Thrillers Book Reviews (page 498)

SEIZE THE NIGHT by Dean Koontz
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 29, 1998

"With headlong glee, Koontz again unveils encyclopedic intelligence about how things work in the physical world—and how to bolt sentences into the moonlight."
This tour de force, though less intense than Intensity (1996), has Koontz, the nimble master of the macabre, inventing a hugely empty California army base once used for secret experiments and now, in its vast, moonlit state, called Dead Town. Read full book review >
THE LAST GOODBYE by Malcolm Bell
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 21, 1998

"Hokey, frivolous fun for fans of sadistic bad guys and deathless James Bond heroics."
—A former government employee" debuts with an old-fashioned spy saga featuring a globetrotting ex—CIA agent, a passionate dental assistant, and high-tech gadgets galore. Read full book review >

DISTRACTION by Bruce Sterling
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 15, 1998

"After his ponderous Holy Fire (1996), Sterling, our former cyberpunk Svengali, is back with a bang with this uproarious, provocative, thoughtful, often hilarious, sometimes inspired medium-future deconstruction of politics, science, economics, and the American Dream."
In 2044, following the collapse of the information economy, America is run by permanent "Emergency committees": the government is so broke it can't afford to pay people in the Armed Forces, who put up road blocks in order to shake down travelers; a new Cold War is under way (against the Dutch); Anglos are a distrusted minority; privacy no longer exists (even banknotes are bugged); and cities are privately owned, outside of which nomad nation-gangs roam, building laptops out of grass. Read full book review >
THE CAVEREL CLAIM by Peter Rawlinson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 10, 1998

"A splendid fifth novel (Indictment for Murder, etc.) from Rawlinson, himself a former Lord Chancellor."
Recently widowed Lady Andrea Caverel lives on the English estate called Ravenscourt with her small son Francis. Read full book review >
THE BARRENS AND OTHERS by
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 10, 1998

"No disappointments here."
Excerpts from the Wilson horror oeuvre of the past 20 years, chosen by the author (Deep as the Marrow, 1997, etc.) as his choicest stories, all previously published in genre magazines and in his hardcover collections. Read full book review >

IN THE DARK by Meagan McKinney
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 1998

"Way over the top and unintentionally amusing—which may be the only reasons to read it."
Another silly tale from McKinney (Gentle From the Night, 1997, etc.),again about how love can save you from the dark side. Read full book review >
AMSTERDAM by Ian McEwan
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 1, 1998

"Middle-brow fiction British style, strong on the surface, vapid at the center."
Winner of this year's Booker Prize, McEwan's latest (Black Dogs, 1992; Enduring Love, 1998) is a smartly written tale that devolves slowly into tricks and soapy vapors. Read full book review >
THE MAMMOTH BOOK OF 20TH CENTURY GHOST STORIES by Peter Haining
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 1, 1998

"Great supernatural fiction indeed, and not to be confused with horror fiction."
Top-flight entry in the Mammoth Book of . . . series, which are always valuable and fun, but this one takes the cake and has a number of modern classic entries that idle readers may well never have heard of but should not miss. Read full book review >
BAB EL-OUED by Merzak Allouache
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 1, 1998

"Reading the book makes you eager to see the movie."
Predictably "cinematic," this energetic novel by a famed Algerian film director deftly surveys the embattled populace of a poor section of Algiers ruled by a platitudinous and ingenuous "Imam" and rife with both sexual tension and militant Islamic political activity. Read full book review >
THE SQUARE MOON by Ghada Samman
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 1, 1998

"A brilliant collection."
An attractive (1994) collection of eerie tales by a veteran Lebanese writer (new to English translation) who adroitly mixes traditional indigenous and folk materials with the shocks administered by her characters" entries into Western settings (most often Paris), "material things, and the modern age." Read full book review >
THE SIMPLE TRUTH by David Baldacci
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 18, 1998

"Just another big, silly book about lawyers. (First printing of 500,000)"
A tiresome potboiler in which an appeal to the US Supreme Court sets off a killing spree that produces enough corpses for each justice to go one-on-one. Read full book review >
FEAR OF MIRRORS by Tariq Ali
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 16, 1998

"Here's the answer."
Historian and novelist Ali (Redemption, 1991, etc.) charts the lives of a family of activists from the days of the Russian Revolution to the post-Wall malaise of our times. 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 >