Thrillers Book Reviews (page 500)

MORTAL SIN by Paul Levine
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 22, 1994

"Jake's open-minded approach to the practice of law makes for more knockabout entertainment—though, here, it's less riotous and satisfyingly twisty than earlier adventures."
After his wild excursion into international intrigue in False Dawn (1993), Dolphin-trained lawyer Jake Lassiter returns to the courtroom to defend another of his guilty-as-hell clients in a negligence suit that blossoms into the civil equivalent of a murder trial—and then sets Jake against his own murderous client. Read full book review >
THE MOONS OF SUMMER by S.K. Epperson
THRILLERS
Released: Feb. 22, 1994

"Not so much scary as flat-out incredible."
Baffled by his teenaged daughter Adele's truculent promiscuity, widowed Chicago newspaperman Guy Driscoll whisks her off to his birthplace, cozy Colson, Kansas—``a small town where you hoped she'd pick up some values and morals and maybe do something nice with her hair.'' If he'd known he was taking her into another of Epperson's Kansas gothics (Borderland, Nightmare, etc.), he might have saved the plane fare. Read full book review >

THE SELECT by
THRILLERS
Released: Feb. 18, 1994

"Opens strongly but that feeble chase-ending defeats praise."
Wilson switches from horror (Nightworld, 1992) to medical suspense and strikes notes that harmonize Robin Cook's Coma with John Grisham's The Firm and The Pelican Brief. Read full book review >
LET US PREY by Bill Branon
THRILLERS
Released: Feb. 16, 1994

"Branon's outlaws, the nonpolitical ones, are appealing, funny, and, in their loyalty to each other, rather nice. (First printing of 100,000)"
A raffish lot of gamblers, assassins, and hookers unwittingly involve themselves in a mammoth anti-democratic conspiracy and then try to undo it. Read full book review >
BODY OF A CRIME by Michael C. Eberhardt
THRILLERS
Released: Feb. 10, 1994

It's no longer enough for a lawyer to win that big case; now he's got to turn it into a novel, as California attorney Eberhardt does in this tale of a dis-embodied murder trial, inspired by a similar case he defended ten years ago. Read full book review >

HAUNTED by Joyce Carol Oates
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 10, 1994

"Like swallowing live mice."
Surging intensity floods nearly every page of Oates's 18th hardcover collection (Where Is Here?, 1992, etc. etc.), these devoted to explorations of the grotesque. Read full book review >
A HIGH PRESSURE SYSTEM by Ken Gross
THRILLERS
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

Queens Borough President John Fasio is finally taking the cue from his manipulative assistant Murray Gerber and allowing himself to stand for the New York mayor's job when the current mayor resigns to run for governor. Read full book review >
FACE VALUE by Lia Matera
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"Matera's look at the dehumanizing power of sexual manipulation- -the computer re-imaging plot here cuts much deeper than the gimmickry of Rising Sun—is so unblinking that you'll look right past the story's coincidences in your hurry to get to the hair-raising finale."
Where on earth does Laura di Palma (``my primary areas of specialty are bankruptcy and corporate litigation'') get the weird criminal clients who keep her in business? Read full book review >
UNDER THE BONE by Anne-christine d'Adesky
THRILLERS
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"Too much a documented brief, too little a case for the imagination."
A disappointing first novel from a Haitian-American journalist that—despite a detailed rendering of the horrors of Haitian life- -is a work of docufiction relying on nasty docufacts rather than on the even nastier but more instructive workings of the human heart. Read full book review >
BONDAGE by Patti Davis
THRILLERS
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"America, America."
If you've seen the title and the author's name and you're still reading, you must want the skinny. Read full book review >
EXTRAORDINARY POWERS by Joseph Finder
THRILLERS
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"The complex story purrs along like a high-powered race car loaded with options, even though it all boils down to Telepathic Man and a bunch of lesser guys with guns after the big score. (First printing of 100,000)"
Soviet spy maven Finder (The Moscow Club, 1991) adapts to the disappearance of the Red Menace—without missing a step—by following the trail of $10 billion spirited out of Russia to protect it from hard-liners: a fortune in gold that's rearranging a lot of loyalties from Moscow to Washington. Read full book review >
KISS OF THE WOLF by Jim Shepard
THRILLERS
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"Grab this one."
Tense, heartbreaking family drama with an underworld angle— for his fourth novel, Shepard returns to the world of Flights (1983): Italian-Americans in small-town Connecticut. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Vanessa Diffenbaugh
September 1, 2015

Vanessa Diffenbaugh is the New York Timesbestselling author of The Language of Flowers; her new novel, We Never Asked for Wings, is about young love, hard choices, and hope against all odds. For 14 years, Letty Espinosa has worked three jobs around San Francisco to make ends meet while her mother raised her children—Alex, now 15, and Luna, six—in their tiny apartment on a forgotten spit of wetlands near the bay. But now Letty’s parents are returning to Mexico, and Letty must step up and become a mother for the first time in her life. “Diffenbaugh’s latest confirms her gift for creating shrewd, sympathetic charmers,” our reviewer writes. View video >