Thrillers Book Reviews (page 497)

THE MONGOOSE MAN by Nicholas van Pelt
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 14, 1998

"A treat for Pynchon fans, though perhaps less likely to please those who favor more conventional thrillers."
Wacky globe-trotting mano a mano series debut of Jake Hipp, former American sociobiology professor turned oddball international antiterrorist agent. Read full book review >
SOUR GRAPES by Natasha Cooper
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 14, 1998

"Despite the lead detectives' tiresome mutual self-congratulation ('You are wonderful, Willow,' etc.), the marvelously edgy portrait of Lutterworth—by turns cringing, wheedling, apologizing, yet threatening—makes this the best of Cooper's seven books."
"I'm wholly disinterested. I just want to know what happened," says Emma Gnatche, and she just may be right. Read full book review >

BLOOD MONEY by Clive Egleton
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 13, 1998

"Edgy, indeed paranoid spy stuff."
British Intelligence operative Peter Ashton returns in Egleton's (Warning Shot, 1997) 27th high-tech, fact-laden international thriller filled with credible and complex characters in steady, steel-plated sentences. Read full book review >
ONE OF US by Michael Marshall Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 10, 1998

"But heavy-handed deus-ex-machina action clobbers the story's more delicate facets."
Attempting to build on the success of last year's Spares, the London-based Smith serves up a nicely atmospheric but, in the end, overextended thriller about a caretaker of other people's memories who suddenly finds himself on everyone's most-wanted list. Read full book review >
INHERITANCE by Keith Baker
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 5, 1998

"Richly evocative of late-1990s Ireland, but too many corpses—and bad guys'support an unduly intricate plot."
Grimly atmospheric sins-of-the-father first novel set in Northern Ireland of 2017, where, despite 1998's official end to the Troubles, nothing much has changed. Read full book review >

THE PIED PIPER by Ridley Pearson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 3, 1998

Seattle cop Lou Boldt's been promoted to Lieutenant and shifted from Homicide to Intelligence—but all the changes don't protect him from the most painfully intimate contact with a kidnapper of small children. Read full book review >
THE INHERITANCE by Tom Savage
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 3, 1998

"In his third time out (Valentine, 1994; Precipice, 1995, etc.), Savage takes a step back."
It purports to be a gothic novel, but any self-respecting gothic ought to generate a chill or two. Read full book review >
RAINBOW SIX by Tom Clancy
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 3, 1998

"No disappointments here, but an unusually sumptuous cut of steak can't hide the familiarity of the menu."
The king of the superultramegatechnothriller returns with a 2,000,000-copy first printing, though Clancy's labyrinthine new behemoth of demonic perils arrived too late for a full review. Read full book review >
SWORN TO DEFEND by Carolyn Wheat
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 1998

"Far more modestly focused than Cass's ambitious last, Troubled Waters (1997), but well-nigh perfect of its kind."
Maybe it wasn't such a good idea for Cass Jameson to go to bat for Keith Jernigan after all. Read full book review >
THE GUN RUNNER'S DAUGHTER by Neil Gordon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1998

"Such meditations are poor stand-ins for the action and derring-do that the genre demands."
Plot-soggy sins-of-the-father tale that, like Gordon's debut, Sacrifice of Isaac (1995), tarts up conventional thriller melodramatics in densely layered ethical and religious complexities.Yale Law School student Allison Rosenthal's breezy, name-brand casual summers on Martha's Vineyard end forever when her wealthy father, Ronald, a shadowy, tough-talking broker for an Israeli weapons manufacturer, is arrested in America for selling arms to Bosnian Muslims in defiance of a UN trade embargo. Read full book review >
TALK by Laura Van Wormer
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 1998

"No surprises here, but Van Wormer (Just For the Summer, 1997, etc.) once again does deliver the goods—the usual thrills, chills, and dazzling wardrobes that fans look for in a lightweight late-summer read."
A padded, paint-by-numbers stalker tale that takes on the trendy subject of TV talk shows. Read full book review >
BLOODSTREAM by Tess Gerritsen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1998

"Doc Gerritsen's mastery of the stupefying stupidity inherent in adolescent resistance to almost everything may well give the reader gray hairs."
Third straight biological unpleasantry by redeployed internist Gerritsen (Support, 1997, etc.), who shuns no commercial device on the quest to suck in ever more readers. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >