Thrillers Book Reviews (page 495)

GOD'S FIRES by Patricia Anthony
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 1, 1997

"Whether tragedy or black farce, Anthony's thought-provoking and unforgettable story grows inevitably out of its impeccable historical context, with power enough to reach out across the centuries and disturb the present."
Alien-contact yarn set somewhere near 1667 (Anthony doesn't actually tell us) in Portugal, a country still implacably dominated by the Inquisition: from the cutting-edge author of Cradle of Splendor (1996), etc. The action takes place over a 13-day period. Read full book review >
IGNITION by Kevin J. Anderson
THRILLERS
Released: March 26, 1997

"Even Steven Seagal's standards are higher than this, but blowing up the Vehicular Assembly Building ought to look good on the screen. (Film rights to Universal)"
Terrorists seize Cape Canaveral at the time of a shuttle launch in a new technothriller from Anderson and Beason (the eco-disaster novel Ill Wind, 1995; etc.). Read full book review >

THIEF OF SOULS by Darian North
THRILLERS
Released: March 24, 1997

"It's only when the story shifts gears—especially when Dan enters the belly of the beast to confront the huckster messiah—that tension and conviction falter. (First printing of 60,000)"
A New York architect's life is turned upside-down when his wife is swallowed up by a New Age cult. Read full book review >
KILLING FLOOR by Lee Child
THRILLERS
Released: March 17, 1997

"Despite the crude, tough-naif narration, debut novelist Child serves up a big, rangy plot, menace as palpable as a ticking bomb, and enough battered corpses to make an undertaker grin."
Welcome to Margrave, Georgia—but don't get too attached to the townsfolk, who are either in on a giant conspiracy, or hurtling toward violent deaths, or both. Read full book review >
THE ECHO by Minette Walters
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 17, 1997

Five years after architect Amanda Powell's husband vanishes amid cries of embezzlement, a homeless man calling himself Billy Blake crawls into her garage and, in full view of her well- stocked freezer, starves himself to death. Read full book review >

A FACE AT THE WINDOW by Dennis McFarland
THRILLERS
Released: March 17, 1997

"Many will concur at the finish of this tiresome book that aimed high, but got paled out, then hit low. (Literary Guild selection; $50,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
McFarland's old strengths (The Music Room, 1990; School for the Blind, 1994) are less evident this time: His often golden style survives, but psychology and focus are bungled in this tale of a man paying for the sins of his past through encounters with ghosts in the present. Read full book review >
DEATH IN EQUALITY by Lucinda Ebersole
THRILLERS
Released: March 12, 1997

"Engaging character sketches in the time-honored tradition of southern gothic, although the more contemporary conceit that binds them here is loose and ineffectual."
A would-be writer finds cancer instead of a publisher in New York; she goes back to Alabama to die, but storywriter and anthologist Ebersole (Mondo Barbie, 1993, etc.) keeps her character alive long enough to inject a few poignant anecdotes into this otherwise maudlin first novel. Read full book review >
THE DROWNING POOL by Natasha Cooper
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 12, 1997

"For the Willow-smitten only."
Civil Servant/romance novelist Willow King checks into Dowting's Hospital just in time for the death of senior obstetrician Alexander Ringstead, who can't attend to Willow's postpartum hemorrhage because he's been drowned in his own birthing pool. Read full book review >
THE PRICE OF BLOOD by Chuck Logan
THRILLERS
Released: March 12, 1997

"An admirably flinty, adroitly plotted, and worthy successor to Logan's first hard-boiled thriller (Hunter's Moon, 1996). ($50,000 marketing budget; regional author tour)"
An ex-soldier who was among the last Americans to escape Vietnam before the Communist takeover returns to Southeast Asia in search of a fortune in gold that disappeared on his last mission. Read full book review >
NECESSARY MADNESS by Jenn Crowell
THRILLERS
Released: March 10, 1997

"A highly promising debut. (First printing of 150,000; film rights to Sony; Book-of-the-Month Club selection; $150,000 ad/promo)"
Not only a first novel, but a first by a now-18-year-old writer—yet, surprisingly, this tale of a young woman's grief over the death of her artist husband tugs at the heartstrings with the best of them. Read full book review >
THE SENATOR'S DAUGHTER by Victoria Gotti
THRILLERS
Released: March 10, 1997

"Flashy but powerful."
Eye-catching Victoria Gotti, daughter of Godfather John Gotti, debuts as an accomplished thriller writer. Read full book review >
SALT by Earl Lovelace
THRILLERS
Released: March 10, 1997

"An evocative story that tries too hard."
Trinidadian writer Lovelace (The Wine of Astonishment, 1984, etc.) returns after a long hiatus with a tale that starts out as an affecting Caribbean version of It's A Wonderful Life, then disappointingly turns into a flat riff on race and the past. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Melissa Sweet
author of SOME WRITER!
September 26, 2016

“SOME PIG,” Charlotte the spider’s praise for Wilbur, is just one fondly remembered snippet from E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. In Some Writer!, two-time Caldecott Honor winner and 2014 Kirkus Prize finalist Melissa Sweet mixes White’s personal letters, photos, and family ephemera with her own exquisite artwork to tell his story, from his birth in 1899 to his death in 1985. Budding young writers will be fascinated and inspired by the journalist, New Yorker contributor, and children’s book author who loved words his whole life. This authorized tribute is the first fully illustrated biography of E. B. White and includes an afterword by Martha White, E. B. White's granddaughter. “Like Charlotte, Sweet spins a terrific story,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A masterful biography that will enchant young readers.” View video >