Thrillers Book Reviews (page 500)

FIRES OF EDEN by Dan Simmons
Released: Oct. 27, 1994

"The flip side of a Don Ho single, short on poi and ukuleles but long on elemental carnage, vengeful immortals, and nimble plotting."
A period romance masquerading as a metaphysical thriller disguised as a buddy movie, this latest novel from Simmons (Lovedeath, 1993, etc.) bridges two centuries and offers lots of plucky fun along the way. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 26, 1994

"Realize that you are ingesting gobs of junk artfully disguised as gourmet fare, then dive in and enjoy. (First serial to Granta; film rights to Alan J. Pakula/Warner Bros.)"
A debut thriller set in a Texas prison by a young British psychiatrist who has never been to Texas, or to a prison. Read full book review >

Released: Oct. 25, 1994

"It's a rare pleasure seeing such an old pro still taking the kind of chances that would sink a writer with less nerve."
After Matthew Hope (Mary, Mary, 1993, etc.) is critically shot in the opening sentences, his extended Florida family—his PI Warren Chambers, Chambers's own op Toots Kiley, and Calusa police detective Morris Bloom—retrace his steps for the last few days before the shooting looking for clues, and find that Hope's last client had been George Steadman, eager to acquire a 30-acre parcel to use as winter quarters for his circus. Read full book review >
ALASKA GRAY by Susan Froetschel
Released: Oct. 21, 1994

"Even Jane's dread secret turns out to be disappointingly guilt-free."
Her new job as director of finance for Sitka's Katmai Shee Inc. canceled before she even has a chance to show up for work, Jane McBride, already smitten with the Alaskan town and resolved not to go back to Boston and the unspeakable secret she left behind there, lands a lesser job teaching economics at Holmes Barrett College and stays on with native Katmai Shee director/TV news reporter Francesca LaQuestion while she cultivates friendships with brotherly Daily Record reporter Bob Denson, psychiatrist Michael Benoit, and Holmes Barrett museum curator Daniel Greer. Read full book review >
INTO THE FIRE by David Wiltse
Released: Oct. 19, 1994

"But Wiltse's Grand Guignol, however strained and shameless, still delivers the goods in this creepy funhouse tour."
Serial-killer specialist John Becker is on indefinite medical leave from the FBI, but he still gets some strange items in the mail, like the series of coded messages from Alabama's Springville Prison written by somebody who says he knows who killed the two girls found five years ago in a West Virginia coal mine. Read full book review >

Released: Oct. 17, 1994

"The players may be older, but the action hasn't slowed in this exciting sequel that was worth the wait."
Twenty years after The Wind Chill Factor, John Cooper goes to post-unification Germany and saves the world from the Fourth Reich- -again. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 17, 1994

"It's enough to make you nostalgic for the Cold War."
An underwhelming tale of nukes, coups, and spies by thriller veteran Coppel (Wars and Winters, 1993, etc.). Read full book review >
INSOMNIA by Stephen King
Released: Oct. 17, 1994

"Still, at 800 pages, it ain't no coffee-table book — it's a coffee table."
A small town in Maine again serves as King's (Nightmares and Dreamscapes, 1993, etc.) setting in this deft, steady tale, in which two lovable geezers travel through hyper-reality to balance the books of human existence, or something to that effect. Read full book review >
SPENCERVILLE by Nelson DeMille
Released: Oct. 12, 1994

"Very disappointing. (Book-of-the-Month Club main selection; author tour)"
A usually reliable and best-selling author (The General's Daughter, 1992, etc.) comes a-cropper with this tale of star-crossed lovers who finally meet again after a quarter century and then must deal with her psychotic husband, the sheriff and de facto dictator of their Ohio hometown. Read full book review >
FATHER'S DAY by John Calvin Batchelor
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

An Acting President's power grab involves both constitutional challenge and military coup in this near-future political melodrama, with which Batchelor (Peter Nevsky and the True Story of the Russian Moon Landing, 1993, etc.) makes his own grab for a large, action-oriented readership. Read full book review >
ONLY YOU by Cynthia Victor
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"The Platters did it better. (Literary Guild alternate selection)"
A lackluster modern love story by the author of Relative Sins (1992). ``Oh, God, it's you,'' moans badly wounded Detective Lieutenant Carlin Squire as she looks up, half-conscious, from the operating table at Mercy Hospital to see trauma surgeon Ben Dameroff. Read full book review >
THE INTRUDERS by Stephen Coonts
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"A good thing, since the book certainly won't keep them awake. (First printing of 225,000; author tour)"
Picking up where they left off in Flight of the Intruder (1986), Coonts and his inimitable Navy flyboy, Lt. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jason Gay
November 17, 2015

In the 1990s, copies of Richard Carlson’s Don't Sweat the Small Stuff (and its many sequels) were seemingly everywhere, giving readers either the confidence to prioritize their stresses or despondence over the slender volume’s not addressing their particular set of problems. While not the first book of its kind, it kicked open the door for an industry of self-help, worry-reduction advice guides. In his first book, Little Victories, Wall Street Journal sports columnist Gay takes less of a guru approach, though he has drawn an audience of readers appreciative of reportage that balances insights with a droll, self-deprecating outlook. He occasionally focuses his columns on “the Rules” (of Thanksgiving family touch football, the gym, the office holiday party, etc.), which started as a genial poke in the eye at the proliferation of self-help books and, over time, came to explore actual advice “both practical and ridiculous” and “neither perfect nor universal.” The author admirably combines those elements in every piece in the book. View video >