Thrillers Book Reviews (page 491)

DISPATCH FROM A COLD COUNTRY by Robert Cullen
THRILLERS
Released: June 1, 1996

"Cullen's latest is good enough—aside from the occasional clichÇ and the seemingly obligatory genre romance—that one wishes to call it a fine novel instead of an effective page-turner. (Author tour)"
The third Colin Burke international thriller (Soviet Sources, 1990; Cover Story, 1994) has our intrepid reporter taking one of those dangerous Hitchcock travelogues, in this case to the troubled St. Read full book review >
THE LAST FAMILY by John Ramsey Miller
THRILLERS
Released: June 1, 1996

"There are more novels about serial killers than serial killers, but this one's a cut above. (Literary Guild main selection)"
First novel about a serial killer who stalks the families of Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) operatives, then about the man who stalks him. Read full book review >

THE VIPERS' CLUB by John H. Richardson
THRILLERS
Released: June 1, 1996

"Ignore the editorials, relish the real-life cameos, and appreciate this bouncy novel for what it is: a bit of fluff as trivial, bankable, and enjoyable as one of Max's movies."
Despite its disclaimers, this frothy Hollywood debut fiction seems to be dipping from the same well that's supplied a number of recent novels and movies—the career of the producer (and master vulgarian) Joel Silver, whose manic personal style was best captured in last year's film Swimming With Sharks. Read full book review >
FINAL JEOPARDY by Linda Fairstein
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 1, 1996

"Alex insists she doesn't see every man as a potential rapist, but after reading this, you wonder why not. (Literary Guild main selection; Mystery Guild main selection; author tour)"
Like her creator, Alexandra Cooper is the New York Assistant District Attorney in charge of prosecuting sex crimes. Read full book review >
PASSING JUDGMENT by Keith Ferrell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1996

"A tepid, tedious tale that fails to capitalize fully on a potentially intriguing theme: apostles of the Religious Right finding themselves at odds with their own values as well as with those of secular society."
A wunderkind film director forced into early retirement becomes embroiled in old causes and ancient crimes in this too- tentative thriller from Omni editor-in-chief Ferrell (John Steinbeck, a 1986 YA title, etc.). Read full book review >

THE DEAL by Sabin Willett
THRILLERS
Released: June 1, 1996

"The over-obvious culprit and an over-ingenious surprise ending don't help."
Ever have one of those days when a little bitty error snowballs into big trouble? Read full book review >
WINDSWEPT HOUSE by Malachi Martin
THRILLERS
Released: June 1, 1996

"Too slow-moving, and too specialized, for everyone else. (Author tour; radio satellite tour)"
The author of Vatican (1986), among others, returns with a mammoth meditation on the troubled state of today's Catholic Church. Read full book review >
DEFIANCE COUNTY by Jay Brandon
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 1, 1996

"Even the courtroom cut-and-thrust—a trademark of Brandon's Lone Star thrillers (Local Rules, 1995, etc.)—is tired this time."
Even after she's fled criminal law for a safe berth in the Texas Attorney General's Office—after impugning her own witness when she doubted an identification—Kelsey Thatch is condemned to the courtroom once again when her boss sends her to cozy Galilee to try Billy Fletcher, general manager of Smoothskins, the town's only reason for existing, for killing his sister-in-law and her husband and kidnapping the only witness to the crime, their five- month-old daughter. Read full book review >
LAST CHANTS by Lia Matera
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 1, 1996

"As in The Maltese Falcon, a constant stream of loony byplay keeps you from doping out whodunit—unless you can call on your own online shaman."
In her first outing since Prior Convictions (1991), Willa Jansson, unlike her creator ``one of the few lawyers without a legal thriller in the works,'' has the perfect excuse for missing her first day at the newest of her numberless jobs: She's been taken hostage by a gun-toting madman. Read full book review >
IN A HEARTBEAT by Eric Stone
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1996

"The whole package is presented with an unfocused intensity that might pass for professionalism if not for the amateurish handling of the killer, who would need special lighting to stand out from the wallpaper."
Another grisly series of sex murders, this one kicked off by the killing of D.C. paralegal Victoria Benton. Read full book review >
FLIGHTS OF FEAR by Graham Masterton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1996

"Too bad, since it sounds like the best."
Following Fortnight of Fear (not reviewed), a second volume of 14 horror stories, few distinguished, by Britain's Masterton, who has 25 horror novels to his name. Read full book review >
WALKING THE LABYRINTH by Lisa Goldstein
THRILLERS
Released: June 1, 1996

"A deftly woven, engrossing who-dun-what: despite some intrusively didactic patches, Goldstein's best outing since A Mask for the General (1987)."
Contemporary fantasy, San Franciscoset, about young drifter Molly Travers and her large, mysterious family. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Marilu Henner
author of CHANGING NORMAL
April 26, 2016

After they’d been dating only a short while, and as they were falling in love, Marilu Henner and Michael Brown were hit with the ultimate bad news: Michael was diagnosed with cancer. Refusing traditional care, they pieced together a personal and holistic view on battling his cancer, all while forging an unbreakable bond. In this moving and informative book, Marilu pulls back the curtain on how they dealt with the blow. She relates her holistic perspective on health—including the superfoods, exercises, and immunotherapy they used to fight back—and why a diagnosis doesn’t have to be the end of romance or of a happy and fulfilling life. “An inspiring love story wrapped in a serious call for new ways to treat disease,” our reviewer writes. View video >