Thrillers Book Reviews (page 498)

SKULL SESSION by Daniel Hecht
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1998

"An earnestly wrought, meandering tale that, despite some gripping scenes and lots of facts about neurophysiology, adds up to less than the sum of its parts. (Author tour)"
An ambitious but torpidly paced pass at a creepy-house horror tale that tries to combine Stephen Kingish gore-on-the-floor gross-outs with Dean Koontzical monster mash. Read full book review >
ANOTHER DAY IN PARADISE by Eddie Little
THRILLERS
Released: Jan. 1, 1998

"The stages of addiction have seldom been so vividly drawn. (Film rights to Miramax; author tour)"
A gutsy, fresh, and fierce drug novel, something like walking over broken glass barefoot, by first-novelist and former addict Little. Read full book review >

THE CONSUL'S WIFE by W.T. Tyler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1998

"Thick with bilious resentment and impotent rage: a trenchant, eloquently crafted drama of lost souls who find salvation where they least expect it."
Powerfully despairing, Graham Greenelike tale of romance and alienation in the blasted African bush, from our foremost chronicler of Washington's faceless bureaucracy and the lives it so blithely consumes (Last Train from Berlin, 1994, etc.). Read full book review >
BAD CHEMISTRY by Gary Krist
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 1, 1998

"For most of the ride, though, it's strictly efficient formula suspense."
A model husband's disappearance plunges his never-say-die wife into agitation, mystery, danger, designer-drug intrigue, and trouble with the local cops. Read full book review >
REAPER by Ben Mezrich
THRILLERS
Released: Jan. 1, 1998

"Wait for the (inevitable) movie. ($300,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
Mezrich's second technothriller (after Threshold, 1996) charts the progress of two All-American Perfect Specimens in their race against the clock to stop a rogue communications virus from wiping out most of the TV-watching and computer-literate population. Read full book review >

GIVEN THE CRIME by Anne Beane Rudman
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 1, 1998

"Great entertainment."
Immensely amusing debut suspenser by Rudman, an assistant district attorney in the New York District Attorney's office, who teams up with old-hand screenwriter/novelist Dennis (Somebody Just Grabbed Annie, 1975, etc.) to give readers the lowdown on Manhattan's Assets and Forfeiture Division, for which Rudman works. Read full book review >
RENDER UP THE BODY by Marianne Wesson
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 1, 1998

"For everyone else, though: an audacious, unsettling mixture of legal suspense and morality play. (Book-of- the-Month Club alternate selection)"
Newcomer Wesson, a prosecutor-turned-defense-attorney, melds Dead Man Walking with the legal thriller formula in her provocative debut. Read full book review >
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Dec. 31, 1997

"But it would be unwise to judge such an eschatological fantasy without seeing the design of the whole trilogy."
Veteran Taylor (The Mortal Sickness, 1996, etc.) begins his ``Roth trilogy,'' suspense novels about the Appleyard and Byfield families, with the story of four-year-old Lucy Appleyard's kidnapping out from under the nose of her overburdened minder. Read full book review >
THE ORDAINED by Terence Faherty
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Dec. 10, 1997

"Short, stark, and sparsely peopled with angularly fascinating figures: Faherty's portrait of Rapture has all the fine black-and-white detail you'd expect from a mid-century daguerreotype."
Rapture, Indiana, got its name from the millennialist prophets who planned to use it as their point of departure for the world's end. Read full book review >
DOCTOR FAUSTUS by Thomas Mann
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 9, 1997

"Mann's most Dostoevskyan novel should, in this splendid new version, speak more powerfully than ever to contemporary readers."
The modest Thomas Mann boom, begun with the recent publication (by New Directions) of his early stories, continues with this fine new English translation of the author's last great novel, first published in 1948. Read full book review >
A QUESTION OF BELIEF by Margaret Yorke
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 8, 1997

"But fans will find this latest tour of the human zoo powered by all her irresistible momentum."
No wonder Philip Winter feels driven to fake his own death. Read full book review >
THE WINNER by David Baldacci
THRILLERS
Released: Dec. 2, 1997

"Too preposterous to work as feminine wish-fulfillment, too formulaic to be suspenseful. (Book-of-the-Month Club main selection)"
Irritatingly trite woman-in-periler from lawyer-turned-novelist Baldacci. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Brad Parks
author of SAY NOTHING
March 7, 2017

In Brad Parks’ new thriller Say Nothing, judge Scott Sampson doesn’t brag about having a perfect life, but the evidence is clear: a prestigious job. A beloved family. On an ordinary Wednesday afternoon, he is about to pick up his six-year-old twins to go swimming when his wife, Alison, texts him that she’ll get the kids from school instead. It’s not until she gets home later that Scott realizes she doesn’t have the children. And she never sent the text. Then the phone rings, and every parent’s most chilling nightmare begins. A man has stolen Sam and Emma. For Scott and Alison, the kidnapper’s call is only the beginning of a twisting, gut-churning ordeal of blackmail, deceit, and terror; a high-profile trial like none the judge or his wife has ever experienced. Their marriage falters. Suspicions and long-buried jealousies rise to the surface. Fractures appear. Lies are told. “The nerve-shredding never lets up for a minute as Parks picks you up by the scruff of the neck, shakes you vigorously, and repeats over and over again till a climax so harrowing that you’ll be shaking with gratitude that it’s finally over,” our critic writes in a starred review. View video >