Thrillers Book Reviews (page 491)

NIGHTKILL by
THRILLERS
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"Inventive, no."
Semimedical thriller by Wilson, a practicing physician (Deep as the Marrow, p. 95, etc.) and sometime horror novelist (The Select, 1994, etc.), who joins Lyon, also a novelist of medical thrillers, to produce a mob/medical story without a hint of the occult. Read full book review >
A DRY SPELL by Susie Moloney
THRILLERS
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"Canadian writer Moloney's second novel (but first to appear here) is a tepid Horse Whisperer rewrite using Stephen King conventions even too worn and weary for him. (Film rights to Paramount; Book-of-the-Month Club/Quality Paperback Book Club selection; $350,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
Conventional ghost-story/romancer about a drifter who brings love, confusion, and, finally, a torrential downpour to an arid North Dakota burg. Read full book review >

JESUS SAVES by Darcey Steinke
THRILLERS
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"This is angry, painful, disturbing fiction, its impact only slightly lessened by the occasional rhapsodic outbursts of some of the characters. (Author tour)"
A grim and often persuasive view of modern suburbia as the outer circle of hell. Read full book review >
GOTHIC GHOSTS by Wendy Webb
THRILLERS
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"Except for the few noted above: a bland assortment without much range or depth."
Anthology of 19 new ghostly tales, although few whomp up any sort of gothic atmosphere or induce shivers. Read full book review >
VAPORETTO 13 by Robert Girardi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"But the last third, involving a retirement home in Arizona and a new career in Bar Harbor, Maine, ranges far from Venice—and breaks the spell."
An American banker adrift in Venice takes up with an older woman—centuries older—whom he encounters while meandering through the city's labyrinth of back streets, in an erotically charged, dreamlike third novel from Girardi (Madeleine's Ghost, 1995; The Pirate's Daughter, 1997). Read full book review >

FURNACE by Muriel Gray
THRILLERS
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"An enjoyably lurid entertainment that will almost certainly shape-shift into a blockbuster movie. (Book-of-the- Month Club selection)"
Furnace ($23.95; Oct.; 368 pp.; 0-385-48002-4): Scottish novelist Gray, whose debut performance was the well- received The Trickster (1995), plunges even deeper into Stephen King territory with this remorselessly grisly supernatural thriller set in the Virginia hills and also the remoter ``worlds'' of alchemy and Scots folklore. Read full book review >
THE JUDGMENT by William J. Coughlin
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Sept. 25, 1997

"Overplotted, with finely wrought characterizations and a practiced novelist's respect for the way in which unanticipated tragedy can bring on moments of quiet insight."
Satisfying, if meandering, Detroit-area legal procedural continues the adventures of Charley Sloan, in a second posthumous thriller from Coughlin (Heart of Justice, 1995). Read full book review >
FINAL CLOSING by Barbara Lee
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Sept. 19, 1997

"The mostly bland characters and feeble resolution are no pluses here, but a likable heroine, an easy style, and the warm village portrait make this one mildly intriguing."
Fortyish Eve Elliot (Death in Still Waters, 1995) has left behind her broken marriage and New York advertising job to settle in Pines on Magothy, Virginia, where she's helping her aging, ailing Aunt Lillian Weber, a village realtor. Read full book review >
BEYOND THE FIRE by Steven D. Salinger
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Sept. 17, 1997

"A quick, breezy, confusing read that, despite its baggy plot, gratuitous sex, and ditto violence, shows the skills of a writer who is meant for finer things."
A dizzy whirlwind of a debut thriller that ultimately runs out of air: about the fate of an American soldier trying to return home 25 years after having been listed as missing in action. Read full book review >
TERRESTRIALS by Paul West
THRILLERS
Released: Sept. 17, 1997

"A splendid assembly of ideas, language, and allusions, though sometimes the sheer intellectual exuberance overwhelms the story, however conceptually brilliant."
As usual, West (Sporting With Amaryllis, 1996, etc.) offers erudite commentary and provocative insights into the human predicament, this time in a tale told by an extraterrestrial about two American pilots bound by friendship and history. Read full book review >
THE LONG RAIN by Peter Gadol
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Sept. 15, 1997

"If his plot isn't altogether credible, its comprehension of human nature surely is—and in plenty. ($100,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
A heartfelt and engrossing story of moral failure and a quest for redemption from the versatile young author of Closer to the Sun (1996), etc. Gadol's fourth novel takes place in California's wine-growing country, where Jason Dark, a lawyer, is impelled by his transgressions as husband and father to remake himself by restoring his late father's moribund vineyard. Read full book review >
A/K/A by Ruthann Robson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 12, 1997

"A potentially intriguing meditation on lesbian identity, but episodic and too gratuitously weird to have much impact."
An occasionally bizarre tale from Robson (Another Mother, 1995, etc.), this about two lesbians who have assumed so many personal and professional disguises that they've forgotten who they really are. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kendare Blake
November 16, 2016

Bestseller Kendare Blake’s latest novel, Three Dark Crowns, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. The last queen standing gets the crown. “Gorgeous and bloody, tender and violent, elegant, precise, and passionate; above all, completely addicting,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >