Thrillers Book Reviews (page 490)

DOUBLE TAKE by Judy Mercer
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 16, 1997

"No page-turner, but Mercer nevertheless is a bright author with a fine sense of humanity and some ideas that may very well mature."
Mercer's second Ariel Gold thriller has a fetching cast and an ingenious plot device. Read full book review >
TATTOO by Anthony Britto
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 15, 1997

"The kitchen-sink plotting and risible motive for the killings sink this first mystery, leaving only a plastic surgeon's endearing pipe-dream of life in the fast lane."
The life of a Beverly Hills plastic surgeon isn't all glamorous indolence—not if the surgeon is 40ish Dr. Gareth Lloyd, whose rounds of cosmetic and reconstructive surgery, Scotch and frozen pizza, child visitation and discreet adultery, are rudely interrupted by the shooting of his colleague Dr. Jack Ehrenberger, patron saint of Hollywood faces, upscale art collector, and husband of Lloyd's current mistress. Read full book review >

SPLIT IMAGE by Ron Faust
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 13, 1997

"The spare, surrealistic mastery of just the right detail makes this Faust's most rewarding thriller since his return to fiction with In the Forest of the Night (1992)."
As if in a dream, a washed-up Chicago playwright sleepwalks into murder, then into taking over the life of the man he killed. Read full book review >
FAT TUESDAY by Sandra Brown
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 12, 1997

"No surprises here, but Brown's readers will find this Mardi Gras extravaganza more than satisfying. (First printing of 500,000; Literary Guild main selection/Doubleday Book Club selection)"
Mega-selling Brown (Exclusive, 1996, etc.) returns, this time with a tale of murder, mayhem, and the battle of the sexes set in sleazy, swampy, sweaty New Orleans. Read full book review >
LIKELY TO DIE by Linda Fairstein
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 10, 1997

"For forensics addicts only."
Assistant District Attorney Alexandra Cooper, in charge of New York County's Sex Crimes Unit, was intimately involved in her first case (Final Jeopardy, 1996)—the victim was a friend of hers, killed perhaps in error for her—but this time the case is just a case: the brutal assault and slashing of Dr. Gemma Dogen, head of neurosurgery at the behemoth Mid-Manhattan Medical Center. Read full book review >

THE UNIVERSAL DONOR by Craig Nova
THRILLERS
Released: June 10, 1997

"But, even so, the author's spare lyricism and philosophical manner are absorbing, original, and moving."
Another fine novel by the author of, most recently, The Book of Dreams (1994). Dr. Terry McKechnie is working the emergency room during the 1992 riots in Los Angeles, treating victims of substance abuse and gunshot wounds, when Virginia Lee, the woman he's having an affair with, checks in. Read full book review >
HEART OF WAR by IV Truscott
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 10, 1997

"A well-handled shocker that raises intriguing questions as to how one branch of the armed forces can send soldiers of varied sexual orientations so many conflicting messages. (Film rights to Jaffe Entertainment; Literary Guild selection)"
Sex, sexism, and murder rear their ugly heads at an Army base in Georgia, with convulsive consequences for the brass and troops alike: another engrossing, cautionary tale from Truscott (Rules of the Road, 1989, etc.), now making a welcome return to the military milieu he knows best. Read full book review >
THE CHURCH OF DEAD GIRLS by Stephen Dobyns
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 9, 1997

A brisk dip into the ice-cold waters of schizophrenia, nymphomania, and serial murder, by the author of Saratoga Fleshpot (1995), etc. Aurelia, New York, is one of those pleasant little towns that you need a good reason to visit and none at all to leave. Read full book review >
PUBLISH AND PERISH by James Hynes
THRILLERS
Released: June 9, 1997

"Witty and penetrating: Hynes creates pungent satires of academic life while at the same time infusing them with genuine suspense and real terror."
Three original, droll, startling tales of horror in academia, by the author of the novel The Wild Colonial Boy (1990). Read full book review >
THE HOUSE OF FORGETTING by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 4, 1997

"More schematic than insightful: a tale of abuse and the recovery of self that has little original to say about the psyches either of obsessed captor or of captive."
Award-winning Hispanic poet and novelist S†enz (Carry Me Like Water, 1995, etc.) visits Turow and Grisham territory as he tells the melodramatic story of an abduction victim threatened by crooked lawyers and police. Read full book review >
LOS ALAMOS by Joseph Kanon
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 2, 1997

"An unusually promising debut. ($150,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
From the former head of Houghton Mifflin's trade division, a first thriller set at Los Alamos during the later stages of the building of the atomic bomb. Read full book review >
STATE OF THE UNION by David Callahan
THRILLERS
Released: June 2, 1997

"Cautionary, ineptly written Pentagon procedural weighed down by flabby characterizations, limp dialogue, and a pile of mangled corpses. (Film rights to MGM)"
Clunky Clancy-esque government insider tale of an attempted Washington coup d'etat and the brooding Green Beret who stops it, by a former US foreign-policy analyst. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jeff Chang
September 20, 2016

In the provocative essays in journalist Jeff Chang’s new book We Gon’ Be Alright, Chang takes an incisive and wide-ranging look at the recent tragedies and widespread protests that have shaken the country. Through deep reporting with key activists and thinkers, personal writing, and cultural criticism, We Gon’ Be Alright links #BlackLivesMatter to #OscarsSoWhite, Ferguson to Washington D.C., the Great Migration to resurgent nativism. Chang explores the rise and fall of the idea of “diversity,” the roots of student protest, changing ideas about Asian Americanness, and the impact of a century of racial separation in housing. “He implores readers to listen, act, and become involved with today’s activists, who offer ‘new ways to see our past and our present,’ ” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A compelling and intellectually thought-provoking exploration of the quagmire of race relations.” View video >