Thrillers Book Reviews (page 497)

DANTE'S DISCIPLES by Peter Crowther
Released: March 1, 1996

"Topflight horror from one proud band of storytellers."
First-rate horror anthology, its 26 tales sparked by Dante's Inferno. Read full book review >
THE JUDAS GLASS by Michael Cadnum
Released: March 1, 1996

"Chopin's Fantasie-impromptu for vampires."
The author of The Horses of the Night (1993), among seven others, continues his rise with a modern vampire romance that harks back to the metaphysical poets' device not only of trading eyes but bodies as well. Read full book review >

Released: Feb. 21, 1996

"Implausible plotting and undistinguished prose: pulp fiction of a low order."
An over-the-hill FBI man pursues a telepathic vigilante who stalks and executes serial killers: a penny dreadful from a pair of authors whose literary pedigrees include two previous novels (Lady El, 1992, etc., not reviewed) and stints in the comic-book field. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 20, 1996

"A dandy hell-and-high-water yarn, with characters of some complexity and depth, a plausible scenario for global calamity, and an author who knows his way around the silent service's advanced technology."
In his fourth literary tour of duty, submariner Michael (Patch) Pacino (now a two-star admiral) matches wits and superweapons with Japan's underseas forces: a stunningly effective technopolitical thriller from DiMercurio (Phoenix Sub Zero, 1994, etc.) Read full book review >
DARK SPECTER by Michael Dibdin
Released: Feb. 20, 1996

"A superior vintage pressed from the most unlikely grapes."
Most suspense novels are spoiled to a certain extent by summary, but Dibdin's unusual new mystery represents an extreme case in which the less you know in advance, the better. Read full book review >

DARK RIDE by Kent Harrington
Released: Feb. 15, 1996

"The grisly, deadpan, unnervingly comic tone makes you wonder if Jim Thompson hasn't risen from the grave."
Boy meets girl, boy and girl take turns handcuffing each other to bed, boy and girl plot to kill girl's husband in this sex-soaked noir debut. Read full book review >
BECKER'S RING by Steven Martin Cohen
Released: Feb. 14, 1996

"Horrifically grotesque mutilations given a sadly earthbound treatment."
Cohen's hardcover debut pits New York City's finest against a serial mutilator who dishes out a fate literally worse than death. Read full book review >
NIGHT BITES by Victoria A. Brownworth
Released: Feb. 14, 1996

"Strong and satisfying, even when coasting."
Sixteen original queer, bi-, and hetero tales of blood and lust: the first vampiric sheaf ever solely by women, with a feminine and feminist view of the genre. Read full book review >
THE 37TH MANDALA by Marc Laidlaw
Released: Feb. 12, 1996

"Deserves high marks indeed—and those mandalas cry out for celluloid computerization."
Blending outrÇ-dimensional, drooly-tentacled, Lovecraftian slipslop weirdness with Robert A. Heinlein's The Puppet Masters, Laidlaw (Kalifornia, 1993, etc.) lays out a work far more fine- grained than Heinlein's and nearly as compelling as Lovecraft's. Read full book review >
SPEAK NO EVIL by Rochelle Majer Krich
Released: Feb. 6, 1996

"A satisfyingly sturdy yarn—all wool and a yard wide—for Faye Kellerman fans and other right-minded enemies of rapists and vigilantes."
A criminal attorney is threatened with death if she wins her first big case. Read full book review >
VALENTINE by Tom Savage
Released: Feb. 5, 1996

"A stylish literary entertainment in which the resourceful Savage plays completely fair (or almost) with readers impatient for an immediate solution to his crafty puzzle."
Another slick if divinable suspenser from Savage (Precipice, 1994), Greenwich Village-set, in which a psychopath with a grudge stalks a young mystery writer. Read full book review >
SHATTERING GLASS by Nancy-Gay Rotstein
Released: Feb. 1, 1996

"A strange, unsatisfying, inconclusive story that doesn't manage to rise beyond its apparent message that contemporary woman can't be happy."
Lawyer, poet, and first-novelist Rotstein puts plot on the back burner as the lives of three unrelated women—detailed in three separate sections—intersect in Itaro, Italy. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Frances Stroh
author of BEER MONEY
May 4, 2016

Frances Stroh’s earliest memories are ones of great privilege: shopping trips to London and New York, lunches served by black-tied waiters at the Regency Hotel, and a house filled with precious antiques, which she was forbidden to touch. Established in Detroit in 1850, by 1984 the Stroh Brewing Company had become the largest private beer fortune in America and a brand emblematic of the American dream itself; while Stroh was coming of age, the Stroh family fortune was estimated to be worth $700 million. But behind the beautiful façade lay a crumbling foundation. As their fortune dissolved in little over a decade, the family was torn apart internally by divorce and one family member's drug bust; disagreements over the management of the business; and disputes over the remaining money they possessed. “The author’s family might have successfully burned through a massive fortune, but they squandered a lot more than that,” our reviewer writes about Stroh’s debut memoir, Beer Money. “A sorrowful, eye-opening examination of familial dysfunction.” View video >