Thrillers Book Reviews (page 500)

SILENT SON by Gallatin Warfield
Released: June 6, 1994

It's not easy to carve out a niche in the increasingly crowded field of legal intrigue, and you have to admire the ingenuity of Warfield's approach: a courtroom mystery with no mystery. Read full book review >
A MAP OF THE WORLD by Jane Hamilton
Released: June 3, 1994

"Unforgettably, beat by beat, Hamilton maps the best and worst of the human heart and all the mysterious, uncharted country in between. (Book-of-the-Month Club alternate selection; Quality Paperback Book Club alternate selection; author tour)"
Hamilton's second novel will inevitably invite comparison with Jane Smiley's A Thousand Acres—it too is a big book about a farm family's fall from grace—but the author of The Book of Ruth (1988), winner of the PEN/Hemingway award for the best first novel, carves out her own territory in a strong, compelling story. Read full book review >

JUBILEE by Robert McCrum
Released: June 2, 1994

"Although McCrum is an expert at both deceiving and enlightening the reader, the high stakes of both the political and filial dramas are never made plausible, and this intricate mystery falls flat."
A clever but unconvincing suspense novel from the author of four previous novels (Mainland, 1992, etc.). Read full book review >
WHITE SHARK by Peter Benchley
Released: June 1, 1994

"Benchley's still drifting with the same current he navigated over two decades ago. (Literary Guild main selection; author tour)"
Benchley's (Jaws, 1974) latest chiller is a briskly entertaining, albeit predictable yarn set in his familiar literary spawning grounds. Read full book review >
THE CONCRETE BLONDE by Michael Connelly
Released: June 1, 1994

"But the charming, if retro, writing ('The courtroom seemed as silent as a dead man's heart') and the lurid thrills make this gem as lovable as any tale of serial murder can be."
Veteran crime reporter Connelly's (The Black Ice, 1993) third novel deftly blends cop thriller and courtroom drama in a darkly gripping tale structured around a set of gruesome serial killings. Read full book review >

SHOOTING AT LOONS by Margaret Maron
Released: June 1, 1994

"What makes this novel special is her ability to bring this web of conflicts to subtle, vivid life while still leaving Deborah time for a good man and some great shellfish. (Mystery Guild selection)"
Filling in for an ailing jurist on the North Carolina coast, Judge Deborah Knott (Southern Discomfort, 1993) is welcomed to Harkers Island by an unpleasant discovery: the body of neighboring Andy Bynum, founder of the Independent Fishers Alliance. Read full book review >
BURIAL by Graham Masterton
Released: June 1, 1994

"Should Indian spirits ever really take their revenge, with any luck the sinkhole will open under Burial and send it where it belongs."
Modern America is in peril of being sucked down the spiritual drain by dead, angry Indians in this follow-up to Manitou and Revenge of the Manitou (both not reviewed). Read full book review >
SêANCE FOR A VAMPIRE by Fred Saberhagen
Released: June 1, 1994

"A clever idea, appealingly and persuasively set forth, but about halfway through, the uncomplicated plot subsides into aimless twiddling."
Saberhagen's revisionist Dracula series (A Question of Time, 1992) features the count as a sharing and caring New Vampire who also happens to be a relative of Sherlock Holmes. Dr. Watson, capably assisted by the count, relates how, in 1903, Kulakov, a mad Russian vampire of 18th-century origin, sets in motion a plan to recover some missing jewels from the prosperous Altamont family. Read full book review >
FLESH AND BLOOD by James Neal Harvey
Released: May 30, 1994

"EWSLUGPS: They're all guilty."
The death of Sen. Read full book review >
CORRUPTION by Andrew Klavan
Released: May 25, 1994

"A suspenseful, gritty look at what crawls under the apparently innocent surface of a small American town."
The primal passions erupting in a small New York town depicted here by two-time Edgar winner Klavan (Animal Hour, 1993) gather with the force of a brush fire sweeping through dry grass. Read full book review >
THE FIST OF GOD by Frederick Forsyth
Released: May 16, 1994

"Despite some lingering loose ends and a trail of extraneous coincidence, The Fist of God—with its mix of secret war councils, confidential memos, super sleuthing, and military fireworks—should satisfy die-hard fans of espionage yarns. (Book-of-the-Month Club main selection)"
Readers who are intrigued by behind-the-scenes machinations of the Gulf War can eavesdrop on the major players as well as some fictional creations in this workmanlike thriller from the author of The Day of the Jackal (1971) and The Odessa File (1972). Read full book review >
Released: May 16, 1994

"There's more, much more, in this quagmire of a plot, bogged down with paper-thin characters, heavy-handed whimsy, a denouement that defies belief, and a heroine who grows ever more unappealing. (Author tour)"
A ninth adventure for Farberville's nosy bookstore owner Claire Malloy (Poisoned Pins, 1993, etc.). Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Marie Lu
September 29, 2015

In the second installment of Marie Lu’s Young Elites series, The Rose Society, Adelina Amouteru’s heart has suffered at the hands of both family and friends, turning her down the bitter path of revenge. Now known and feared as the White Wolf, she and her sister flee Kenettra to find other Young Elites in the hopes of building her own army of allies. Her goal: to strike down the Inquisition Axis, the white-cloaked soldiers who nearly killed her. But Adelina is no heroine. Her powers, fed only by fear and hate, have started to grow beyond her control. She does not trust her newfound Elite friends. Teren Santoro, leader of the Inquisition, wants her dead. And her former friends, Raffaele and the Dagger Society, want to stop her thirst for vengeance. Adelina struggles to cling to the good within her. But how can someone be good, when her very existence depends on darkness? “The direction of this trilogy's conclusion is left refreshingly difficult to predict,” our reviewer writes. View video >