Thrillers Book Reviews (page 491)

CHOOSERS OF THE SLAIN by James H. Cobb
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 6, 1996

"First- rate military suspense."
A genuinely exciting debut yarn detailing how America's blue- water Navy might do battle with an unlikely foe a decade hence. Read full book review >
THE GALACTIC GOURMET by James White
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 1, 1996

"Humorous, lighthearted, inventive: a treat for series faithful and newcomers alike."
White's Sector General yarns—about a colossal space hospital designed to cater to the needs of humans as well as to the most numerous and staggeringly diverse bunch of aliens in science fiction—have been appearing intermittently since Hospital Station (1962). Read full book review >

A LETHAL INVOLVEMENT by Clive Egleton
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 1, 1996

"Here, the mysteries are revealed with edgy ambiance (courtesy of the professional paranoia induced by downsizing democracies) in much the same way as one peels away an onion's layers to reach the pearl at the center."
Though finally separated from Her Majesty's Secret Intelligence Service, hard-to-handle agent Peter Ashton (Death Throes, 1995, etc.) is now recalled to duty by his erstwhile masters to investigate a seemingly simple case that soon turns complicated. Read full book review >
TRIANGLE OF DEATH by Michael Levine
THRILLERS
Released: Aug. 1, 1996

"A bull's-eye for Rogue Warrior fans but not nearly as interesting, or entertaining, as Levine's nonfiction. (Author tour)"
Action, adventure, karate kicks, and just about every spy thriller clichÇ possible in a federal drug-buster's roman Ö clef debut fiction. Read full book review >
THE GIRL WITH THE BOTTICELLI EYES by Herbert Lieberman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1996

"Lieberman's knowing portrait of the international art world, the tautly paced plot, and his two complex, believable protagonists make this a highly effective work, though some may find the details of the serial killer's labors decidedly unpleasant."
All Mike Manship, a curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, wants to do is stage the definitive show of Renaissance painter Botticelli. Read full book review >

HACKS by Christopher S. Wren
THRILLERS
Released: Aug. 1, 1996

"Wren is never at a loss for an absurd situation or a touching moment."
A New York Times correspondent (The End of the Line: The Failure of Communism in the Soviet Union and China, 1990, etc.) exposes the less-than-glamorous underside of his heavily mythologized profession. Read full book review >
THE PRESIDENTIAL ARCHIVE by John Griffiths
THRILLERS
Released: Aug. 1, 1996

"An overly chatty postCold War thriller with a truly dysfunctional family at its improbable core."
Could the man most likely to be the next US president be a former KGB spy? Read full book review >
THE MONKEY HOUSE by John Fullerton
THRILLERS
Released: Aug. 1, 1996

"A first-rate debut thriller, with harrowing detail showing the limits of a memorable man and his ruined city."
An impressive if bleak first novel from Reuters correspondent Fullerton, whose protagonist is an existential detective under fire from all quarters during the early winter of 1993 in war-torn Sarajevo. Read full book review >
INVASION OF PRIVACY by Perri O’Shaughnessy
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 1, 1996

The plot-soggy sequel to this sister-writing team's debut legal procedural (Motion to Suppress, 1995) further muddies the waters of feisty lawyer Nina Reilly's Lake Tahoe past. Read full book review >
EXQUISITE CORPSE by Poppy Z. Brite
THRILLERS
Released: Aug. 1, 1996

"Shocking and fascinating in about equal measure, but only for the strongest stomachs."
Or Necrophiliacs—The Serial Killers' Love Story. Read full book review >
MANSIONS OF DARKNESS by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1996

"His historical range is much wider than Lestat's- -although, perhaps because of this particular cultural milieu and its inescapable implications, somewhat predictable."
An addition to Yarbro's noteworthy series about the immortal vampire Count Saint-Germain (Better in the Dark, 1993, etc.). Read full book review >
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1996

"Indispensable."
From 1995, another bumper crop of 35 stories, 11 poems, and the usual nonfiction roundups (``Summation 1995: Fantasy''; ``Summation 1995: Horror''; ``Horror and Fantasy in the Media: 1995''; and ``Obituaries''—none seen). Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fernanda Santos
author of THE FIRE LINE
May 17, 2016

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. New York Times writer Fernanda Santos’ debut book The Fire Line is the story of the fire and the Hotshots’ attempts to extinguish it. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. There's Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. View video >