Thrillers Book Reviews (page 491)

PRISONERS by Wayne Karlin
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"A demanding, forbiddingly dense, often beautiful vision takes shape here, with pictures only half-glimpsed as the pages go by."
Like earlier fiction from this ex-Marine and helicopter gunner (Us, 1993, etc.), a complex tale based heavily on Vietnam memories seen through a glass darkly, or pieced together like fragments of bone. Read full book review >
CHARITY by Mark Richard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Whether goofy and substance addled, or strangely naive, Richard's original voices invite you into a world that's both sad and surreal, and always worth the stay."
After the mixed reception of his first novel, Fishboy (1993), Richard returns to his strong suit, short fiction (The Ice at the Bottom of the World, 1989): stories (all have appeared previously in high-profile venues) that display a singular talent, with a rich and versatile style, ranging from tough-guy lyricism to the more defining tales of sad and forgotten children. Read full book review >

NO SAFE PLACE by Richard North Patterson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 31, 1998

"The big revelation here is how easy it is to write great speeches when you're a novelist who doesn't have to pander to anybody because you're not running for election. (First printing of 400,000; Literary Guild main selection)"
ACHILLES' HEEL by Sean Flannery
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 31, 1998

"David Hagberg) has any luck, his hero could rise to the top as a Bond clone."
More suave than Bond and just as death-proof, brainy, and with a touch more brawn, Bill Lane of the National Security Agency (Kilo Option, 1996, etc.) once more takes on ex-KGB assassin Valeri Yernin ("the Surgeon"), who's less dead than was once thought. Read full book review >
THE FIRST HORSEMAN by John Case
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 30, 1998

"Far more realistic than Stephen King's superflu in The Stand."
Superchilling tale of the Spanish Flu's revival (which killed 20 to 30 million people in 1918)from the pseudonymous Case (the well-received biotech thriller The Genesis Code, 1997). Read full book review >

TELL ME YOUR DREAMS by Sidney Sheldon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 25, 1998

"Still, whatever it is that's worked before will here almost certainly work again. (Literary Guild main selection; TV satellite tour)"
The poster boy for schlock (The Best Laid Plans, 1997, etc.) calls on the cops, the courts, and the shrinks for his latest soaper, this one based on an actual murder trial. Read full book review >
LEGACIES by
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 18, 1998

"Wilson's fans won—t be disappointed."
Repairman Jack returns for the first time since Wilson's The Tomb (1984), where we met him as a high-spirited mystery man righting wrongs and going after bad guys. Read full book review >
MIND READER by Brian Freemantle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 17, 1998

"Hard-shelled but soft at the core, Claudine makes things all the better."
This time out, veteran Freemantle (Bomb Grade, 1997, etc.) gives us more than just a classy thriller. Read full book review >
CHARLOTTE'S FRIENDS by Sarah Kennedy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 14, 1998

"Still, this is a chronicle that—ll grip readers to the finish."
First novel by Kennedy, a Londoner, chillingly explores the aftermath of a loveless childhood. Read full book review >
THE MONGOOSE MAN by Nicholas van Pelt
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 14, 1998

"A treat for Pynchon fans, though perhaps less likely to please those who favor more conventional thrillers."
Wacky globe-trotting mano a mano series debut of Jake Hipp, former American sociobiology professor turned oddball international antiterrorist agent. Read full book review >
SOUR GRAPES by Natasha Cooper
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 14, 1998

"Despite the lead detectives' tiresome mutual self-congratulation ('You are wonderful, Willow,' etc.), the marvelously edgy portrait of Lutterworth—by turns cringing, wheedling, apologizing, yet threatening—makes this the best of Cooper's seven books."
"I'm wholly disinterested. I just want to know what happened," says Emma Gnatche, and she just may be right. Read full book review >
BLOOD MONEY by Clive Egleton
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 13, 1998

"Edgy, indeed paranoid spy stuff."
British Intelligence operative Peter Ashton returns in Egleton's (Warning Shot, 1997) 27th high-tech, fact-laden international thriller filled with credible and complex characters in steady, steel-plated sentences. 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 >