Thrillers Book Reviews (page 491)

ELEPHANT'S GRAVEYARD by Karin McQuillan
THRILLERS
Released: April 1, 1993

"Unforgettable depictions of elephant slaughter, baboon mating habits, etc. An intelligent, at times lyrical, African adventure, told from a moderate feminist perspective."
Impassioned defense of Kenyan wildlife from second-novelist McQuillan, whose heroine, Jazz Jasper (Deadly Safari, 1990), now calls on longtime friend Emmet Laird, champion of the Save the Elephant cause, only to find him dead at his camp in the African bush, while his estranged wife Alicia and her latest lover Greg waffle about what they're doing at the site. Read full book review >
BEGGARS IN SPAIN by Nancy Kress
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 1, 1993

"Though didactic (without being preachy) and uneven in places: thrilling drama, compelling dialectic."
From the author of the splendid Brain Rose (1989), another telling near/medium-future sociological probe. Read full book review >

SHELLA by Andrew Vachss
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 1, 1993

"Despite the absurdly hard-boiled prose: a swift, savage, and unexpectedly moving exploration—somewhat reminiscent of Jim Thompson—of love among the swamp lizards."
Vachss's seventh novel—and his first not to feature ``outlaw'' p.i. Read full book review >
THE ANIMAL HOUR by Andrew Klavan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1993

"Best read with Dramamine. (Film Rights to Tri-Star)"
Klavan's specialty is noir psychothrillers that offer heart- thumping roller-coaster rides with plenty of twists and turns. Read full book review >
DARKER JEWELS by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
THRILLERS
Released: April 1, 1993

"Overall: dense, intermittently absorbing, less than fully satisfying."
Another of Yarbro's historical fantasy novels about the immortal vampire Count Saint-Germain (Out of the House of Life, 1990, etc.). Read full book review >

IN THE PRESENCE OF ENEMIES by William J. Coughlin
THRILLERS
Released: March 25, 1993

"But Coughlin, who died early last year, keeps you burning the midnight oil up to the very end."
A precariously placed Detroit lawyer with no trial experience finds himself thrust into the courtroom defense of a billionaire client's will. Read full book review >
TWILIGHT by Peter James
THRILLERS
Released: March 25, 1993

"As silly as they come, with an especially cartoonish villain, but James meshes scalpels and spiritualism nicely, and offers some good scares along the way."
If James already hadn't published three novels (Sweet Heart, 1991; Dreamer, 1990; Possession, 1988), you might think that Robin Cook was the pseudonymous author of this feverish mix of medical terror and occult thrills. Read full book review >
FALL FROM GRACE by Andrew M. Greeley
THRILLERS
Released: March 24, 1993

"And, no matter how many demons he trots onstage, the outcome is never in doubt."
Pedophilia, Satanism, a closeted politician, and an astonishing number of semi-closeted priests reunite a prosperous Irish Catholic shrink and his long-lost love, now a Ph.D. candidate but still ravishing. Read full book review >
THE SWORD OF ORION by Robin A. White
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 17, 1993

"Gritty, occasionally outlandish, but fast-moving adventure in an intriguing setting."
Equipped for a special detective mission in the New World Order, a Navy sub-hunting plane goes to anarchic Afghanistan—in the latest technothriller by White (The Flight From Winter's Shadow, 1991, etc.). Read full book review >
A POCKETFUL OF KARMA by Taffy Cannon
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 15, 1993

"A reincarnation—sorry, a sequel—is foretold."
California Bar investigator Nan Robinson's former secretary and childhood friend Debra La Roche is missing, missing, missing. Read full book review >
THE ARCHITECTURE OF DESIRE by Mary Gentle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 15, 1993

"The drawback, however, is the pushy narrative: matters would flow more agreeably, and Gentle would win more friends, if she stopped trying to overpower her audience."
Another tale set in the weird alternate past of Rats and Gargoyles (1991), with some of the characters in common. Read full book review >
THE DIVIDING LINE by Richard Parrish
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 11, 1993

"Not that Tony Hillerman has any cause for alarm."
Parrish shelves the moral ambiguities of Our Choice of Gods (1989) for strenuously unsophisticated melodrama—in a fashionably multicultural mystery introducing Joshua Rabb (a transplanted Brighton Beach lawyer who lost his wife to a car crash and his left arm to WW II) of the Tucson Bureau of Indian Affairs. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Pierce Brown
author of GOLDEN SON
February 17, 2015

With shades of The Hunger Games, Ender’s Game, and Game of Thrones, Pierce Brown’s genre-defying Red Rising hit the ground running. The sequel, Golden Son, continues the saga of Darrow, a rebel battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom. As a Red, Darrow grew up working the mines deep beneath the surface of Mars, enduring backbreaking labor while dreaming of the better future he was building for his descendants. But the Society he faithfully served was built on lies. Darrow’s kind have been betrayed and denied by their elitist masters, the Golds—and their only path to liberation is revolution. “Stirring—and archetypal—stuff,” our reviewer writes. View video >