Thrillers Book Reviews (page 497)

FOUND MONEY by James Grippando
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"But the real problem is, as always, Grippando's (The Abduction, 1998 etc.) people: So few are persuasive."
A worthy idea is undercut by slapdash craftsmanship. Read full book review >
THROWING 7'S by Denis Hamill
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"Excessive beatings, gratuitous beddings, and a Grand Guignol finish so absurd it's funny."
A routine suspenser in which New York Daily News columnist Hamill pits his superhero against greed, corruption, and various other forces of evil. Read full book review >

THE FORBIDDEN ZONE by Michael Hetzer
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"Well-paced and exciting, with crisp dialogue, believable setups, and first-rate atmosphere: a page-turner in the best tradition of le CarrÇ and Martin Cruz Smith."
American journalist Hetzer's first novel portrays the intrigues of Communist Russia during the last days of the Cold War. Read full book review >
ARCHANGEL by Robert Harris
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"No personal demons here to soothe, but Harris's (Enigma, 1995, etc.) knack for re-creating historical events puts him in very select company."
DEADLINE Y2K by Mark Joseph
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"Conventional disaster novel, but briskly told and mercifully light on the technobabble."
Cautionary tale of a sleazy businessman and a pack of hackers finding fame, fortune, and an excuse to save New York City as the millennial computer bugaboo strikes. Read full book review >

WINDFALL by James Magnuson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"Despite the waist-high clichÇs of plot and phrase, though, there's no denying the page-turning pull of Magnuson's irresistible premise or its inexorable progress. (First printing of 75,000; author tour)"
Think you'd like to stumble over seven million dollars? Read full book review >
CASTRO'S CURVEBALL by Tim Wendel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"A superbly crafted meditation on heroism, duty, and the irony derived from recognizing everyone's imperfections but your own."
A wry, ruefully nostalgic debut novel from USA Today sportswriter Wendel (Going for the Gold, 1980) puts a naive American baseball player on a misguided quest for heroism as he tries to persuade a young Fidel Castro to pitch for the Washington Senators. Read full book review >
THE HOUDINI GIRL by Martyn Bedford
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

Following his taut debut, Acts of Revision (1997), with a more maudlin tale of love and loss, Bedford offers a promising yet finally disappointing story of a magician unable to perform the ultimate trick: bringing back to life the woman he adored, then betrayed. Read full book review >
THE TESSERACT by Alex Garland
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"Garland's narration is so oblique that his story doesn—t even begin to cohere until the very last chapter—which, it must be said, does little to justify the effort of reading him. (Book-of-the-Month Club/QPB alternate selection; author tour)"
A pointlessly elaborate portrait of disparate lives coming together in the Philippines, by English novelist Garland (The Beach, 1996). Read full book review >
WHILE I WAS GONE by Sue Miller
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"Both Joe and Daniel—never very credible to begin with—remain one- dimensional ideas rather than full-blooded characters."
Now, in a richly textured but emotionally cool novel, Miller (The Distinguished Guest, 1995, etc. ) limns a fall from grace and the hard climb back to redemption as a woman tempted to take a timeout from her marriage almost destroys all the good things in her life. Read full book review >
WITHER by J.G. Passarella
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"Unjaded younger readers, however, will find crushed eyeballs and a certain evil scariness slapped like fresh meat onto the page."
First novel, decidedly in the horror vein, by screenwriter Passarella, who carries off a series of familiar ploys with ease if little originality. Read full book review >
INCUBUS by Ann Arensberg
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"As much as it transcends its genre, this is nonetheless one of the finest contemporary novels of the supernatural—the best since Clive Barker's The Damnation Game. (Book-of-the-Month selection)"
The territory that was long ago ceded to Stephen King—ghostly goings-on in rural Maine—is entered to stunning effect in this absorbing tale of demonic possession, by the author of Sister Wolf (1980) and Group Sex (1986). 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 >