Thrillers Book Reviews (page 497)

SILENT WITNESS by Nigel McCrery
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 17, 1998

"Just what you'd expect if somebody whittled Patricia Cornwell down to TV scale alongside A&E's Cracker episodes—where alert American viewers will already have caught this first installment of Sam's adventures."
Samantha Ryan doesn't take proper care of her ailing mother—at least that's what her put-upon sister thinks—and she's forever losing her housekeys. But when she puts on her lab coat and changes into Dr. Ryan, the Home Office pathologist, she becomes the best hope for solving a pair of ritual killings in Cambridge's fen country. Read full book review >
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 16, 1998

"But it's still first-class entertainment for lovers of historical whodunits."
It's 11th-century England and King William's little band of emissaries is on the move again (The Lions of the North, 1996, etc.). Read full book review >

AT ALL COSTS by John Gilstrap
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 16, 1998

"Does for families what Nathan's Run did for preteens—puts them through endless rounds of entertainingly action-packed pursuit. (Film rights to Arnold Kopelson)"
Mr. and Mrs. Middle America take it on the lam from an army of law enforcers when a routine check reveals that they're high on the Most Wanted list. Read full book review >
THE WORLD I MADE FOR HER by Thomas Moran
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 15, 1998

"Despite the grim premise and the graphically rendered bodily functions, Moran's hospital- stay novel is fast-paced, filled with vivid human detail, and ultimately deeply affecting."
Moran follows The Man in the Box (1997) with a surprisingly compelling tour of the inner life of a young man on life-support. Read full book review >
THE FACTS OF DEATH by Raymond Benson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 15, 1998

"A postmodern treat for fans and newcomers that lovingly, if not ironically, duplicates a formula so familiar that originality would be sacrilege. (First serial rights to Playboy)"
The fate of the world, and James Bond, are in capable hands in this second 007 adventure from Benson (Zero Minus Ten, 1997). Read full book review >

THE ELEVENTH COMMANDMENT by Jeffrey Archer
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 15, 1998

"There's much, much more—roping in the Russian Mafiya, the Washington Redskins, a dozen double-crosses, and two returns from the grave—all of it the most rousing moonshine. ($250,000 ad/promo; author tour; radio/TV satellite tour)"
"This was the real world," CIA assassin Connor Fitzgerald reminds himself as he escapes from his latest messy job without a single "Rambo-type helicopter" for help. Read full book review >
ARTICLES OF FAITH by Robert L. Rodin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 15, 1998

"An acceptable if somewhat labored first effort that turns chilling when, at the close, the author mentions his father's deathbed confession of having done similar things, and worse, during the bad old Cold War days."
Earnest sins-of-the-father debut thriller that, the author states in an emotional postscript, is based on a nasty truth. Read full book review >
ELEVEN DAYS by Donald Harstad
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 15, 1998

"Harstad may have a hard time later equaling this wild and woolly weirdness."
Debut police shocker, inspired by a real event and written by a 26-year veteran of the Clayton County Sheriff's Department in northeastern Iowa. Read full book review >
BREACH OF PROMISE by Perri O’Shaughnessy
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 12, 1998

"Maybe the best way to read Nina's fifth case is to knock off halfway through, as Mike Markov undoubtedly wishes he'd done too. (Author tour)"
What looks like Lake Tahoe attorney Nina Reilly's most routine case—a palimony suit with millions in the balance—takes a startling turn in this inventive, misshapen legal thriller. Read full book review >
VAST EMOTIONS AND IMPERFECT THOUGHTS by Rubem Fonseca
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 11, 1998

From best-selling novelist and screenwriter Fonseca (Bufo and Spallanzani, 1990, etc.) comes this campy, racy little thriller conjoining murder, smuggled jewels, an unknown novel by Isaac Babel, and a Brazilian filmmaker who's reeling at his wife's recent suicide. Read full book review >
THE LAST VOICE THEY HEAR by Ramsey Campbell
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 11, 1998

"You bet, though clever Ben isn't as fearsome as the savagely moronic Fancy family of Campbell's 1996 novel, The One Safe Place."
British psychothriller in the vein of Campbell's The Count of Eleven (1992) and Nazareth Hill (1997), with none of his more familiar occult horror and supernatural trimmings. Read full book review >
UNSPEAKABLE by Sandra Brown
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 10, 1998

"And they did. (Literary Guild main selection; TV satellite tour)"
Styleless and clichÇ-besotted though the works of the queen of Texas melodrama may be, her last novel—1997's Mardi Gras sleaze extravaganza Fat Tuesday—got a first printing of 500,000 and the nod from two book clubs. 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 >