Thrillers Book Reviews (page 490)

Released: July 1, 1995

"The fastest read of the seasonprobably even faster than the TV movie it seems destined for."
Devon brings the feverish pace of Bad Desire (1990) to Mary Higgins Clark land in this tale of star-crossed newlyweds. Read full book review >
Released: July 1, 1995

"More Cold War commentary than plot here, along with aloof characters who do little and pontificate much, virtually chatting one another into submission."
British journalist Buchan follows up his Whitbread Prize- winning A Parish of Rich Women (1985) with a knowledgeable but overly talky and terminally informative tale of sex, spies, and missile brinkmanship in the last years of the Cold War. Read full book review >

LIGHTNING by Danielle Steel
Released: July 1, 1995

"It was inevitable that prolific Steel would tackle a (rightfully) current concern, but—well, suffering along with Alex does not offer typical Steelian recreation."
A happy family is shattered and scattered when a career woman is diagnosed with breast cancer: Steel's (The Gift, 1994, etc.) very damp—indeed, heavy-weeping—latest. Read full book review >
THE BLOOD COUNTESS by Andrei Codrescu
Released: July 1, 1995

"A wonderful historical novel that merits comparison with the fiction of Zoe Oldenbourg and Marguerite Yourcenar. (First printing of 150,000; Literary Guild alternate selection; author tour)"
An expertly crafted first novel uncovers the roots of contemporary Eastern European carnage in the lurid story of a notorious 16th-century murderess. Read full book review >
WAKING THE MOON by Elizabeth Hand
Released: July 1, 1995

"Page by page, great entertainment—with special effects from Industrial Light and Magic. (Author tour)"
Men have been in charge too long, and at this moment the moon goddess Othiym Lunarsa slouches toward Washington, D.C., to be born—in this fourth novel and first hardcover from Hand. Read full book review >

Released: July 1, 1995

"Haute folderol from a master of the game."
Another vastly entertaining outing for Arthur Conan Doyle, whom Frost (The List of 7, 1993) seems bent on starring in lurid adventures to rival those of the Scottish physician's own storied hero, Sherlock Holmes. Read full book review >
DEAD MAN'S DANCE by Robert Ferrigno
Released: June 27, 1995

"But the choreography seems to be a problem, too. (First printing of 150,000; $250,000 ad/promo; Literary Guild and Mystery Guild featured alternate)"
Though Ferrigno struggles valiantly to inject gallons of angst and attitude into his latest, the result is a wandering, joyless attempt to reinvent the gruff roman policier. Read full book review >
Released: June 23, 1995

"First-class entertainment with full-tilt action and three- dimensional characters credibly concerned about abuse of power, exposure, retribution, and other of a workaday world's manifold cares."
Another arresting take on the US Navy from Deutermann (The Edge of Honor, 1994, etc.)—this time in a military police procedural that features miscegenation, high-level infighting, and a genuinely horrifying hatchet man. Read full book review >
MOTION TO SUPPRESS by Perri O’Shaughnessy
Released: June 16, 1995

"Characterizations are skimpy, and the plot could use a diet, but the talented sisters O'Shaughnessy are newcomers to watch. (Author tour)"
Legal suspense thriller from first-time sister-writing team O'Shaughnessy draws to an inside straight in the demiworld of Tahoe gambling. Read full book review >
TRUE CRIME by Andrew Klavan
Released: June 14, 1995

"Klavan's venture into humor pays off terrifically and quite equals the suspense, but his fiddle-playing for Beachum tires. (First printing of 250,000; film rights to Twentieth Century-Fox)"
Often laugh-out-loud suspense about a low-life, adulterous, sexist reporter who attempts to save what he thinks is an innocent man from a lethal injection in a Missouri state prison. Read full book review >
TRUE BETRAYALS by Nora Roberts
Released: June 13, 1995

"But Roberts's style has a fresh, contemporary snap that gets the story past its own worst excesses."
Thoroughbreds and Virginia blue-bloods cavort, commit murder, and fall in love in Roberts's (Hidden Riches, 1994, etc.) latest romantic thriller — this one set in the world of championship horse racing. Read full book review >
THE FATIGUE ARTIST by Lynne Sharon Schwartz
Released: June 5, 1995

"Not action-packed, but an intriguing journey through the metaphors of a modern illness—and certainly written with intensive care. (Literary Guild alternate selection)"
A ruminative story of illness and healing that Schwartz (Leaving Brooklyn, 1989; Disturbances in the Field, 1983, etc.) makes as deep as a fever dream—with that same fitfulness and moments of heightened clarity. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jason Gay
November 17, 2015

In the 1990s, copies of Richard Carlson’s Don't Sweat the Small Stuff (and its many sequels) were seemingly everywhere, giving readers either the confidence to prioritize their stresses or despondence over the slender volume’s not addressing their particular set of problems. While not the first book of its kind, it kicked open the door for an industry of self-help, worry-reduction advice guides. In his first book, Little Victories, Wall Street Journal sports columnist Gay takes less of a guru approach, though he has drawn an audience of readers appreciative of reportage that balances insights with a droll, self-deprecating outlook. He occasionally focuses his columns on “the Rules” (of Thanksgiving family touch football, the gym, the office holiday party, etc.), which started as a genial poke in the eye at the proliferation of self-help books and, over time, came to explore actual advice “both practical and ridiculous” and “neither perfect nor universal.” The author admirably combines those elements in every piece in the book. View video >