Thrillers Book Reviews (page 491)

THE EXPERT by Lee Gruenfeld
THRILLERS
Released: April 2, 1998

"Gruenfeld's been a witness in high-tech cases himself, but, here, his obvious expertise in computer technology goes for naught."
A labored, overlong tale of computer espionage that finds a manufacturer charged with treason for selling a computer chip- -supposedly an encryption device the experts agree can't possibly exist—to the Chinese. Read full book review >
BRAIN STORM by Richard Dooling
THRILLERS
Released: April 1, 1998

A comic cautionary tale for young lawyers everywhere: Whatever it takes, don't agree to defend an alleged hate killer. Read full book review >

HUSH by Mark Nykanen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1998

"Chet's grim illness is ghastly, but the plot twists and climax are unsurprising, reducing this to a standard-issue thriller."
Overly familiar debut melodrama somewhat redeemed by one fresh theme, the use of art therapy to overcome childhood mutism. Read full book review >
EVE'S MEN by Newton Thornburg
THRILLERS
Released: April 1, 1998

"Apart from keeping the story moving, though, Thornburg doesn't seem to have much in mind; when Brian's house of cards comes clattering down, you may feel a little bewildered that you cared about his innocent accomplices."
A straight-arrow Chicago realtor falls victim to his brother's revenge scenarios—and his own response to his brother's lover—in this swift-moving, lightweight fantasy. Read full book review >
THE SILENT CRADLE by Margaret Cuthbert
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1998

"Predictable and occasionally hokey, but a surefire crowd-pleaser that balances cool operating-room tension with steaming soap-opera foam. (TV satellite tour)"
An above-par medical thriller pits a feisty, African- American obstetrician against ER crazies, seductive doctors, bilious bean-counters, and a villainous baby-killer. Read full book review >

THE BLOOD ARTISTS by Chuck Hogan
THRILLERS
Released: April 1, 1998

"A masterfully suspenseful, character-driven potboiler paced with humor, shamelessly gratuitous destruction, and Grand Guignol gross-outs."
Sensational bugs-and-guts followup to Hogan's Ruby Ridgeinspired debut, The Standoff (1994). Read full book review >
FINAL SECONDS by John Lutz
THRILLERS
Released: April 1, 1998

"22, etc.) and pseudonymous August shine in dramatizing the up-and-down power of Harper's own dubious celebrity, which makes him a target for a dozen agendas besides the bomber's."
Looking for some relief from the omnipresent headlines about Theodore Kaczynski, Oklahoma City, and the World Trade Center plot? Read full book review >
REVELATION by L. Christian Balling
THRILLERS
Released: April 1, 1998

"Strong start, and then a good idea dissolves in thuggery and gunfire."
Fourth thriller by Balling (Champion, 1988, etc.), this time focused on the Second Coming rather than on Nazis or 12th-century knights and ladies. Read full book review >
ATTACK ON THE QUEEN by Richard P. Henrick
THRILLERS
Released: April 1, 1998

"Henrick's crisp pacing and rather infectious fascination with military technology go a long way toward overcoming wooden dialogue and generally unsurprising characters."
This military cliffhanger from seasoned pro Henrick (author of 16 previous thrillers) gets a remarkable amount of mileage from an unlikely conceit: The heads of the world's most powerful nations have gathered on board the Queen Elizabeth II for the latest session of the G-7 summits, and this time out the President of China is attending. Read full book review >
MOONFALL by Jack McDevitt
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 1, 1998

"Plausible, panoramic, and sometimes exciting: another solidly engrossing entry from the dependable McDevitt."
Big, bustling, medium-future global disaster yarn from the author of Eternity Road (1997). Read full book review >
THE GEMINI MAN by Richard Steinberg
THRILLERS
Released: April 1, 1998

"Unlike Mary Shelley (or Bernard Shaw), Steinberg doesn't engage his Åbermensch at the richest levels, but as a melodrama this is neatly done, offering a consistently gripping narrative."
Debut thriller and probable first installment of a trilogy by a writer who, at 24, founded his own high-risk international security firm. Read full book review >
BELLEVUE by Marc Siegel
THRILLERS
Released: April 1, 1998

"A messy mix, then, of satire, sleep deprivation, and suspense, without payoff."
A hyperkinetic debut about an intern's induction into the byzantine manners of Manhattan's Bellevue hospital. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Brad Parks
author of SAY NOTHING
March 7, 2017

In Brad Parks’ new thriller Say Nothing, judge Scott Sampson doesn’t brag about having a perfect life, but the evidence is clear: a prestigious job. A beloved family. On an ordinary Wednesday afternoon, he is about to pick up his six-year-old twins to go swimming when his wife, Alison, texts him that she’ll get the kids from school instead. It’s not until she gets home later that Scott realizes she doesn’t have the children. And she never sent the text. Then the phone rings, and every parent’s most chilling nightmare begins. A man has stolen Sam and Emma. For Scott and Alison, the kidnapper’s call is only the beginning of a twisting, gut-churning ordeal of blackmail, deceit, and terror; a high-profile trial like none the judge or his wife has ever experienced. Their marriage falters. Suspicions and long-buried jealousies rise to the surface. Fractures appear. Lies are told. “The nerve-shredding never lets up for a minute as Parks picks you up by the scruff of the neck, shakes you vigorously, and repeats over and over again till a climax so harrowing that you’ll be shaking with gratitude that it’s finally over,” our critic writes in a starred review. View video >