Thrillers Book Reviews (page 491)

THE LAST GOODBYE by H. Michael Frase
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 1998

"Still, the legitimate suspense of the chase keeps one intrigued—until a rather too obvious fairy-tale ending billows up both true love and gazillions of dollars. (First printing of 50,000; $50,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
Frase's second suspense novel (Fatal Gift, 1996) moves from his former venue of Nashville to Carmel, California, where well-to-do Josh Mitchell finds his past slipping away when a beautiful woman's body rolls up on the beach. Read full book review >
DESMOND by Ulysses G. Dietz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1998

"And breathe easy, Anne."
A first novel (subtitled A Novel About Love and the Modern Vampire), that hopes to redefine vampire lore by creating an immortal whose life is dominated by human desires and problems. Read full book review >

MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 26, 1998

"Dreadful preadolescent plotting in comic-strip prose."
Before his self-glorification as the founder of Scientology, Hubbard was an inhumanly prolific pulp-fiction hack. Read full book review >
DREAMER by Jack Butler
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 24, 1998

"The espionage plot, which Butler handles poorly, doesn't graft well with his novel of ideas, which he handles well."
The author of two send-ups of southern politics, Jujitsu for Christ (1986) and Living in Little Rock with Miss Little Rock (1993), as well as a well-received sf novel, Nightshade (1989), makes another departure: a thriller centered on dream research. Read full book review >
ELEVEN HOURS by Paullina Simons
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 18, 1998

"Blatantly manipulative and gratuitously horrific; still, this might just be the breakout novel its author intends. (Literary Guild featured alternate/Mystery Guild selection; author tour)"
Beat-the-clock suspense in a pedestrian kidnaping narrative. Read full book review >

IN A CHILD'S EYE by Tim Wilson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 18, 1998

"A peculiar and only intermittently successful blend of Freudian intellectualism and cuddly British family fun."
Lukewarm, relentlessly chatty, character-driven woman-in-periler that simultaneously examines the sexuality of nurturing and the lingering effects of childhood trauma. Read full book review >
WITHOUT PREJUDICE by Nicola Williams
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 18, 1998

"Newcomer Williams deftly reveals a side of the British legal system as nasty as anything in the US: a world in which a barrister's fondest hope is to get thrown off a high-profile case and go home to bed."
The British legal system is adversarial, but Guyanese-born barrister Leanne Mitchell's main enemies seem to be her clients and friends. Read full book review >
THE PORTRAIT by Charles Atkins
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 17, 1998

"Forget the canned ending, and enjoy the promise of Atkins's recklessly entertaining debut."
New York's art scene spins even more madly than usual when a rising painter, struggling with bipolar disorder, is suspected of murder. Read full book review >
DAY OF WRATH by Larry Bond
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 17, 1998

"Well, you know, it's your typical fifth novel's divinely inspired terrorists—and they're not waving sparklers."
Former naval military analyst and intelligence officer Bond, ex-collaborator with Tom Clancy (on Red Storm Rising) and now a spectacularly large-selling, spankingly reviewed technothriller author himself (The Enemy Within, 1996, etc.), slaps scenes into his computer like fresh magazine clips. Read full book review >
SILENT WITNESS by Nigel McCrery
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 17, 1998

"Just what you'd expect if somebody whittled Patricia Cornwell down to TV scale alongside A&E's Cracker episodes—where alert American viewers will already have caught this first installment of Sam's adventures."
Samantha Ryan doesn't take proper care of her ailing mother—at least that's what her put-upon sister thinks—and she's forever losing her housekeys. But when she puts on her lab coat and changes into Dr. Ryan, the Home Office pathologist, she becomes the best hope for solving a pair of ritual killings in Cambridge's fen country. Read full book review >
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 16, 1998

"But it's still first-class entertainment for lovers of historical whodunits."
It's 11th-century England and King William's little band of emissaries is on the move again (The Lions of the North, 1996, etc.). Read full book review >
AT ALL COSTS by John Gilstrap
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 16, 1998

"Does for families what Nathan's Run did for preteens—puts them through endless rounds of entertainingly action-packed pursuit. (Film rights to Arnold Kopelson)"
Mr. and Mrs. Middle America take it on the lam from an army of law enforcers when a routine check reveals that they're high on the Most Wanted list. 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 >