Thrillers Book Reviews (page 497)

PAYBACK by Thomas Kelly
Released: Feb. 28, 1997

"A fresh, distinctive debut. (First printing of 75,000; author tour)"
A powerful and assured first novel that is both a hard-edged noirish crime drama and a startling exploration of the complex ties of family and place. Read full book review >
THE PARTNER by John Grisham
Released: Feb. 26, 1997

"Grisham comes up with a masterfully bittersweet end (with his title taking on a sly double edge) that may be his most satisfying ever."
Grisham (The Client, 1993, etc.) justifies a colossal first printing of 2.8 million copies with his best-plotted novel yet, gripping the reader mightily and not letting go. Read full book review >

VERITAS by William Lashner
Released: Feb. 26, 1997

"Deliriously overstuffed extralegal intrigue—though the story moves with a self-approving gravity that suggests a serious weight problem. (First printing of 75,000; $125,000 ad/promo)"
Victor Carl (Hostile Witness, 1995), defender of Philadelphia's biggest crooks, is still chasing the big score- -this time through the jungles of Belize—but he pauses long enough to explain how it turned out this way. Read full book review >
SHOOTERS by Terrill Lee Lankford
Released: Feb. 24, 1997

"It should come as no surprise that this trendy bit of hard-core nihilism has already been sold to the movies. (Film rights to Tri-Star)"
This down-and-dirty roman noir lays on the nastiness thick- -those who aren't legally guilty of anything may as well be, since no one survives this L.A. intrigue unscathed, and everyone pays sooner or later. Read full book review >
THE LONE MAN by Bernardo Atxaga
Released: Feb. 20, 1997

Introspection takes precedence over action, and even characterization in this sluggish 1994 novel by the celebrated Spanish author of Obabakoak (translation 1993). Read full book review >

SOLE SURVIVOR by Dean Koontz
Released: Feb. 13, 1997

"These are Koontz's great years. (First printing 600,000; Literary Guild main selection; author tour; radio satellite tour)"
With only a sliver less suspense, Koontz follows up 1996's Intensity with an afterlife novel about a plane crash. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 10, 1997

"Overall, then, a lively, engrossing ride by a strong new voice in the romantic suspense genre."
Second-novelist Johansen (The Ugly Duckling, p. 249) clearly has a penchant for superwoman protagonists who emerge victorious in the face of all adversity. Read full book review >
THE LIST by Steve Martini
Released: Feb. 10, 1997

"Absolutely irresistible balderdash—The Pelican Brief for everybody who isn't John Grisham. (First printing of 400,000; $350,000 ad/promo; Literary Guild/Mystery Guild main selection)"
So you thought it was all fun and games having a breakout novel? Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 5, 1997

"Better take a cue from Astaire and stay on the sidelines."
What better way to reunite America's favorite dancing couple in 1953 than in a ballet version of Rasputin and the Empress, danced with the USSR's famed Baronovitch Ballet? Read full book review >
CRIMINAL JUSTICE by Barbara Parker
Released: Feb. 3, 1997

"Nobody plots more generously than Parker (Blood Relations, 1996, etc.), but this time, with enough menace for a whole season of Miami Vice, the result is so unfocused that it's exhausting instead of dramatic. (First printing of 60,000; author tour)"
Parker's latest Miami lawyer-in-distress is Daniel Galindo, Esq., who gets mangled in a DEA undercover operation against his lovers and relatives. Read full book review >
MORTAL FEAR by Greg Iles
Released: Feb. 3, 1997

"An overlong but relentlessly readable, by-the-numbers thriller whose up-to-the-minute technology will delight net surfers and Anne Rice fans. (Literary Guild selection)"
An exuberant if somewhat hokey computer age serial-killer- thriller combines voyeuristic sex, Internet technobabble, tedious brain research, and southern-fried soap opera with a high degree of stay-up-all-night suspense. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"But once the dam broke into madness, there was no bucket large enough to put the water back''), in a work often bordering on camp."
McKinney (A Man to Slay Dragons, 1995, etc.) writes an old-fashioned gothic to which she adds a little S&M. On the bleak and misty Yorkshire moors lies the ancestral home of the Newells, Cairncross Castle, looking ``like a gargoyle crouched by the sea.'' It is here that Alexandra Benjamin comes to help and work with a 30-year-old man with the mind of a child. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Melissa Sweet
author of SOME WRITER!
September 26, 2016

“SOME PIG,” Charlotte the spider’s praise for Wilbur, is just one fondly remembered snippet from E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. In Some Writer!, two-time Caldecott Honor winner and 2014 Kirkus Prize finalist Melissa Sweet mixes White’s personal letters, photos, and family ephemera with her own exquisite artwork to tell his story, from his birth in 1899 to his death in 1985. Budding young writers will be fascinated and inspired by the journalist, New Yorker contributor, and children’s book author who loved words his whole life. This authorized tribute is the first fully illustrated biography of E. B. White and includes an afterword by Martha White, E. B. White's granddaughter. “Like Charlotte, Sweet spins a terrific story,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A masterful biography that will enchant young readers.” View video >