Thrillers Book Reviews (page 500)

THE MOUNTAIN MASSACRES by David Champion
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 1, 1995

"Think of those quaintly efficient Perry Mason TV shows, before they got swollen to monstrous two-hour telemovies."
Don't get your hopes up—three of the four victims in mountainous Angleton, Calif., are Bart O'Neil's dogs, shot by Bart's neighbor Alf Ritchie after one of them kills Alf's dog. Read full book review >
SHELLEY'S HEART by Charles McCarry
THRILLERS
Released: June 1, 1995

Millennial politics in 2001, in a sumptuous sequel to McCarry's long-running series about secret agent Paul Christopher's family (Second Sight, 1991, etc.). Read full book review >

SHOW OF EVIL by William Diehl
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1995

"Will score no points with the mental-health community, which looks smug, stupid and flat-out dangerous thanks to one Dr. Woodward, but a tense and often scary read for the rest of us. (First printing of 100,000)"
Diehl expertly juggles three murder investigations in a high- octane legal thriller, his follow-up to Primal Fear (1992). Read full book review >
THE PLAN by Stephen J. Cannell
THRILLERS
Released: June 1, 1995

"Early touches of Carl Jung and Joseph Campbell awaken hopes for a superior thriller—but TV scriptwriter Cannell (The Rockford Files, The Commish, etc.) trots out the same old song and dance."
First novel and political thriller about the Mafia setting up an unknown Rhode Island governor to nab the US presidency. Read full book review >
DON'T CRY NOW by Joy Fielding
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1995

"Domestic menace at its most menacing. (Author tour)"
Another suburban supermom in peril, from a master of the supermom-in-peril genre (Tell Me No Secrets, 1993, etc.). ``You're in danger. Read full book review >

THE MAGNATES by Susan Crosland
THRILLERS
Released: June 1, 1995

"All the right elements for a revealing look into the lifestyles of the rich, powerful, and sometimes depraved, but reminiscent of a by-the-numbers painting—with most of the lines still showing."
A rather predictable mix of politics, power, and sex from London Sunday Times political columnist and author Crosland (Dangerous Games, 1992, etc.). Read full book review >
SECOND SKIN by Eric Van Lustbader
THRILLERS
Released: June 1, 1995

"Vacation fun."
The sixth semioccult in the Nicholas Linnear series dances between generations, summons up characters from earlier novels, and deals with time past almost like Proust. Read full book review >
DESIGNER CRIMES by Lia Matera
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 1, 1995

"Laura's fifth appearance (Face Value, 1994, etc.) may be her best one yet."
Laura Di Palma can be hazardous to your health. Read full book review >
FRESH KILLS by Carolyn Wheat
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 1, 1995

"Enough devious plotting for a dozen mysteries—and a hundred nightmares about adoptive parenthood."
From the word go, Brooklyn lawyer Cass Jameson—back for a third outing (Where Nobody Dies, 1986, etc.)—smells something funny about her friend Marla Hennessey's request that Cass represent pregnant Amber Lundquist, who's agreed to give up her baby to Marla's clients, Josh and Ellie Greenspan. Read full book review >
UNINVITED by James Gabriel Berman
THRILLERS
Released: June 1, 1995

"The recent novel it most resembles is Austin Wright's Tony and Susan, rewritten by a precocious 12-year-old."
Berman's first novel is an anti-mystery about an affectless young man accused of killing the entire family of a woman he's been obsessed with for most of his life. Read full book review >
THE APOCALYPSE WATCH by Robert Ludlum
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 1, 1995

"Assassins dance forward at a nudge from the mouse on Ludlum's keyboard—but it's all fun, death left and right, Harry's head blown apart, the chests of Nazi guards bursting from Drew's auto-repeat silencer, all bloody great fun—and relatively mature Ludlum."
The return of the neo-Nazis, known here as the Brotherhood of the Watch, signals the rise of the Fourth Reich, a group once again bent on world domination. Read full book review >
TOMBS by Edward E.  Kramer
THRILLERS
Released: June 1, 1995

"Enjoyable."
A thematic anthology consisting of 21 original tales, a poem, and an utterly deranged introduction from Forrest J. Ackerman. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >