Thrillers Book Reviews (page 497)

BLACKBIRD SINGING by Jay Amberg
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"Builds nicely, then deftly bends one's expectations."
Hefty thriller/police procedural, from the author of Deep Gold (paperback), that seems pretty much done by the numbers until its wilder heart is revealed. Read full book review >
PURPLE DOTS by Jim Lehrer
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"The whole courtly farce is so gentlemanly and understated, right down to the final twist, that most readers will be inoculated before they even feel the sting."
What ought to be the routine confirmation of a new CIA director spins predictably, and entertainingly, out of control in newscaster Lehrer's dark D.C. comedy. Read full book review >

GIVEN THE EVIDENCE by Margaret Barrett
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"Anybody interested in a new Manhattan soap opera will find enough overgalvanized minor characters and felonious subplots for an entire season of Lawyer on the Edge, with enough loose ends for a second season's worth of teasers."
A wildly overstuffed suspenser that pits A.D.A. Susan Given (Given the Crime, 1998) against every lowlife in Manhattan, and a couple of late arrivals from offshore. Read full book review >
KISS ME, JUDAS by Will Christopher Baer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"May his second be just as trim, while taking a bigger bite out of darkness and the big sleep. (Author tour)"
Stylistically superb debut that reinvents the thriller, dots every noir, and slashes every t, each note pitch-perfect as a presto from hell. Read full book review >
EMBASSY ROW by Quinn Fawcett
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"No treat here for Sherlock enthusiasts."
The second in a series (Against the Brotherhood, 1997) featuring Sherlock Holmes's brother Mycroft, a high-level diplomatic agent for England's Admiralty, whose present assignment is to facilitate the signing of an agreement with Japan—an agreement that would guarantee England's influence in Japanese-controlled waters and also increase the number of Japanese students accepted at England's Dartmouth Naval Academy. Read full book review >

BILLY DEAD by Lisa Reardon
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"Vivid and often gripping, but unmodulated, and finally not very convincing."
A legacy of family violence and sexual abuse haunts the desperate characters who populate this melodramatic first novel by an award-winning playwright. Read full book review >
THE DISAPPEARANCE by J.F. Freedman
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"Freedman on an average day is usually better than most. (Literary Guild/Mystery Guild selection)"
Routine by-the-numbers legal procedural by one of the better craftsmen of the genre. Read full book review >
THE REEF by Nora Roberts
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"Clunky denouement aside, Roberts's legion of fans will swarm to this."
With her happy balance of love, sex, and the supernatural, Roberts has become the fairy godmother of escapists and the queen of formula romance. Read full book review >
SUPERSTITION by David Ambrose
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"If the film sticks to Ambrose's terrific ending, instead of going soft like Ghost, this could make one of the scariest, brainiest, most memorable love stories ever made about the unseen. (Film rights to Interscope/ Columbia/Tri-Star)"
Still another hypnotic paranormal thriller from the Great Ambrose (Mother of God, 1996; The Man Who Turned Into Himself, 1994, etc.) that, once again, will drag you unfailingly into the small hours. Read full book review >
THE CRIMINALIST by Eugene Izzi
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"But over the course of a dozen or so novels, he was a storytelling machine."
Grim but absorbing thriller, in which a family torn apart by a brutal murder endures a replay 20 years later. Read full book review >
COLD IN EARTH by Melissa Jones
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 30, 1998

"Still, on balance, a remarkably well-done first effort."
Cot death, they called it, when two-month-old Beth Warren died, but in this bleak, near-brilliant first novel, it soon becomes appallingly clear that they called it wrong. Read full book review >
BODY LANGUAGE by James W. Hall
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 30, 1998

"A double-barreled actioner set apart from the pack by Hall's virtuoso control of tone, which can shift you from giggles to gasps with a single well-trimmed phrase. ($200,00 ad/promo; author tour)"
Key West chronicler Hall gives rugged adventurer Dick Thorn (Red Sky at Night, 1997, etc.) a well-earned rest as the author heads north to Miami to follow the fortunes of a police photographer, a lethal serial rapist, and two very large bags full of money. 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 >