Thrillers Book Reviews (page 491)

BLIND JUSTICE by Grif Stockley
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"Despite some incisive asides on racism, sensitive Page's fifth case is his weakest."
It's old-home week for Gideon Page when Latrice Bledsoe asks him to come back to Bear Creek, Arkansas, to defend her meatpacker husband Doss on a charge of taking money from Paul Taylor to kill Willie Ting, the boss at Southern Pride Meats. Read full book review >
STATE OF MIND by John Katzenbach
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"Less gory than one might expect, and less psychologically compelling than the narrative would want us to believe: Katzenbach is not likely to keep anyone guessing too long, but the action is fast-paced and most of the story's loose ends are smartly tied. (Author tour)"
Jeffrey Clayton, a criminology professor and noted expert on serial killers, is handed an unusual assignment: tracking down a mass murderer who just might be his long-presumed-dead father. Read full book review >

Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"Most of the sitcom-shaped intrigues are so lightweight that the homicidal complications seem to have been airlifted in from Jance's tougher, stronger J.P. Beaumont series (Name Withheld, etc.)."
A year after they played Romeo and Juliet at summer camp, recent Bisbee High grads Brianna O'Brien and Ignacio Ybarra are at it again, this time for real. Read full book review >
TALES OF H.P. LOVECRAFT by Joyce Carol Oates
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"But even without it this attractive volume offers a fine chance to sample Lovecraft's ghoulish pleasures."
A collection of ten prototypical stories by Lovecraft (1890-1937), the influential myth-and monster-maker of Providence, Rhode Island, whose extravagantly gothic tales have spawned and inspired such latterday disciples as Stephen King and Ramsey Campbell. Read full book review >
SLANT by Greg Bear
Released: July 28, 1997

"Complexity without clarity; Bear's yarn eventually packs quite a wallop, but what with the numbing present-tense narrative it seems to take forever to get there."
This sequel to Queen of Angels (1990) continues Bear's exploration of artificial intelligence and nanotechnology in the mid-21st century. Read full book review >

MARKER by Lowell Cauffiel
Released: July 23, 1997

"Derivative, gear-grindingly slow in places, but strongly evocative of the mean-spirited, morally bankrupt placelessness of Motor City and environs."
Cool, contrived, but smooth and by-the-numbers debut thriller pits a recovering alcoholic judge against a blackmailing ex-con. Read full book review >
Released: July 23, 1997

"Like the summer's action flicks: marvelous visuals, little substance."
Serial-kidnapper psychodrama set in the privileged precincts of the very wealthy, by the ever assured Farris (Dragonfly, 1995, etc.), a master of pitch-perfect dialogue be it backcountry or Manhattan art world. Read full book review >
MY SOUL TO KEEP by Tananarive Due
Released: July 16, 1997

"A sequel seems likely, though it may be hard to keep up the gripping originality here. ($65,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
Top-flight soft-horror novel by Miami-based columnist Due (The Between, 1995). Read full book review >
ROBAK'S WITCH by Joe L. Hensley
Released: July 12, 1997

"Even the writing is plodding."
Still smarting from the bullet he took in his gut at the end of his last trial, Indiana lawyer Don Robak's holding on till the first of the year, when he'll ascend to the circuit bench. Read full book review >
FRAGMENTS by James F. David
Released: July 11, 1997

"David makes large strides over his debut novel in bringing greater focus to his storytelling, and his savants have charms more easily warmed to than dinos."
Thriller writer David turns from dinosaurs dropped down into present-day Central Park (Footprints of Thunder, 1995) to a clutch of idiot savants bonded into one being. ``It's as if an intellect so great that we can't fathom it was shattered and fragments of that genius sprinkled among the population. Read full book review >
Released: July 11, 1997

"The reward for patient readers is a finely poetic quality to every understated scene—despite a cargo of allusions to Voznesensky, Cendrars, Pavese, Cavafy, MacLeish, Apollinaire, and Homer."
A world-weary spy who's been out of the business for nine years is dragged back into the circus to catch a former colleague gone rogue. Read full book review >
EXCHANGE ALLEY by Michael Walsh
Released: July 9, 1997

"An afterword implies a factual basis to some of the author's fictive imaginings."
Densely plotted New York tough-cop procedural that incongruously mixes gruesome walks on the wild side with KGB-CIA intrigue. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Maria Goodavage
October 24, 2016

Wherever the president goes, there will be dogs. They’ll be there no matter what the country or state. They’ll be there regardless of the political climate, the danger level, the weather, or the hour. Maria Goodavage’s new book Secret Service Dogs immerses readers in the heart of this elite world of canine teams who protect first families, popes, and presidential candidates: the selection of dogs and handlers, their year-round training, their missions around the world, and, most important, the bond—the glue that holds the teams together and can mean the difference between finding bombs and terrorists or letting them slip by. Secret Service Dogs celebrates the Secret Service’s most unforgettable canine heroes. It is a must-read for fans of Maria Goodavage, anyone who wants a rare inside view of the United States Secret Service, or just loves dogs. “Goodavage’s subjects and their companions are quirky and dedicated enough to engage readers wondering about those dogs on the White House lawn,” our reviewer writes. View video >