Thrillers Book Reviews (page 491)

JUDGMENT OF TEARS by Kim Newman
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"As did Fellini's, Newman's artistry meets the challenge with energy to spare."
With his third in a series, Newman remains in top form as our sharpest vampire novelist, a far more inventive stylist than Anne Rice. Read full book review >
PERSONAL DEMONS by Christopher Fowler
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"A hint of Promethean promise."
Seventeen atmospheric and entertaining horror stories, though boasting few deaths and little blood, by British novelist Fowler (Red Bride, 1993, etc.). Read full book review >

THE FRESHOUR CYLINDERS by Speer Morgan
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 31, 1998

"Morgan's best yet, spiced with sex and an emphasis on the lore of artifacts to balance the skullduggery."
Morgan (The Assemblers, 1986, etc.) brings back mixed-blood, Choctaw orphan Tom Freshour from 1994's The Whipping Boy and places him as a 45-year-old prosecuting attorney on the Arkansas-Oklahoma border in 1935. Read full book review >
STINGER by Nancy Kress
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 30, 1998

"Agreeably understated, impeccably crafted, engagingly peopled, and, this time, the offstage villains are perfectly suited to the swirling, murky atmosphere of paranoia."
Another biotech thriller featuring the long-suffering, messed-up FBI agent Robert Cavanaugh (Oaths and Miracles, 1996). Read full book review >
THE OUTLANDERS by David B. Coe
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 30, 1998

"Typically long-winded but reasonably innovative and engaging."
Second entry in a projected fantasy trilogy (The Children of Amarid, 1997) about the attempted invasion of rural, magic-powered Tobyn-Ser by technology-powered, industrialized Lon-Ser. Read full book review >

CHARIOT by Charles Grant
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 23, 1998

"Many readers will recall Stephen King's superflu in The Stand, a novel that also came to focus on a supernaturally evil figure in Las Vegas."
Has a glowing dragon curled around Las Vegas in the night in this third installment of Grant's Millennium Quartet, which features the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse as its framing device? Read full book review >
I MARRIED A COMMUNIST by Philip Roth
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 22, 1998

"Despite its superb re-creation of the conflicted 1940s and the ordeal of the American Left, along with a plethora of sharply realized ideologues at verbal war, this very talky book is an example of Roth at his most forceful and eloquent, though perhaps rather less than his best."
Following the spectacular success of its immediate predecessor, American Pastoral (1997), Roth's ambitious new novel is another chronicle of innocence and idealism traduced—the demolition of what one of its characters calls "the myth of your own goodness." Read full book review >
THE VAMPIRE ARMAND by Anne Rice
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 21, 1998

"Rice at her ripest, with research easily absorbed by the voluptuous text, though she fawns over her weaker, or more sentimental, moments."
Here continue the stories of Armand, first met in Interview with the Vampire (1976), and Marius, encountered in the ancient Rome of Pandora and still alive in New Orleans, where he tends the comatose body of top vampire Lestat, who's returned from Heaven and Hell with Veronica's Veil (Memnoch the Devil, 1995). Read full book review >
BIG ROCK BEAT by Greg Kihn
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 20, 1998

"Lovers of rock music will find this almost as much fun as the prequel—though less fantastically over the top—or fresh."
The sequel to Kihn's 1996 debut novel, Horror Show, a satirical romp based on the film Ed Wood, which was followed by his Banshee novel Shade of Pale (1997). Read full book review >
ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT by Mary Higgins Clark
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 19, 1998

"Pass the fruitcake. (First printing of 1,500,000)"
Lottery winners Alvirah and Willy Meehan are the guests of honor in this second helping of Christmas turkey from megaselling Clark (Silent Night, 1995, etc.). Read full book review >
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 19, 1998

"A superior village mystery that whets the appetite for the promised third volume."
Twenty-five years before Michael Appleyard's daughter was kidnapped in The Four Last Things (1997), the pre-teen Michael spent the summer of 1970 visiting his godfather David Byfield, the vicar of Roth. Read full book review >
RAGE SLEEP by C.W. Morton
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 16, 1998

"Robin Cook meets Tom Clancy at General Hospital."
Campy hybrid of medical procedural and military thriller from Navy Lieutenant Commander Morton and her physician father. 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 >