Thrillers Book Reviews (page 490)

IOLANI by Wilkie Collins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1999

"Less committed readers may well accept the verdict of Longmans and Chapman and Hall."
The natives are eternally restless in Victorian suspense-master Collins's hitherto unpublished first novel, rejected by both Longmans and Chapman and Hall in 1844. Read full book review >
BITING THE MOON by Martha Grimes
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 1999

"Grimes's young heroines are as grave and enchanting as you'd expect, and she shows a nice eye for the relations between inhumanity toward animals and other, more shocking kinds of same."
The longtime chronicler of Inspector Richard Jury and his menagerie of friends (The Stargazey, 1998, etc.) goes west for this tale of a young woman on the road from nowhere aiming to solve the mystery of her identity. Read full book review >

WILD HORSES by Brian Hodge
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 1999

"Taut prose, good action, and a crisp pace add up to a good read: Hodge draws characters with the texture of Daumier—and the imagination of LeFanu."
A debut thriller that hits the road with a cast of characters only Charles Addams could love, all of them in hot pursuit of $750,000 skimmed off the top of a Vegas blackjack table. Read full book review >
RED GOLD by Alan Furst
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1999

"Witty, inventive, distinctively French film-noir espionage, told with the terse brutality and jaundiced romanticism of Chandler and Hammett at their peak."
More masterful, richly atmospheric WWII spy fiction sends Furst's despairing, dissolute, but delightfully resourceful film producer Jean Casson on yet another existential errand among the fiends and fanatics of the French Resistance. Read full book review >
THE SABBATHDAY RIVER by Jean Hanff Korelitz
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 1999

"Quality Paperback Book Club main selection)."
The murder of an unidentified newborn baby prompts a group of women to reexamine their place on the scale ranging from cost-free political commitment on one end to intractable personal lives on the other. Read full book review >

SKEPTIC by Holden Scott
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 1999

"Maybe this sniff-a-virus-give-off-a ghost concept has scientific validity, maybe it doesn't, but when the characters are flat, their dialogue wooden, and their behavior slavishly formulaic, who cares what emanates from them? (Author tour)"
A debut medical thriller in which the quick are not much livelier than the dead. Read full book review >
THE SEA CAME IN AT MIDNIGHT by Steve Erickson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 1999

"And the taste for a naked young woman's spiritual rejuvenation during sexual intercourse performed on her as she dangles blindfolded from a rope is, undoubtedly, an acquired pleasure."
38097766.499 Erickson, Steve THE SEA CAME IN AT MIDNIGHT A sometimes disorienting novel from Erickson (American Nomad, 1997, etc.) weaves together the lives of a handful of people confronting the millennial apocalypse both personal and cosmic. Read full book review >
BLUE RAIN by Chuck Freadhoff
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 1999

"Add a shade more nuance to the characters, a bit more dash to the writing, and it could have been a contender."
Powerful people want to kill a news story—and then kill the reporter who's tracking it. Read full book review >
THE TOWER by Gregg Andrew Hurwitz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1999

"A breezy, funny first outing whose manically cornball dialogue, gross-out brutality, and preposterous action scenes aim low, shoot lower, and hit the target every time."
Sucker-punching, tongue-in-cheek debut psychokiller tale that spoofs, and tops, the hyper-violent Hollywood genre films that have inspired it. Read full book review >
HART'S WAR by John Katzenbach
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1999

"On balance, maybe the author's best. (Literary Guild alternate)"
A courtroom drama with an interesting spin on "change of venue," the venue here being a German POW camp. Read full book review >
BURNING GIRL by Ben Neihart
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1999

A transgressive thriller from the author of Hey, Joe (1996), describing the troubles of a young man from the wrong side of the tracks who's taken up by rich friends and given a brutal introduction to life in the fast lane. Read full book review >
WAITING by Frank M. Robinson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 1999

"Robinson's gloomy prognosis for the destruction of every ecosystem sustaining Homo sapiens seems all too plausible."
A thriller about the distant past and terrifying future, set in a vividly drawn San Francisco, from the author of The Dark Beyond the Stars (1991), etc. When a physician, Larry Shea, is killed by feral dogs, his friend Arthur Banks suspects foul play: Shea had been on route to give a speech to Banks's club, a group of intellectuals who have met periodically since the 1960s. 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 >