Thrillers Book Reviews (page 490)

THE FRIENDS OF FREELAND by Brad Leithauser
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 24, 1997

"Skillfully crafted and conceived, but far too long and obvious."
A Northern Saga, longer than an Arctic shadow and tougher to swallow than frozen venison filet, from a gifted poet and novelist (Seaward, 1993, etc.) who seems to have had a lot of time on his hands. Read full book review >
CLASS TRIP by Emmanuel Carrère
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 13, 1997

Class Trip ($19.95; Jan. 13, 1997; 176 pp.; 0-8050-4694-1): A subtle combination of noir mystery and metaphysical thriller by the acclaimed author of The Mustache (1988) and Gothic Romance (1990). Read full book review >

FLESH AND BONES by Paul Levine
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 1, 1997

"Jake just never learns about women—luckily for his fans, who'll find this impossible case, his seventh (Fool Me Twice, 1995, etc.), more tightly wound than any since his debut in To Speak for the Dead (1990)."
Not even a lawyer as light on his feet as Jake Lassiter can find much wiggle room when he himself was one of the dozens of witnesses who watched his client, model Chrissy Bernhardt, walk up to her father in a crowded bar and shoot him three times, sending him spiraling into a fatal heart attack. Read full book review >
IN THE DEEP MIDWINTER by Robert Clark
THRILLERS
Released: Jan. 1, 1997

"Still, his ability to see the value in a lost, often ridiculed, way of life is valuable, as is his tidy narrative technique. (First printing of 50,000; $75,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
A first novel by the biographer of James Beard tries to recapture the moral issues of 1950s America, a time when WASPish reticence and conservative social values reigned. Read full book review >
BAG MEN by John Flood
THRILLERS
Released: Jan. 1, 1997

"Gorgeously and audaciously plotted, with a trio of starring roles that would make a casting director salivate, even if he weren't being tested for drugs."
The beating death of a Catholic priest on a Logan Airport runway on New Year's Eve is only the beginning of this gritty first novel's magical mystery tour of 1965 Boston. Read full book review >

THE UNLIKELY SPY by Daniel Silva
THRILLERS
Released: Jan. 1, 1997

"A fine, twisty tale of military intelligence, notable for graceful prose, credibly motivated characters, and evocative detail. (First printing of 150,000; Book-of-the-Month Club alternate selection; $150,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
Television producer Silva delivers a fine, old-fashioned WW II debut thriller that pits an English don against Admiral Wilhelm Canaris's Abwehr—in a deadly contest of wits on the eve of the Allied invasion of occupied Europe. Read full book review >
THE DANCER UPSTAIRS by Nicholas Shakespeare
THRILLERS
Released: Jan. 1, 1997

"Precisely, beautifully detailed, with a remarkable grasp of tension in a society not the writer's own: a tale both faithful to its time and utterly timeless."
In a sequel of sorts to his award-winning novel The Vision of Elena Silves (1990), Shakespeare again explores an explosive situation in Latin America (inspired by the Shining Path insurrection in Peru), deftly mingling love and suspense in a powerful, persuasive narrative. Read full book review >
THE MAMMOTH BOOK OF BEST NEW HORROR 7 by Stephen Jones
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1997

"If you think all horror is hackwork, try this."
The best single horror collection of the year features 26 pieces of short fiction by top writers, as well as a superb review of the year's output in horror writing in the English-speaking world by editor Jones. Read full book review >
TITUS CROW by Brian Lumley
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 1, 1997

"Hideous mobile sludge, hellish dreams, babbling madness, the horror, the horror!"
First hardcover volume of three, each holding two Titus Crow novels from Lumley's earlier days as an H.P. Lovecraft disciple. Read full book review >
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1997

"To be skimmed, then, rather than read straight through, but nevertheless a collection that fills long-standing gaps in the fields of both supernatural fiction and women's studies."
A generous collection of 22 ghostly tales, some by well-known writers, most by long (and sometimes unjustly) forgotten authors. Read full book review >
CHARITY by Len Deighton
THRILLERS
Released: Dec. 18, 1996

"Even so, almost 18 months remain on Deighton's narrative calendar before the Berlin Wall comes down, suggesting to optimists that the author has world enough and time for more trilogies. ($100,000 ad promo)"
The final volume in the third of Deighton's Cold War trilogies to feature Bernard Samson, the star-crossed British intelligence agent who has yet to wear out his welcome. Read full book review >
THE FALLEN MAN by Tony Hillerman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 18, 1996

"The autumnal 12th entry in this distinguished series is less complex and energetic than Sacred Clowns (1993), but Hillerman's legion of fans, impatient for a return to the reservation ever since the author's Vietnam novel, Finding Moon (1995), will likely find it irresistible."
Kirkus Interview
Morgan Matson
July 25, 2016

From Morgan Matson, the bestselling author of Since You’ve Been Gone, comes The Unexpected Everything, a feel-good YA novel of friendship, finding yourself, and all the joys in life that happen while you’re busy making other plans. Andie has a plan. And she always sticks to her plan. Future? A top-tier medical school. Dad? Avoid him as much as possible (which isn’t that hard considering he’s a Congressman and he’s never around). Friends? Palmer, Bri, and Toby—pretty much the most awesome people on the planet, who needs anyone else? Relationships? No one’s worth more than three weeks. So it’s no surprise that Andie’s got her summer all planned out too. Until a political scandal costs Andie her summer pre-med internship, and lands both she and Dad back in the same house together for the first time in years. Suddenly she’s doing things that aren’t Andie at all. “Romance fans will find plenty to enjoy, as Andie gradually lets down her guard and risks the messy and unpredictable wonder of first love,” our reviewer writes. “A novel best read on a lazy summer day with sand between the toes.” View video >