Thrillers Book Reviews (page 491)

VAPORS by Wes DeMott
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 14, 1999

"DeMott (Walking K, not reviewed) has little to offer thriller aficionados other than implausible characters, clumsy dialogue, unlikely plot twists, and violence, violence, violence. (First printing of 40,000; $200,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
It's about corruption in high places, it's about the FBI, it's about undying love, but most of all it's about people shooting other people. Read full book review >
THE BURNING ROAD by Ann Benson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 13, 1999

"A manuscript of Alejandro's is the promising linking device in an otherwise overloaded (and relentlessly information-laden) tale that achieves immediacy only in its medieval chapters—and only fitfully so even there."
This unfortunately ponderous sequel to Benson's arresting debut thriller, The Plague Tales (1997), again offers parallel stories involving 14th-century physician Alejandro Canches and contemporary neurosurgeon Janie Crowe. Read full book review >

THE ANSWER MAN by Roy Johansen
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 13, 1999

"Nothing fancy—but not a moment's rest, either."
Screenwriter Johansen (Edgar Award—winner for Murder 101 on cable TV) tries his hand at the thriller and comes up with aces. Read full book review >
SECOND HAND SMOKE by Thane Rosenbaum
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 12, 1999

"It's difficult, though, to credit a reconciliation that involves proper breathing techniques, the alignment of chakras, and a great, dewy-eyed group hug around the gravesite of a departed matriarch."
Tikkun literary editor Rosenbaum's debut novel is again, like his earlier collection of stories (Elijah Visible, 1996), an autobiographically influenced account of the burdens shouldered by children of Holocaust survivors. Read full book review >
NIGHT DUTY by Melitta Breznik
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 11, 1999

A fragmentary, elliptical story of family unhappiness emerges from the tormented consciousness of a hardworking woman doctor—in this compact and very affecting first novel by an Austrian psychiatrist. Read full book review >

MAN OF THE HOUR by Peter Blauner
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 8, 1999

"But Blauner's last thriller should be out in paperback just in time to read instead. (First printing of 175,000; $250,000 ad/promo budget)"
Taking a page from the Atlanta Olympics, Blauner turns a Coney Island high school teacher into a reluctant hero, and then a mercilessly persecuted suspect, in a terrorist bombing. Read full book review >
FALSE PRETENCES by Margaret Yorke
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 6, 1999

"Even after the final quiet twist, you'll be wishing you could spend more time among Yorke's dextrously skewered misfits."
Life, it seems, continues on an imperturbable course in cozy Northtown until the arrival of two strangers. Read full book review >
TRAITOR by Ralph Peters
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 6, 1999

"The result is one of those rare thrillers that actually kills off its villains (and there are plenty) before they wear out their welcome."
A blistering indictment of big-ticket military procurement corruption folded into a sleek, well-muscled thriller. Read full book review >
THE COLOR OF NIGHT by David Lindsey
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 6, 1999

"And he's one of the few who consistently bears up."
An engrossing thriller about autumnal Cold Warriors. Read full book review >
SUSPICION OF BETRAYAL by Barbara Parker
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 5, 1999

"Until the disappointing denouement, though, Parker piles on the menace with all the smooth efficiency of the storied Pedrosas. (Author tour)"
How can you tell that Miami lawyer Gail Connor is being lied to again? Read full book review >
GOD IS A BULLET by Boston Teran
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 5, 1999

A small-town cop teams up with a former member of a southern California Satan-worshiping cult who helps him take back his kidnaped daughter. Read full book review >
MURDER ON THE ASTRAL PLANE by Jaqueline Girdner
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 1999

"The result, untainted by the slightest breeze of reality, is bustling but as lifeless as Silk."
Because her friend Barbara Chu is worried that Kate Jasper's habit of walking into rooms full of people only to see one of them die might be a karmic impairment, Kate agrees to accompany her to black lesbian psychic Justine Howe's for a session. 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 >