Thrillers Book Reviews (page 490)

VULCAN'S FORGE by Jack Du Brul
THRILLERS
Released: March 1, 1998

"Remember, Fleming could never top From Russia With Love, so come aboard now."
A debut thriller introducing Philip Mercermine engineer, geological consultant, and the only Bond clone who carries a Derringer strapped to his testicles. Read full book review >
BLOOD WORK by Michael Connelly
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 1, 1998

"A tormented hero, a canny and malicious killer, endlessly patient detective work alternating with dark threats and tense action scenes: Connelly seems bent on wiring together every cliche of the mano-a-mano genre and juicing them fill they sing."
Another of Connelly's volcanic lawmen confronts his nightmare double—the killer whose brutal crime saved the hero's life. Read full book review >

GOOD COP, BAD COP by Barbara D’Amato
THRILLERS
Released: March 1, 1998

"Readers seeking an equally trenchant portrait of Chicago lawmen coupled with a denser, meatier plot need look no further than D'Amato's last Cat Marsala mystery (Hard Bargain, 1997), which has everything this novel does and more."
A generation after his bullying cop father forced him to blaze away at the Black Panthers, Supt. Read full book review >
THRILLERS
Released: March 1, 1998

"A slick, streamlined, outrageous but entertaining product. (Author tour)"
This fifth in a wildly successful series (Rogue Warrior: Designation Gold, p. 85, etc.) mixing brutal action and high-tech toys doesn't stray far from the formula. Read full book review >
OYSTER by Janette Turner Hospital
THRILLERS
Released: March 1, 1998

"A deep and harrowing journey through a desolate land into the recesses of the soul and then back into the light, all recorded in luminous prose."
Echoes of Waco, Heaven's Gate, and Jonestown combine with intimations of apocalypse in a stunningly evocative story of life in a remote Australian hell-hole—a place where evil is as pervasive as the heat, goodness as rare as rain. Read full book review >

THE BLUEST BLOOD by Gillian Roberts
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 1, 1998

"It's a strong heart that, together with Roberts's unusually firm mystery-mongering and pointed use of clues, makes Amanda's eighth case (The Mummers' Curse, 1996, etc.) her finest hour yet."
If Neddy and Tea Roederer lived in Boston, they wouldn't have to speak to anyone but the Cabots and the Lowells. Read full book review >
WHAT A WOMAN'S GOTTA DO by evelyn coleman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1998

"Skillfully written, but with a welter of incongruous elements, from black belt karate to Judgement Day, the supernatural, interracial issues, murder, astrology, and genetic engineering."
A children's book author turns her hand to the adult suspense novel—with mixed results. Read full book review >
A HUNTING WE WILL GO by Hal Friedman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1998

"The result is a novel peopled with stock characters and rife with plot devices that are often both unbelievable and illogical at once."
Los Angeles newswoman rises above a mercenary station manager and the incompetence of the LAPD to nab a sadistic killer with a taste for beautiful female celebrities. Read full book review >
THE MAGIC CIRCLE by Katherine Neville
THRILLERS
Released: March 1, 1998

"Still, fans of The Eight should stagger away with bemused grins. (Author tour)"
Like Neville's 1988 debut, The Eight, another daft, overstuffed, sprawling sofa of a yarn involving dozens of famous figures, places, and objects, along with a mysterious manuscript that nobody ever gets to read—oh, yeah, and the collapse of communism. Read full book review >
A JEW IN COMMUNIST PRAGUE by Vittorio Giardino
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: March 1, 1998

"Visually compelling and historically resonant, Giardino's full- color narrative is evolving into a masterwork of its kind."
The second volume in Giardinos poignant graphic narrative of growing up under Communist rule in postwar Prague lives up to the clean elegance of its first (rev. 5/1/97). Read full book review >
DUST by Charles Pellegrino
THRILLERS
Released: March 1, 1998

"Horrifying set pieces, lively characters, intense doses of cutting-edge research (too much of a good thing at times): first fiction worthy of comparison to Childhood's End and When Worlds Collide."
Brilliantly scary (and highly entertaining) vision of eco-catastrophe, courtesy of the maverick scientist whose DNA-in-amber theory gave us Jurassic Park. Read full book review >
THE BEST OF CEMETERY DANCE by Richard Chizmar
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1998

"For those who like to dance with the dead, well worth the price."
Mammoth-sized roundup of the 60 best dark-fiction entries in the first 25 issues of Cemetery Dance magazine—a quarterly devoted to works of particularly dark horror, and one distinguished by the quality of its contents. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kathleen Kent
author of THE DIME
February 20, 2017

Dallas, Texas is not for the faint of heart. Good thing for Betty Rhyzyk she's from a family of take-no-prisoners Brooklyn police detectives. But in Kathleen Kent’s new novel The Dime, her Big Apple wisdom will only get her so far when she relocates to The Big D, where Mexican drug cartels and cult leaders, deadbeat skells and society wives all battle for sunbaked turf. Betty is as tough as the best of them, but she's deeply shaken when her first investigation goes sideways. Battling a group of unruly subordinates, a persistent stalker, a formidable criminal organization, and an unsupportive girlfriend, the unbreakable Detective Betty Rhyzyk may be reaching her limit. “Violent, sexy, and completely absorbing,” our critic writes in a starred review. “Kent's detective is Sam Spade reincarnated—as a brilliant, modern woman.” View video >