Thrillers Book Reviews (page 490)

HOPE by Len Deighton
THRILLERS
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 >
HIDE & SEEK by James Patterson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 3, 1996

"Fit only for those who find Sidney Sheldon too sophisticated."
Another chill-free thriller from Patterson (Kiss the Girls, 1995, etc.), this one pitting a chanteuse with a past against one of recent history's more improbable psychopaths. Read full book review >

THE JUDGE by Steve Martini
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 3, 1996

"Not as dense with surprises as Undue Influence (1994), but right up there with the rest of Martini's dependable output: a guaranteed rush for fans of courtroom drama. (Literary Guild main selection; Mystery Guild selection)"
Great news for California lawyer Paul Madriani: His nemesis, Judge Armando (``the Coconut'') Read full book review >
THE BRIMSTONE WEDDING by Barbara Vine
THRILLERS
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

"1995, etc.) is her most tightly wound, her most searching, and perhaps her finest to date. (Literary Guild/Mystery Guild alternate selections)"
A quiet but ultimately searing double portrait of two women's doomed affairs. ``As for liking, they're past all that,'' caregiver Genevieve Warner thinks about her geriatric charges at Norfolk's Middleton Hall. Read full book review >
FOOL ME TWICE by Paul Levine
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

"Unless you're the Colorado judiciary, there's never any doubt whodunit—but Levine's sixth (Slashback, 1995, etc.) provides some fast, furious fun along the way. (Author tour)"
Finally, brawny Miami lawyer Jake Lassiter gets to spend some time in the courtroom—only this time he's the defendant. Read full book review >

CRUEL JUSTICE by William Bernhardt
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

"He must be the luckiest lawyer in fiction. (Author tour)"
How can hopeless-cause Tulsa lawyer Ben Kincaid top his defense of a white supremacist accused of murder (Perfect Justice, 1994)? Read full book review >
JURY DUTY by Laura Van Wormer
THRILLERS
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

"A legal three-ring circus with brains and wit, populated with colorful New Yorkers of every stripe and class."
Van Wormer (Any Given Moment, 1995, etc.), who dedicates her fifth novel to ``the rest of the jury,'' not only served on a New York City murder trial but managed to get a good mystery-romance out of it. Read full book review >
DARKNESS, I by Tanith Lee
THRILLERS
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

"A noteworthy vampire variant, set forth in Lee's remarkably textured, glittering prose, though the numerous meandering, occasionally coinciding plotlets provide insufficient structural firmness to really compel the attention."
Third in a hitherto paperback fantasy/horror series (Personal Darkness, etc.) about the immortal, predatory, vampirish Scarabae- -although they aren't obliged to drink blood, nor are they much bothered by daylight, crucifixes, or garlic. Read full book review >
DARK ARMADA by Colin D. Peel
THRILLERS
Released: Dec. 13, 1995

"Undemandingly stripped-down intrigue with explosions obbligato, though the whole affair seems to be extruded through a time warp."
At the narrow end of the wedge, a solitary aircraft explosion over the Solomon Islands; at the other end, the balance of power in the Mideast arms race. Read full book review >
THE FINAL JUDGMENT by Richard North Patterson
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Dec. 8, 1995

One last wrinkle before Caroline Masters accepts the presidential nomination for an appeals-court judgeship: She's been called back to Resolve, New Hampshire—to the family she hasn't spoken to for 20 years—to help a niece who's been arrested for murder. Read full book review >
HOST by Peter James
THRILLERS
Released: Dec. 1, 1995

"Like Mary Shelley's venerable monster, an ungodly pastiche, but also as gripping and thoughtful as its Promethean predecessor."
A first technothriller from veteran James (Prophecy, 1994, etc.) with a snazzy Robin Cook-meets-William Gibson twist: Stiffs in cryonic coffins await the day when science will be able to reanimate them. Read full book review >
THE FIRES OF MIDNIGHT by Jon Land
THRILLERS
Released: Dec. 1, 1995

"It's got a kid, a girl, a hero, not to mention Nazis and even a mechanical dinosaur: a slick and serpentinely constructed triumph of boy fiction if ever there was one."
A still-tough-as-leather former CIA operative and a genetically engineered boy prodigy race to save the world from a synthetic virus that gobbles up human blood: a zippy hardcover debut from the prolific Land. 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 >