Thrillers Book Reviews (page 491)

WARS AND WINTERS by Alfred Coppel
THRILLERS
Released: Oct. 21, 1993

"If only it weren't quite so predictable."
A Nazi dagger in the mail lures a middle-aged Californian back to Germany, where he was adopted and where his recurring nightmares seem to be set—in a chilly post-reunion thriller by the author of A Land of Mirrors (1988), etc. The dagger in question, a particularly rare bit of SS regalia, has been seen before. Read full book review >
AND DISREGARDS THE REST by Paul Voermans
THRILLERS
Released: Oct. 15, 1993

"An encouragingly thoughtful and well-crafted first outing."
Near-future yarn involving aliens, time travel, the CIA, and mind control: Australian Voermans's intriguing, strongly accented debut. Read full book review >

LASHER by Anne Rice
THRILLERS
Released: Oct. 15, 1993

"Too much Rice-A-Roni, but addicts will lick the pot."
The sequel and conclusion to Rice's The Witching Hour (1990) shows Rice both at her best and at her hackiest. Read full book review >
WITHIN THE BOUNDS by Marc Lodge
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 14, 1993

"Earnest and amateurish, especially in its falling action."
A first novel about an up-and-coming southern lawyer whose involvement in a case of serial murder makes him see just how much he's sacrificed for his high-profile firm—all of which shows mainly that, yes, they read John Grisham down south too. Read full book review >
AMERICAN HERO by Larry Beinhart
THRILLERS
Released: Oct. 12, 1993

"What a terrific movie this book is never, ever going to make."
The creator of the Tony Cassella p.i. stories (Foreign Exchange, etc.) turns to political satire with a breathtakingly nasty premise: Operation Desert Storm was not only staged for TV but was a piece of Hollywood entertainment drafted and choreographed by filmmakers. Read full book review >

HOUSES OF STONE by Barbara Michaels
THRILLERS
Released: Oct. 5, 1993

"It never gets the pulse pounding, but it's diverting—with a refreshingly intelligent and unstereotypical heroine."
Reminiscent of A.S. Byatt's Possession, though less lofty, Michaels's latest (Vanish With the Rose, etc.) sets a feminist literary scholar chasing after the origins of an 18th-century manuscript on a Virginia estate—and finding unexpected romance along the way. Read full book review >
THE ULTIMATE WITCH by Byron Preiss
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 5, 1993

"John Skipp and Craig Spector, 1989, outclasses this zombie collection)—but, still, two strong bets for horror fans."
Generous collections of horror stories, nearly all original, that comprise the fourth and fifth volumes of the publisher's Ultimate series (previous volumes, not reviewed, covered Dracula, Frankenstein, and werewolves). Read full book review >
THE KAISHO by Eric Van Lustbader
THRILLERS
Released: Oct. 4, 1993

"Superior hokum."
Lustbader—Master of the Orient!—returns stronger than ever with the fourth of the Nicholas Linnear novels (The Ninja, 1980; The Miko, 1984; and White Ninja, 1990), with a fifth promised. Read full book review >
GONE, BUT NOT FORGOTTEN by Phillip Margolin
THRILLERS
Released: Oct. 4, 1993

A rash of grisly torture/murders of upscale Portland, Oregon, housewives—each kidnapped by someone who leaves behind a black rose and a note saying ``Gone, but not forgotten''—turns out to have unholy roots in an identical series of killings across the country a decade earlier. Read full book review >
MRS. POLLIFAX AND THE SECOND THIEF by Dorothy Gilman
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 3, 1993

"Pollifax fans may love it, but Gilman's best work lies outside this series."
Grandmother, garden-clubber, karate expert, and part-time CIA agent Emily Pollifax (Mrs. Pollifax and the Whirling Dervish, 1990, etc.) is sent by boss Carstairs first to a funeral in Virginia, then to Sicily. Read full book review >
THE FIRE THEFT by Mark  Graham
THRILLERS
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"A rousing beginning degenerates into a long and not very exciting series of well-timed and eventually predictable coincidences amidst some attractive scenery."
Drugs, politics, a bit of sex, and a lot of archaeology provide the international thrills in an international thriller by the author of The Missing Sixth (1992), etc. Crossing the English Channel on a clapped-out ferry, mysterious pilot and international femme fatale Jaymin Bartel is witness to highly suspicious behavior on the part of a Middle Eastern passenger. Read full book review >
WOLF WHISTLE by Lewis Nordan
THRILLERS
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"The result is a high-wire act—of surprising tenderness—that can only enhance Nordan's reputation."
Following Bebe Moore Campbell's Your Blues Ain't Like Mine (1992), here's another (and far superior) first novel based on the 1955 Mississippi lynching of the teenager Emmett Till. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Mona Eltahawy
April 28, 2015

In her debut book, Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution, Egyptian-American journalist and commentator Mona Eltahawy mounts an angry indictment of the treatment of women throughout the Arab world. Born in Egypt, she spent her childhood in London, moving with her family to Saudi Arabia when she was 15. Her shock was immediate and visceral: “It felt as though we’d moved to another planet whose inhabitants fervently wished women did not exist,” she recalls. Women could not travel, work or even go to a doctor’s appointment without male approval. We talk to Eltahawy this week on Kirkus TV about her arresting new book. View video >