Thrillers Book Reviews (page 491)

NO SAFE PLACE by Richard North Patterson
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
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 >

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
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 >
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
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 >
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
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
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
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 >
ONE OF US by Michael Marshall Smith
Released: Aug. 10, 1998

"But heavy-handed deus-ex-machina action clobbers the story's more delicate facets."
Attempting to build on the success of last year's Spares, the London-based Smith serves up a nicely atmospheric but, in the end, overextended thriller about a caretaker of other people's memories who suddenly finds himself on everyone's most-wanted list. Read full book review >
INHERITANCE by Keith Baker
Released: Aug. 5, 1998

"Richly evocative of late-1990s Ireland, but too many corpses—and bad guys'support an unduly intricate plot."
Grimly atmospheric sins-of-the-father first novel set in Northern Ireland of 2017, where, despite 1998's official end to the Troubles, nothing much has changed. 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 >