Thrillers Book Reviews (page 491)

THE GIRL WITH THE BOTTICELLI EYES by Herbert Lieberman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1996

"Lieberman's knowing portrait of the international art world, the tautly paced plot, and his two complex, believable protagonists make this a highly effective work, though some may find the details of the serial killer's labors decidedly unpleasant."
All Mike Manship, a curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, wants to do is stage the definitive show of Renaissance painter Botticelli. Read full book review >
HACKS by Christopher S. Wren
THRILLERS
Released: Aug. 1, 1996

"Wren is never at a loss for an absurd situation or a touching moment."
A New York Times correspondent (The End of the Line: The Failure of Communism in the Soviet Union and China, 1990, etc.) exposes the less-than-glamorous underside of his heavily mythologized profession. Read full book review >

THE PRESIDENTIAL ARCHIVE by John Griffiths
THRILLERS
Released: Aug. 1, 1996

"An overly chatty postCold War thriller with a truly dysfunctional family at its improbable core."
Could the man most likely to be the next US president be a former KGB spy? Read full book review >
THE MONKEY HOUSE by John Fullerton
THRILLERS
Released: Aug. 1, 1996

"A first-rate debut thriller, with harrowing detail showing the limits of a memorable man and his ruined city."
An impressive if bleak first novel from Reuters correspondent Fullerton, whose protagonist is an existential detective under fire from all quarters during the early winter of 1993 in war-torn Sarajevo. Read full book review >
INVASION OF PRIVACY by Perri O’Shaughnessy
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 1, 1996

The plot-soggy sequel to this sister-writing team's debut legal procedural (Motion to Suppress, 1995) further muddies the waters of feisty lawyer Nina Reilly's Lake Tahoe past. Read full book review >

EXQUISITE CORPSE by Poppy Z. Brite
THRILLERS
Released: Aug. 1, 1996

"Shocking and fascinating in about equal measure, but only for the strongest stomachs."
Or Necrophiliacs—The Serial Killers' Love Story. Read full book review >
MANSIONS OF DARKNESS by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1996

"His historical range is much wider than Lestat's- -although, perhaps because of this particular cultural milieu and its inescapable implications, somewhat predictable."
An addition to Yarbro's noteworthy series about the immortal vampire Count Saint-Germain (Better in the Dark, 1993, etc.). Read full book review >
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1996

"Indispensable."
From 1995, another bumper crop of 35 stories, 11 poems, and the usual nonfiction roundups (``Summation 1995: Fantasy''; ``Summation 1995: Horror''; ``Horror and Fantasy in the Media: 1995''; and ``Obituaries''—none seen). Read full book review >
ABANDONED HEART by Richard Parrish
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 31, 1996

"Like-minded readers will lap it all up."
Parrish puts his Joshua Rabb series (Nothing But the Truth, 1995, etc.) on hold for an equally stolid two-act legal melodrama tracing the fallout from a most heinous rape. Read full book review >
SACRAMENT by Clive Barker
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 31, 1996

"A weirdly absorbing and entertaining tale that offers more disturbing delights from one of our most inventive and risk-taking writers. ($175,000 ad/promo; author tour; TV and radio satellite tour)"
Another ambitious and challenging dark fantasy from the popular author (Imajica, 1991; Everville, 1994, etc.) and filmmaker (Hellraiser), who is almost single-handedly elevating supernatural fiction to new levels of both literacy and intensity. Read full book review >
TREASURE BOX by Orson Scott Card
THRILLERS
Released: July 31, 1996

"Beautifully orchestrated, with above-average characters, but blandly unsurprising and lacking the gritty, discomfiting feel of reality underfoot."
A contemporary tale of the supernatural: fantastic/science- fictioneer Card's second mainstream outing (after Lost Boys, 1992). Read full book review >
MALICE PREPENSE by Kate Wilhelm
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 29, 1996

"You've gotta feel for that poor judge. (Author tour)"
Oregon lawyer Barbara Holloway is catapulted into her latest case, defending land management agent Ted Wendover on a murder charge, when her father Frank wins the acquittal of Ted's son Teddy. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fernanda Santos
author of THE FIRE LINE
May 17, 2016

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. New York Times writer Fernanda Santos’ debut book The Fire Line is the story of the fire and the Hotshots’ attempts to extinguish it. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. There's Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. View video >