Thrillers Book Reviews (page 497)

KISS OF THE WOLF by Jim Shepard
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"Grab this one."
Tense, heartbreaking family drama with an underworld angle— for his fourth novel, Shepard returns to the world of Flights (1983): Italian-Americans in small-town Connecticut. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"He killed for the art of it'') seems to come out of a different world, redolent of lending libraries and preadolescent fantasies."
An intense, undernourished psychodrama about a Chicago cop on the trail of the Collector, a contract killer of unwilling organ-donors. Read full book review >

THE SISTER by Elleston Trevor
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"An expert but synthetic timekiller—minor work from a sometime master."
Checking into the convent of the Sisters of the Sacred Light does nothing for the explosive sibling rivalry in this sequel to the paperback The Sibling, Trevor's latest break from his Quiller spy novels as Adam Hall. Read full book review >
GOING NATIVE by Stephen Wright
Released: Jan. 24, 1994

"Wright's novel packs no narrative punch (only in Borneo does the story roll); it aims to resonate through a pattern of recurring images, but while always alert and intelligent, it never quite becomes the powerful indictment Wright may have hoped for."
America is a bad trip. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 21, 1994

"Only the background—especially Gideon's prickly duet with dying, dislikable Chet and his tender, second-guessing relation with Sarah—is as strong as ever."
Arkansas lawyer Gideon Page, clinging to a parlous private practice after his stint as a public defender (Probable Cause, Expert Testimony), barely makes it into court in this undramatic courtroom drama. Read full book review >

A VERY PRIVATE PLOT by William F. Buckley Jr.
Released: Jan. 20, 1994

"Top-drawer storytelling, as Blackford scrabbles for his soul."
In the best Blackford Oakes novel yet (Tucker's Last Stand, 1991, etc.), the master of the double bind builds a plot that places the CIA chief of covert ops squarely between the Maelstrom and the Wandering Rocks. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 17, 1994

"A highly colored tribute, which flickers back and forth in time, to a gifted woman who lived beyond her strength."
A fevered, strenuous fictional life of Swiss pioneering feminist Emily Kempin-Spyri—the first woman to earn a Doctorate of Law in Europe—that smolders with feminist mission. Read full book review >
FATAL CURE by Robin Cook
Released: Jan. 12, 1994

"Watch your back, Hillary Clinton. (Literary Guild Dual Selection for March)"
Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the hospital, the king of medical malfeasance (Terminal, 1993, etc., etc.) shows why managed care makes life equally dangerous for idealistic doctors and their patients. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 10, 1994

"Parker makes excellent use of Miami."
The apparent suicide of her libertine younger sister leads an up-and-coming Wasp lawyer into the orbit of a Cuban grandee and his attractive family—and to an indictment for murder—in an intelligently steamy first novel. Read full book review >
PERFECT JUSTICE by William Bernhardt
Released: Jan. 1, 1994

"Ben's well-meaning hardcover debut (after three paperback outings) is broad and crude: a pre-Grisham novel in a world of infinitely shrewder post-Grisham competitors."
No rest for Tulsa lawyer Ben Kincaid: his vacation in Arkansas ends with a bang when he's dragooned into defending a white supremacist for the murder of a Vietnamese immigrant—and finds that he's stepped into a minefield of racial hatred. Read full book review >
GLASS HOUSE by Christine Wiltz
Released: Jan. 1, 1994

"A calm, quiet voice that deserves to be heard."
The author of three mysteries (The Emerald Lizard, 1990, etc.) and coauthor of a TV documentary on David Duke, Wiltz was inspired by the 1980 shooting of a white New Orleans policeman and its bloody aftermath to focus on the issue of race relations in her city—resulting in a gripping, thought-provoking drama that begins with a quote from Abraham Lincoln: ``As a nation of free men we will live forever or die by suicide.'' Thea Tamborella is not sure she wants the inheritance her Aunt Althea has thrust upon her: a Garden District mansion on the all- white end of Convent Street. Read full book review >
CLOSED CIRCLE by Robert Goddard
Released: Jan. 1, 1994

"High-toned, preposterous romantic period suspense from an old pro (Hand in Glove, 1993; A Debt of Dishonour, 1992, etc.)."
Then tables are turned with a vengeance when two con men try to turn a 1931 shipboard romance into a spot of genteel blackmail—only to find the family that they've targeted single-handedly started WW I. Originally jealous of his old friend Max Wingate's amatory success with heiress Diana Charmwood, Guy Horton recoils in amazement when Max announces that he's too much in love with the lady to let her fearsome father, investment mogul Fabian Charmwood, buy him off—and then recoils in horror when Max's elopement with Diana, the details to which Guy had sold Charmwood, is interrupted by the appearance of the great man's corpse, sending Max into hiding and Guy determined to clear his name. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >