Thrillers Book Reviews (page 498)

DEFENDING BILLY RYAN by George V. Higgins
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Sept. 10, 1992

"So, though short on Victories-like shape and substance, this is shaggily entertaining—and another distinct, if minor, confirmation of Higgins's unique command of rueful language and rude incident."
Higgins produces a novel just about every year whether he's got a great idea for one or not. Read full book review >
BACKFIRE by Eric Sauter
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 8, 1992

"More, please."
Psycho punk kidnaps politico's runaway daughter: a second case for Philadelphia cop Patrick Paige (Skeletons, 1990). Read full book review >

TRICK OF THE EYE by Jane Stanton Hitchcock
THRILLERS
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Pure pleasure for psychological-suspense fans."
Dramatist Stanton's first novel is a thoroughly satisfying thriller—simultaneously luscious and ladylike as it traces the cat-and-mouse relationship between a wealthy old New York dowager and the solitary artist she hires to help re-create her past. Read full book review >
NO DEADLY DRUG by Tom Ferguson
THRILLERS
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Bad medicine."
A suspense debut—from medical writer Ferguson and Graedon (coauthor of The People's Pharmacy)—in which spectacular cerebrovascular accidents fell Californians like ninepins. Read full book review >
PREY by Ken Goddard
THRILLERS
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Not for the fainthearted."
Rogue bureaucrats, international terrorists, Cajun outlaws, and the odd carnivore gang up on a heavily outnumbered undercover team from the US Fish and Wildlife Service. Read full book review >

I, TITUBA, BLACK WITCH OF SALEM by Maryse Conde
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Tituba deserves better."
Caribbean-born CondÇ (Segu, 1987; The Children of Segu, 1989; and see below) gives questionable life to Tituba, one of the accused and subsequently released witches of Salem, in a novel of some conflicting purpose. Read full book review >
THE YEAR'S BEST FANTASY AND HORROR by Ellen Datlow
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 18, 1992

"Pity the price tag has left orbit and was last seen heading for Mars."
Another mammoth and eclectic collection of 44 tales and six poems drawn from 1991's short-format output. Read full book review >
FALSE PROFITS by David Everson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 13, 1992

"Lumpen prose but an interesting premise—Lincoln's culpability—and although the Church of the Latter-day Saints has been rendered better (the Moroni Traveller series), this is a step up from Everson's last outing."
Bobby Miles, low-tech Springfield, Illinois, p.i. Read full book review >
NIGHT OF THE HAWK by Dale Brown
THRILLERS
Released: Aug. 12, 1992

"Longer than Desert Storm—but with much more satisfactory results."
Brown brings back the souped-up helicopters that were the technostars of Hammerhead (1990) for a supporting role in a near- future war between Lithuania and Belarus. Read full book review >
VANISH WITH THE ROSE by Barbara Michaels
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"Silly dialogue and a sketchy plot make this a very undemanding treat—suited for summer-garden reading with a cup of tea at hand."
Bestselling Michaels (Into the Darkness, 1990, etc., etc.) piles on the whipped cream but forgets the cake in this latest foray into romantic suspense—a contemporary cozy in which credibility is cheerfully sacrificed on the altar of whimsy and lace. Read full book review >
DRAGON SIM-13 by Bob Mayer
THRILLERS
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"Mayer's tough, businesslike soldiers again include a tough, businesslike female."
A realistic, computer-driven, military-training exercise becomes a harrowing real-life foray into China for a Special Forces team stationed in Korea. Read full book review >
NOW HE THINKS HE'S DEAD by Ron Goulart
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"And if it's a little too short and silly to merit its price tag, at least it's over before it wears out its welcome."
Another bouncy, flibbertigibbet escapade for artist H.J. Mavity—now deepening the cleavage on bodice-ripper books for editor Lloyd Dobkin—and for her current live-in, ex-hubby, and commercial voice-over specialist Ben Spanner (Even the Butler Was Poor). Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Pierce Brown
author of GOLDEN SON
February 17, 2015

With shades of The Hunger Games, Ender’s Game, and Game of Thrones, Pierce Brown’s genre-defying Red Rising hit the ground running. The sequel, Golden Son, continues the saga of Darrow, a rebel battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom. As a Red, Darrow grew up working the mines deep beneath the surface of Mars, enduring backbreaking labor while dreaming of the better future he was building for his descendants. But the Society he faithfully served was built on lies. Darrow’s kind have been betrayed and denied by their elitist masters, the Golds—and their only path to liberation is revolution. “Stirring—and archetypal—stuff,” our reviewer writes. View video >