Thrillers Book Reviews (page 491)

SHADOWS OF DOUBT by Herb Brown
THRILLERS
Released: Aug. 15, 1994

"All the trappings, but little of the substance, of a courtroom drama."
Retired Ohio Supreme Court Justice Brown (Presumption of Guilt, 1991) serves up a legal thriller that fails to resolve the difficult questions it raises. Read full book review >
FULL MOON OVER AMERICA by Thomas William Simpson
THRILLERS
Released: Aug. 10, 1994

"Original concepts that fizzle, from an author whose best work is probably still to come."
Once again, Simpson (The Gypsy Storyteller, 1993, etc.) takes a popular form—previously the family dynasty saga, here the political biography—and tweaks it to produce giggles but few belly laughs. Read full book review >

ACTS OF LOVE by Emily Listfield
THRILLERS
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"Unfortunately, there are few surprises, and none of the blood-chilling suspense it takes to create a page-turner."
Listfield (Variations in the Night, 1987, etc.) sets her fourth novel in a suburb of Albany, NY, where a community is torn over whether the death of Ann Waring, killed during a quarrel with her husband Ted when his hunting rifle discharged, was an accident or a murder. Read full book review >
FLOATING CITY by Eric Van Lustbader
THRILLERS
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"Whoever makes it to the end of this entangled thriller will find that the loose ends make the next Linnear installment a must-read."
The world's a perilous place indeed, full of moral ambiguity and inscrutable Asian mystique, in Lustbader's (Black Blade, 1993, etc.) second installation of the Kaisho series. Read full book review >
THE HOMING by John Saul
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"A skillful manipulation of primal fears about the natural world and the corruption of innocence."
In his contrived but fast-paced thriller, bestselling novelist Saul (Guardian, 1993) does for insects what Hitchcock's The Birds did for our feathered friends. Read full book review >

THE CHEETAH CHASE by Karin McQuillan
THRILLERS
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"As usual, Jazz makes a blundering but appealing detective whose investigation is wrapped, like Godiva chocolate, around a sumptuous tour of sub-Saharan Kenya."
Jazz Jasper (Elephants' Graveyard, 1993) hasn't had a client for her Kenyan safaris in two months, but she's not exactly idle: She's hunting down whoever left a deadly Saharan scorpion in the loo to sting her friend and host Nick Hunter, a journalist who'd retreated to a private preserve among the Samburu. Read full book review >
CLOSE QUARTERS by Marissa Piesman
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"Solid writing from an author who ought to forget the mystery angle and just use her ironic gifts to go to town Ö la Nora Ephron. (Mystery Guild alternate selection)"
The good news is: Piesman (Heading Uptown, 1993, etc.) still has a great narrative voice for Nina Fischman's antics. Read full book review >
HAPPY ENDINGS by Katherine Stone
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"The Jaguar finds a Lexus; no one should have to park alone."
A sob story with a silver lining: Beautiful people suffer and are saved through the transfiguring power of love. Read full book review >
EARTHBOUND by Richard Matheson
THRILLERS
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"A chilling supernatural sortie marred only by a self-important epilogue about the power of the mind and the true meaning of love."
First published in 1982 in a version so heavily edited that horror writer Matheson (7 Steps to Midnight, 1993, etc.) took his name off it, this ghost story is now offered in a restored, uncut edition. Read full book review >
DIE DREAMING by Terence Faherty
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 19, 1994

"As usual, Owen's original voice and his intriguing take on detective work—the sleuth as clown as spiritual therapist—make his latest appearance memorably offbeat and well worth seeking out."
When he puckishly takes out an ad for his nonexistent detective agency (``unanswerable questions discreetly answered'') in the 10th anniversary yearbook for Our Lady of Sorrows High School, Owen Keane is called on his bluff in record time. Read full book review >
STORMING HEAVEN by Dale Brown
THRILLERS
Released: July 13, 1994

"Super chase scenes that don't let up until the planes run out of fuel or blow up, and a perfect villain who refuses to be exterminated until the last page."
Even the most ardent pacifists may run for their guns after considering the ease with which America's cities are terrorized in the latest by Air Force veteran Brown (Chains of Command, 1993, etc.). Read full book review >
FIRM AMBITIONS by Michael A. Kahn
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 11, 1994

"Her latest case—starting with sex, drugs, and gambling, and then getting really dirty—is a beaut. (Author tour)"
In what she vows will be her last divorce case, feisty St. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sabaa Tahir
August 4, 2015

Sabaa Tahir’s novel An Ember in the Ashes reveals a world inspired by ancient Rome and defined by brutality. Seventeen-year-old Laia has grown up with one rule for survival: Never challenge the Empire. But when Laia’s brother Darin is arrested for treason, she leaves behind everything she knows, risking her life to try and save him. She enlists help from the rebels whose extensive underground network may lead to Darin. Their help comes with a price, though. Laia must infiltrate the Empire’s greatest military academy as a spy. Elias is the Empire’s finest soldier—and its most unwilling one. Thrown together by chance and united by their hatred of the Empire, Laia and Elias will soon discover that their fates are intertwined—and that their choices may change the destiny of the entire Empire. We talk to An Ember in the Ashes author Sabaa Tahir this week on Kirkus TV. View video >