Thrillers Book Reviews (page 497)

TANGLED ROOTS by Taffy Cannon
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"High-concept background, low-concept plot—tangled roots indeed—but still an advance on Nan's cutesy debut in A Pocketful of Karma (1993)."
No joy for California State Bar investigator Nan Robinson. Read full book review >
NOW YOU SEE IT... by Richard Matheson
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"Unfortunately for Matheson, the reader may be laughing, too."
A bizarre misfire from horror guru Matheson (Earthbound, p. 727, etc.). Read full book review >

THE JUROR by George Dawes Green
Released: Jan. 27, 1995

"Don't expect more than an updated damsel-in-distress thriller- -and maybe the birth of a new jury-tampering genre—and you won't be disappointed. (First printing of 200,000; film rights to Columbia Pictures; Literary Guild main selection)"
After a New York single mother declines to bail out of the jury for an accused mob killer, her son's life is threatened if she doesn't vote for acquittal. Read full book review >
SLASHBACK by Paul Levine
Released: Jan. 25, 1995

"No trace of the wacky promise of Jake's earliest adventures, but if a dose of generic Travis McGee is what you crave, this'll do the job. (Author tour)"
Miami lawyer Jake Lassiter has settled into an unaccustomed groove, defending the likes of synthetic-estrogen manufacturers in liability suits, but excitement is just around the corner. Read full book review >
THE PASSAGE by David Poyer
Released: Jan. 21, 1995

"Lingo-laden and slow to develop, but notable for a sensitivity and scope lacking in other, more popular modern sea adventures."
In his fourth adventure (The Circle, 1992, etc.), Lt. Read full book review >

SPY'S HONOUR by Gavin Lyall
Released: Jan. 19, 1995

"So ignore, if you can, the road to Sarajevo and enjoy one by one these unabashedly nostalgic chronicles from the sunniest days of MI5."
Return with us now to those thrilling days of the preWW I British Secret Service, when a man could legitimately be challenged to a duel for suggesting a fellow was a spy. Read full book review >
KISS THE GIRLS by James Patterson
Released: Jan. 11, 1995

"As a storyteller, Patterson is a great ad copywriter."
Advertising executive Patterson doubles neither our pleasure nor our fun by giving us two intense, Hannibal Lecter-type murderers for the price of one in an improbable and hopelessly derivative mess of a thriller. Read full book review >
EYES OF A CHILD by Richard North Patterson
Released: Jan. 11, 1995

"The adversarial nature of American criminal justice has never been more brilliantly dramatized. (First printing of 250,000; Literary Guild main selection; author tour)"
About the only trauma San Francisco superlawyer Christopher Paget was spared in his previous appearance (Degree of Guilt, 1993) was being put on trial for murder himself—an omission Patterson rectifies here when Chris is charged with killing the estranged husband of his associate and lover, Teresa Peralta. Read full book review >
BLACK CROSS by Greg Iles
Released: Jan. 9, 1995

"Good enough to read twice. (Author tour)"
Iles (Spandau Phoenix, 1993) delivers a swift historical thriller of such brutal accomplishment that it vaporizes almost every clichÇ about the limits of the genre. Read full book review >
THE WEDDING by Dorothy West
Released: Jan. 6, 1995

"Although written with the sure hand of a practiced short-story writer, this doesn't achieve the resonance of a deeply layered novel. (Book-of-the-Month/Quality Paperback Book clubs featured selections)"
Now in her 80s, West—founder of the Harlem Renaissance magazine Challenge and author of a novel and many short stories- -checks in with this pleasant if scattershot tale of the black bourgeoisie in a Martha's Vineyard community called the Oval. Read full book review >
FAITH by Len Deighton
Released: Jan. 4, 1995

A warmed-over Bernard Samson (Spy Sinker, 1990, etc.) thriller that is sorely lacking violence, action, sex, bad guys, espionage, and high technology. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 4, 1995

"Perfectly crummy. (Book-of-the-Month Club/Quality Paperback Book Club alternate selections)"
Plot-starved novelists could do worse than raid old Hitchcock films for stories, but they had better pilfer with greater skill than Woods (Heat, 1994, etc.) does in his craftless new thriller. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jason Gay
November 17, 2015

In the 1990s, copies of Richard Carlson’s Don't Sweat the Small Stuff (and its many sequels) were seemingly everywhere, giving readers either the confidence to prioritize their stresses or despondence over the slender volume’s not addressing their particular set of problems. While not the first book of its kind, it kicked open the door for an industry of self-help, worry-reduction advice guides. In his first book, Little Victories, Wall Street Journal sports columnist Gay takes less of a guru approach, though he has drawn an audience of readers appreciative of reportage that balances insights with a droll, self-deprecating outlook. He occasionally focuses his columns on “the Rules” (of Thanksgiving family touch football, the gym, the office holiday party, etc.), which started as a genial poke in the eye at the proliferation of self-help books and, over time, came to explore actual advice “both practical and ridiculous” and “neither perfect nor universal.” The author admirably combines those elements in every piece in the book. View video >