Thrillers Book Reviews (page 495)

SUSPICION OF GUILT by Barbara Parker
Released: March 13, 1995

A high-stakes civil suit over the legitimacy of wealthy Palm Beach, Fla., widow Althea Tillett's will goes ballistic with the news that Althea's fall down her stairs was no accident. Read full book review >
OUR GAME by John le Carré
Released: March 10, 1995

The great subject that's fascinated le Carre (The Night Manager, 1993, etc.) throughout his career — what happens to the masters of tradecraft in a world that doesn't match their trade — comes in for unsettlingly timely treatment in this latest tale of spies grown too old and knowing. Read full book review >

DECEPTIONS by Michael Weaver
Released: March 9, 1995

"If you can't find something to savor in this one, better forget how to read."
From Weaver (Impulse, 1993), an extraordinarily complicated and largely successful thriller so laceratingly tough that the ink it's printed with might as well be distilled testosterone. Read full book review >
DOUBLE JEOPARDY by William Bernhardt
Released: March 1, 1995

"Bernhardt (Perfect Justice, 1994, etc.) serves up a fine farrago of nonstop, nonsensical action evidently intended for audiences who think lawyers don't get enough exercise and fresh air. ($100,000 ad/promo)"
A rookie Dallas attorney who's a whiz in the courtroom has to take his show on the road when his lowlife client busts out of jail and implicates him in a three-ring circus of mob violence. Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 1995

"Very plausible, very possible, and very well done."
It's 1945, and the focus of this readable and absorbing first thriller is a Nazi commando in the US with direct orders from Hitler to assassinate President Roosevelt. Read full book review >

PARROT BLUES by Judith Van Gieson
Released: March 1, 1995

"Maybe Terrance had his priorities right after all."
Albuquerque corporate raider Terrance Lewellen has good reason to be upset: A kidnapper has grabbed not only his soon-to- be-ex-wife, Deborah Dumaine, who researches parrots at UNM, but also Perigee, one of his prize indigo macaws, whose bereft mate, Colloquy, is a lot more upset than Terrance. Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 1995

"Despite occasionally distracting halts for mutinous asides on authority or deadly serious critiques of contemporary firearms, another excellent adventure for the rogue warrior and his highly trained SEALs. (Author tour)"
Marcinko has not gone gentle into the good night of retirement following a rough-and-ready career as a US Navy SEAL (chronicled in blood-red, white, and blue detail in his bestselling 1992 autobiography, Rogue Warrior). Read full book review >
WHITE STAR by James Thayer
Released: March 1, 1995

"As implausible as this whole saga seems, it is carried by Thayer's (Ringer, 1988, etc.) streamlined prose and near-masterful control of detail and setting, which make this a particularly enjoyable and unpredictable read."
A revenge yarn and thriller that will have readers rolling their eyes—when they're not on the edge of their seats. Read full book review >
COCK-A-DOODLE-DO by Philip Weiss
Released: March 1, 1995

"An honorable try."
Ambitious first novel from journalist Weiss, in which a nice- ish public-service lawyer almost loses all his nice ideals in not- so-nice New York. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 27, 1995

"Ellroy reins in the more flagrant stylistic excesses of his L.A. Quartet (White Jazz, 1992, etc.), but indulges every overripe subplot you can imagine, in this lurid, volcanic historical epic."
It's the Kennedys versus Jimmy Hoffa, Fidel Castro, and J. Edgar Hoover in this blistering, sprawling slice of Americana from the comic-book Dos Passos of our time. Read full book review >
SOLDIER BOY by E. Scott Jones
Released: Feb. 21, 1995

"Insufficient camaraderie, not enough shooting, and an excess of banter."
Who misses the Cold War? Read full book review >
DARK TIDE by William P. Kennedy
Released: Feb. 18, 1995

"A superb story, with a perhaps not totally unexpected twist at the very end."
The well-worn plot in which people are thrown together on a small boat and mortally threatened by both the forces of nature and the sort of evil that only people can devise is given full and effective treatment in this chill-a-minute thriller from Kennedy (Guard of Honor, 1993, etc.). Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jason Gay
November 17, 2015

In the 1990s, copies of Richard Carlson’s Don't Sweat the Small Stuff (and its many sequels) were seemingly everywhere, giving readers either the confidence to prioritize their stresses or despondence over the slender volume’s not addressing their particular set of problems. While not the first book of its kind, it kicked open the door for an industry of self-help, worry-reduction advice guides. In his first book, Little Victories, Wall Street Journal sports columnist Gay takes less of a guru approach, though he has drawn an audience of readers appreciative of reportage that balances insights with a droll, self-deprecating outlook. He occasionally focuses his columns on “the Rules” (of Thanksgiving family touch football, the gym, the office holiday party, etc.), which started as a genial poke in the eye at the proliferation of self-help books and, over time, came to explore actual advice “both practical and ridiculous” and “neither perfect nor universal.” The author admirably combines those elements in every piece in the book. View video >