Thrillers Book Reviews (page 495)

NIGHT SHADOWS by Ron Ely
THRILLERS
Released: April 1, 1994

"First of a series, though Ely plots as recklessly as if he had to fit the whole series between these covers."
TV Tarzan Ely's first novel pits Jake Sands—a Travis McGee wannabe with the habits (jogging, weight training, sensitivity) of a Santa Barbara Spenser—against whoever killed his Coco Palms neighbor Wendell Leeds; Katherine Burley's missing husband, Greg; and Toni Spence, the woman Greg called just before he disappeared. Read full book review >
THE REDBIRD'S CRY by Jean Hager
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1994

"Heavily padded with inane chatter, balky romances, and snippets of Indian folklore, this is far from Hager's best, and no match for her Chief Bushyhead adventures (Ghostland, 1991, etc.)."
Molly Bearpaw, sole investigator for Oklahoma's Native American Advocacy League, once again tackles a case of murder in this slow-moving follow-up to Ravenmocker (1992). Read full book review >

CROOKED ISLAND by Victoria McKernan
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 1, 1994

"And don't turn your back on that 12- year-old, not for a minute."
Two hundred and fifty years after the corpse of James Francis Edward, who may or may not have been the rightful King of England, sinks with the Christiania in the coral reefs off the Caribbean island of Mayaguana, Annalee McGuire, insatiably curious 12-year- old daughter of archeologist Jack McGuire, discovers a mysterious necklace her father traces to the claimant. Read full book review >
LAST RIGHTS by Timothy Sebastian
THRILLERS
Released: March 24, 1994

"East and West."
The new world order as family romance—this starring a Russian ÇmigrÇ's son who struggles to honor both of his parents while keeping a step ahead of the double agents on his trail. Read full book review >
ON DANGEROUS GROUND by Jack Higgins
THRILLERS
Released: March 23, 1994

"Nowhere near the top of Higgins' form, but his hordes of devoted fans won't mind this dog-and-pony show one more time. (Book-of-the- Month-Club Main Selection)"
Back in 1944, Lord Mountbatten succeeded in getting Mao Tse- tung's signature on a promise to extend the British lease on Hong Kong for another hundred years if Mao came to power in China. Read full book review >

NEXT OF KIN by Joseph Schreiber
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 23, 1994

"But nothing about Nicholas' peril is equal to his demented, tender abductor's unwitting hints at just how disturbing it's going to be."
A 14-year-old boy, impatient with his family's suburban rituals, gets more than his share of the unusual when he's kidnapped by a girl claiming to be his sister. Read full book review >
HONORABLE ENEMIES by Joe Weber
THRILLERS
Released: March 23, 1994

"With some of the most stilted (and didactic) dialogue this side of Tom Swift, plus over-the-top plotting, an episodic exercise whose appeal appears limited largely to confirmed Japanophobes."
Weber (Targets of Opportunity, 1993) takes a vicious stab at Japan-bashing in a clunky, to-the-ends-of-the-earth thriller that makes the yellow peril in Michael Crichton's Rising Sun seem positively benign. Read full book review >
THE ORCHID EATER by Marc Laidlaw
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 17, 1994

"Not heartwarming."
Another well-written but depressing dystopian thriller by Laidlaw (Kalifornia, 1992; Dad's Nuke, 1985). Read full book review >
NATURAL CAUSES by Michael Palmer
THRILLERS
Released: March 14, 1994

"Mildly entertaining, but without much verve or suspense."
A by-the-charts medical thriller Ö la Robin Cook by Palmer (Extreme Measures, 1991, etc.), who is also a physician. Read full book review >
THE FOX IN THE FIELD by Maynard Allington
THRILLERS
Released: March 1, 1994

"An artful blend of fact and fancy, and a roguishly attractive hero."
World War II Bombay provides the setting for this deft thriller from second-novelist Allington (the paperback Grey Wolf, 1986), a retired USAF officer who, here, makes effective use of actual military campaigns and events. Read full book review >
THE SUNKEN TEMPLE by Satoko Kizaki
THRILLERS
Released: March 1, 1994

"Disappointing."
From the author of the stories in The Phoenix Tree (1990), a somewhat overwrought exploration of the tensions between passion and obedience in a Buddhist setting. Read full book review >
ROGUE WARRIOR II: RED CELL by Richard Marcinko
THRILLERS
Released: March 1, 1994

"Fast action and advanced weaponry at every turn; in-your-face commentary on the powers that be; a steady stream of imaginatively salty language: What more could any red-blooded, two-fisted, he-man fantasist want?"
Rogue Warrior, a blood-and-guts account of Marcinko's stormy- petrel career as a Navy SEAL, earned its author a top spot on 1992's bestseller lists. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >