Thrillers Book Reviews (page 495)

A VERY PRIVATE PLOT by William F. Buckley Jr.
Released: Jan. 20, 1994

"Top-drawer storytelling, as Blackford scrabbles for his soul."
In the best Blackford Oakes novel yet (Tucker's Last Stand, 1991, etc.), the master of the double bind builds a plot that places the CIA chief of covert ops squarely between the Maelstrom and the Wandering Rocks. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 17, 1994

"A highly colored tribute, which flickers back and forth in time, to a gifted woman who lived beyond her strength."
A fevered, strenuous fictional life of Swiss pioneering feminist Emily Kempin-Spyri—the first woman to earn a Doctorate of Law in Europe—that smolders with feminist mission. Read full book review >

FATAL CURE by Robin Cook
Released: Jan. 12, 1994

"Watch your back, Hillary Clinton. (Literary Guild Dual Selection for March)"
Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the hospital, the king of medical malfeasance (Terminal, 1993, etc., etc.) shows why managed care makes life equally dangerous for idealistic doctors and their patients. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 10, 1994

"Parker makes excellent use of Miami."
The apparent suicide of her libertine younger sister leads an up-and-coming Wasp lawyer into the orbit of a Cuban grandee and his attractive family—and to an indictment for murder—in an intelligently steamy first novel. Read full book review >
PERFECT JUSTICE by William Bernhardt
Released: Jan. 1, 1994

"Ben's well-meaning hardcover debut (after three paperback outings) is broad and crude: a pre-Grisham novel in a world of infinitely shrewder post-Grisham competitors."
No rest for Tulsa lawyer Ben Kincaid: his vacation in Arkansas ends with a bang when he's dragooned into defending a white supremacist for the murder of a Vietnamese immigrant—and finds that he's stepped into a minefield of racial hatred. Read full book review >

GLASS HOUSE by Christine Wiltz
Released: Jan. 1, 1994

"A calm, quiet voice that deserves to be heard."
The author of three mysteries (The Emerald Lizard, 1990, etc.) and coauthor of a TV documentary on David Duke, Wiltz was inspired by the 1980 shooting of a white New Orleans policeman and its bloody aftermath to focus on the issue of race relations in her city—resulting in a gripping, thought-provoking drama that begins with a quote from Abraham Lincoln: ``As a nation of free men we will live forever or die by suicide.'' Thea Tamborella is not sure she wants the inheritance her Aunt Althea has thrust upon her: a Garden District mansion on the all- white end of Convent Street. Read full book review >
CLOSED CIRCLE by Robert Goddard
Released: Jan. 1, 1994

"High-toned, preposterous romantic period suspense from an old pro (Hand in Glove, 1993; A Debt of Dishonour, 1992, etc.)."
Then tables are turned with a vengeance when two con men try to turn a 1931 shipboard romance into a spot of genteel blackmail—only to find the family that they've targeted single-handedly started WW I. Originally jealous of his old friend Max Wingate's amatory success with heiress Diana Charmwood, Guy Horton recoils in amazement when Max announces that he's too much in love with the lady to let her fearsome father, investment mogul Fabian Charmwood, buy him off—and then recoils in horror when Max's elopement with Diana, the details to which Guy had sold Charmwood, is interrupted by the appearance of the great man's corpse, sending Max into hiding and Guy determined to clear his name. Read full book review >
MOM AND DEAD by Ralph McInerny
Released: Jan. 1, 1994

"Crisply paced and mostly engrossing entertainment."
Peaceful Wyler, Indiana—home to low-key, intuitive lawyer Andrew Broom (Savings and Loan, 1990, etc.)—is a hotbed of intrigue in this fourth outing. Read full book review >
SYNBAT by Bob Mayer
Released: Jan. 1, 1994

"Action-packed entertainment—with primate villains that are not, alas, based on paranoid fantasies but on probable results of research programs reported to have been funded by the US government."
In the atavistic milieu plausibly conjured up by Mayer for his latest thriller (Eyes of the Hammer, Dragon SIM-13), Synbats are synthetic battle forms—expendable, elementally sentient, genetically altered baboons developed for military duties deemed too hazardous or risky for higher-order troops. Read full book review >
DEAD EYES by Stuart Woods
Released: Jan. 1, 1994

"Smooth running, but shallow characters (the villain is a total cipher) and lack of dramatic payoffs leach suspense: Wait Until Dark this isn't. (First printing of 100,000)"
A blind actress is tormented by a stalker—in another slick but uninspired thriller by Woods (L.A. Times, p. 332, etc.), who himself seems in the dark about how to capitalize on his melodramatic premise. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 1, 1994

"And next time, with luck, will."
At their best, Laymon's cackling horrors (The Stake, 1991; Night Visions 7, 1989) are the nastiest around—sleek, black- humored, skirting (if not slipping over) the edge of pornoviolence. Read full book review >
MAZATLAN by E. Howard Hunt
Released: Dec. 10, 1993

"No doubt they will, since Hunt gives his readership the sort of leathery fare they presumably want: For would-be tough guys only, though."
Another awesomely un-politically correct thriller from Hunt (Chinese Red, 1992, etc.), this kicking off a new series narrated by an ex-DEA agent who knows his way around guns, booze, and boats- -and who will slap a ``bitch'' around if she gets out of line. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jude Deveraux
author of EVER AFTER
July 1, 2015

New York Times bestselling author Jude Deveraux's eagerly awaited Ever After, the third novel in her blockbuster Nantucket Brides trilogy, continues the saga of the Montgomery-Taggerts, set on an island steeped in beauty and unforgettable romance. Life is anything but perfect for Hallie Hartley, a young physical therapist who has given up nearly everything—even her love life—for her beautiful blonde stepsister, Shelly. Though Shelly's acting career has never taken off, she has certainly perfected the crocodile tears to get what she wants—which all too often means Hallie's boyfriends. When Hallie arrives home early from work one fateful day, she makes two startling discoveries that will turn her life upside down. "This sexy, lighthearted romp brings the series to a satisfying close," our reviewer writes. View video >