Thrillers Book Reviews (page 497)

A HUNTING WE WILL GO by Hal Friedman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1998

"The result is a novel peopled with stock characters and rife with plot devices that are often both unbelievable and illogical at once."
Los Angeles newswoman rises above a mercenary station manager and the incompetence of the LAPD to nab a sadistic killer with a taste for beautiful female celebrities. Read full book review >
THE MAGIC CIRCLE by Katherine Neville
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 1998

"Still, fans of The Eight should stagger away with bemused grins. (Author tour)"
Like Neville's 1988 debut, The Eight, another daft, overstuffed, sprawling sofa of a yarn involving dozens of famous figures, places, and objects, along with a mysterious manuscript that nobody ever gets to read—oh, yeah, and the collapse of communism. Read full book review >

A JEW IN COMMUNIST PRAGUE by Vittorio Giardino
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: March 1, 1998

"Visually compelling and historically resonant, Giardino's full- color narrative is evolving into a masterwork of its kind."
The second volume in Giardinos poignant graphic narrative of growing up under Communist rule in postwar Prague lives up to the clean elegance of its first (rev. 5/1/97). Read full book review >
DUST by Charles Pellegrino
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 1998

"Horrifying set pieces, lively characters, intense doses of cutting-edge research (too much of a good thing at times): first fiction worthy of comparison to Childhood's End and When Worlds Collide."
Brilliantly scary (and highly entertaining) vision of eco-catastrophe, courtesy of the maverick scientist whose DNA-in-amber theory gave us Jurassic Park. Read full book review >
THE BEST OF CEMETERY DANCE by Richard Chizmar
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1998

"For those who like to dance with the dead, well worth the price."
Mammoth-sized roundup of the 60 best dark-fiction entries in the first 25 issues of Cemetery Dance magazine—a quarterly devoted to works of particularly dark horror, and one distinguished by the quality of its contents. Read full book review >

VOODOO CHILD by Michael Reaves
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 1998

"Not bad for those into blood sacrifice."
Emmy Awardwinning Hollywood screenwriter Reaves's new and improved fantasy number leaps right over his previous Night Hunter (1995) and Street Magic (1991). Read full book review >
THE MARTYRING by Thomas Sullivan
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 1998

"Sullivan's most sustained and strongest yet, with the plus of being well stocked with stained-glass lore."
From the author of The Phases of Harry Moon (1988) and the stylish Born Burning (1989): a densely written and conceived suspense novel that's too earnest and too rich for a simple pursuit of the genre's standard gore and horror. Read full book review >
IRON SHADOWS by Steven Barnes
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 1998

"A solid, hard-hitting workout, well-pitched and balanced, with plenty of broad appeal."
Another contemporary horror/fantasy that, like Blood Brothers (1996), features the same mysterious immortal sorcerer known as the African. Read full book review >
DELIRIUM by Douglas Cooper
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 24, 1998

"A further descent into the maelstrom, or some promise of recovery?"
The desire of architecture to impose order, and the repercussions of artistic ``overreaching,'' are given dramatic and often cryptic symbolic expression in this unusual second novel (``the first-ever to be serialized on the Web'') from the Canadian- born Cooper, who's a comic-surrealist crossbreed of the late Lawrence Durrell and William S. Burroughs. Read full book review >
APPLAUD THE HOLLOW GHOST by David J. Walker
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 19, 1998

"Mal's third (Half the Truth, 1996, etc.) does a manful job of tacking between fisticuffs and sensitive stuff, though violence will win out, in an operatic finale, before all the perps are finally brought to book."
BRINGING OUT THE DEAD by Joe Connelly
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 16, 1998

"Don't expect a strong sense of plot or direction from this zany, painfully sensitive debut—just think of it as a nightmare to endure along with Frank until you're released by the last page. (First printing of 50,000)"
Connelly's first novel presents two hellish, interminable, and presumably normal days and nights in the life of an EMS paramedic. Read full book review >
AN ISOLATED INCIDENT by Susan R. Sloan
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 10, 1998

"Still, the thrills come one a minute, and they chill to the bone."
Following the success of her first thriller (Guilt by Association, 1995), Sloan returns with an excursive police procedural set in a racially divided northwestern town—a tale that, however imperfect the narrative, yields intoxicating suspense. 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 >