Thrillers Book Reviews (page 497)

MATERIAL WITNESS by Robert K. Tanenbaum
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 15, 1993

Even a slugger like Tanenbaum (Reversible Error, 1992, etc.) can't hit a home run every time—as witnessed by this contrived, though compelling, fifth novel in his 70's-set series about crime- busting Manhattan D.A. Butch Karp and his crew. Read full book review >
SATAN'S LAMBS by Lynn S. Hightower
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 14, 1993

"For Hightower's first hardcover: Great talk, heavy action, and, in Lena, a gritty lady with a future."
The drive for this suspense grabber set in Kentucky, about the search for a child held by cult creeps, is supplied by the tough, jumpy, compassionate-to-hurting p.i. Read full book review >

CONFEDERACY OF THE DEAD by Richard Gilliam
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 14, 1993

"Still, the Civil War theme has built-in popularity, and the best stories here are very good indeed."
Anthology comprising 25 original entries illustrating the Civil War from a generally supernatural vantage. Read full book review >
HOSTILE INTENT by Clive Egleton
THRILLERS
Released: June 10, 1993

"Pages greased with Cosmoline, mentally quite slippery and hard to hang onto."
Armament-heavy spycraft as British Military Intelligence tries to unravel the murder of an agent in Dresden, apparently by Neo- Nazis, while the blood flows. Read full book review >
JUSTICE FOR SOME by Kate Wilhelm
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 8, 1993

"Fluent and accomplished, but altogether more routine than Death Qualified (1991), veteran fantasist Wilhelm's truly unusual last excursion into detection."
The morning after Judge Sarah Drexler arrives at her elderly father's place in East Shasta, Oregon, the old man, a water gardener, is pulled out of one of his own fountains; and a week later, news comes that a Fran Donatio, a private detective he'd hired, was killed on the road back home. Read full book review >

GOERING'S LIST by J.C. Pollock
THRILLERS
Released: June 3, 1993

A tough-as-nails Delta Force vet who freelances for the CIA teams up with a Mossad lovely to hunt down a ruthless terrorist known only as Dieter in a twisty, to-the-ends-of-the-earth technothriller from Pollock (Threat Case, 1991; Payback, 1989, etc.). Read full book review >
SOUTHERN DISCOMFORT by Margaret Maron
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 1, 1993

"Less edgy than last year's strong debut for Deborah, but, like it, awash with southern kinfolk, pesky neighbors, North Carolina down-home-isms, and a sturdy if slowly paced plot."
Colleton County district lawyer Deborah Knott (Bootlegger's Daughter, 1992), elevated to district judge when Perry Byrd keels over and dies, returns to the house she's helping the WomenAid project build—and discovers her niece Annie Sue, half-concussed and with her panties pulled down, plus the hammered-to-death body of sexy building-inspector Carver Bannerman. Read full book review >
PLAYING WITH COBRAS by Craig Thomas
THRILLERS
Released: June 1, 1993

"Enjoy, enjoy."
Unlike his retired master Sir Kenneth Aubrey (A Hooded Crow, 1991), bullheaded Patrick Hyde isn't allowed to go gentle into that good night: Aubrey's replacement, Peter Shelley, talks him into going to India to look into Hyde's old mate Philip Cass's story that he didn't kill his mistress, film star Sereena Sharmar, wife of the minister of tourism. Read full book review >
THE RED HORSEMAN by Stephen Coonts
THRILLERS
Released: June 1, 1993

"Chalk up another red, white, and blue ace for the author and his jet- jockeys."
Rear Admiral Jake Grafton, aviator-hero of Coonts's Under Siege (1990), etc., now saves the world from potential Armageddon- -and gets to meet Boris Yeltsin and Saddam Hussein in the bargain. Read full book review >
WINTER IN THE HEART by David Poyer
THRILLERS
Released: June 1, 1993

"Unremittingly bleak."
On leave from his skillful and successful military thrillers (The Med, The Gulf, The Circle), Poyer takes his readers to a ravaged corner of Pennsylvania where eco-despair, alcohol, and ruthless business practices make life miserable for everyone. Read full book review >
BLUE HEARTS by Jim Lehrer
THRILLERS
Released: June 1, 1993

"Lehrer floats like a butterfly, but this time he doesn't sting like a bee."
Versatile TV journalist/memoirist/satirist Lehrer (Short List, 1992, etc.) adds espionage to his resumé with this likable extended anecdote about two old CIA grads who accidentally stir up a mess of Kennedy-assassination trouble 30 years after the fact. Read full book review >
PLEADING GUILTY by Scott Turow
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 1, 1993

"But his legions of fans surely won't miss the chance to see Turow as they've never seen him before."
Instead of cranking out clones of Presumed Innocent, Turow has preferred to take chances—first with The Burden of Proof, which dispensed with his whodunit plot, and now, even more radically, with a foulmouthed, alcoholic lawyer's account of his search for one of his missing partners—and the $5.6 million that vanished with him. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer
authors of OFF THE PAGE
May 19, 2015

Meet Oliver, a prince literally taken from the pages of a fairy tale and transported into the real world. Meet Delilah, the girl who wished Oliver into being. In bestseller Jodi Picoult and her daughter Samantha van Leer’s new young adult novel, Off the Page, it’s a miracle that seems perfect at first—but there are complications. To exist in Delilah’s world, Oliver must take the place of a regular boy. Enter Edgar, who agrees to play Oliver’s role in the pages of Delilah’s favorite book. But just when it seems that the plan will work, everything gets turned upside down. We talk to the mother-daughter team on Kirkus TV. View video >