Thrillers Book Reviews (page 500)

EXCHANGE ALLEY by Michael Walsh
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 9, 1997

"An afterword implies a factual basis to some of the author's fictive imaginings."
Densely plotted New York tough-cop procedural that incongruously mixes gruesome walks on the wild side with KGB-CIA intrigue. Read full book review >
BEHIND THE SCENES by Rennie Jones
THRILLERS
Released: July 7, 1997

"More disappointing, though, is the lack of behind-the-scenes dirt, or glimpses of the cynicism that implicitly drives the new breed of television hucksters."
A debut novel chooses the infomercial industry as the setting for this wanly uplifting tale of a woman's post-divorce blossoming. Read full book review >

FREEDOM TO KILL by Paul Lindsay
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 7, 1997

"Expert but synthetic, then, with a much better part for the brilliant, wigged-out Freedom Killer (who doesn't half live up to his billing) than for our hero."
Detroit's own FBI cowboy Mike Devlin, who never walks away from a loaded gun, is banished to D.C. to shuffle records and get his blood pressure down—only to find himself staring down a monomaniacal terrorist. Read full book review >
CAIN by James Byron Huggins
THRILLERS
Released: July 7, 1997

"Staggering, galactically gruesome comic-strip, a natural for bouncing Bruce."
Why would Bruce Willis snap this up for a million dollars? Read full book review >
A FREE MAN OF COLOR by Barbara Hambly
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1997

"A sharp portrait of curiously nuanced class divisions transforms Hambly's latest into something far more than the modest melodrama it might otherwise have been."
Once again exercising her talent for goldstained description, Hambly moves from a stylish fin de siäcle tale of Continental vampirism (Traveling with the Dead, 1995) to an equally stylish romantic suspenser set in New Orleans. Read full book review >

THE LAST GOOD NIGHT by Emily Listfield
THRILLERS
Released: July 1, 1997

"Smoothly told, realistically detailed cautionary tale buried in a frothy view of female yuppie wish fulfillment, roman Ö clef media gossip, and soap-opera morality."
The revelation of a nasty, melodramatic secret brings disgrace, danger, and redemption to a glamorous but self-absorbed TV news-anchor, in the fifth and most commercial novel yet from Listfield (Acts of Love, 1994, etc.). Read full book review >
FINDER by Greg Rucka
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 1, 1997

"Flawed, but still superior to most lone-wolf genre tales."
Professional bodyguard Kodiak is literally caught in the crossfire of a lethal child-custody fight involving the daughter of a former client, in an uneven sequel to Rucka's equally uneven debut (Keeper, 1996). Read full book review >
BALLING THE JACK by Frank Baldwin
THRILLERS
Released: July 1, 1997

"Baldwin's slam-bang narrative, with its peculiar view of the gambling world, has more focus than sense—which is no doubt why it's already slated for the big screen. (Film rights to New Line Cinema)"
Pink-cheeked college grads try to conquer Manhattan with their frat-boy charm in this simple-minded fiction, a first novel that confuses regular-guy antics with dumb-guy boorishness and pegs it all to a plot of absurd melodrama. Read full book review >
'48 by James Herbert
THRILLERS
Released: July 1, 1997

"But the plot goes forward like a tiresome movie crunchfest, action scene upon action scene, boom upon boom."
Mad Max meets dystopian London bloodsuckers three years after the Allies lose WW II, in a what-if tale by the author of (among 18 others) the much richer, or at least completely different, Portent (1996). Read full book review >
THE LUCKY ONES by Doris Mortman
THRILLERS
Released: July 1, 1997

"A little pruning would serve Mortman well in the future. (First printing of 150,000; $300,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
Far too many characters mar what could have been an engrossing story of a ruthless presidential campaign. Read full book review >
THE FIRST STONE by John Briley
THRILLERS
Released: July 1, 1997

"Danielle Steel meets Robert Ludlum without any particularly gainful result."
Talky, tear-jerking thriller from screenwriter/novelist Briley (The Traitors, 1969, etc.). Read full book review >
BAD MEMORY by Duane Franklet
THRILLERS
Released: July 1, 1997

"On a scale of one to five, then, four bytes. ($25,000 ad/promo)"
An absorbing all-business first novel about a Houston-based multinational (bearing more than a passing resemblance to COMPAQ and Dell Computer) under siege by a cyberage extortionist whose wry nom de guerre is Hektor. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Clinton Kelly
January 9, 2017

Bestselling author and television host Clinton Kelly’s memoir I Hate Everyone Except You is a candid, deliciously snarky collection of essays about his journey from awkward kid to slightly-less-awkward adult. Clinton Kelly is probably best known for teaching women how to make their butts look smaller. But in I Hate Everyone, Except You, he reveals some heretofore-unknown secrets about himself, like that he’s a finicky connoisseur of 1980s pornography, a disillusioned critic of New Jersey’s premier water parks, and perhaps the world’s least enthused high-school commencement speaker. Whether he’s throwing his baby sister in the air to jumpstart her cheerleading career or heroically rescuing his best friend from death by mud bath, Clinton leaps life’s social hurdles with aplomb. With his signature wit, he shares his unique ability to navigate the stickiest of situations, like deciding whether it’s acceptable to eat chicken wings with a fork on live television (spoiler: it’s not). “A thoroughly light and entertaining memoir,” our critic writes. View video >