Thrillers Book Reviews (page 498)

THE TATTOOED SOLDIER by Héctor Tobar
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 10, 1998

"Tobar's characters are thin, but his tale not only vividly reenacts the horror of death-squad victims everywhere, but also sheds an honest and even light on the stark realities facing the homeless—and many immigrants—in America."
California journalist Tobar's disturbing debut neatly and credibly brings two Guatemalan adversaries together by chance on the streets of Los Angeles, where they play out the endgame of a deadly struggle begun in their homeland. Read full book review >
THE DOOMSDAY REPORT by Rock Brynner
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 4, 1998

"A witty premise mired in tedious, journalistic pessimism about Mother Nature's numerous aches and pains. (Author tour)"
Awkward hybrid of thriller, farce, and environmental polemic. Read full book review >

BALANCE OF POWER by James W. Huston
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 3, 1998

"Huston's answer, a qualified yes, is supported by numerous heartstopping scenes of military derring-do, steely camaraderie, and selfless patriotism. (Film rights to Disney; author tour)"
A debut military thriller that delivers the requisite guts and glory while making a meaningful statement about the ambiguous role of violence in America. Read full book review >
GAIN by Richard Powers
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 1998

"Yet another unconventional work from Powers, a novelist who never does the same thing twice, but not his strongest."
Never one to tread lightly or think small, Powers (Galatea 2.2, 1995, etc.) here tackles 170 years of US capitalism as embodied by a single corporation, binding it to the struggle of a midwestern mom to a cancer most likely caused by the same company's malfeasance. Read full book review >
A FIVE-YEAR PLAN by Philip Kerr
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 1998

"It all makes for a heartlessly accurate, if synthetic, copy of Leonard at his most disarming—and leaves you wondering just how many more voices Kerr has up his sleeve."
Versatile Kerr, last spotted scaling the Himalaya in search of hominids and a CIA zealot (Esau, 1997), heads into Elmore Leonard territory in this amusingly overplotted thriller. Read full book review >

IN THE NIGHT SEASON by Richard Bausch
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 1998

"Writing the screenplay should be a breeze."
Bausch's eighth (Good Evening Mr. & Mrs. America and all the Ships at Sea, 1996, etc.) is a standard-issue thriller probably modeled on the grisly "entertainments" of David Martin. Read full book review >
YOUR BLUE-EYED BOY by Helen Dunmore
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1998

"A haunting and psychologically dense exploration, then, that reads as effortlessly as a standard-issue thriller."
Dunmore follows the sure-handed Talking to the Dead (1997) with a complex and resonant portrait of a woman's bruising confrontation with her past. Read full book review >
THE BLACK TULIP by Milt Bearden
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 1998

"Still, a better-than-average debut thriller from a writer who, next time out, may be willing to swap some technological complexity for the human kind. (Author tour)"
Set mostly in Afghanistan during the Soviet Union's ill-fated invasion, a first novel by the man who ran the CIA's covert operation there. Read full book review >
THE HANGED MAN by T.J. MacGregor
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 1998

"MacGregor (Mistress of the Bones, 1995, etc.) pulls out all the stops—you'll find more psychics here than in the year-end issue of the National Enquirer—yet still manages to keep the pot boiling, if not quite believably, until the final surprise."
Murder and kidnaping are only the tip of the iceberg in this extravagant, yet soberly plotted, tale of parapsychology run amok. Read full book review >
THE MOST WANTED by Jacquelyn Mitchard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1998

"A big, readable novel, but also one neither surprising nor penetrating enough to be especially memorable. (Literary Guild main selection; author tour)"
Part thriller and part romance, this quick-read melodrama by Mitchard (the Oprah-anointed The Deep End of the Ocean, 1996) tries to keep quite a few narrative balls in the air, juggling jailhouse love, teen pregnancy, escaped convicts, death row lawyers, biological clocks, and the whole capricious character of the lone star state of Texas. Read full book review >
THE OVERSEER by Jonathan Rabb
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 1998

"In a book, say, 75 pages thinner, Rabb's intriguing odd couple might have been enough to carry the day."
A (fictitious) master plan for 16th-century megalomaniacs sets the game afoot in this reasonably interesting, though overlong, thriller by first-time author Rabb. Read full book review >
LEGAL BRIEFS by William Bernhardt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1998

"More routine entries by Philip Friedman, Steve Martini, and Grif Stockley round out the all-star cast, doing mostly all-star work."
Who says lawyers can't write anything short? 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 >