Thrillers Book Reviews (page 497)

SHELLA by Andrew Vachss
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 1, 1993

"Despite the absurdly hard-boiled prose: a swift, savage, and unexpectedly moving exploration—somewhat reminiscent of Jim Thompson—of love among the swamp lizards."
Vachss's seventh novel—and his first not to feature ``outlaw'' p.i. Read full book review >
THE ANIMAL HOUR by Andrew Klavan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1993

"Best read with Dramamine. (Film Rights to Tri-Star)"
Klavan's specialty is noir psychothrillers that offer heart- thumping roller-coaster rides with plenty of twists and turns. Read full book review >

DARKER JEWELS by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
THRILLERS
Released: April 1, 1993

"Overall: dense, intermittently absorbing, less than fully satisfying."
Another of Yarbro's historical fantasy novels about the immortal vampire Count Saint-Germain (Out of the House of Life, 1990, etc.). Read full book review >
IN THE PRESENCE OF ENEMIES by William J. Coughlin
THRILLERS
Released: March 25, 1993

"But Coughlin, who died early last year, keeps you burning the midnight oil up to the very end."
A precariously placed Detroit lawyer with no trial experience finds himself thrust into the courtroom defense of a billionaire client's will. Read full book review >
TWILIGHT by Peter James
THRILLERS
Released: March 25, 1993

"As silly as they come, with an especially cartoonish villain, but James meshes scalpels and spiritualism nicely, and offers some good scares along the way."
If James already hadn't published three novels (Sweet Heart, 1991; Dreamer, 1990; Possession, 1988), you might think that Robin Cook was the pseudonymous author of this feverish mix of medical terror and occult thrills. Read full book review >

FALL FROM GRACE by Andrew M. Greeley
THRILLERS
Released: March 24, 1993

"And, no matter how many demons he trots onstage, the outcome is never in doubt."
Pedophilia, Satanism, a closeted politician, and an astonishing number of semi-closeted priests reunite a prosperous Irish Catholic shrink and his long-lost love, now a Ph.D. candidate but still ravishing. Read full book review >
THE SWORD OF ORION by Robin A. White
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 17, 1993

"Gritty, occasionally outlandish, but fast-moving adventure in an intriguing setting."
Equipped for a special detective mission in the New World Order, a Navy sub-hunting plane goes to anarchic Afghanistan—in the latest technothriller by White (The Flight From Winter's Shadow, 1991, etc.). Read full book review >
A POCKETFUL OF KARMA by Taffy Cannon
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 15, 1993

"A reincarnation—sorry, a sequel—is foretold."
California Bar investigator Nan Robinson's former secretary and childhood friend Debra La Roche is missing, missing, missing. Read full book review >
THE ARCHITECTURE OF DESIRE by Mary Gentle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 15, 1993

"The drawback, however, is the pushy narrative: matters would flow more agreeably, and Gentle would win more friends, if she stopped trying to overpower her audience."
Another tale set in the weird alternate past of Rats and Gargoyles (1991), with some of the characters in common. Read full book review >
THE DIVIDING LINE by Richard Parrish
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 11, 1993

"Not that Tony Hillerman has any cause for alarm."
Parrish shelves the moral ambiguities of Our Choice of Gods (1989) for strenuously unsophisticated melodrama—in a fashionably multicultural mystery introducing Joshua Rabb (a transplanted Brighton Beach lawyer who lost his wife to a car crash and his left arm to WW II) of the Tucson Bureau of Indian Affairs. Read full book review >
TOUCH AND GO by M.R.D. Meek
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 2, 1993

"Vividly rounded characters and a literate, unpompous style add up to a warmly engrossing new chapter in the life and times of Lennox Kemp."
Lawyer Lennox Kemp—his divorce, disgrace, and disbarment far behind him (This Blessed Plot, 1991, etc.)—is serenely practicing law in the London suburb of Newtown when he's informed of the death, in New York, of ex-wife Muriel. Read full book review >
CHARMS FOR THE EASY LIFE by Kaye Gibbons
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1993

"In other words, boring and self-righteous."
Gibbons's fourth novel, inspired by WPA oral histories, lacks the subtlety and charm of her previous books (A Cure for Dreams, A Virtuous Woman, Ellen Foster). Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Luis Alberto Urrea
April 21, 2015

Examining the borders between one nation and another, between one person and another, Luis Alberto Urrea’s latest story collection, The Water Museum, reveals his mastery of the short form. This collection includes the Edgar-award winning "Amapola" and his now-classic "Bid Farewell to Her Many Horses," which had the honor of being chosen for NPR's "Selected Shorts" not once but twice. Urrea has also recently published a poetry collection, Tijuana Book of the Dead, mixing lyricism and colloquial voices, mysticism and the daily grind. We talk to Urrea about both of his new books this week on Kirkus TV. View video >