Thrillers Book Reviews (page 490)

RELIC by Douglas Preston
Released: Jan. 1, 1995

"A thriller staged in the world's scariest building, with no room for the squeamish."
An eccentric, grisly, thoroughly original thriller sure to please doctoral candidates and gore junkies alike. Read full book review >
THE COLD ONE by Christopher Pike
Released: Jan. 1, 1995

"The gory details make this adequately spooky, but the plot is too ludicrously far-fetched for the novel to be truly harrowing. (Author tour)"
Pike's (The Season of Passage, 1992, etc.) briskly paced new sci-fi/fantasy/horror endeavor. Read full book review >

FINAL TOUR by Jonellen Heckler
Released: Dec. 1, 1994

"It is difficult not to get caught up in the waves that move this story along, even if the water being rippled is naturally stagnant. (First serial to Good Housekeeping)"
Heckler (Circumstances Unknown, 1993, etc.) conjures up another thriller that plays by familiar rules but still elicits some suspense. Read full book review >
VIAL MURDERS by Marsha Landreth
Released: Nov. 21, 1994

"Here it's hard to tell who's more diabolical, the killers or the feds."
Smallpox has been extinct—the only species ever deliberately exterminated by humankind—since 1977. Read full book review >
LABYRINTH by Henry Denker
Released: Nov. 18, 1994

"The climax, however, is one of the genre's most treasurable scenes: Kirk really does get a chance to turn this courtroom into a circus."
After his courtroom tactics win acquittal for a client who goes on to kill again, celebrity lawyer David Kirk is ordered by Judge Aaron Malachi to atone for his complicity with the legal system's moral myopia by defending actor Christopher Cory, accused — with tons of supporting forensic evidence — of killing his former live-in, Alice Ames. Read full book review >

Released: Nov. 16, 1994

"Unrelenting excitement, truly memorable characters, and ample food for thought launch this one to almost certain bestsellerdom. (First printing of 500,000; Literary Guild main selection)"
It is difficult to imagine a reader who won't be hooked by this thriller about government power run amok and a man and woman on the run from the madman who wields that power. Read full book review >
KARMA by Mitchell Smith
Released: Nov. 15, 1994

"On balance, good Karma. (Literary Guild selection)"
For the first two-thirds of his new novel, Smith (Due North, 1992, etc.) can't decide whether he's writing a study of one man's Vietnam post-traumatic stress syndrome or a vulnerable-loner- fights-against-impossible-odds thriller. Read full book review >
APPOINTED TO DIE by Kate Charles
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"About what you'd expect if Trollope decided that what the Barsetshire novels needed to juice them up was a tincture of illicit (albeit well-bred) passion and homicide."
The news that faithful old Canon Arthur Brydges-ffrench, the stuck-in-the-mud subdeacon of Malbury Cathedral, has been passed over for the deanship in favor of pushy, politically connected Londoner Stuart Latimer sets two novels—well, one and a half—in motion. Read full book review >
STONE DANCER by Murray Smith
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"Nicely cynical, with satisfying twists and turns. (Book-of- the-Month Club selection)"
British TV writer Smith's second foray into the world of international intrigue is built around the plot of a master counterfeiter to hold the US dollar for ransom and the plans of an unreconstructed KGB splinter group to turn his effort to their own purposes. Read full book review >
AH, TREACHERY! by Ross Thomas
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"But all the characters project such a deliciously matter-of-fact sense of knowing exactly what they're talking about, from campaign finance reform to assassination techniques, that just meeting, listening to, and watching them in action will leave you dizzy with pleasure."
The title, a sly translation of Beethoven's aria, perfectly captures the disapproving, exhilarated tone of this effervescent concoction. Read full book review >
IRISH GOLD by Andrew M. Greeley
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"The would-be lovers may be less cloying back in Chicago, where Greeley (Sacraments of Love, 1993, etc.) promises to send them for a new series. (Book-of-the-Month Club dual selection)"
Back in the Old Country to find out why his late grandparents left after the Troubles, insisting they could never return, Dermot Michael Coyne, retired from the Chicago commodities trading floor on a bit of Irish luck, runs headlong into fetching student Nuala Anne McGrail, reason enough to remain on the island forever. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"Ortega's heavy-handed approach and obsession with satire overshadows these potentially powerful narratives."
In these two Peruvian allegories, Ortega tries to use caustic humor to convey a nation haunted by government repression, daily terrorism, and communism—but fails when every joke falls flat. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Vanessa Diffenbaugh
September 1, 2015

Vanessa Diffenbaugh is the New York Timesbestselling author of The Language of Flowers; her new novel, We Never Asked for Wings, is about young love, hard choices, and hope against all odds. For 14 years, Letty Espinosa has worked three jobs around San Francisco to make ends meet while her mother raised her children—Alex, now 15, and Luna, six—in their tiny apartment on a forgotten spit of wetlands near the bay. But now Letty’s parents are returning to Mexico, and Letty must step up and become a mother for the first time in her life. “Diffenbaugh’s latest confirms her gift for creating shrewd, sympathetic charmers,” our reviewer writes. View video >