Thrillers Book Reviews (page 490)

OUR GAME by John le Carré
Released: March 10, 1995

The great subject that's fascinated le Carre (The Night Manager, 1993, etc.) throughout his career — what happens to the masters of tradecraft in a world that doesn't match their trade — comes in for unsettlingly timely treatment in this latest tale of spies grown too old and knowing. Read full book review >
DECEPTIONS by Michael Weaver
Released: March 9, 1995

"If you can't find something to savor in this one, better forget how to read."
From Weaver (Impulse, 1993), an extraordinarily complicated and largely successful thriller so laceratingly tough that the ink it's printed with might as well be distilled testosterone. Read full book review >

DOUBLE JEOPARDY by William Bernhardt
Released: March 1, 1995

"Bernhardt (Perfect Justice, 1994, etc.) serves up a fine farrago of nonstop, nonsensical action evidently intended for audiences who think lawyers don't get enough exercise and fresh air. ($100,000 ad/promo)"
A rookie Dallas attorney who's a whiz in the courtroom has to take his show on the road when his lowlife client busts out of jail and implicates him in a three-ring circus of mob violence. Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 1995

"Very plausible, very possible, and very well done."
It's 1945, and the focus of this readable and absorbing first thriller is a Nazi commando in the US with direct orders from Hitler to assassinate President Roosevelt. Read full book review >
PARROT BLUES by Judith Van Gieson
Released: March 1, 1995

"Maybe Terrance had his priorities right after all."
Albuquerque corporate raider Terrance Lewellen has good reason to be upset: A kidnapper has grabbed not only his soon-to- be-ex-wife, Deborah Dumaine, who researches parrots at UNM, but also Perigee, one of his prize indigo macaws, whose bereft mate, Colloquy, is a lot more upset than Terrance. Read full book review >

Released: March 1, 1995

"Despite occasionally distracting halts for mutinous asides on authority or deadly serious critiques of contemporary firearms, another excellent adventure for the rogue warrior and his highly trained SEALs. (Author tour)"
Marcinko has not gone gentle into the good night of retirement following a rough-and-ready career as a US Navy SEAL (chronicled in blood-red, white, and blue detail in his bestselling 1992 autobiography, Rogue Warrior). Read full book review >
WHITE STAR by James Thayer
Released: March 1, 1995

"As implausible as this whole saga seems, it is carried by Thayer's (Ringer, 1988, etc.) streamlined prose and near-masterful control of detail and setting, which make this a particularly enjoyable and unpredictable read."
A revenge yarn and thriller that will have readers rolling their eyes—when they're not on the edge of their seats. Read full book review >
COCK-A-DOODLE-DO by Philip Weiss
Released: March 1, 1995

"An honorable try."
Ambitious first novel from journalist Weiss, in which a nice- ish public-service lawyer almost loses all his nice ideals in not- so-nice New York. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 27, 1995

"Ellroy reins in the more flagrant stylistic excesses of his L.A. Quartet (White Jazz, 1992, etc.), but indulges every overripe subplot you can imagine, in this lurid, volcanic historical epic."
It's the Kennedys versus Jimmy Hoffa, Fidel Castro, and J. Edgar Hoover in this blistering, sprawling slice of Americana from the comic-book Dos Passos of our time. Read full book review >
SOLDIER BOY by E. Scott Jones
Released: Feb. 21, 1995

"Insufficient camaraderie, not enough shooting, and an excess of banter."
Who misses the Cold War? Read full book review >
DARK TIDE by William P. Kennedy
Released: Feb. 18, 1995

"A superb story, with a perhaps not totally unexpected twist at the very end."
The well-worn plot in which people are thrown together on a small boat and mortally threatened by both the forces of nature and the sort of evil that only people can devise is given full and effective treatment in this chill-a-minute thriller from Kennedy (Guard of Honor, 1993, etc.). Read full book review >
RULES OF THE HUNT by Victor O'Reilly
Released: Feb. 15, 1995

"Perhaps too convoluted for its own good, this page-turner should still enhance O'Reilly's place among contemporary thriller writers."
Irish tough guy Hugo Fitzduane takes on a fierce Japanese group, the Yaibo, or the Cutting Edge, in this violent, fast-paced sequel to Games of the Hangman (1991). Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
John Sandford
author of SATURN RUN
October 6, 2015

Saturn Run, John Sandford’s new novel, is quite a departure for the bestselling thriller writer, who sets aside his Lucas Davenport crime franchise (Gathering Prey, 2015, etc.) and partners with photographer and sci-fi buff Ctein to leave Earth’s gravitational field for the rings of Saturn. The year is 2066. A Caltech intern inadvertently notices an anomaly from a space telescope—something is approaching Saturn, and decelerating. Space objects don’t decelerate; spaceships do. A flurry of top-level government meetings produces the inescapable conclusion: whatever built that ship is at least 100 years ahead in hard and soft technology, and whoever can get their hands on it exclusively and bring it back will have an advantage so large, no other nation can compete. A conclusion the Chinese definitely agree with when they find out. The race is on. “James Bond meets Tom Swift, with the last word reserved not for extraterrestrial encounters but for international piracy, state secrets, and a spot of satisfyingly underhanded political pressure,” our reviewer writes. View video >