Thrillers Book Reviews (page 500)

LIVE TO REGRET by Terence Faherty
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Sept. 21, 1992

"Minimal detective work here, but a heady read nonetheless."
An introspective second appearance for former seminarian- turned-investigator Owen Keane (Deadstick), who's now hired by his old college friend's father to watch over the grieving Harry—in the midst of a ``spiritual crisis''—and, if possible, to return him to the family legal fold. Read full book review >
NIGHTMARE FLOWER by Elizabeth Engstrom
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 18, 1992

"Often inventive and fanciful, pat and pulpy, goose-bump yarns, many of which have appeared in horror, fantasy, and sf mags."
Engstrom, author of the interesting Lizzie Borden (1991), has labored in the horror genre before (When Darkness Loves Us, 1985) with uncertain results. Read full book review >

SHAMAN by Noah Gordon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 15, 1992

"The story moves too fast to develop either characters or scenes deeply, but it's a good read and has a refreshing approach to the frontier as part of a larger culture, not an isolated place where people did nothing but murder each other."
Gordon (The Physician, The Jerusalem Diamond, etc.) offers two fictionalized generations of doctoring on the Illinois frontier from 1839 to 1865, covering such medical history as the advent of hygiene and anesthesia. Read full book review >
BEST NEW HORROR 3 by Stephen Jones
THRILLERS
Released: Sept. 15, 1992

"Not to be missed by any serious fan."
Through intelligent selection and commentary, Jones (ed. Read full book review >
DEFENDING BILLY RYAN by George V. Higgins
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Sept. 10, 1992

"So, though short on Victories-like shape and substance, this is shaggily entertaining—and another distinct, if minor, confirmation of Higgins's unique command of rueful language and rude incident."
Higgins produces a novel just about every year whether he's got a great idea for one or not. Read full book review >

BACKFIRE by Eric Sauter
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 8, 1992

"More, please."
Psycho punk kidnaps politico's runaway daughter: a second case for Philadelphia cop Patrick Paige (Skeletons, 1990). Read full book review >
TRICK OF THE EYE by Jane Stanton Hitchcock
THRILLERS
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Pure pleasure for psychological-suspense fans."
Dramatist Stanton's first novel is a thoroughly satisfying thriller—simultaneously luscious and ladylike as it traces the cat-and-mouse relationship between a wealthy old New York dowager and the solitary artist she hires to help re-create her past. Read full book review >
NO DEADLY DRUG by Tom Ferguson
THRILLERS
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Bad medicine."
A suspense debut—from medical writer Ferguson and Graedon (coauthor of The People's Pharmacy)—in which spectacular cerebrovascular accidents fell Californians like ninepins. Read full book review >
PREY by Ken Goddard
THRILLERS
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Not for the fainthearted."
Rogue bureaucrats, international terrorists, Cajun outlaws, and the odd carnivore gang up on a heavily outnumbered undercover team from the US Fish and Wildlife Service. Read full book review >
I, TITUBA, BLACK WITCH OF SALEM by Maryse Conde
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Tituba deserves better."
Caribbean-born CondÇ (Segu, 1987; The Children of Segu, 1989; and see below) gives questionable life to Tituba, one of the accused and subsequently released witches of Salem, in a novel of some conflicting purpose. Read full book review >
THE YEAR'S BEST FANTASY AND HORROR by Ellen Datlow
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 18, 1992

"Pity the price tag has left orbit and was last seen heading for Mars."
Another mammoth and eclectic collection of 44 tales and six poems drawn from 1991's short-format output. Read full book review >
FALSE PROFITS by David Everson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 13, 1992

"Lumpen prose but an interesting premise—Lincoln's culpability—and although the Church of the Latter-day Saints has been rendered better (the Moroni Traveller series), this is a step up from Everson's last outing."
Bobby Miles, low-tech Springfield, Illinois, p.i. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Bill Browder
author of RED NOTICE
March 24, 2015

Bill Browder’s Red Notice is a nonfiction political thriller about an American financier in the Wild East of Russia, the murder of his principled young tax attorney, and his mission to expose the Kremlin’s corruption. In 2007, a group of Russian law enforcement officers raided Browder’s offices in Moscow and stole $230 million of taxes that his fund’s companies had paid to the Russian government. Browder’s attorney Sergei Magnitsky investigated the incident and uncovered a sprawling criminal enterprise. A month after Sergei testified against the officials involved, he was arrested and thrown into pre-trial detention, where he was tortured for a year. On November 16, 2009, he was led to an isolation chamber, handcuffed to a bedrail, and beaten to death by eight guards in full riot gear. “It may be that ‘Russian stories never have happy endings,’ ” our reviewer writes about Red Notice, “but Browder’s account more than compensates by ferociously unmasking Putin’s thugocracy.” View video >