Thrillers Book Reviews (page 490)

THE MAGIC CIRCLE by Katherine Neville
THRILLERS
Released: March 1, 1998

"Still, fans of The Eight should stagger away with bemused grins. (Author tour)"
Like Neville's 1988 debut, The Eight, another daft, overstuffed, sprawling sofa of a yarn involving dozens of famous figures, places, and objects, along with a mysterious manuscript that nobody ever gets to read—oh, yeah, and the collapse of communism. Read full book review >
A JEW IN COMMUNIST PRAGUE by Vittorio Giardino
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: March 1, 1998

"Visually compelling and historically resonant, Giardino's full- color narrative is evolving into a masterwork of its kind."
The second volume in Giardinos poignant graphic narrative of growing up under Communist rule in postwar Prague lives up to the clean elegance of its first (rev. 5/1/97). Read full book review >

DUST by Charles Pellegrino
THRILLERS
Released: March 1, 1998

"Horrifying set pieces, lively characters, intense doses of cutting-edge research (too much of a good thing at times): first fiction worthy of comparison to Childhood's End and When Worlds Collide."
Brilliantly scary (and highly entertaining) vision of eco-catastrophe, courtesy of the maverick scientist whose DNA-in-amber theory gave us Jurassic Park. Read full book review >
THE BEST OF CEMETERY DANCE by Richard Chizmar
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1998

"For those who like to dance with the dead, well worth the price."
Mammoth-sized roundup of the 60 best dark-fiction entries in the first 25 issues of Cemetery Dance magazine—a quarterly devoted to works of particularly dark horror, and one distinguished by the quality of its contents. Read full book review >
VOODOO CHILD by Michael Reaves
THRILLERS
Released: March 1, 1998

"Not bad for those into blood sacrifice."
Emmy Awardwinning Hollywood screenwriter Reaves's new and improved fantasy number leaps right over his previous Night Hunter (1995) and Street Magic (1991). Read full book review >

THE MARTYRING by Thomas Sullivan
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 1, 1998

"Sullivan's most sustained and strongest yet, with the plus of being well stocked with stained-glass lore."
From the author of The Phases of Harry Moon (1988) and the stylish Born Burning (1989): a densely written and conceived suspense novel that's too earnest and too rich for a simple pursuit of the genre's standard gore and horror. Read full book review >
IRON SHADOWS by Steven Barnes
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 1, 1998

"A solid, hard-hitting workout, well-pitched and balanced, with plenty of broad appeal."
Another contemporary horror/fantasy that, like Blood Brothers (1996), features the same mysterious immortal sorcerer known as the African. Read full book review >
DELIRIUM by Douglas Cooper
THRILLERS
Released: Feb. 24, 1998

"A further descent into the maelstrom, or some promise of recovery?"
The desire of architecture to impose order, and the repercussions of artistic ``overreaching,'' are given dramatic and often cryptic symbolic expression in this unusual second novel (``the first-ever to be serialized on the Web'') from the Canadian- born Cooper, who's a comic-surrealist crossbreed of the late Lawrence Durrell and William S. Burroughs. Read full book review >
APPLAUD THE HOLLOW GHOST by David J. Walker
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 19, 1998

"Mal's third (Half the Truth, 1996, etc.) does a manful job of tacking between fisticuffs and sensitive stuff, though violence will win out, in an operatic finale, before all the perps are finally brought to book."
BRINGING OUT THE DEAD by Joe Connelly
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 16, 1998

"Don't expect a strong sense of plot or direction from this zany, painfully sensitive debut—just think of it as a nightmare to endure along with Frank until you're released by the last page. (First printing of 50,000)"
Connelly's first novel presents two hellish, interminable, and presumably normal days and nights in the life of an EMS paramedic. Read full book review >
AN ISOLATED INCIDENT by Susan R. Sloan
THRILLERS
Released: Feb. 10, 1998

"Still, the thrills come one a minute, and they chill to the bone."
Following the success of her first thriller (Guilt by Association, 1995), Sloan returns with an excursive police procedural set in a racially divided northwestern town—a tale that, however imperfect the narrative, yields intoxicating suspense. Read full book review >
BITCH FACTOR by Chris Rogers
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 10, 1998

"Rogers's debut is a generous two-course meal, even though Dixie's adventures on the road and her stint as a detective seem to belong in two separate novels."
The Christmas recess hits Houston just before a jury can find rolling-stone salesman Parker Dann guilty of the hit-and-run killing of 11-year-old Betsy Keyes, and Dann's attorney, Belle Richards, is convinced that Dann's taken advantage of the break to go on a holiday of his own. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kathleen Kent
author of THE DIME
February 20, 2017

Dallas, Texas is not for the faint of heart. Good thing for Betty Rhyzyk she's from a family of take-no-prisoners Brooklyn police detectives. But in Kathleen Kent’s new novel The Dime, her Big Apple wisdom will only get her so far when she relocates to The Big D, where Mexican drug cartels and cult leaders, deadbeat skells and society wives all battle for sunbaked turf. Betty is as tough as the best of them, but she's deeply shaken when her first investigation goes sideways. Battling a group of unruly subordinates, a persistent stalker, a formidable criminal organization, and an unsupportive girlfriend, the unbreakable Detective Betty Rhyzyk may be reaching her limit. “Violent, sexy, and completely absorbing,” our critic writes in a starred review. “Kent's detective is Sam Spade reincarnated—as a brilliant, modern woman.” View video >