Thrillers Book Reviews (page 490)

FALSE ACCUSATIONS by Alan Jacobson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 2, 1999

"Good questions, but the characters, meanwhile, are stick figures and the plotting's unconvincing—including the final twist, which in its awkwardness is more irritating than breathtaking. (Author tour)"
A debut suspenser that takes something from Patricia Cornwell, something from John Grisham, and manages a bland blend of both. Read full book review >
SINGLE & SINGLE by John le Carré
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 2, 1999

"Deprived of the great subject of Cold War espionage he handled better than any other novelist, le Carre now argues that individual greed, not ideology, is the villain to watch out for, and individual enterprise the only possible hope."
Now that the Evil Empire has fallen, le Carre (The Tailor of Panama, 1996, etc.) continues to explore the endless opportunities for junior-grade evil when East meets West through the accommodating offices of a wealthy banking family. Read full book review >

CERTIFIABLY INSANE by Arthur W. Bahr
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1999

"Though the hell-hath-no-fury plot couldn't be more familiar (especially to fans of Richard Gere movies), Bahr's portrait of his homicidal heroine and her victims is so nuanced that the familiar plot twists seem, if not exactly fresh, then genuinely creepy. (Mystery Guild featured alternate)"
Bahr's posthumous first novel trains a microscope on a killer's insanity defense and its chilling, though predictable, aftermath. Read full book review >
VECTOR by Robin Cook
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 1999

"Not really a thought to minimize, as his cautionary tale observes."
39914471.499 Cook, Robin VECTOR Doctor Cook, King of the Mind-bending Medical Thriller (from Coma to Invasion to Toxin), returns with a swoon-worthy killer-poison more dangerous than any before it.. Read full book review >
AT ANY PRICE by Brian Freemantle
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 1999

"Even so, the story bears a slight patina of datedness in that the even grander economic struggles of today (the Indonesian crunches, etc.) never figure into the big picture."
Best known for his seriocomic Charlie Muffin series (Bomb Grade, 1997, etc.) about British Intelligence, Freemantle (writing as Jonathan Evans) first published this suspenser in England (in 1982) under the title Chairman of the Board. Read full book review >

MOTION TO DISMISS by Jonnie Jacobs
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 1999

"Instead, Kali's third case (Evidence of Guilt, 1997, etc.) is a whodunit—and the best-turned puzzle of Jacobs's six novels to date. (Author tour)"
In the middle of launching a public offering of ComTech, his graphics chip company, Grady Barrett runs into a streak of rotten luck. Read full book review >
STEALING THUNDER by Peter Millar
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1999

"A solid piece of work, less suspenseful than absorbing and intelligent."
British newcomer Millar turns in an alternative history of the Cold War. Read full book review >
BURNOUT by Jeannine Kadow
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 1999

"Should sell, though. (Book of the Month Club alternate selection)"
Knockout melodrama whose first half will probably carry it to big sales, by former TV reporter Kadow (the paperback Blue Justice). Read full book review >
PROUD LEGIONS by John Antal
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 1999

"Make your interactive tactical decision now! (First printing of 50,000; $50,000 ad/promo)"
It's 6:00 p.m., 25 Sept., present day: Readers alerted to every passing moment are led through battle maps and attack plans while great armored dragons roar through the night as described by Antal, an active-duty army officer now serving in the Pentagon. 6:10 p.m.: To his earlier foray into Soldier of Fortune gamesmanship, Armor Attacks: The Tank Platoon (1991), readers were given the option to choose from various possibilities provided by Antal to help his hero win the day with correct tactical decisions and get a battlefield promotion to captain and a silver star. 6:48 p.m.: In Proud Legions, Antal dreams up a new war in Korea, which he currently foresees as inevitable anyway. 7:00 p.m.: Antal opens with a detailed readout on the new MIA2 Abrams main battle tank, just so we know what his novel is about, which is tank combat in a Korean land war. 7:10 p.m.: North Korea is intent on capturing Seoul with its 10,000,000 people, at which point, tactically, it will have won any war and stopped all resistance. 7:20 p.m.: But to win the Second Korean War, the North Koreans must break through the 2nd Battalion's 72nd Armor, commanded by Lt. Read full book review >
BLOOD AND WATER by Lori Fairweather
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 1999

"Most readers will anticipate her next venture with curiosity and pleasure."
A robust first novel tells the story of twin sisters Sidney and Frances LaSalle—friends in childhood, always at loggerheads in adulthood. Read full book review >
EVERY TRACE by Gregg Main
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 1999

"Formula stuff by and large, but with some nicely engineered surprises to tingle the spine."
A debut novelist pushes most of the right buttons in this clever suspenser about revenge gone awry. Read full book review >
THE SALESMAN by Joseph O’Connor
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 1999

"A deft, often angry, and moving portrait of the complexities of loss and vengeance. (Author tour)"
An astringent view of crime and punishment, Irish style, as seen through the eyes of a grieving father who's coming unraveled. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >