Thrillers Book Reviews (page 490)

Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Packed with lovely moments and as compact as haiku—at the same time, a page-turner full of twists. (Author tour)"
Old passions, prejudices, and grudges surface in a Washington State island town when a Japanese man stands trial for the murder of a fisherman in the 1950s. Read full book review >
SACRIFICE by John Farris
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Farris beautifully evokes ho-hum small-town southern life—his situation humor is so real, it's surreal—and Greg Walker is an intriguing character, but when he travels south of the border his story runs out of steam."
Farris (Fiends, 1990, etc.) concocts a thriller whose pitch-perfect middle Americanisms initially give credibility to its lurid plot. Read full book review >

Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Genre auslanders who've been invited into the fold include Thomas Disch, Gabriel Garc°a M†rquez and Sherman Alexie."
The seventh annual collection of dreams and nightmares from editors Datlow and Windling. Read full book review >
PHOENIX SUB ZERO by Michael DiMercurio
Released: Aug. 30, 1994

"Still, fans of Tom Clancy and his ilk could do a lot worse."
A Third World coalition possessing cheap nukes and the will to use them threatens Uncle Sam in this rousing and well-paced, if predictable, undersea yarn. Read full book review >
BORN BAD by Andrew Vachss
Released: Aug. 29, 1994

"Still, what can you do with a thick pile of short stories that even the author claims aren't writerly?"
Two short plays and 42 stories from Vachss, who's known for his eight novels (see below) featuring PIs who hunt down child abusers and sex offenders. Read full book review >

A KILLING IN MOSCOW by Clive Egleton
Released: Aug. 19, 1994

"Egleton nicely depicts the bureaucratic minefield and sea of red herrings confronting his hero, but he often strands readers in passages containing enough acronyms and jargon to require a glossary."
A convincing and muscular thriller that needs every sinew to bear its often weighty prose. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 15, 1994

"All the trappings, but little of the substance, of a courtroom drama."
Retired Ohio Supreme Court Justice Brown (Presumption of Guilt, 1991) serves up a legal thriller that fails to resolve the difficult questions it raises. Read full book review >
FULL MOON OVER AMERICA by Thomas William Simpson
Released: Aug. 10, 1994

"Original concepts that fizzle, from an author whose best work is probably still to come."
Once again, Simpson (The Gypsy Storyteller, 1993, etc.) takes a popular form—previously the family dynasty saga, here the political biography—and tweaks it to produce giggles but few belly laughs. Read full book review >
ACTS OF LOVE by Emily Listfield
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"Unfortunately, there are few surprises, and none of the blood-chilling suspense it takes to create a page-turner."
Listfield (Variations in the Night, 1987, etc.) sets her fourth novel in a suburb of Albany, NY, where a community is torn over whether the death of Ann Waring, killed during a quarrel with her husband Ted when his hunting rifle discharged, was an accident or a murder. Read full book review >
FLOATING CITY by Eric Van Lustbader
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"Whoever makes it to the end of this entangled thriller will find that the loose ends make the next Linnear installment a must-read."
The world's a perilous place indeed, full of moral ambiguity and inscrutable Asian mystique, in Lustbader's (Black Blade, 1993, etc.) second installation of the Kaisho series. Read full book review >
THE HOMING by John Saul
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"A skillful manipulation of primal fears about the natural world and the corruption of innocence."
In his contrived but fast-paced thriller, bestselling novelist Saul (Guardian, 1993) does for insects what Hitchcock's The Birds did for our feathered friends. Read full book review >
THE CHEETAH CHASE by Karin McQuillan
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"As usual, Jazz makes a blundering but appealing detective whose investigation is wrapped, like Godiva chocolate, around a sumptuous tour of sub-Saharan Kenya."
Jazz Jasper (Elephants' Graveyard, 1993) hasn't had a client for her Kenyan safaris in two months, but she's not exactly idle: She's hunting down whoever left a deadly Saharan scorpion in the loo to sting her friend and host Nick Hunter, a journalist who'd retreated to a private preserve among the Samburu. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >