Thrillers Book Reviews (page 491)

THE CONSUL'S WIFE by W.T. Tyler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1998

"Thick with bilious resentment and impotent rage: a trenchant, eloquently crafted drama of lost souls who find salvation where they least expect it."
Powerfully despairing, Graham Greenelike tale of romance and alienation in the blasted African bush, from our foremost chronicler of Washington's faceless bureaucracy and the lives it so blithely consumes (Last Train from Berlin, 1994, etc.). Read full book review >
BAD CHEMISTRY by Gary Krist
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 1, 1998

"For most of the ride, though, it's strictly efficient formula suspense."
A model husband's disappearance plunges his never-say-die wife into agitation, mystery, danger, designer-drug intrigue, and trouble with the local cops. Read full book review >

REAPER by Ben Mezrich
THRILLERS
Released: Jan. 1, 1998

"Wait for the (inevitable) movie. ($300,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
Mezrich's second technothriller (after Threshold, 1996) charts the progress of two All-American Perfect Specimens in their race against the clock to stop a rogue communications virus from wiping out most of the TV-watching and computer-literate population. Read full book review >
GIVEN THE CRIME by Anne Beane Rudman
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 1, 1998

"Great entertainment."
Immensely amusing debut suspenser by Rudman, an assistant district attorney in the New York District Attorney's office, who teams up with old-hand screenwriter/novelist Dennis (Somebody Just Grabbed Annie, 1975, etc.) to give readers the lowdown on Manhattan's Assets and Forfeiture Division, for which Rudman works. Read full book review >
RENDER UP THE BODY by Marianne Wesson
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 1, 1998

"For everyone else, though: an audacious, unsettling mixture of legal suspense and morality play. (Book-of- the-Month Club alternate selection)"
Newcomer Wesson, a prosecutor-turned-defense-attorney, melds Dead Man Walking with the legal thriller formula in her provocative debut. Read full book review >

MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Dec. 31, 1997

"But it would be unwise to judge such an eschatological fantasy without seeing the design of the whole trilogy."
Veteran Taylor (The Mortal Sickness, 1996, etc.) begins his ``Roth trilogy,'' suspense novels about the Appleyard and Byfield families, with the story of four-year-old Lucy Appleyard's kidnapping out from under the nose of her overburdened minder. Read full book review >
THE ORDAINED by Terence Faherty
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Dec. 10, 1997

"Short, stark, and sparsely peopled with angularly fascinating figures: Faherty's portrait of Rapture has all the fine black-and-white detail you'd expect from a mid-century daguerreotype."
Rapture, Indiana, got its name from the millennialist prophets who planned to use it as their point of departure for the world's end. Read full book review >
DOCTOR FAUSTUS by Thomas Mann
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 9, 1997

"Mann's most Dostoevskyan novel should, in this splendid new version, speak more powerfully than ever to contemporary readers."
The modest Thomas Mann boom, begun with the recent publication (by New Directions) of his early stories, continues with this fine new English translation of the author's last great novel, first published in 1948. Read full book review >
A QUESTION OF BELIEF by Margaret Yorke
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 8, 1997

"But fans will find this latest tour of the human zoo powered by all her irresistible momentum."
No wonder Philip Winter feels driven to fake his own death. Read full book review >
THE WINNER by David Baldacci
THRILLERS
Released: Dec. 2, 1997

"Too preposterous to work as feminine wish-fulfillment, too formulaic to be suspenseful. (Book-of-the-Month Club main selection)"
Irritatingly trite woman-in-periler from lawyer-turned-novelist Baldacci. Read full book review >
ILLEGAL ALIEN by Robert J. Sawyer
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Dec. 1, 1997

"A consistently plotted if not always persuasively motivated yarn, with ingeniously constructed aliens in a fairly routine courtroom melodrama."
Aliens-on-trial, from the author of Frameshift (p. 424), etc. When a spaceship containing nonhumanoid aliens splashes down in the Atlantic, the President's science advisor, Frank Nobilio, and astronomer Clete Calhoun are sent to make contact. Read full book review >
LEFT IN THE CARE OF by Dinah Küng
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Dec. 1, 1997

"Only the mystery itself, with its rushed explanations and its unsatisfying villain, is less than convincing."
It's Christmas Week 1996 in Hong Kong, but Claire Raymond's biggest worries have nothing to do with the impending reversion to Chinese rule. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Clinton Kelly
January 9, 2017

Bestselling author and television host Clinton Kelly’s memoir I Hate Everyone Except You is a candid, deliciously snarky collection of essays about his journey from awkward kid to slightly-less-awkward adult. Clinton Kelly is probably best known for teaching women how to make their butts look smaller. But in I Hate Everyone, Except You, he reveals some heretofore-unknown secrets about himself, like that he’s a finicky connoisseur of 1980s pornography, a disillusioned critic of New Jersey’s premier water parks, and perhaps the world’s least enthused high-school commencement speaker. Whether he’s throwing his baby sister in the air to jumpstart her cheerleading career or heroically rescuing his best friend from death by mud bath, Clinton leaps life’s social hurdles with aplomb. With his signature wit, he shares his unique ability to navigate the stickiest of situations, like deciding whether it’s acceptable to eat chicken wings with a fork on live television (spoiler: it’s not). “A thoroughly light and entertaining memoir,” our critic writes. View video >