Thrillers Book Reviews (page 498)

EVE OF DESTRUCTION by Martin Edwards
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Luckily, Edwards, who edited last year's Crime Writers anthology Perfectly Criminal, has more tricks up his sleeve than the Whyatts do, and some of Agatha Christie's trick of making you look exactly the wrong way."
Though Liverpool solicitor Harry Devlin's making his first appearance on this side of the pond, he's already had too much experience defending lowlifes like teenaged car-thief Shaun Quade to accept the tale that Steven Whyatt tells him. Read full book review >
THE LAZARUS CHILD by Robert Mawson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Mawson's evocation of a shared 'world beyond' is intriguing, but an ungainly structure and stock British characters may foil the publisher's high hopes for this commercial novel.(Literary Guild Main Selection)"
This second novel (but first US publication) by former London advertising/p.r. man Mawson combines an endangered-child melodrama with a quirky collective-unconscious tale. Read full book review >

FATHER OF LIES by Brian Evenson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"An investigation of the perverse that, however impassioned in aim or zealous in its own message, remains distractingly cartoon-like and thin."
Storywriter Evenson (Altmann's Tongue, 1994) makes his novel debut with a timely, readable, but debilitatingly stiff exploration of hypocrisy and religious zeal. Read full book review >
VIOLATION by Darian North
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Until then, however, we get three very likable people to worry about a lot."
Once again, North (Thief of Souls, 1997, etc.) creates suspense fiction out of hurt people caught in untenable situations, this time netting her best score yet. Read full book review >
MACKEREL BY MOONLIGHT by William F. Weld
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Terry reminds you that Weld, for all his rough-and-tumble expertise, is no Anonymous. (First serial to George)"
Primary Colors meets George V. Higgins in this tangy tale of Boston politics by a former Massachusetts governor who surely never saw any of this stuff himself. Read full book review >

THE BEST DEFENSE by Ellis Cose
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"The result is that rarity, an unpredictable courtroom drama in which disputed facts take a backseat to the issues they raise, and whose leading questions are still hanging when you turn the final page."
Veteran Newsweek editor Cose turns from his distinguished nonfictional studies (Color-Blind: Seeing Beyond Race in a Race-Obsessed World, 1997, etc.) to an issues-oriented legal suspenser, with provokingly inconclusive results. Read full book review >
TO DIE IN PROVENCE by Norman Bogner
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Some pages you'll read through your fingers."
The author of the best-selling California Dreamers (1981, etc.) returns after 15 years in the Hollywood salt mines with a strongly plotted family novel/Frenchified thriller that crosses over into territory well mined by Peter Mayle and others. Read full book review >
THE POLICY by Patrick Lynch
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"A well-balanced examination of the hypocrisy, bad science, and old-fashioned greed that drive—and cripple—the American insurance industry."
Intelligently crafted thriller that succeeds at making the most monotonous industry in America fascinating and believably menacing. Read full book review >
QUICKSAND by William P. Wood
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"A good story, twistier than it has to be, but held together by a sturdy spine: the intriguing war between the Andrewses, who love passionately even when they no longer dare to trust."
A senior federal investigator battles the even more senior federal investigator blocking his attempt to bring a big-time villain to justice. Read full book review >
CLOSED IN SILENCE by Joan M. Drury
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Not so much a whodunit, then, as a what-if-she-did-do-it, with the mystery used to dramatize debates whose outcome is never in doubt."
Twenty years after their college graduation, six women meet on a tiny island in Puget Sound for an informal reunion. Read full book review >
DITCH RIDER by Judith Van Gieson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Van Gieson makes the Albuquerque city limits just as hot as the blazing South Canyon in Hotshots (1996)."
Though she'd never say so herself, Neil Hamel is a ditch rider, one of the people who weed the irrigation ditches that crisscross Albuquerque and who try to keep people from falling in. Read full book review >
SAVAGE LIFE by James Rogers
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Showing an adept ear for dialect and a flair for humor, Rogers romps into the discouragingly absurd world of post-Thatcher England."
A rollicking account of a summer in London endured by a varied and compelling collection of characters: a first US publication for Rogers. 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 >