Thrillers Book Reviews (page 497)

BLACK DOGS by Ian McEwan
Released: Nov. 1, 1992

"His lapidary prose neatly disguises his search for transcendence."
As in McEwan's last novel, The Innocent (1990), the Berlin Wall plays an important symbolic role in this fictional meditation on evil—a pseudo-memoir written from a post-cold-war perspective. Read full book review >
THE VENERABLE BEAD by Richard Condon
Released: Nov. 1, 1992

"Betrayal of love and trust leads to a repeat ending of Prizzi's Honor that's even wilder than the original."
Galloping satire whose hairpin turns can be followed only by God (the Bible) and Condon (The Manchurian Candidate, etc. etc.), and one of those may still be in the dark. Read full book review >

RED SQUARE by Martin Cruz Smith
Released: Nov. 1, 1992

"Russia as one of the great romances of thriller fiction. (Literary Guild Dual Selection for December)"
Inspector Arkady Renko, banished to a Soviet factory-ship in Polar Star (1989), returns to Moscow on the eve of the Coup—and steps into the kind of intrigue, atmosphere, and excitement not seen from Smith since Renko's megaselling debut in Gorky Park (1981). Read full book review >
AUNT DIMITY'S DEATH by Nancy Atherton
Released: Nov. 1, 1992

"Amiable, stylishly written—often with a touch of wry humor: a first novel for readers with an interest in the occult—and a high tolerance level for sentimental silliness."
Thirtyish Lori Shepherd—divorced; her mother recently deceased; her expertise in rare books finding no takers—is sharing digs and doing temp work when a letter reaches her from Willis and Willis, a venerable Boston law firm. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 31, 1992

"Irresistible as Steve Martin and Lily Tomlin's All of Me."
Rice fans awaiting the finale of 1990's The Witching Hour will be only temporarily dismayed by the author's fourth bloodletting and the return of the Vampire Lestat—in what is Rice's most strongly plotted novel yet. Read full book review >

THE WRONG GUN by J.P. Hailey
Released: Oct. 16, 1992

"Relax and enjoy—but don't bother following the gun; you might as well try winning at three-card monte."
When big, dumb gun-collector Russ Timberlaine comes to Steve Winslow (The Naked Typist, 1990, etc.) fearing that the .45 once owned by historic gunslinger Pistol Pete—and that's now been stolen from him—will be used to commit a crime, Steve hatches what seems like a bright idea: In addition to running a ballistic test on the fake revolver that's been substituted for the real thing, he'll buy a third .45 and return it to Timberlaine without telling him of the switch. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 15, 1992

"Gripping and gruesome super-comic-book stuff—but let's hope this is it."
Cataclysmic horror novel, sixth and final in a series begun with The Keep (1981). Read full book review >
BLOOD RULES by John Trenhaile
Released: Oct. 7, 1992

"Hopeless, because it's about Lebanon, but a first-rate read nonetheless."
A terrorist-for-hire hijacks a jumbo jet containing her son, her estranged husband, and the Israeli agent whose daughter was the terrorist's first victim. Read full book review >
DEATH PENALTY by William J. Coughlin
Released: Oct. 7, 1992

"It's a pleasure watching the well-oiled machinery—politics, threats, and shameless legal maneuvering—that eventually brings Charley to a perfect three-point landing."
Recovering alcoholic Charley Sloan (Shadow of a Doubt, 1991, etc.), lowest rung of the Detroit bar, juggles three juicy cases as he struggles to keep from falling off the wagon. Read full book review >
THE HIDDEN LAW by Michael Nava
Released: Oct. 7, 1992

"But his characters remain exemplary—from the sensitive, heroic Henry to his AIDS-infected former companion, Josh, to the new man in his life, Lonnie."
When State Senator Gus Pe§a, supposedly turning over a new leaf after a month drying out at clinic, is gunned down as he's leaving a restaurant, it appears that Michael Ruiz, a teenage addict who confessed to his therapist at the same clinic that he wanted to murder Pe§a, put action to his words. Read full book review >
LOST SOULS by Poppy Z. Brite
Released: Oct. 5, 1992

"Brite tosses out any idea of good taste and remakes the language of horror with a bloodlust that reduces all competitors to dust."
Bloodfest first novel written by acid-crazed vampires cooling off on marijuana. Read full book review >
THE STARS SHINE DOWN by Sidney Sheldon
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Savvy Sheldon knows that nothing becomes the rich and famous like a little scandal, and that a faux-morality tale like Lara's needs an upbeat ending to play big—as this one will, right to the top. (Literary Guild Dual Selection for November)"
It may conclude in 1992, but Sheldon's latest is sheer 80's excess—the compulsively readable, sin-laden saga of a tycooness who's part Donald Trump, part Leona Helmsley. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Gabrielle Zevin
March 3, 2015

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over—and see everything anew. “Zevin writes characters who grow and prosper,” our reviewer writes, “in a narrative that is sometimes sentimental, sometimes funny, sometimes true to life and always entertaining.” View video >