Thrillers Book Reviews (page 495)

FINAL JEOPARDY by Linda Fairstein
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 1, 1996

"Alex insists she doesn't see every man as a potential rapist, but after reading this, you wonder why not. (Literary Guild main selection; Mystery Guild main selection; author tour)"
Like her creator, Alexandra Cooper is the New York Assistant District Attorney in charge of prosecuting sex crimes. Read full book review >
PASSING JUDGMENT by Keith Ferrell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1996

"A tepid, tedious tale that fails to capitalize fully on a potentially intriguing theme: apostles of the Religious Right finding themselves at odds with their own values as well as with those of secular society."
A wunderkind film director forced into early retirement becomes embroiled in old causes and ancient crimes in this too- tentative thriller from Omni editor-in-chief Ferrell (John Steinbeck, a 1986 YA title, etc.). Read full book review >

THE DEAL by Sabin Willett
THRILLERS
Released: June 1, 1996

"The over-obvious culprit and an over-ingenious surprise ending don't help."
Ever have one of those days when a little bitty error snowballs into big trouble? Read full book review >
WINDSWEPT HOUSE by Malachi Martin
THRILLERS
Released: June 1, 1996

"Too slow-moving, and too specialized, for everyone else. (Author tour; radio satellite tour)"
The author of Vatican (1986), among others, returns with a mammoth meditation on the troubled state of today's Catholic Church. Read full book review >
DEFIANCE COUNTY by Jay Brandon
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 1, 1996

"Even the courtroom cut-and-thrust—a trademark of Brandon's Lone Star thrillers (Local Rules, 1995, etc.)—is tired this time."
Even after she's fled criminal law for a safe berth in the Texas Attorney General's Office—after impugning her own witness when she doubted an identification—Kelsey Thatch is condemned to the courtroom once again when her boss sends her to cozy Galilee to try Billy Fletcher, general manager of Smoothskins, the town's only reason for existing, for killing his sister-in-law and her husband and kidnapping the only witness to the crime, their five- month-old daughter. Read full book review >

LAST CHANTS by Lia Matera
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 1, 1996

"As in The Maltese Falcon, a constant stream of loony byplay keeps you from doping out whodunit—unless you can call on your own online shaman."
In her first outing since Prior Convictions (1991), Willa Jansson, unlike her creator ``one of the few lawyers without a legal thriller in the works,'' has the perfect excuse for missing her first day at the newest of her numberless jobs: She's been taken hostage by a gun-toting madman. Read full book review >
IN A HEARTBEAT by Eric Stone
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1996

"The whole package is presented with an unfocused intensity that might pass for professionalism if not for the amateurish handling of the killer, who would need special lighting to stand out from the wallpaper."
Another grisly series of sex murders, this one kicked off by the killing of D.C. paralegal Victoria Benton. Read full book review >
FLIGHTS OF FEAR by Graham Masterton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1996

"Too bad, since it sounds like the best."
Following Fortnight of Fear (not reviewed), a second volume of 14 horror stories, few distinguished, by Britain's Masterton, who has 25 horror novels to his name. Read full book review >
WALKING THE LABYRINTH by Lisa Goldstein
THRILLERS
Released: June 1, 1996

"A deftly woven, engrossing who-dun-what: despite some intrusively didactic patches, Goldstein's best outing since A Mask for the General (1987)."
Contemporary fantasy, San Franciscoset, about young drifter Molly Travers and her large, mysterious family. Read full book review >
EXTREME DENIAL by David Morrell
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 31, 1996

"Well, here's the novel. (Film rights to Paramount; author tour)"
BLOOD OF PATRIOTS by Neil Abercrombie
THRILLERS
Released: May 30, 1996

"Abercrombie's constituents some pause, albeit one that should prove right up the alley of Hoyt fans. (Author tour)"
BLACK LIGHT by Stephen Hunter
THRILLERS
Released: May 20, 1996

"But, overall, the author is compulsively readable: His weapons scenes work, and so does his cliffhanger structure. (Literary Guild main selection; author tour)"
The veteran thriller writer's third tale featuring the honorable sniper Bob Lee Swagger (Point of Impact, 1992; Dirty White Boys, 1994). 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 >