Thrillers Book Reviews (page 490)

A CONSPIRACY OF TALL MEN by Noah Hawley
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 8, 1998

"A debut thriller with storytelling grip."
A paranoid's delight: In middle life and still followed about by a cloud of foreboding, Linus Owens is a professor of conspiracy theory who is himself wrapped tight in an infinite cat's cradle of suspicions about large-sum currency, cellular phones, faxes, large screen TVs, multiple CD changers, electronic organizers, the terrifying sound of his own wife, Claudia, steaming milk in their espresso machine. Read full book review >
AGAINST ALL ENEMIES by Richard Herman
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 8, 1998

"Herman has a distinctive beat to his wickedly adroit military thrillers whose firestorms are averted only at the last second."
Former Air Force major Herman (most recently, Power Curve, 1997, about the first woman president of the US) produces realistic suspense tales that some call "thinking man's" thrillers that out-Clancy Clancy. Read full book review >

FULL DRESS GRAY by IV Truscott
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 8, 1998

"Civilians, though, may feel a bit let down."
An old soldier returns to West Point to find even more trouble than he—d left behind in this up-to-the-minute sequel to Dress Gray (1979). Read full book review >
SPIN by Tom Lowe
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 7, 1998

"A hilarious hash of political low-jinks, thinly fictionalized gossip, and clever jabs at high-living conservatives that charms and scandalizes with disarming ease."
Delightfully trashy morality tale posing as a Primary Colors political roman Ö clef, this time dishing and damning the Republican camp. Read full book review >
RIPTIDE by Douglas Preston
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 2, 1998

"Unstoppable suspense and mystery."
Thrilling adventure of dredging for pirate treasure on an island off the Maine coast, by the authors of the best-selling Relic (1995) and Reliquary (1997). Read full book review >

THE LEGACY by Stephen Frey
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 1998

"Inept storytelling, overheated action."
Cluttered, clumsy plot-boiler about a marginally sleazy but good-looking investment banker who's dubiously blessed with a Zapruder-style video of the Kennedy assassination that shows a second gunman. Read full book review >
TANNER ON ICE by Lawrence Block
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 1998

"Tanner's fans, happy to see him back in action, won't mind if the action doesn't seem to go anywhere in particular."
Evan Tanner, the soldier of misfortune who's been out of commission since Me Tanner, You Jane (1970), returns, youthful and hale as ever, for a murky assignment in Burma. Read full book review >
LUCKY BASTARD by Charles McCarry
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 1998

"McCarry dedicates Lucky Bastard to the late Richard Condon, whose dizzy, over-the-top social satires it resembles. (Author tour)"
Deftly written, mordantly cynical send-up of a bed-hopping Kennedyesque scoundrel, charming in his own way, who thinks he's JFK's illegitimate child and so resolves to run for the Presidency. Read full book review >
GATEKEEPER by Philip Shelby
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 1998

"Still, likable Hollis will probably keep reader interest from flagging until past the half-way mark."
The best thing about Shelby's latest thriller (Days of Drums, 1997, etc.) is his dewy-eyed heroine, who almost, but not quite, saves the day. Read full book review >
THE BETRAYAL by Sabin Willett
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 1998

"Tense action sequences; unexpectedly feisty heroine; dozens of secretly tape-recorded conversations; enough legal detail to keep lawyer-readers contentedly disagreeing for years. (First printing of 75,000)"
An inoffensive Washington bureaucrat refuses to play patsy for some high-level arms brokers—only to bring down all the weight of their wrath and cunning. Read full book review >
ICEFIRE by Judith Reeves-Stevens
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 1998

"Meanwhile, the publisher, arming its publicity missiles, says the movie is due in 1998 or 1999, with its basic plastic humans fighting a gale-force soundtrack. (First printing of 75,000; author tour)"
Absorbing disaster novel that offers everything but asteroid impact and superblooming viruses, by the Canadian authors of Nighteyes (1989) and—the publisher tells us—William Shatner's Star Trek novels (sorry, Bill). Read full book review >
THE JOB by Douglas Kennedy
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 1998

"Even so, Kennedy dishes up this familiar fare with enough pizzazz to keep you reading long after you've worked out every single twist two steps ahead of the hapless hero. ($500,000 ad/promo [with The Big Picture]; author tour)"
An up-and-coming ad exec tossed out on his ear finds a new job that's a bargain with the Devil, in a glossy, fast-moving, by-the-numbers thriller from Douglas (The Big Picture, 1997). 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 >