Thrillers Book Reviews (page 490)

HAVEN by John Peyton Cooke
THRILLERS
Released: Aug. 30, 1996

A Seattle physician and her Chinese-American husband find out what evil lurks behind the neighborly facade of Haven, Idaho. Read full book review >
THE DEATH OF FRIENDS by Michael Nava
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 27, 1996

"If you haven't discovered him yet, an uncommonly rich experience awaits."
For years, Chicano lawyer Henry Rios has kept the secret that his old Stanford classmate Christopher Chandler is as gay as Henry himself—he even helped him plead an ancient lewd-conduct charge down to something that wouldn't destroy his career— despite the pressure from his friendship with Chris's wife, Bay. Read full book review >

NIGHTLAND by Louis Owens
THRILLERS
Released: Aug. 21, 1996

"This is how it's done."
A Native American Richard Condon might have conjured up this neatly plotted thriller, a wonderful companion to Owens's two previous novels, The Sharpest Sight (1992) and Bone Game (1994). Read full book review >
THE INSULT by Rupert Thomson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 15, 1996

"But there is nonetheless a dark, hugely suggestive power at work here, cumulatively having the visceral impact of a nightmare."
A feverishly imagined tale of a blind man who develops night vision and uses it to search for a vanished lover, this is a surpassingly bleak and defiantly illogical study of obsession from the highly touted Thomson (Air and Fire, 1994, etc.). Read full book review >
THE VULTURE FUND by Stephen Frey
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 14, 1996

"A lone upright bull takes on lowlife bears and power-mad politicos in a paranoid fantasy almost totally devoid of pace or suspense. (First printing of 150,000; author tour)"
Wall Street and Washington baddies plot—ploddingly—against the public interest in another lurid shocker from investment banker Frey (The Takeover, 1995). Read full book review >

MERCY by Jodi Picoult
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 13, 1996

"Overly predictable characters aside, Picoult does manage this time to bring trendy, headline-grabbing themes to life. (Literary Guild alternate selection)"
Despite kilt-wearing characters right out of Brigadoon, Picoult (Picture Perfect, 1995, etc.) persuasively explores a mercy killing in a small Massachusetts town and the subject of spouses who love too much. Read full book review >
GREEN LAKE by S.K. Epperson
THRILLERS
Released: Aug. 12, 1996

"The rest of the cast is too busy killing each other off."
Summertime in that bucolic retreat, Green Lake, Kansas, and the living is easy—if you don't mind the assortment of perverts and grotesques that Epperson left out of The Neighborhood (1995). Read full book review >
RAISING CAIN by Gallatin Warfield
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 9, 1996

"A Time to Kill knockoff with more mystification than Warfield usually vouchsafes his fans, but with every trace of moral complexity neatly ironed out. (Author tour)"
Hardheaded Maryland State's Attorney Gardner Lawson (Silent Son, 1994, etc.) wades back into the ring for a third face-off against Prince of Darkness Kent King, Esq. Read full book review >
CHOOSERS OF THE SLAIN by James H. Cobb
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 6, 1996

"First- rate military suspense."
A genuinely exciting debut yarn detailing how America's blue- water Navy might do battle with an unlikely foe a decade hence. Read full book review >
THE GALACTIC GOURMET by James White
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 1, 1996

"Humorous, lighthearted, inventive: a treat for series faithful and newcomers alike."
White's Sector General yarns—about a colossal space hospital designed to cater to the needs of humans as well as to the most numerous and staggeringly diverse bunch of aliens in science fiction—have been appearing intermittently since Hospital Station (1962). Read full book review >
A LETHAL INVOLVEMENT by Clive Egleton
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 1, 1996

"Here, the mysteries are revealed with edgy ambiance (courtesy of the professional paranoia induced by downsizing democracies) in much the same way as one peels away an onion's layers to reach the pearl at the center."
Though finally separated from Her Majesty's Secret Intelligence Service, hard-to-handle agent Peter Ashton (Death Throes, 1995, etc.) is now recalled to duty by his erstwhile masters to investigate a seemingly simple case that soon turns complicated. Read full book review >
TRIANGLE OF DEATH by Michael Levine
THRILLERS
Released: Aug. 1, 1996

"A bull's-eye for Rogue Warrior fans but not nearly as interesting, or entertaining, as Levine's nonfiction. (Author tour)"
Action, adventure, karate kicks, and just about every spy thriller clichÇ possible in a federal drug-buster's roman Ö clef debut fiction. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fernanda Santos
author of THE FIRE LINE
May 17, 2016

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. New York Times writer Fernanda Santos’ debut book The Fire Line is the story of the fire and the Hotshots’ attempts to extinguish it. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. There's Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. View video >