Thrillers Book Reviews (page 491)

Released: Dec. 1, 1995

"An absorbingly different sort of soldier's story, one that turns on character as well as action and hints that lonesome Major Isen may have found a worthy new mate."
Another in Ruggero's estimable series (Firefall, 1994, etc.), this time with hero Major Mark Isen, a veteran of combat in three foreign campaigns, finding himself in dubious battle at a Stateside post. Read full book review >
BEST NEW HORROR 6 by Stephen--Ed. Jones
Released: Dec. 1, 1995

"A collector's collection, and very impressive."
The sixth in a series, a must for all horror fans, featuring 22 stories from 1995. Read full book review >

VANITAS by S.P. Somtow
Released: Dec. 1, 1995

"Somtow wraps up his enlightened bloodsucker's career with all the gore and horror of a vegetarian vampire chomping on a beefsteak tomato."
Third—and, apparently, last—of Somtow's yarns (Valentine, 1992, etc.) about the rock star and 2,000-year-old eunuch adolescent vampire Timmy Valentine, who has bestowed his vampirehood upon Angel Todd in exchange for the latter's human soul. Read full book review >
SPOOKER by Dean Ing
Released: Nov. 27, 1995

"A second-rate thriller with little pace or suspense, albeit an abundance of loose ends and shock-value details."
Spookers are the rainy-day funds that intelligence agents amass against the time when they must decampwhereon hangs a flimsy tale from Ing (Butcher Bird, 1993, etc.). Read full book review >
WHERE THE MONEY IS by Ivan G. Goldman
Released: Nov. 22, 1995

"An impressive debut, one reminiscent of the work of Elmore Leonard and Donald Westlake for the way it effectively combines antic action with sardonic commentary."
Backstage Las Vegas provides an appropriately raffish setting for a stylish, twisty first novel, this one featuring a full complement of lovable losers and blackguardly villains. Read full book review >

CORRUPTION OF BLOOD by Robert K. Tanenbaum
Released: Nov. 20, 1995

"Here and there we get glimpses of Tanenbaum's virtuosic ability to sort out and dramatize complicated material, but this novel is sunk in its own self-importance."
Manhattan ADA Butch Karp gets a crack at the crime of the century in this heavy-breathing addition to a popular series that includes such brainy thrillers as Depraved Indifference (1989) and Material Witness (1993). Read full book review >
DRAG QUEEN by Robert Rodi
Released: Nov. 20, 1995

"The plot's flighty and incoherent, but when it congeals, the humor is merciless and swift."
Another plateful of giddy meringue from Rodi (What They Did to Princess Paragon, 1994, etc.), the undisputed doyen of the effervescent gay novel of manners. Read full book review >
SOUL CATCHER by Colin Kersey
Released: Nov. 15, 1995

"Wind for villain, with characters who carry just enough flesh for the story as they face one blustery cliffhanger after another."
A Big Bad Wind avenges the murder of Native American shaman Black Wolf by destroying large areas of Seattle: a rousing supernatural thriller by first-novelist Kersey. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 14, 1995

"May the gladiolas protect you, and watch out for chestnut trees throwing burrs."
Mild horror fantasy and first novel telling of a big garden in tune with the Brazilian rain forests and a vanished Mayan civilization. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 10, 1995

"Fiction too often pushed into the awkward service of ideas, but still worth the read."
Acclaimed Hungarian novelist Esterh†zy (The Book of Hrabal, 1994, etc.) unevenly combines anecdote and opinion to create a pastiche-portrait of a society in which ``lies'' pervert both the personal and the political. Read full book review >
BLACK EAGLES by Larry Collins
Released: Nov. 9, 1995

"An engrossing, wide-angle yarn that could help confirm many conspiracy theorists' wilder suspicions and speculations."
Collins (Maze, 1989, etc.) blends fact with fancy in a transnational melodrama, plausibly settling any lingering doubts as to the origin of crack, how Nicaraguan contras were financed, and the importance of Panama for laundered money as well as narcotics. Read full book review >
A DEAD MAN OUT OF MIND by Kate Charles
Released: Nov. 9, 1995

"Devotees of traditional English village sagas will love this fourth in the series; puzzle fans may be put off by its overcontrived red herringsand overleisurely pace. (Author tour)"
Charles, a masterly chronicler of English High Church rites and their practitioners (Appointed to Die, etc.), tackles the odd goings-on at London's paired churches—St. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >