Thrillers Book Reviews (page 490)

SHAKESPEARE'S LANDLORD by Charlaine Harris
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 11, 1996

"Still, Lily's an ingratiating heroine, and the author's easy style makes this one an engaging breeze."
A new heroine for the author of the Aurora Teagarden series (The Julius House, 1995, etc.), and a far cry from that southern belle. Read full book review >
THE COWBOY RIDES AWAY by Betsy Thornton
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 10, 1996

"When you find out whodunit (a solution that seems to arrive from another novel), you may not care."
Chloe Newcomb, former New Yorker, liberal activist, divorcÇe after just five months of marriage, is living some 18 years later in the mountain town of Dudley, Arizona. Read full book review >

EXCLUSIVE by Sandra Brown
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 5, 1996

"A fine pick for an election year: Brown knows her terrain and has produced a lively, gripping read. (First printing of 350,000; Literary Guild main selection; author tour)"
A beach-bag shoo-in: With trademark zing and vigor, Brown (Charade, 1994, etc.) takes on the White House. Read full book review >
SHADOWS OF STEEL by Dale Brown
THRILLERS
Released: July 2, 1996

"State-of-the-art action in the air, on land, and at sea from a master of the future-shock game."
Gulf War II, albeit without the Coalition and with latter-day Persia as the foe, in this red-meat technothriller from old pro Brown (Storming Heaven, 1994, etc.). Read full book review >
CRITICAL JUDGMENT by Michael Palmer
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 1, 1996

"Warmed-over Robin Cook-esque hospital paranoia, though saved by an earnest appreciation of emergency room heroics."
Realistically portrayed medical procedures and more than you'd care to know about toxic poisoning—both pump up a relentlessly predictable emergency-room melodrama. Read full book review >

SIMPLE SIMON by Ryne Douglas Pearson
THRILLERS
Released: July 1, 1996

"The Chicago landscape, meantime, is dimly glimpsed, and the climactic, glass-shattering shoot-out on top of the Sears Tower seems lifted from the Die Hard movies. (Film rights to Universal)"
A crowded, violent thriller involving an autistic boy who effortlessly cracks a supposedly unbreakable government communications code—and then becomes the target of murderous villainy from shady Washington spies and a sadistic Japanese hit- woman. Read full book review >
LILY WHITE by Susan Isaacs
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 1, 1996

"As always, Isaacs's strengths lie in her feisty characters, lively pacing, and perfectly tuned comic sense. (Literary Guild main selection; $250,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
Isaacs achieves a personal best with this warmly spirited tale of a Long Island lawyer conned over and over by life and love. Read full book review >
THE MONKEY'S FIST by William D. Pease
THRILLERS
Released: July 1, 1996

"CIA, the KGB, and the harried reader's credulity. (First printing of 75,000; $75,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
The mandarins of the new world order sure make a mistake when they pick on retired D.C. cop Eddie Nickles (Playing the Dozens, 1990), who's just trying to buy his daughter a graduation gift. Read full book review >
MURDER ON BROADWAY by Edward I. Koch
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 1, 1996

"Your move."
An unexpected thrill for the jaded audience on hand for the tenth anniversary gala of Nolan MacDougall's musical The Last Laugh: When jealous Wesley Fisk shoots leading man Conor Matthews in the last act, the bullets are real. Read full book review >
SOULTOWN by Mercedes Lambert
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1996

"Forget the killer; forget Whitney's obsession with her own shoes and parfums; and fasten your seat belt for a breathtaking tour of Soultown at its most exhilaratingly lurid. (Author tour)"
How's this for a slam-bang opening? Read full book review >
FINAL VICTIM by Stephen J. Cannell
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 1, 1996

"An unrelenting string of cyberbabble does not distract from his second novel's most serious problem: We've seen all this before. (Author tour)"
From veteran TV writer Cannell (The Plan, 1995), an unsuccessful psychothriller that reads like a hodgepodge of recent blockbusters in the genre. Read full book review >
THE SPIRIT TEAM by Walter Wager
THRILLERS
Released: July 1, 1996

"There's even a part for Stallone, if he's willing to play a villain."
A contrived thriller, tailor-made for the inevitable movie version to follow, from the author of such workmanlike film fodder as Otto's Boy (1985) and 58 Minutes (1987). Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Frances Stroh
author of BEER MONEY
May 4, 2016

Frances Stroh’s earliest memories are ones of great privilege: shopping trips to London and New York, lunches served by black-tied waiters at the Regency Hotel, and a house filled with precious antiques, which she was forbidden to touch. Established in Detroit in 1850, by 1984 the Stroh Brewing Company had become the largest private beer fortune in America and a brand emblematic of the American dream itself; while Stroh was coming of age, the Stroh family fortune was estimated to be worth $700 million. But behind the beautiful façade lay a crumbling foundation. As their fortune dissolved in little over a decade, the family was torn apart internally by divorce and one family member's drug bust; disagreements over the management of the business; and disputes over the remaining money they possessed. “The author’s family might have successfully burned through a massive fortune, but they squandered a lot more than that,” our reviewer writes about Stroh’s debut memoir, Beer Money. “A sorrowful, eye-opening examination of familial dysfunction.” View video >