Thrillers Book Reviews (page 491)

THE UNIVERSAL DONOR by Craig Nova
THRILLERS
Released: June 10, 1997

"But, even so, the author's spare lyricism and philosophical manner are absorbing, original, and moving."
Another fine novel by the author of, most recently, The Book of Dreams (1994). Dr. Terry McKechnie is working the emergency room during the 1992 riots in Los Angeles, treating victims of substance abuse and gunshot wounds, when Virginia Lee, the woman he's having an affair with, checks in. Read full book review >
HEART OF WAR by IV Truscott
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 10, 1997

"A well-handled shocker that raises intriguing questions as to how one branch of the armed forces can send soldiers of varied sexual orientations so many conflicting messages. (Film rights to Jaffe Entertainment; Literary Guild selection)"
Sex, sexism, and murder rear their ugly heads at an Army base in Georgia, with convulsive consequences for the brass and troops alike: another engrossing, cautionary tale from Truscott (Rules of the Road, 1989, etc.), now making a welcome return to the military milieu he knows best. Read full book review >

THE CHURCH OF DEAD GIRLS by Stephen Dobyns
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 9, 1997

A brisk dip into the ice-cold waters of schizophrenia, nymphomania, and serial murder, by the author of Saratoga Fleshpot (1995), etc. Aurelia, New York, is one of those pleasant little towns that you need a good reason to visit and none at all to leave. Read full book review >
PUBLISH AND PERISH by James Hynes
THRILLERS
Released: June 9, 1997

"Witty and penetrating: Hynes creates pungent satires of academic life while at the same time infusing them with genuine suspense and real terror."
Three original, droll, startling tales of horror in academia, by the author of the novel The Wild Colonial Boy (1990). Read full book review >
THE HOUSE OF FORGETTING by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 4, 1997

"More schematic than insightful: a tale of abuse and the recovery of self that has little original to say about the psyches either of obsessed captor or of captive."
Award-winning Hispanic poet and novelist S†enz (Carry Me Like Water, 1995, etc.) visits Turow and Grisham territory as he tells the melodramatic story of an abduction victim threatened by crooked lawyers and police. Read full book review >

LOS ALAMOS by Joseph Kanon
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 2, 1997

"An unusually promising debut. ($150,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
From the former head of Houghton Mifflin's trade division, a first thriller set at Los Alamos during the later stages of the building of the atomic bomb. Read full book review >
STATE OF THE UNION by David Callahan
THRILLERS
Released: June 2, 1997

"Cautionary, ineptly written Pentagon procedural weighed down by flabby characterizations, limp dialogue, and a pile of mangled corpses. (Film rights to MGM)"
Clunky Clancy-esque government insider tale of an attempted Washington coup d'etat and the brooding Green Beret who stops it, by a former US foreign-policy analyst. Read full book review >
GUILT by John T. Lescroart
THRILLERS
Released: June 1, 1997

Murder stalks a go-getting San Francisco lawyer who just wants to be left alone so he can have it all. Read full book review >
THE SUNDAY MACARONI CLUB by Steve Lopez
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 1, 1997

"While it lacks the depth of Tom Wolfe's Bonfire, Lopez's scathingly sarcastic top-to-bottom exploration of urban corruption overwhelms with dead-on characterizations and lingering belly-laughs. (First printing of 50,000; $50,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
Hilariously cynical take on small-time ethnic politicos and other craven creeps in the City of Brotherly Love, from an award-winning former Philadelphia Inquirer columnist. Read full book review >
ALL SOULS' DAY by Bill Morris
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1997

"While the prose is occasionally only serviceable, Morris's version of the moment when America, out of duplicity and arrogance, became tragically enmeshed in Vietnam, is deeply moving, a persuasive vision of the greatest tragedy in our recent past. (Author tour)"
An angry, moving, ingenious blend of fact and fiction about the early stages of the war in Vietnam. Read full book review >
NIMITZ CLASS by Patrick Robinson
THRILLERS
Released: June 1, 1997

"A hell-and-high-water technothriller, and an impressive debut from British journalist Robinson. (First printing of 250,000; $325,000 ad/promo)"
When one of America's prized Nimitz Class carriers is lost with all hands and planes while on station in the Arabian Sea, Washington publicly accepts the catastrophe as a tragic mishap and secretly organizes an all-out hunt to bring those responsible to justice. Read full book review >
THE PURIFICATION CEREMONY by Mark T. Sullivan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1997

"Shorn of the heavy-going mystical ruminations that are bound to be cut, the inevitable movie should be a first-rate actioner. (First printing of 300,000; $250,000 ad/promo)"
Hunters get hunted by a vengeful lunatic in this all-stops- out yarn of the world's worst hunting trip. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Melissa Sweet
author of SOME WRITER!
September 26, 2016

“SOME PIG,” Charlotte the spider’s praise for Wilbur, is just one fondly remembered snippet from E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. In Some Writer!, two-time Caldecott Honor winner and 2014 Kirkus Prize finalist Melissa Sweet mixes White’s personal letters, photos, and family ephemera with her own exquisite artwork to tell his story, from his birth in 1899 to his death in 1985. Budding young writers will be fascinated and inspired by the journalist, New Yorker contributor, and children’s book author who loved words his whole life. This authorized tribute is the first fully illustrated biography of E. B. White and includes an afterword by Martha White, E. B. White's granddaughter. “Like Charlotte, Sweet spins a terrific story,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A masterful biography that will enchant young readers.” View video >