Thrillers Book Reviews (page 491)

FLOATING CITY by Eric Van Lustbader
THRILLERS
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"Whoever makes it to the end of this entangled thriller will find that the loose ends make the next Linnear installment a must-read."
The world's a perilous place indeed, full of moral ambiguity and inscrutable Asian mystique, in Lustbader's (Black Blade, 1993, etc.) second installation of the Kaisho series. Read full book review >
THE HOMING by John Saul
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"A skillful manipulation of primal fears about the natural world and the corruption of innocence."
In his contrived but fast-paced thriller, bestselling novelist Saul (Guardian, 1993) does for insects what Hitchcock's The Birds did for our feathered friends. Read full book review >

THE CHEETAH CHASE by Karin McQuillan
THRILLERS
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"As usual, Jazz makes a blundering but appealing detective whose investigation is wrapped, like Godiva chocolate, around a sumptuous tour of sub-Saharan Kenya."
Jazz Jasper (Elephants' Graveyard, 1993) hasn't had a client for her Kenyan safaris in two months, but she's not exactly idle: She's hunting down whoever left a deadly Saharan scorpion in the loo to sting her friend and host Nick Hunter, a journalist who'd retreated to a private preserve among the Samburu. Read full book review >
CLOSE QUARTERS by Marissa Piesman
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"Solid writing from an author who ought to forget the mystery angle and just use her ironic gifts to go to town Ö la Nora Ephron. (Mystery Guild alternate selection)"
The good news is: Piesman (Heading Uptown, 1993, etc.) still has a great narrative voice for Nina Fischman's antics. Read full book review >
HAPPY ENDINGS by Katherine Stone
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"The Jaguar finds a Lexus; no one should have to park alone."
A sob story with a silver lining: Beautiful people suffer and are saved through the transfiguring power of love. Read full book review >

EARTHBOUND by Richard Matheson
THRILLERS
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"A chilling supernatural sortie marred only by a self-important epilogue about the power of the mind and the true meaning of love."
First published in 1982 in a version so heavily edited that horror writer Matheson (7 Steps to Midnight, 1993, etc.) took his name off it, this ghost story is now offered in a restored, uncut edition. Read full book review >
DIE DREAMING by Terence Faherty
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 19, 1994

"As usual, Owen's original voice and his intriguing take on detective work—the sleuth as clown as spiritual therapist—make his latest appearance memorably offbeat and well worth seeking out."
When he puckishly takes out an ad for his nonexistent detective agency (``unanswerable questions discreetly answered'') in the 10th anniversary yearbook for Our Lady of Sorrows High School, Owen Keane is called on his bluff in record time. Read full book review >
STORMING HEAVEN by Dale Brown
THRILLERS
Released: July 13, 1994

"Super chase scenes that don't let up until the planes run out of fuel or blow up, and a perfect villain who refuses to be exterminated until the last page."
Even the most ardent pacifists may run for their guns after considering the ease with which America's cities are terrorized in the latest by Air Force veteran Brown (Chains of Command, 1993, etc.). Read full book review >
FIRM AMBITIONS by Michael A. Kahn
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 11, 1994

"Her latest case—starting with sex, drugs, and gambling, and then getting really dirty—is a beaut. (Author tour)"
In what she vows will be her last divorce case, feisty St. Read full book review >
UNDUE INFLUENCE by Steve Martini
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 6, 1994

"The resulting thrust-and-parry assures virtually nonstop courtroom pyrotechnics— even the most innocuous testimony turns into a ballet of blindsiding and body blows—and leaves plenty of room for a dazzling climax. (Literary Guild main selection; authour tour)"
California attorney Paul Madriani is back. Read full book review >
DEATH PAYS THE ROSE RENT by Valerie S. Malmont
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 1, 1994

"Maybe newcomer Tori will fare better in a sequel on her less cutesy home turf."
What could be a more peaceful contrast with newly unemployed crime reporter Tori Miracle's Hell's Kitchen apartment than her college roommate Alice-Ann MacKinstrie's hometown of Lickin Creek, Pa.? Read full book review >
THE ASSAULT by Reinaldo Arenas
THRILLERS
Released: July 1, 1994

"Chill but distracted, scattershot."
Arenas, sick with AIDS, committed suicide in 1990, but his ``Pentagonia'' sequence (which includes Farewell to the Sea, 1985; Singing from the Well, 1987; and The Palace of the White Skunks, 1990) had been already capped by this dystopian, utterly disgusted little fantasy about life in Castro's dictatorial never-never land. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >