Thrillers Book Reviews (page 498)

BELLADONNA by Karen Moline
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 7, 1998

"Neither grim enough to compel nor gaudy enough to entertain."
Second-novelist Moline (Lunch, 1994) returns, this time with an S&M wannabe that hovers somewhere between deliciousness and dreck. Read full book review >
TERM LIMITS by Vince Flynn
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 7, 1998

"A sure-fire hit for readers who share Flynn's political outlook—the government as ogre. (Author tour)"
An underwhelming first technothriller—originally self-published. Read full book review >

DOUBLE EXPOSURE by Stephen Collins
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 6, 1998

"Only that forcibly twisted climax rings false. (Author tour)"
Second suspenser, all quite plausible until the end, by actor/novelist Collins (Eye Contact, 1994), who plays Ashley Wilkes in the TV miniseries Scarlett. Read full book review >
SPRINTER by Bruce Jones
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 1998

"An unsurprising assembly of genre clichÇs."
A derivative woman-in-periler pits a mad computer hacker against a former federal agent whose hobby is marathon running. Read full book review >
DEFIANCE by Carole Maso
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 1998

"Maso's still a writer burdened by an agenda, but here she's grounded her protagonist's fulminations in a recognizable reality and in a manner that makes this at once her most convincingly textured and technically accomplished novel. (Author tour)"
A vivid rendering of the psyche of an unregenerate murderess breathes life into this impressive if typically irritating sixth novel from the prolific author of such postmodernist misfires as AVA (1993, not reviewed) and Ghost Dance (1996). Read full book review >

PULSE by Edna Buchanan
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 1998

"Buchanan rides her irresistible premise hell-for-leather all the way to the fairy-tale ending. (Author tour)"
A transplant patient finds that he's bought into a lot more than another man's heart, in this greased-lightning thriller from the Pulitzer-winning crime reporter best known for her Britt Montero mysteries (Margin of Error, 1997, etc.). Read full book review >
ADRENALINE by Bill Eidson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 1998

"Despite some terrific scenes involving stylish ultraviolence, and a passing appreciation for corporate chicanery and the life on Boston's low seas: a suspenser ultimately stranded by shallow characterizations and soggy plotting."
Twisted exercise in melodrama involving dueling yuppies—one good, the other conveniently psychotic—making mayhem in the boardrooms and boatyards surrounding Boston. Read full book review >
CHINA BRIDE by Henry Luk
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 1998

"But this compelling examination of the city's political and cultural complexities is finally overwhelmed by an unwieldy plot, creaky dialogue, melodramatic violence, and kinky scenes of sex and torture. (Radio satellite tour)"
Earnest but awkward woman-in-periler: What could have been an intricate story of Hong Kong on the eve of its return to Chinese control is reduced to a contrived thriller. Read full book review >
THE UNDERTAKER'S WIDOW by Phillip Margolin
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 1998

"Though this is Margolin's fifth time out (The Burning Man, 1996, etc.), his prose has gotten no more elegant with practice, but, still, he—ll have you rooting for the good Richard Quinn. (Author tour)"
A tale of an ill-starred Oregon judge proves itself to be more than the sum of its parts. Read full book review >
COLD CALLER by Jason Starr
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1998

"Starr's unsettlingly funny debut, running as hot and cold as Bill's moods, is just the thing for fans who miss the acid noir that Jim Thompson dispensed in The Grifters."
In the two years since he got fired from his job as vice president at a New York ad agency, Bill Moss has made ends meet by a part-time telemarketing job for the grandly named American Communications Association. Read full book review >
A MANSION AND ITS MURDER by Bernard Bastable
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1998

"A miniature so exquisitely crafted that you almost forget it's really a Robert Barnard short story writ large."
From the perspective of half a century later, Sarah Jane Fearing, the unwilling heiress of Fearing's Bank, tells the slender tale of how her beloved Uncle Frank, eager to pay off his many debts at the same time he accommodated the family frantic for a male heir, entered a bargain in 1893 to marry Mary Coverdale, impeccably pedigreed, coldly attractive, and professionally focused on reigning as chatelaine over Blakemere. Read full book review >
OFFLINE by Lawrence Goldstone
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 1998

"Just don't expect as much originality as you would from Patel IV."
A scant 20 years into the future, humans square off against computers that don't mind committing the odd murder en route to their customary goal of total world domination. 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 >