Thrillers Book Reviews (page 498)

Released: Jan. 1, 1995

"Deliciously slick."
Mystery veteran Gorman (Blood Moon, p. 666, etc.) sprays hot lead from the hip in this punchy historical thriller about a wild race to claim the secret recordings of the Blondest Hollywood Babylonian. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 1, 1995

"Truly a page-turner, with fascinating insights into the ethics of big medicine."
Stein (Hoopla, 1983) has himself a potential Big Book in his second novel, an engrossing and revealing medical thriller centering on breast cancer cure and the ruthless maneuvering to claim credit for the achievement. Read full book review >

THE SEVENTH ENEMY by William G. Tapply
Released: Jan. 1, 1995

"S-162 doesn't even pass. (Author tour)"
What a persuasive guy Brady Coyne is! Read full book review >
THE WEATHERMAN by Steve Thayer
Released: Jan. 1, 1995

"No mystery, but a rich, darkly overplotted saga that will wring you dry of tears for every last member of the sorry cast. (First printing of 60,000; Book-of-the-Month Club selection; $50,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
Minneapolis/St. Read full book review >
SLINGSHOT by Jack D. Hunter
Released: Jan. 1, 1995

"All right, the characters, from barefoot millionaire Coop on down, have no more depth than Popsicle sticks, but wily old pro Hunter (Sweeney's Run, 1992, etc.) knows how to keep things hot for them."
What makes this whodunit more, or different, than a whodunit is that whoever killed journalist Matt Cooper's father may be out to overthrow the US government as well. Read full book review >

RELIC by Douglas Preston
Released: Jan. 1, 1995

"A thriller staged in the world's scariest building, with no room for the squeamish."
An eccentric, grisly, thoroughly original thriller sure to please doctoral candidates and gore junkies alike. Read full book review >
THE COLD ONE by Christopher Pike
Released: Jan. 1, 1995

"The gory details make this adequately spooky, but the plot is too ludicrously far-fetched for the novel to be truly harrowing. (Author tour)"
Pike's (The Season of Passage, 1992, etc.) briskly paced new sci-fi/fantasy/horror endeavor. Read full book review >
FINAL TOUR by Jonellen Heckler
Released: Dec. 1, 1994

"It is difficult not to get caught up in the waves that move this story along, even if the water being rippled is naturally stagnant. (First serial to Good Housekeeping)"
Heckler (Circumstances Unknown, 1993, etc.) conjures up another thriller that plays by familiar rules but still elicits some suspense. Read full book review >
VIAL MURDERS by Marsha Landreth
Released: Nov. 21, 1994

"Here it's hard to tell who's more diabolical, the killers or the feds."
Smallpox has been extinct—the only species ever deliberately exterminated by humankind—since 1977. Read full book review >
LABYRINTH by Henry Denker
Released: Nov. 18, 1994

"The climax, however, is one of the genre's most treasurable scenes: Kirk really does get a chance to turn this courtroom into a circus."
After his courtroom tactics win acquittal for a client who goes on to kill again, celebrity lawyer David Kirk is ordered by Judge Aaron Malachi to atone for his complicity with the legal system's moral myopia by defending actor Christopher Cory, accused — with tons of supporting forensic evidence — of killing his former live-in, Alice Ames. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 16, 1994

"Unrelenting excitement, truly memorable characters, and ample food for thought launch this one to almost certain bestsellerdom. (First printing of 500,000; Literary Guild main selection)"
It is difficult to imagine a reader who won't be hooked by this thriller about government power run amok and a man and woman on the run from the madman who wields that power. Read full book review >
KARMA by Mitchell Smith
Released: Nov. 15, 1994

"On balance, good Karma. (Literary Guild selection)"
For the first two-thirds of his new novel, Smith (Due North, 1992, etc.) can't decide whether he's writing a study of one man's Vietnam post-traumatic stress syndrome or a vulnerable-loner- fights-against-impossible-odds thriller. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jason Gay
November 17, 2015

In the 1990s, copies of Richard Carlson’s Don't Sweat the Small Stuff (and its many sequels) were seemingly everywhere, giving readers either the confidence to prioritize their stresses or despondence over the slender volume’s not addressing their particular set of problems. While not the first book of its kind, it kicked open the door for an industry of self-help, worry-reduction advice guides. In his first book, Little Victories, Wall Street Journal sports columnist Gay takes less of a guru approach, though he has drawn an audience of readers appreciative of reportage that balances insights with a droll, self-deprecating outlook. He occasionally focuses his columns on “the Rules” (of Thanksgiving family touch football, the gym, the office holiday party, etc.), which started as a genial poke in the eye at the proliferation of self-help books and, over time, came to explore actual advice “both practical and ridiculous” and “neither perfect nor universal.” The author admirably combines those elements in every piece in the book. View video >