Thrillers Book Reviews (page 491)

BAD MEDICINE by Ron Querry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 13, 1998

"Great Indian lore in an ingenious medical gripper without the whole globe held in terror."
Steadily entertaining second novel (after The Death of Bernadette Lefthand, not reviewed), about Western versus Navajo and Hopi medicine in the Southwest. Read full book review >
TIDEWATER BLOOD by William Hoffman
THRILLERS
Released: April 7, 1998

"Limpid and swift-moving, with a full complement of understated surprises: an exemplary presentation of the innocent man on the run for readers who want more texture than they can find in The Fugitive. (Author tour)"
Murder, injustice, flight, detection—a disappointingly, though expertly, formulaic tale from Hoffman (Follow Me Home, 1994, etc.). Read full book review >

FAULT LINES by Anna Salter
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 7, 1998

"Not Thomas Harris and The Silence of the Lambs by a long shot, but a book steadily gripping in its psychology, despite an overly familiar villain."
Second thriller featuring female Vermont forensic psychologist Dr. Michael Stone (Shiny Water, 1997). Dr. Stone, a specialist in child abuse and domestic violence, helped put away Alex B. Willy, a child molester who—during an earlier interview not admissible as evidence—revealed to Stone a whole batch of crimes he wasn't charged with. Read full book review >
THE EXPERT by Lee Gruenfeld
THRILLERS
Released: April 2, 1998

"Gruenfeld's been a witness in high-tech cases himself, but, here, his obvious expertise in computer technology goes for naught."
A labored, overlong tale of computer espionage that finds a manufacturer charged with treason for selling a computer chip- -supposedly an encryption device the experts agree can't possibly exist—to the Chinese. Read full book review >
BRAIN STORM by Richard Dooling
THRILLERS
Released: April 1, 1998

A comic cautionary tale for young lawyers everywhere: Whatever it takes, don't agree to defend an alleged hate killer. Read full book review >

HUSH by Mark Nykanen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1998

"Chet's grim illness is ghastly, but the plot twists and climax are unsurprising, reducing this to a standard-issue thriller."
Overly familiar debut melodrama somewhat redeemed by one fresh theme, the use of art therapy to overcome childhood mutism. Read full book review >
EVE'S MEN by Newton Thornburg
THRILLERS
Released: April 1, 1998

"Apart from keeping the story moving, though, Thornburg doesn't seem to have much in mind; when Brian's house of cards comes clattering down, you may feel a little bewildered that you cared about his innocent accomplices."
A straight-arrow Chicago realtor falls victim to his brother's revenge scenarios—and his own response to his brother's lover—in this swift-moving, lightweight fantasy. Read full book review >
THE SILENT CRADLE by Margaret Cuthbert
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1998

"Predictable and occasionally hokey, but a surefire crowd-pleaser that balances cool operating-room tension with steaming soap-opera foam. (TV satellite tour)"
An above-par medical thriller pits a feisty, African- American obstetrician against ER crazies, seductive doctors, bilious bean-counters, and a villainous baby-killer. Read full book review >
THE BLOOD ARTISTS by Chuck Hogan
THRILLERS
Released: April 1, 1998

"A masterfully suspenseful, character-driven potboiler paced with humor, shamelessly gratuitous destruction, and Grand Guignol gross-outs."
Sensational bugs-and-guts followup to Hogan's Ruby Ridgeinspired debut, The Standoff (1994). Read full book review >
FINAL SECONDS by John Lutz
THRILLERS
Released: April 1, 1998

"22, etc.) and pseudonymous August shine in dramatizing the up-and-down power of Harper's own dubious celebrity, which makes him a target for a dozen agendas besides the bomber's."
Looking for some relief from the omnipresent headlines about Theodore Kaczynski, Oklahoma City, and the World Trade Center plot? Read full book review >
REVELATION by L. Christian Balling
THRILLERS
Released: April 1, 1998

"Strong start, and then a good idea dissolves in thuggery and gunfire."
Fourth thriller by Balling (Champion, 1988, etc.), this time focused on the Second Coming rather than on Nazis or 12th-century knights and ladies. Read full book review >
ATTACK ON THE QUEEN by Richard P. Henrick
THRILLERS
Released: April 1, 1998

"Henrick's crisp pacing and rather infectious fascination with military technology go a long way toward overcoming wooden dialogue and generally unsurprising characters."
This military cliffhanger from seasoned pro Henrick (author of 16 previous thrillers) gets a remarkable amount of mileage from an unlikely conceit: The heads of the world's most powerful nations have gathered on board the Queen Elizabeth II for the latest session of the G-7 summits, and this time out the President of China is attending. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Laini Taylor
March 27, 2017

In bestselling YA writer Laini Taylor’s new fantasy novel, Strange the Dreamer, the dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he's been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance to lose his dream forever. What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving? “Lovers of intricate worldbuilding and feverish romance will find this enthralling,” our critic writes. View video >