Thrillers Book Reviews (page 498)

NAKED JUSTICE by William Bernhardt
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"Ben turns in a creditable job in the courtroom (and runs a mean five-minute mile), but not even the dream team could pull all the threads of this tangled case together."
Hangdog Tulsa lawyer Ben Kincaid (Cruel Justice, 1996, etc.) is stuck with another hopeless case—a mayor who allegedly killed his wife and daughters. Read full book review >
DARK HORSE by Doug Richardson
THRILLERS
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"Occasionally gory, darkly cynical, over-the-top political slam-dunk, with comic portrayals of campaign tricks so dirty it's amazing that they're legal. (First printing of 125,000; film rights to Imagine Entertainment)"
A wickedly sleazy small-town mano a mano political thriller pits a naive yuppie lawyer against a homicidal cracker in a vicious southern Texas race for the US Congress. Read full book review >

INFINITY'S CHILD by Harry Stein
THRILLERS
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"A bestseller bid that, for all its plausible detail on designer genes, is unevenly paced, hastily resolved, and fatally deficient in the suspense area. (Literary Guild featured alternate selection)"
The robbing of cradle and grave is a centerpiece plot device in an oddly lifeless biotech thriller from Stein (The Magic Bullet, 1994, etc.). Read full book review >
SURVIVAL INSTINCTS by Marissa Piesman
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"It was some sort of incest taboo'')."
Nina Fischman's back from her abortive trek to L.A. with Jonathan Harris, sans man, sans job, sans pride (she has to move in with her mother, for crying out loud). Read full book review >
MEDUSA'S CHILD by John J. Nance
THRILLERS
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"Nothing new, maybe, but a thriller that grips and absolutely doesn't let go. (First printing of 100,000)"
Retired airline and Air Force pilot Nance improves steadily, this time borrowing from his own plot for Pandora's Clock (1995) but leaving out the romance. Read full book review >

WHITE SANDS by Simon Gandolfi
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"A preachy but strongly wrought manhunt with sharply detailed mayhem and a vivid, lengthy catalogue of sweaty bad guys nasty enough to make tourists want to stay in their hotel rooms with the air conditioning turned way up."
Cold-blooded Colombian cocaine smugglers, scheming American yuppie slime, a befuddled Bahamian adolescent, and a feisty feminist schoolteacher make work for Patrick Trent, a retired MI5 assassin who's now a full-time Bahamian boat bum. Read full book review >
Z by Bob Mayer
THRILLERS
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

Although retired from the US Army, Dave Riley is not out of the action as he battles crafty villains and a deadly pestilence in southwestern Africa in this sixth installment of Mayer's absorbing and well-written series (Cut-Out, 1995, etc.). Read full book review >
THE CLUB DUMAS by Arturo Pérez-Reverte
THRILLERS
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"Bibliophiles will love this witty and clever fabrication, though its very specialized content may place it just outside the range of the general reader."
An intricate and very bookish mystery novel—set, in fact, in the rarefied world of book collecting and dealing—from the sophisticated Spanish author of The Flanders Panel (1994, not reviewed). Read full book review >
THE DEVIL'S FOOTPRINT by Victor O'Reilly
THRILLERS
Released: Jan. 29, 1997

"Although O'Reilly includes a rather full measure of preachments on the West's indifference to the latter-day threat of terrorism, he tells a mean adventure story—chock-full of high-tech power and chivalric glory."
Irish hardcase Hugo Fitzduane goes another resourceful round with the Japanese terrorists he fought to a bloody standstill in Rules of the Hunt (1995). Read full book review >
TRICK QUESTION by Tony Dunbar
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 27, 1997

"Fans of jocular Tubby (City of Beads, 1995, etc.), though, will drink up the convivial New Orleans atmosphere, and the spectacle of a lawyer whose co-counsel declines to examine a witness because his doctor's ordered him to avoid conflict."
Some people are always ready to jump to conclusions. Read full book review >
THE FRIENDS OF FREELAND by Brad Leithauser
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 24, 1997

"Skillfully crafted and conceived, but far too long and obvious."
A Northern Saga, longer than an Arctic shadow and tougher to swallow than frozen venison filet, from a gifted poet and novelist (Seaward, 1993, etc.) who seems to have had a lot of time on his hands. Read full book review >
CLASS TRIP by Emmanuel Carrère
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 13, 1997

Class Trip ($19.95; Jan. 13, 1997; 176 pp.; 0-8050-4694-1): A subtle combination of noir mystery and metaphysical thriller by the acclaimed author of The Mustache (1988) and Gothic Romance (1990). Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Melissa Sweet
author of SOME WRITER!
September 26, 2016

“SOME PIG,” Charlotte the spider’s praise for Wilbur, is just one fondly remembered snippet from E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. In Some Writer!, two-time Caldecott Honor winner and 2014 Kirkus Prize finalist Melissa Sweet mixes White’s personal letters, photos, and family ephemera with her own exquisite artwork to tell his story, from his birth in 1899 to his death in 1985. Budding young writers will be fascinated and inspired by the journalist, New Yorker contributor, and children’s book author who loved words his whole life. This authorized tribute is the first fully illustrated biography of E. B. White and includes an afterword by Martha White, E. B. White's granddaughter. “Like Charlotte, Sweet spins a terrific story,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A masterful biography that will enchant young readers.” View video >