHARK by Peter Benchley
THRILLERS
Released: June 1, 1994

"Benchley's still drifting with the same current he navigated over two decades ago. (Literary Guild main selection; author tour)"
Benchley's (Jaws, 1974) latest chiller is a briskly entertaining, albeit predictable yarn set in his familiar literary spawning grounds. Read full book review >
THE CONCRETE BLONDE by Michael Connelly
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 1, 1994

"But the charming, if retro, writing ('The courtroom seemed as silent as a dead man's heart') and the lurid thrills make this gem as lovable as any tale of serial murder can be."
Veteran crime reporter Connelly's (The Black Ice, 1993) third novel deftly blends cop thriller and courtroom drama in a darkly gripping tale structured around a set of gruesome serial killings. Read full book review >

SHOOTING AT LOONS by Margaret Maron
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 1, 1994

"What makes this novel special is her ability to bring this web of conflicts to subtle, vivid life while still leaving Deborah time for a good man and some great shellfish. (Mystery Guild selection)"
Filling in for an ailing jurist on the North Carolina coast, Judge Deborah Knott (Southern Discomfort, 1993) is welcomed to Harkers Island by an unpleasant discovery: the body of neighboring Andy Bynum, founder of the Independent Fishers Alliance. Read full book review >
BURIAL by Graham Masterton
THRILLERS
Released: June 1, 1994

"Should Indian spirits ever really take their revenge, with any luck the sinkhole will open under Burial and send it where it belongs."
Modern America is in peril of being sucked down the spiritual drain by dead, angry Indians in this follow-up to Manitou and Revenge of the Manitou (both not reviewed). Read full book review >
SêANCE FOR A VAMPIRE by Fred Saberhagen
THRILLERS
Released: June 1, 1994

"A clever idea, appealingly and persuasively set forth, but about halfway through, the uncomplicated plot subsides into aimless twiddling."
Saberhagen's revisionist Dracula series (A Question of Time, 1992) features the count as a sharing and caring New Vampire who also happens to be a relative of Sherlock Holmes. Dr. Watson, capably assisted by the count, relates how, in 1903, Kulakov, a mad Russian vampire of 18th-century origin, sets in motion a plan to recover some missing jewels from the prosperous Altamont family. Read full book review >
FLESH AND BLOOD by James Neal Harvey
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 30, 1994

"EWSLUGPS: They're all guilty."
The death of Sen. Read full book review >
CORRUPTION by Andrew Klavan
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 25, 1994

"A suspenseful, gritty look at what crawls under the apparently innocent surface of a small American town."
The primal passions erupting in a small New York town depicted here by two-time Edgar winner Klavan (Animal Hour, 1993) gather with the force of a brush fire sweeping through dry grass. Read full book review >
THE FIST OF GOD by Frederick Forsyth
THRILLERS
Released: May 16, 1994

"Despite some lingering loose ends and a trail of extraneous coincidence, The Fist of God—with its mix of secret war councils, confidential memos, super sleuthing, and military fireworks—should satisfy die-hard fans of espionage yarns. (Book-of-the-Month Club main selection)"
Readers who are intrigued by behind-the-scenes machinations of the Gulf War can eavesdrop on the major players as well as some fictional creations in this workmanlike thriller from the author of The Day of the Jackal (1971) and The Odessa File (1972). Read full book review >
TICKLED TO DEATH by Joan Hess
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 16, 1994

"There's more, much more, in this quagmire of a plot, bogged down with paper-thin characters, heavy-handed whimsy, a denouement that defies belief, and a heroine who grows ever more unappealing. (Author tour)"
A ninth adventure for Farberville's nosy bookstore owner Claire Malloy (Poisoned Pins, 1993, etc.). Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jude Deveraux
author of EVER AFTER
July 1, 2015

New York Times bestselling author Jude Deveraux's eagerly awaited Ever After, the third novel in her blockbuster Nantucket Brides trilogy, continues the saga of the Montgomery-Taggerts, set on an island steeped in beauty and unforgettable romance. Life is anything but perfect for Hallie Hartley, a young physical therapist who has given up nearly everything—even her love life—for her beautiful blonde stepsister, Shelly. Though Shelly's acting career has never taken off, she has certainly perfected the crocodile tears to get what she wants—which all too often means Hallie's boyfriends. When Hallie arrives home early from work one fateful day, she makes two startling discoveries that will turn her life upside down. "This sexy, lighthearted romp brings the series to a satisfying close," our reviewer writes. View video >