Thrillers Book Reviews (page 498)

THE SOUND OF TRUMPETS by John Mortimer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 10, 1999

"He inhabits an entertaining place where there is much to smile at, not so much to think about, and almost nothing to complain too loudly about."
In his third installment of The Rapstone Chronicles, the prolific Mortimer (Paradise Postponed, 1986; Titmuss Regained, 1990, etc.) offers a light, dryly amuisng tableau of contemporary English politics featuring his always-scheming hero, Leslie Titmuss, a Thatcherite out of office but never, it seems, far from power. Read full book review >
THE CROOK FACTORY by Dan Simmons
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 10, 1999

"Meantime, Simmons (Children of the Night, 1992, etc.) more than handily ladles out suspense, a German Mata Hari, and a steady stream of solemn bemusement."
Simmons leaps from fat genre novels (suspense/horror/sf fantasy) to fat mainstream historical suspense in retelling the story of Ernest Hemingway's submarine-chasing exploits off Cuba in 1942—43. Read full book review >

RAGE FACTOR by Chris Rogers
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 9, 1999

"Still, readers who seethe at the injustices of the justice system will find some raucous comfort here."
Houston skip tracer Dixie Flannigan is so good at her job that she's bagged her quarry, accused rapist Lawrence Coombs, by page 12. Read full book review >
KAFKA'S CURSE by Achmat Dangor
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 9, 1999

"Lives and generations complexly interwoven, and language spiked densely with local dialect: a challenging, often exquisite tale of South Africa in transition."
South African poet Dangor's first US publication—an intricate blend of racial and sexual tensions, with a twist of Arabic legend thrown in—is set in the post-apartheid era, though the roots of its drama reach into the dismal South African past. Read full book review >
A DARKER PLACE by Laurie R. King
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 9, 1999

Eighteen years after losing her husband and daughter to a mass suicide in a Texas cult, an expert on religious sects agrees to goes undercover one more time to infiltrate a particularly insidious community. Read full book review >

BE COOL by Elmore Leonard
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 9, 1999

Nine years after his farcical conquest of Hollywood in Get Shorty, former loan shark Chili Palmer aims to scale equally unlikely new heights as a music producer. Read full book review >
SUSPICION by Barbara Rogan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"Du Maurier, however, could pull off her climax without gun or knife."
Rogan's (Rowing to Eden, 1996, etc.) best so far goes strictly commercial in a winning, flat-out all-nighter. Read full book review >
WHERE TO CHOOSE by Penny Mickelbury
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"In all: an interesting setting, some attractive characters and a first-class heroine undermined by an excess of fancy plotting and psyche-searching."
A second wrenching adventure for black trial lawyer Carol Ann Gibson of Washington, D.C., only a year after the death of deeply loved husband Al, whose killer she had brought to justice (One Must Wait , 1998). Read full book review >
8.4 by Peter Hernon
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"8. (First printing of 75,000, $75,000 ad/promo, miniseries to NBC/Avent)"
A big book about big earthquakes that ought to be scarier than it is, by the author of The Kindling Effect (1996). Read full book review >
BONE MUSIC by Lee Moler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"An above-average millennial oater."
From the author of Baltimore Blues (1991), an old-but-new western with rawhide dialogue and a far-out plot laced with 100-proof bourbon. Read full book review >
FOUND MONEY by James Grippando
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"But the real problem is, as always, Grippando's (The Abduction, 1998 etc.) people: So few are persuasive."
A worthy idea is undercut by slapdash craftsmanship. Read full book review >
THROWING 7'S by Denis Hamill
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"Excessive beatings, gratuitous beddings, and a Grand Guignol finish so absurd it's funny."
A routine suspenser in which New York Daily News columnist Hamill pits his superhero against greed, corruption, and various other forces of evil. 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 >