Thrillers Book Reviews (page 491)

FACE-TIME by Erik Tarloff
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 1999

Today's intentional blurring of the line between fact and fiction continues with sometime speechwriter Tarloff's first novel, which asks the burning question: What if "Monica Lewinsky" had a live-in boyfriend who got wind of her affair and had hurt feelings and moral outrage of his own? Read full book review >
FLAT LAKE IN WINTER by Joseph T. Klempner
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 1999

"And the ending is a smash."
A thoroughly entertaining legal thriller in which a young man who believes he's committed murder may have it wrong. Read full book review >

THE SON OF JOHN DEVLIN by Charles Kenney
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 1999

"A sensitive but dull revenger, solemn and high-minded."
A blandly plotted attempt to write a character-driven, mean-streets cop drama without the sex and violence demanded by the genre. Read full book review >
DARK JUSTICE by William Bernhardt
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 1999

"Series veterans will know better than to look for anything new."
Windmill-tilting Tulsa lawyer Ben Kincaid (Naked Justice, 1997, etc.), promoting his first book among the vanishing virgin forests of the Northwest, takes on a defense case as hopeless as anything back home. Read full book review >
CAUSES OF ACTION by John A. Miller
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 1999

"More assured as a storyteller, though perhaps too comfortable with tired genre conventions, Miller has his best book yet in what appears to be a series about the peculiar pathologies that have turned some vets good and others very, very bad."
Miller's laid-back, pistol-packing legal champion of the San Francisco Bay Area's down-and-out returns in a meandering tale of honor and betrayal among Viet Nam vets. Read full book review >

THE TERMINATION NODE by Lois H. Gresh
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 1999

"Well-worn, breathless Net-scapade of feisty, socially challenged computer adepts. (Author tour)"
Storywriter Gresh, a computer-security specialist, teams up with science-fiction author Weinberg (Lovecraft's Legacy, 1990, etc.) for a cautionary tale of computer hackers who are saving the next century from greedy, homicidal suits. Read full book review >
THE DAY THE MUSIC DIED by Ed Gorman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1999

"The tapestry is so rich, and the cast so various, that it's no wonder we can't spend longer with the killer."
It's 1958, and Buddy Holly has just been killed, together with Richie Valens, in a plane crash hours after Sam McCain took Pamela Forrest, the co-worker who's never loved him, to see Buddy at the Surf Ballroom. Read full book review >
NEVERMORE by Harold Schechter
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1999

"Good atmosphere, dull story."
Davy Crockett meets Edgar Allan Poe—and together they set out in search of Baltimore's 1830s equivalent of John Wayne Gacy: a gothic thriller (and first hardcover fiction) from Schechter (Depraved: The Shocking Story of America's First Serial Killer, 1994, etc.) Read full book review >
SMOKE SCREEN by Vincent Patrick
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 1999

"Smart, fast, gripping: everything we—d want from realistic suspense."
Admirers of the W. R. Burnett classic The Asphalt Jungle will enjoy this nifty updating by Patrick (Family Business, 1985, etc.), best known for his richly ethnic Manhattan oeuvre. Read full book review >
RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW by Trey Ellis
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 1999

"Many amusing scenes for Ellis's faithful, but no match for Sinclair Lewis."
Ellis's third seriocomic novel (Platitudes, 1988; Home Repairs, 1993), this about a con-man/cult leader/motivational speaker whose provenance goes back to Lewis's Elmer Gantry. Read full book review >
SEIZE THE NIGHT by Dean Koontz
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 29, 1998

"With headlong glee, Koontz again unveils encyclopedic intelligence about how things work in the physical world—and how to bolt sentences into the moonlight."
This tour de force, though less intense than Intensity (1996), has Koontz, the nimble master of the macabre, inventing a hugely empty California army base once used for secret experiments and now, in its vast, moonlit state, called Dead Town. Read full book review >
THE LAST GOODBYE by Malcolm Bell
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 21, 1998

"Hokey, frivolous fun for fans of sadistic bad guys and deathless James Bond heroics."
—A former government employee" debuts with an old-fashioned spy saga featuring a globetrotting ex—CIA agent, a passionate dental assistant, and high-tech gadgets galore. 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 >