Thrillers Book Reviews (page 500)

MITIGATING CIRCUMSTANCES by Nancy Taylor Rosenberg
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 6, 1993

A former cop's page-burning tale of a rape victim's vengeance that offers thrills and emotionalism aplenty—as well as the most cleverly calculated defense of vigilantism since Brian Garfield's Death Wish of 20 years ago. Read full book review >
THE SUITOR by Michael Allegretto
THRILLERS
Released: Jan. 5, 1993

"A very pale, ho-hum variation on Fatal Attraction—and no match for John Fowles's classic story of obsession, The Collector."
Another of Allegretto's damsel-in-distress fictions (The Watchmen; Night of Reunion). Read full book review >

BEWARE OF THE DOG by E.X. Ferrars
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 5, 1993

What will become of aged housekeeper/companion Anna Cox now that her charge, octogenarian Helen Lovelock, has died and left her house, her emeralds, and most of her money to her niece Kate, an actress due in shortly from the States, and to her long-lost nephew Nick, recently arrived from Australia? Read full book review >
DRAGON TEARS by Dean Koontz
THRILLERS
Released: Jan. 5, 1993

"Koontz gets a bit preachy about social decay—but his action never flags in this vise-tight tale that'll rocket right to the top of the charts. (Literary Guild Dual Selection for March)"
An electrifying terrorfest in which Koontz (Hideaway, 1992, etc.), inking his silkiest writing yet, takes on the serial-killer novel and makes it his own. Read full book review >
TERMINAL by Robin Cook
THRILLERS
Released: Jan. 4, 1993

"Chalk up another big one for Cook. (Literary Guild Dual Selection for Winter)"
No other bestselling author crunches the language quite like Cook, but he does know how to make his pages fly—which is what made last year's dull Blindsight so unforgivable. Read full book review >

DEGREE OF GUILT by Richard North Patterson
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 1, 1993

"Patterson's target audience seems to be everybody who's ever read a book—and most of them will consider it money well-spent. (First printing of 250,000)"
Finally, a courtroom drama to rival Presumed Innocent: The scandal-strewn, hugely entertaining story of what happens after a glamorous TV reporter shoots America's most famous writer in his San Francisco hotel room. Read full book review >
PRIVATE PRACTICES by Stephen White
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 1, 1993

"Book us for another session, please. (First printing of 35,000)"
If White is to be believed, clinical psychology ranks as a dangerous profession right up there with police work, firefighting, and livery-cab driving. Read full book review >
PRIMAL FEAR by William Diehl
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 1, 1993

"It'll make a great movie, though. (Film rights to Paramount)"
Though Diehl never breaks new thriller-ground, he generally does a fine job of hoeing others' rows—from the cop-novel Sharky's Machine (1978) through the mob novel Hooligans (1984) and the Nazi- conspiracy novel 27 (1990). Read full book review >
RED BRIDE by Christopher Fowler
THRILLERS
Released: Jan. 1, 1993

"For some readers, the willing suspension of disbelief will snap before everything's tied up."
Satan and the supernatural worm their way into the British film scene via a glamorous model who vamps a hitherto straight-arrow publicist. Read full book review >
DEATHRIGHT by Dev Stryker
THRILLERS
Released: Jan. 1, 1993

"Cold-eyed Billy Starr never would've relied on such a feeble cover story."
``It was preposterous. Read full book review >
GOODLOW'S GHOSTS by T.M. Wright
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 1, 1993

"The entire novel's a bit ghostly itself: eerie, but so thin you can see right through it."
Slackly plotted though occasionally spooky yarn about Boston- area ghosts—and the hardcover debut of psychic detective Ryerson Biergarten, whose cases Wright (Little Boy Lost, p. 498, etc.) has covered in several pseudonymous (``F.W. Armstrong'') paperbacks. Read full book review >
THE WEREWOLVES OF LONDON by Brian Stableford
THRILLERS
Released: Dec. 15, 1992

"Exposition-ridden but way off in a class of its own."
First work in an overarching eschatalogical trilogy about fallen angels that, when done, may well become a classic science fantasy. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Luis Alberto Urrea
April 21, 2015

Examining the borders between one nation and another, between one person and another, Luis Alberto Urrea’s latest story collection, The Water Museum, reveals his mastery of the short form. This collection includes the Edgar-award winning "Amapola" and his now-classic "Bid Farewell to Her Many Horses," which had the honor of being chosen for NPR's "Selected Shorts" not once but twice. Urrea has also recently published a poetry collection, Tijuana Book of the Dead, mixing lyricism and colloquial voices, mysticism and the daily grind. We talk to Urrea about both of his new books this week on Kirkus TV. View video >