Thrillers Book Reviews (page 500)

VAPORETTO 13 by Robert Girardi
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"But the last third, involving a retirement home in Arizona and a new career in Bar Harbor, Maine, ranges far from Venice—and breaks the spell."
An American banker adrift in Venice takes up with an older woman—centuries older—whom he encounters while meandering through the city's labyrinth of back streets, in an erotically charged, dreamlike third novel from Girardi (Madeleine's Ghost, 1995; The Pirate's Daughter, 1997). Read full book review >
FURNACE by Muriel Gray
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"An enjoyably lurid entertainment that will almost certainly shape-shift into a blockbuster movie. (Book-of-the- Month Club selection)"
Furnace ($23.95; Oct.; 368 pp.; 0-385-48002-4): Scottish novelist Gray, whose debut performance was the well- received The Trickster (1995), plunges even deeper into Stephen King territory with this remorselessly grisly supernatural thriller set in the Virginia hills and also the remoter ``worlds'' of alchemy and Scots folklore. Read full book review >

THE JUDGMENT by William J. Coughlin
Released: Sept. 25, 1997

"Overplotted, with finely wrought characterizations and a practiced novelist's respect for the way in which unanticipated tragedy can bring on moments of quiet insight."
Satisfying, if meandering, Detroit-area legal procedural continues the adventures of Charley Sloan, in a second posthumous thriller from Coughlin (Heart of Justice, 1995). Read full book review >
FINAL CLOSING by Barbara Lee
Released: Sept. 19, 1997

"The mostly bland characters and feeble resolution are no pluses here, but a likable heroine, an easy style, and the warm village portrait make this one mildly intriguing."
Fortyish Eve Elliot (Death in Still Waters, 1995) has left behind her broken marriage and New York advertising job to settle in Pines on Magothy, Virginia, where she's helping her aging, ailing Aunt Lillian Weber, a village realtor. Read full book review >
BEYOND THE FIRE by Steven D. Salinger
Released: Sept. 17, 1997

"A quick, breezy, confusing read that, despite its baggy plot, gratuitous sex, and ditto violence, shows the skills of a writer who is meant for finer things."
A dizzy whirlwind of a debut thriller that ultimately runs out of air: about the fate of an American soldier trying to return home 25 years after having been listed as missing in action. Read full book review >

Released: Sept. 17, 1997

"A splendid assembly of ideas, language, and allusions, though sometimes the sheer intellectual exuberance overwhelms the story, however conceptually brilliant."
As usual, West (Sporting With Amaryllis, 1996, etc.) offers erudite commentary and provocative insights into the human predicament, this time in a tale told by an extraterrestrial about two American pilots bound by friendship and history. Read full book review >
THE LONG RAIN by Peter Gadol
Released: Sept. 15, 1997

"If his plot isn't altogether credible, its comprehension of human nature surely is—and in plenty. ($100,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
A heartfelt and engrossing story of moral failure and a quest for redemption from the versatile young author of Closer to the Sun (1996), etc. Gadol's fourth novel takes place in California's wine-growing country, where Jason Dark, a lawyer, is impelled by his transgressions as husband and father to remake himself by restoring his late father's moribund vineyard. Read full book review >
A/K/A by Ruthann Robson
Released: Sept. 12, 1997

"A potentially intriguing meditation on lesbian identity, but episodic and too gratuitously weird to have much impact."
An occasionally bizarre tale from Robson (Another Mother, 1995, etc.), this about two lesbians who have assumed so many personal and professional disguises that they've forgotten who they really are. Read full book review >
STONE COWBOY by Mark Jacobs
Released: Sept. 10, 1997

"An unusual love story, to say the least—a little bit as if The African Queen were mixed with Panic in Needle Park—and an impressive debut from a writer with a generous imagination and a daring, if deeply weird, sense of character and fate."
A burnt-out American doper, fresh from a Bolivian prison, starts out conning a naive social worker by helping her find her magician brother—and ends up conducting her on a tour of the hell that is the coca trade, while gradually recovering his humanity. Read full book review >
OMEGA by Patrick Lynch
Released: Sept. 8, 1997

"Maybe this thriller should be available only by prescription."
Lynch brings the biomedical Armageddon of Carriers (1995) horrifyingly closer to home in this search for a magical antibiotic. Read full book review >
THE STONE CIRCLE by Gary Goshgarian
Released: Sept. 3, 1997

"A richly conceived work that's largely buried under melodrama."
The author of Rough Beast (1995) combines Amerindian and Celtic mythology in a thriller that would put Joseph Campbell to sleep. Read full book review >
GONE BAMBOO by Anthony Bourdain
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"In the parlance of cuisine: tripe. (Author tour)"
For his second course, Bourdain, novelist (Bone in the Throat, 1995) and chef (at Sullivan's, in Manhattan), dishes up a sorry, soggy mess of a stew in which a good-hearted hit man finds himself on the spot with both mob chieftains and law-enforcement agencies. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kathleen Kent
author of THE DIME
February 20, 2017

Dallas, Texas is not for the faint of heart. Good thing for Betty Rhyzyk she's from a family of take-no-prisoners Brooklyn police detectives. But in Kathleen Kent’s new novel The Dime, her Big Apple wisdom will only get her so far when she relocates to The Big D, where Mexican drug cartels and cult leaders, deadbeat skells and society wives all battle for sunbaked turf. Betty is as tough as the best of them, but she's deeply shaken when her first investigation goes sideways. Battling a group of unruly subordinates, a persistent stalker, a formidable criminal organization, and an unsupportive girlfriend, the unbreakable Detective Betty Rhyzyk may be reaching her limit. “Violent, sexy, and completely absorbing,” our critic writes in a starred review. “Kent's detective is Sam Spade reincarnated—as a brilliant, modern woman.” View video >