Thrillers Book Reviews (page 498)

THE CHURCH OF DEAD GIRLS by Stephen Dobyns
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 9, 1997

A brisk dip into the ice-cold waters of schizophrenia, nymphomania, and serial murder, by the author of Saratoga Fleshpot (1995), etc. Aurelia, New York, is one of those pleasant little towns that you need a good reason to visit and none at all to leave. Read full book review >
PUBLISH AND PERISH by James Hynes
THRILLERS
Released: June 9, 1997

"Witty and penetrating: Hynes creates pungent satires of academic life while at the same time infusing them with genuine suspense and real terror."
Three original, droll, startling tales of horror in academia, by the author of the novel The Wild Colonial Boy (1990). Read full book review >

THE HOUSE OF FORGETTING by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 4, 1997

"More schematic than insightful: a tale of abuse and the recovery of self that has little original to say about the psyches either of obsessed captor or of captive."
Award-winning Hispanic poet and novelist S†enz (Carry Me Like Water, 1995, etc.) visits Turow and Grisham territory as he tells the melodramatic story of an abduction victim threatened by crooked lawyers and police. Read full book review >
LOS ALAMOS by Joseph Kanon
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 2, 1997

"An unusually promising debut. ($150,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
From the former head of Houghton Mifflin's trade division, a first thriller set at Los Alamos during the later stages of the building of the atomic bomb. Read full book review >
STATE OF THE UNION by David Callahan
THRILLERS
Released: June 2, 1997

"Cautionary, ineptly written Pentagon procedural weighed down by flabby characterizations, limp dialogue, and a pile of mangled corpses. (Film rights to MGM)"
Clunky Clancy-esque government insider tale of an attempted Washington coup d'etat and the brooding Green Beret who stops it, by a former US foreign-policy analyst. Read full book review >

GUILT by John T. Lescroart
THRILLERS
Released: June 1, 1997

Murder stalks a go-getting San Francisco lawyer who just wants to be left alone so he can have it all. Read full book review >
THE SUNDAY MACARONI CLUB by Steve Lopez
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 1, 1997

"While it lacks the depth of Tom Wolfe's Bonfire, Lopez's scathingly sarcastic top-to-bottom exploration of urban corruption overwhelms with dead-on characterizations and lingering belly-laughs. (First printing of 50,000; $50,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
Hilariously cynical take on small-time ethnic politicos and other craven creeps in the City of Brotherly Love, from an award-winning former Philadelphia Inquirer columnist. Read full book review >
ALL SOULS' DAY by Bill Morris
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1997

"While the prose is occasionally only serviceable, Morris's version of the moment when America, out of duplicity and arrogance, became tragically enmeshed in Vietnam, is deeply moving, a persuasive vision of the greatest tragedy in our recent past. (Author tour)"
An angry, moving, ingenious blend of fact and fiction about the early stages of the war in Vietnam. Read full book review >
NIMITZ CLASS by Patrick Robinson
THRILLERS
Released: June 1, 1997

"A hell-and-high-water technothriller, and an impressive debut from British journalist Robinson. (First printing of 250,000; $325,000 ad/promo)"
When one of America's prized Nimitz Class carriers is lost with all hands and planes while on station in the Arabian Sea, Washington publicly accepts the catastrophe as a tragic mishap and secretly organizes an all-out hunt to bring those responsible to justice. Read full book review >
THE PURIFICATION CEREMONY by Mark T. Sullivan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1997

"Shorn of the heavy-going mystical ruminations that are bound to be cut, the inevitable movie should be a first-rate actioner. (First printing of 300,000; $250,000 ad/promo)"
Hunters get hunted by a vengeful lunatic in this all-stops- out yarn of the world's worst hunting trip. Read full book review >
OUT OF THE SUN by Robert Goddard
THRILLERS
Released: June 1, 1997

"Father and son, cloak and dagger, relativity and quantum mechanics—Goddard (Closed Circle, 1994, etc.) is surely the suavest guide to this unlikely mÇlange of formulas."
Six years after the mysterious disappearance of Heather Mallender played havoc with his seedy existence (Into the Blue, 1991), Harry Barnett's life is turned upside-down once more by an unexpected discovery—the news that he has a grown son. Read full book review >
THE DINOSAUR CLUB by William Heffernan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1997

"An enormously entertaining yarn that puts the concept of human resources in an arresting new perspective. (Film rights to Warner Bros.)"
A jocose but pointed fable from Heffernan (Corsican Honor, 1992, etc.) pits aging executives against impatient young guns whose corporate strategies don't put people first. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kendare Blake
November 16, 2016

Bestseller Kendare Blake’s latest novel, Three Dark Crowns, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. The last queen standing gets the crown. “Gorgeous and bloody, tender and violent, elegant, precise, and passionate; above all, completely addicting,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >