Thrillers Book Reviews (page 497)

SEX CRIMES by Jenefer Shute
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"While the effort to get inside the head of one so disturbed at times seems heavily stylized and clinical, there's no denying that this sexy fable of modernity exposes emotions that many might rather ignore. (Literary Guild and Doubleday book club selections)"
After making waves with her 1992 debut, Life-Size, the chronicle of an anorexic, Shute returns with a different, no less discomfiting tale of obsession, this time involving a woman so hopelessly in love that she blinds her erstwhile boyfriend. Read full book review >
FINAL JUDGEMENT by Daniel Easterman
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"Notable for above-average complexities, exotic locales, and a wealth of slam-bang action."
With help from an unlikely ally, a hard-boiled Israeli battles renascent fascists to a bloody standstill throughout Italy in another (his tenth) slick thriller from Easterman (The Night of the Apocalypse, 1995, etc.) Read full book review >

LEGAL TENDER by Lisa Scottoline
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"Philadelphia lawyer Scottoline (Running from the Law, 1995, etc.) provides nonstop action, smart narration, and dozens of helpful tips on going underground in your own hometown."
What's worse than having your ex-lover announce that he's dissolving your law partnership and opening your old office to the associate who's taken your place in bed and bar? Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"No diminution either of energy or of billowing High Purple prose."
Ninth doorstopper volume in the Necroscope series, a towering vampire cycle and rousing sequel to 1995's Necroscope: The Lost Years (not reviewed). Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"Overlong, bends at its joinings, and isn't for everyone—but full of take-that, fist-in-your-face daring."
Hardcover debut for avant-garde horror writer Grimson (Stainless, 1996), enjoyment of whose fancies leaves one thrilled, if feeling rather unclean. Read full book review >

LORD OF THE VAMPIRES by Jeanne Kalogridis
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

Last of the Dracula trilogy begun with 1994's Covenant with the Vampire (not reviewed) and Children of the Vampire (1995), and a tasty feast it is. Read full book review >
NOWHERE TO RUN by Robert Daley
Released: Oct. 25, 1996

"Victoriano's presence turns out to be lucky for the characters, since without him they'd be denuded of the suspense situations that give them what substance they have."
An unlikely pair of cops forced into premature retirement team up against the hit men assigned to kill one of them, in NYPD specialist Daley's most serious dip yet into mainstream waters. Read full book review >
THE PRISONER by Fakhar Zaman
Released: Oct. 22, 1996

"Z'' is being punished—do we find the reality of an individual sensibility and personality, rather than the obtrusive presence of a political concept only half-successfully made flesh."
The Prisoner ($28.95; Oct. 22, 1996; 176 pp.; 0-7206-1010-9): The first English translation of this claustrophobic short novel, originally published in 1984, recounts the ordeal of a radical Pakistani journalist imprisoned ``because he wrote for the people in their language'' and is now awaiting execution. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 20, 1996

"Le Carre goes back to the spy story's roots—Our Man in Havana, with a touch of Conrad's Secret Agent—to amuse frazzled millennialists with the refreshing news that we've all been here many times before."
The fate of nations hinges on an inoffensive bespoke tailor in this archly ironic parable out of Graham Greene. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 15, 1996

"Beneath the layers of deep legal deviousness, Turow never lets you forget that his characters lived and loved before they ever got dragged into court, and that they have lives to go back to after the final gavel comes down."
The undisputed king of contemporary legal intrigue (Pleading Guilty, 1993, etc.) offers a sumptuous triple-decker tracing the tangled roots of an apparently accidental murder back 25 years. Read full book review >
PROVE THE NAMELESS by Terence Faherty
Released: Oct. 14, 1996

"But he should take more trouble with the motivations of his secondary characters— murderers, just for starters."
Owen Keane—Atlantic City copy editor, avocational private eye, and searcher after truth—makes his fourth appearance since his Edgar-nominated debut in Deadstick (1991). Read full book review >
BLOWN AWAY by David Wiltse
Released: Oct. 14, 1996

"But Becker and Cole and all the rest of them rolled together still can't compete with the real Unabomber, whose bizarre saga establishes a benchmark that far outclasses Wiltse's sturdy fiction."
FBI agent John Becker, a deadly force in his own right (Bone Deep, 1995, etc.), goes up against the Unabomber. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
author of SEINFELDIA
August 22, 2016

Jennifer Keishin Armstrong’s new bestseller Seinfeldia is the hilarious behind-the-scenes story of two guys who went out for coffee and dreamed up Seinfeld —the cultural sensation that changed television and bled into the real world. Comedians Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld never thought anyone would watch their silly little sitcom about a New York comedian sitting around talking to his friends. NBC executives didn’t think anyone would watch either, but they bought it anyway, hiding it away in the TV dead zone of summer. But against all odds, viewers began to watch, first a few and then many, until nine years later nearly 40 million Americans were tuning in weekly. In Seinfeldia, TV historian and entertainment writer Armstrong celebrates the creators and fans of this American television phenomenon, bringing readers behind-the-scenes of the show while it was on the air and into the world of devotees for whom it never stopped being relevant, a world where the Soup Nazi still spends his days saying “No soup for you!” “Armstrong’s intimate, breezy history is full of gossipy details, show trivia, and insights into how famous episodes came to be,” our reviewer writes. “Perfect for Seinfeldians and newcomers alike.” View video >