Thrillers Book Reviews (page 498)

Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"The complex story purrs along like a high-powered race car loaded with options, even though it all boils down to Telepathic Man and a bunch of lesser guys with guns after the big score. (First printing of 100,000)"
Soviet spy maven Finder (The Moscow Club, 1991) adapts to the disappearance of the Red Menace—without missing a step—by following the trail of $10 billion spirited out of Russia to protect it from hard-liners: a fortune in gold that's rearranging a lot of loyalties from Moscow to Washington. Read full book review >
KISS OF THE WOLF by Jim Shepard
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"Grab this one."
Tense, heartbreaking family drama with an underworld angle— for his fourth novel, Shepard returns to the world of Flights (1983): Italian-Americans in small-town Connecticut. Read full book review >

Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"He killed for the art of it'') seems to come out of a different world, redolent of lending libraries and preadolescent fantasies."
An intense, undernourished psychodrama about a Chicago cop on the trail of the Collector, a contract killer of unwilling organ-donors. Read full book review >
THE SISTER by Elleston Trevor
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"An expert but synthetic timekiller—minor work from a sometime master."
Checking into the convent of the Sisters of the Sacred Light does nothing for the explosive sibling rivalry in this sequel to the paperback The Sibling, Trevor's latest break from his Quiller spy novels as Adam Hall. Read full book review >
GOING NATIVE by Stephen Wright
Released: Jan. 24, 1994

"Wright's novel packs no narrative punch (only in Borneo does the story roll); it aims to resonate through a pattern of recurring images, but while always alert and intelligent, it never quite becomes the powerful indictment Wright may have hoped for."
America is a bad trip. Read full book review >

Released: Jan. 21, 1994

"Only the background—especially Gideon's prickly duet with dying, dislikable Chet and his tender, second-guessing relation with Sarah—is as strong as ever."
Arkansas lawyer Gideon Page, clinging to a parlous private practice after his stint as a public defender (Probable Cause, Expert Testimony), barely makes it into court in this undramatic courtroom drama. Read full book review >
A VERY PRIVATE PLOT by William F. Buckley Jr.
Released: Jan. 20, 1994

"Top-drawer storytelling, as Blackford scrabbles for his soul."
In the best Blackford Oakes novel yet (Tucker's Last Stand, 1991, etc.), the master of the double bind builds a plot that places the CIA chief of covert ops squarely between the Maelstrom and the Wandering Rocks. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 17, 1994

"A highly colored tribute, which flickers back and forth in time, to a gifted woman who lived beyond her strength."
A fevered, strenuous fictional life of Swiss pioneering feminist Emily Kempin-Spyri—the first woman to earn a Doctorate of Law in Europe—that smolders with feminist mission. Read full book review >
FATAL CURE by Robin Cook
Released: Jan. 12, 1994

"Watch your back, Hillary Clinton. (Literary Guild Dual Selection for March)"
Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the hospital, the king of medical malfeasance (Terminal, 1993, etc., etc.) shows why managed care makes life equally dangerous for idealistic doctors and their patients. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 10, 1994

"Parker makes excellent use of Miami."
The apparent suicide of her libertine younger sister leads an up-and-coming Wasp lawyer into the orbit of a Cuban grandee and his attractive family—and to an indictment for murder—in an intelligently steamy first novel. Read full book review >
PERFECT JUSTICE by William Bernhardt
Released: Jan. 1, 1994

"Ben's well-meaning hardcover debut (after three paperback outings) is broad and crude: a pre-Grisham novel in a world of infinitely shrewder post-Grisham competitors."
No rest for Tulsa lawyer Ben Kincaid: his vacation in Arkansas ends with a bang when he's dragooned into defending a white supremacist for the murder of a Vietnamese immigrant—and finds that he's stepped into a minefield of racial hatred. Read full book review >
GLASS HOUSE by Christine Wiltz
Released: Jan. 1, 1994

"A calm, quiet voice that deserves to be heard."
The author of three mysteries (The Emerald Lizard, 1990, etc.) and coauthor of a TV documentary on David Duke, Wiltz was inspired by the 1980 shooting of a white New Orleans policeman and its bloody aftermath to focus on the issue of race relations in her city—resulting in a gripping, thought-provoking drama that begins with a quote from Abraham Lincoln: ``As a nation of free men we will live forever or die by suicide.'' Thea Tamborella is not sure she wants the inheritance her Aunt Althea has thrust upon her: a Garden District mansion on the all- white end of Convent Street. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sabaa Tahir
August 4, 2015

Sabaa Tahir’s novel An Ember in the Ashes reveals a world inspired by ancient Rome and defined by brutality. Seventeen-year-old Laia has grown up with one rule for survival: Never challenge the Empire. But when Laia’s brother Darin is arrested for treason, she leaves behind everything she knows, risking her life to try and save him. She enlists help from the rebels whose extensive underground network may lead to Darin. Their help comes with a price, though. Laia must infiltrate the Empire’s greatest military academy as a spy. Elias is the Empire’s finest soldier—and its most unwilling one. Thrown together by chance and united by their hatred of the Empire, Laia and Elias will soon discover that their fates are intertwined—and that their choices may change the destiny of the entire Empire. We talk to An Ember in the Ashes author Sabaa Tahir this week on Kirkus TV. View video >