Thrillers Book Reviews (page 497)

SANDRA NICHOLS FOUND DEAD by George V. Higgins
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 1, 1996

"Fans will know exactly what to expect, and treasure it accordingly."
What would be an ordinary case for any other lawyer—the murder of thrice- (or maybe only twice-) married Sandra Nichols- -emerges at the far side of Higgins's looking glass in dazzlingly kaleidoscopic slabs of dialogue. Read full book review >
MALICE by Danielle Steel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1996

"For the devotee only."
Steel returns (after last year's Five Days in Paris) with yet another tale of suffering and redemption (this time, perhaps, with a personal edge to it, reflecting Steel's reaction to an unauthorized 1994 biography). Read full book review >

TO MARCY, WITH LOVE by Henry Denker
THRILLERS
Released: May 1, 1996

"Denker is familiar with both his hospital setting (a description of the nature of brain trauma is unforgettable) and his moral high ground; too bad he made Pepper such an essentially contemptible cad."
The language is often as clinical as the subject matter in this simple, monotonous story of a golden boy's fight back from a brutal car accident; this time out, Denker (This Child is Mine, 1995, etc.) tackles the inherently mind-numbing topic of physical therapy with his trademark extra shot of insulin. Read full book review >
BIG GIRLS DON'T CRY by Connie Briscoe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 24, 1996

"Briscoe's been touted as another McMillan or even a peer of Morrison's, but the stilted dialogue, heavy-handed moralizing, and plodding plot here keep her in a lesser league entirely. (150,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
Briscoe returns (Sisters and Lovers, 1994) to tackle 30 years of African-American history through the wide eyes of an Everywoman protagonist. Read full book review >
THE TREACHERY OF TIME by Anna Gilbert
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 16, 1996

"Great hammock reading."
Gilbert's latest voluminous romance (A Walk in the Wood, 1989 etc,), rustling with mystery and old scandals, features broody characters tending inner fires of passion or revenge, an attractive heroine, and, again lovely English country environs. Read full book review >

FRIENDS FOR LIFE by Carol Smith
THRILLERS
Released: April 12, 1996

"Vivienne shopped for one basic reason: a need for love''), and minutely described boozy meals, readers may well be beyond caring who's wielding the knife."
A London literary agent debuts with a halfhearted celebration of female bonding, tarted up with a murder mystery but mostly concerned with sex, shopping, and food. Read full book review >
THE VISITING PHYSICIAN by Susan Richards Shreve
THRILLERS
Released: April 12, 1996

"Thrills and—mostly—chills of small-town life: a good page- turner."
Something's happening to the children of tiny Meridian, Ohio, in Shreve's tenth novel (The Train Home, 1993, etc.), an implausible but darkly gripping modern gothic. Read full book review >
HANG TIME by Zev Chafets
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 11, 1996

"A lively, suspenseful tale that reckons the true price of tribal animosities, religious fanaticism, and Realpolitik."
In a notably cynical, well-plotted thriller from Chafets (The Bookmakers, 1995, etc.), the kidnapping of three American basketball luminaries on a goodwill tour of Israel triggers a series of world-shaking events. Read full book review >
MATTERS OF CHOICE by Noah Gordon
THRILLERS
Released: April 8, 1996

"Perhaps Gordon's best work so far; the pace is even, and R.J. is a heroine worth caring about. (Literary Guild & Doubleday book clubs)"
The third and last in Gordon's Cole family series (The Physician, 1986; Shaman, 1992) presents a rather somber view of modern medicine, but the unusual protagonist, who is willing to sacrifice all for her life's passion, offers inspiration as a counterpoint. Read full book review >
POWER IN THE BLOOD by E.L. Wyrick
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 8, 1996

"A smaller shoal of red herrings would have lessened the confusion here, but Wyrick keeps the loose ends suspenseful, sustains his heroine's likability, and, along the way, gives the reader a penetrating look at the sleazy world of county politics."
Tammi Randall, a pretty young attorney for the Legal Aid Society in Patsboro, Teal County, Georgia, has mostly recovered from her rape attack of a year ago (A Strange and Bitter Crop, 1994, not reviewed), thanks to therapy and strenuous self-defense training. Read full book review >
THE WORLD ON BLOOD by Jonathan Nasaw
THRILLERS
Released: April 8, 1996

"But vampies must be vampies- -and Nick's choice is amusing if not convincing. (Literary Guild selection)"
Mildly supernatural, erotic tale from the author of West of the Moon (1987), etc., this about a mixed sexual bag of 12 vampires who form Vampires Anonymous in San Francisco, treat blood as an addictive drug, and hew to the Twelve Steps of AA. Read full book review >
SERIOUS INTENT by Margaret Yorke
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 4, 1996

"But readers with a taste for Yorke's grim counterpoint won't complain."
The boys who hang around The Willows, the house of old Tom Morton—Steve Burton, 14, and his friend Mark Conway, 10—don't give any thought to their casual deceptions or thefts. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fernanda Santos
author of THE FIRE LINE
May 17, 2016

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. New York Times writer Fernanda Santos’ debut book The Fire Line is the story of the fire and the Hotshots’ attempts to extinguish it. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. There's Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. View video >