Thrillers Book Reviews (page 497)

MR. MURDER by Dean Koontz
THRILLERS
Released: Oct. 27, 1993

"Blood pours; children shriek; Alfie makes like a werewolf on steroids while Marty acts like a lion—and Koontz nails the reader to the page once again, despite the soapboxing. (Literary Guild Dual Selection for December)"
Koontz's earliest thrillers (Night Chills, etc.) were stripped-down vehicles designed for speed and suspense, nothing more. Read full book review >
WARS AND WINTERS by Alfred Coppel
THRILLERS
Released: Oct. 21, 1993

"If only it weren't quite so predictable."
A Nazi dagger in the mail lures a middle-aged Californian back to Germany, where he was adopted and where his recurring nightmares seem to be set—in a chilly post-reunion thriller by the author of A Land of Mirrors (1988), etc. The dagger in question, a particularly rare bit of SS regalia, has been seen before. Read full book review >

AND DISREGARDS THE REST by Paul Voermans
THRILLERS
Released: Oct. 15, 1993

"An encouragingly thoughtful and well-crafted first outing."
Near-future yarn involving aliens, time travel, the CIA, and mind control: Australian Voermans's intriguing, strongly accented debut. Read full book review >
LASHER by Anne Rice
THRILLERS
Released: Oct. 15, 1993

"Too much Rice-A-Roni, but addicts will lick the pot."
The sequel and conclusion to Rice's The Witching Hour (1990) shows Rice both at her best and at her hackiest. Read full book review >
WITHIN THE BOUNDS by Marc Lodge
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 14, 1993

"Earnest and amateurish, especially in its falling action."
A first novel about an up-and-coming southern lawyer whose involvement in a case of serial murder makes him see just how much he's sacrificed for his high-profile firm—all of which shows mainly that, yes, they read John Grisham down south too. Read full book review >

AMERICAN HERO by Larry Beinhart
THRILLERS
Released: Oct. 12, 1993

"What a terrific movie this book is never, ever going to make."
The creator of the Tony Cassella p.i. stories (Foreign Exchange, etc.) turns to political satire with a breathtakingly nasty premise: Operation Desert Storm was not only staged for TV but was a piece of Hollywood entertainment drafted and choreographed by filmmakers. Read full book review >
HOUSES OF STONE by Barbara Michaels
THRILLERS
Released: Oct. 5, 1993

"It never gets the pulse pounding, but it's diverting—with a refreshingly intelligent and unstereotypical heroine."
Reminiscent of A.S. Byatt's Possession, though less lofty, Michaels's latest (Vanish With the Rose, etc.) sets a feminist literary scholar chasing after the origins of an 18th-century manuscript on a Virginia estate—and finding unexpected romance along the way. Read full book review >
THE ULTIMATE WITCH by Byron Preiss
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 5, 1993

"John Skipp and Craig Spector, 1989, outclasses this zombie collection)—but, still, two strong bets for horror fans."
Generous collections of horror stories, nearly all original, that comprise the fourth and fifth volumes of the publisher's Ultimate series (previous volumes, not reviewed, covered Dracula, Frankenstein, and werewolves). Read full book review >
THE KAISHO by Eric Van Lustbader
THRILLERS
Released: Oct. 4, 1993

"Superior hokum."
Lustbader—Master of the Orient!—returns stronger than ever with the fourth of the Nicholas Linnear novels (The Ninja, 1980; The Miko, 1984; and White Ninja, 1990), with a fifth promised. Read full book review >
GONE, BUT NOT FORGOTTEN by Phillip Margolin
THRILLERS
Released: Oct. 4, 1993

A rash of grisly torture/murders of upscale Portland, Oregon, housewives—each kidnapped by someone who leaves behind a black rose and a note saying ``Gone, but not forgotten''—turns out to have unholy roots in an identical series of killings across the country a decade earlier. Read full book review >
MRS. POLLIFAX AND THE SECOND THIEF by Dorothy Gilman
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 3, 1993

"Pollifax fans may love it, but Gilman's best work lies outside this series."
Grandmother, garden-clubber, karate expert, and part-time CIA agent Emily Pollifax (Mrs. Pollifax and the Whirling Dervish, 1990, etc.) is sent by boss Carstairs first to a funeral in Virginia, then to Sicily. Read full book review >
THE FIRE THEFT by Mark  Graham
THRILLERS
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"A rousing beginning degenerates into a long and not very exciting series of well-timed and eventually predictable coincidences amidst some attractive scenery."
Drugs, politics, a bit of sex, and a lot of archaeology provide the international thrills in an international thriller by the author of The Missing Sixth (1992), etc. Crossing the English Channel on a clapped-out ferry, mysterious pilot and international femme fatale Jaymin Bartel is witness to highly suspicious behavior on the part of a Middle Eastern passenger. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jude Deveraux
author of EVER AFTER
July 1, 2015

New York Times bestselling author Jude Deveraux's eagerly awaited Ever After, the third novel in her blockbuster Nantucket Brides trilogy, continues the saga of the Montgomery-Taggerts, set on an island steeped in beauty and unforgettable romance. Life is anything but perfect for Hallie Hartley, a young physical therapist who has given up nearly everything—even her love life—for her beautiful blonde stepsister, Shelly. Though Shelly's acting career has never taken off, she has certainly perfected the crocodile tears to get what she wants—which all too often means Hallie's boyfriends. When Hallie arrives home early from work one fateful day, she makes two startling discoveries that will turn her life upside down. "This sexy, lighthearted romp brings the series to a satisfying close," our reviewer writes. View video >