Thrillers Book Reviews (page 495)

DEATH PAYS THE ROSE RENT by Valerie S. Malmont
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 1, 1994

"Maybe newcomer Tori will fare better in a sequel on her less cutesy home turf."
What could be a more peaceful contrast with newly unemployed crime reporter Tori Miracle's Hell's Kitchen apartment than her college roommate Alice-Ann MacKinstrie's hometown of Lickin Creek, Pa.? Read full book review >
THE ASSAULT by Reinaldo Arenas
THRILLERS
Released: July 1, 1994

"Chill but distracted, scattershot."
Arenas, sick with AIDS, committed suicide in 1990, but his ``Pentagonia'' sequence (which includes Farewell to the Sea, 1985; Singing from the Well, 1987; and The Palace of the White Skunks, 1990) had been already capped by this dystopian, utterly disgusted little fantasy about life in Castro's dictatorial never-never land. Read full book review >

CLAW by Ken Eulo
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 1, 1994

"Despite inconsistencies and an inconclusive climax, this humane thriller is both touching and exciting, thanks to snappy dialogue and heart-stopping action."
This tale of a tiger on the loose takes a slash at modern society's coldness toward the animal kingdom. Read full book review >
THE BEST DEFENSE by Kate Wilhelm
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 27, 1994

"Sprawling and overlong—especially the trial sequences—but ultimately rousing, considering how much Barbara's fighting for and how much it matters."
Defiantly barefoot Oregon lawyer Barbara Holloway (Death Qualified, 1991) calls a truce with her lawyer father and buys pantyhose and a proper courtroom jacket in order to defend battered wife Paula Kennerman, accused of killing her six-year-old daughter and setting fire to the women's safe house at Canby Ranch. Read full book review >
AND ALL OUR WOUNDS FORGIVEN by Julius Lester
THRILLERS
Released: June 27, 1994

"A forceful and startling look into the minds and hearts of those involved in the civil rights movement, this novel raises compelling questions about the successes and failures of that movement."
Lester (The Last Tales of Uncle Remus, 1994, etc.) offers a potentially controversial and intimate account of the life and death of a black civil rights leader as told 25 years later by the leader himself and the people who loved him. Read full book review >

OCTOBER'S GHOST by Ryne Douglas Pearson
THRILLERS
Released: June 22, 1994

"As in war, truth becomes the first casualty of propaganda."
An ideological thriller in which Pearson (Cloudburst, 1993) presents Cuba—in reality a tiny, dirt-poor nation stripped of financial aid from its former Soviet lifeline—as a raging Cold War power whose fanatic leader is intent on punishing Moscow for having betrayed his 1959 revolution. Read full book review >
THE BANK OF FEAR by David Ignatius
THRILLERS
Released: June 22, 1994

"Iraqis offers a glimpse into a dark and mysterious power that affects us more than we know."
This book is the third (after Siro, 1991, and Agents of Influence, 1987) in Ignatius's cycle on America and the Middle East. Read full book review >
PHOENIX RISING by John J. Nance
THRILLERS
Released: June 22, 1994

"Phoenix Rising takes much too long to lift off—the conspiracy is too slowly unveiled, the villains make their appearance very late in the story—but once it gets airborne, it develops some momentum."
Combining elements of the financial and the aviation thriller, Nance (Scorpion Strike, 1992) puts together a would-be page-turner marred by cardboard-thin, uninvolving characters and a not entirely credible conspiracy. Read full book review >
CHARLIE'S APPRENTICE by Brian Freemantle
THRILLERS
Released: June 21, 1994

"Freemantle is well on his way to earning a prominent place in the John le CarrÇ school of spy fiction."
The newest Charlie Muffin title shows Freemantle at his best. Read full book review >
ANGEL'S HEAD by John Smolens
THRILLERS
Released: June 17, 1994

"As in Winter by Degrees (1988), great scenery, hit-or-miss plotting, suitably hooded characters, and a handful of powerfully craggy episodes."
Nobody changes Angel's Head Island, nestled a few hundred yards and years off Cape Cod; people who don't share the Flood family's centuries-old closeness to the sea just leave, as journalist Mark Emmons and developer Eliot Bedrosian both did years ago after variously abortive affairs with innkeeper Anne Flood. Read full book review >
THE WINTER WOMEN MURDERS by David A. Kaufelt
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 15, 1994

The sudden, nonaccidental, fatal descent down a flight of stairs by Sophie Comfort Noble, ancient founder of the Annual Literary Arts Symposium (ALAS), ushers in another round of genteel mayhem in Waggs Neck Harbor, Long Island. Read full book review >
SILENT SON by Gallatin Warfield
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 6, 1994

It's not easy to carve out a niche in the increasingly crowded field of legal intrigue, and you have to admire the ingenuity of Warfield's approach: a courtroom mystery with no mystery. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Libba Bray
author of LAIR OF DREAMS
August 25, 2015

In Lair of Dreams, the second installment of Libba Bray’s bestselling young adult Diviners series, after a supernatural showdown with a serial killer, Evie O'Neill has outed herself as a Diviner. Now that the world knows of her ability to "read" objects, and therefore, read the past, she has become a media darling, earning the title "America's Sweetheart Seer." But not everyone is so accepting of the Diviners' abilities....Meanwhile, mysterious deaths have been turning up in the city, victims of an unknown sleeping sickness. Can the Diviners descend into the dreamworld and catch a killer? “Weaving together a chilling mystery with a truly elusive solution, several poignant love stories, agonizing injustice, terrifyingly monstrous dreams, and even a cameo by legendary psychiatrist Carl Jung, this installment wraps enough up to satisfy but clearly sets the stage for more,” our reviewer writes in a rare starred review. “How will readers stand the wait?” View video >