Thrillers Book Reviews (page 490)

MACKEREL BY MOONLIGHT by William F. Weld
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Terry reminds you that Weld, for all his rough-and-tumble expertise, is no Anonymous. (First serial to George)"
Primary Colors meets George V. Higgins in this tangy tale of Boston politics by a former Massachusetts governor who surely never saw any of this stuff himself. Read full book review >
THE BEST DEFENSE by Ellis Cose
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"The result is that rarity, an unpredictable courtroom drama in which disputed facts take a backseat to the issues they raise, and whose leading questions are still hanging when you turn the final page."
Veteran Newsweek editor Cose turns from his distinguished nonfictional studies (Color-Blind: Seeing Beyond Race in a Race-Obsessed World, 1997, etc.) to an issues-oriented legal suspenser, with provokingly inconclusive results. Read full book review >

TO DIE IN PROVENCE by Norman Bogner
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Some pages you'll read through your fingers."
The author of the best-selling California Dreamers (1981, etc.) returns after 15 years in the Hollywood salt mines with a strongly plotted family novel/Frenchified thriller that crosses over into territory well mined by Peter Mayle and others. Read full book review >
THE POLICY by Patrick Lynch
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"A well-balanced examination of the hypocrisy, bad science, and old-fashioned greed that drive—and cripple—the American insurance industry."
Intelligently crafted thriller that succeeds at making the most monotonous industry in America fascinating and believably menacing. Read full book review >
QUICKSAND by William P. Wood
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"A good story, twistier than it has to be, but held together by a sturdy spine: the intriguing war between the Andrewses, who love passionately even when they no longer dare to trust."
A senior federal investigator battles the even more senior federal investigator blocking his attempt to bring a big-time villain to justice. Read full book review >

CLOSED IN SILENCE by Joan M. Drury
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Not so much a whodunit, then, as a what-if-she-did-do-it, with the mystery used to dramatize debates whose outcome is never in doubt."
Twenty years after their college graduation, six women meet on a tiny island in Puget Sound for an informal reunion. Read full book review >
DITCH RIDER by Judith Van Gieson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Van Gieson makes the Albuquerque city limits just as hot as the blazing South Canyon in Hotshots (1996)."
Though she'd never say so herself, Neil Hamel is a ditch rider, one of the people who weed the irrigation ditches that crisscross Albuquerque and who try to keep people from falling in. Read full book review >
SAVAGE LIFE by James Rogers
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Showing an adept ear for dialect and a flair for humor, Rogers romps into the discouragingly absurd world of post-Thatcher England."
A rollicking account of a summer in London endured by a varied and compelling collection of characters: a first US publication for Rogers. Read full book review >
RESERVATION ROAD by John Burnham Schwartz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Rarely have three lives in crisis been detailed with such compassion and care: a tragic, utterly absorbing tale. (First printing of 100,000)"
The complex stages of guilt, grief, and recovery in the wake of a boy's hit-and-run death are exquisitely portrayed in this heartrending story by Schwartz (Bicycle Days, 1989), whose characterizations are as finely nuanced as they are sympathetic. Read full book review >
DEATH IN SUMMER by William Trevor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Trevor suggests character with the ease of a single gesture or detail, and his narrative instincts are, as usual, dead-on, providing just enough melodramatic intrigue to propel his studies in interior life."
One of the masters of contemporary fiction, Trevor (After Rain, 1996, etc.) keeps his typically level head as he quietly records two worlds in collision. Read full book review >
FRENCH QUARTER by Stella Cameron
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"A very watery gumbo."
Beignets and a hero who calls his lover chÇre: the inevitable signs of contemporary formula-romance in New Orleans. Read full book review >
9 SCORPIONS by Paul Levine
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Moves fast, but speed alone can—t hide an essential tastelessness."
In this raunchy, overheated, unsavory take on the nation's highest court, Levine (late of the Jake Lassiter series: Flesh and Bones, 1997, etc.) introduces Samuel Adams Truitt—hunk, action hero, and newly appointed Supreme Court justice. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >