Thrillers Book Reviews (page 76)

THE FACE by Dean Koontz
THRILLERS
Released: May 27, 2003

"High art? Mm, maybe, let's wait and see—and does it matter anyway?"
Koontz flexes his muscles and sets forth like a demigod to create his most strongly anchored novel since 1995's Intensity, a work sheathed with darkness and wreathed with wiry metaphor. Read full book review >
SIMS by
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 23, 2003

"Large sales loom."
A big medical thriller about genetics and Dr. Wilson's most intriguing tale since The Keep (1981). Read full book review >

WILL@EPICQWEST.COM by Tom Grimes
THRILLERS
Released: May 15, 2003

"The unwitting laughter he steadily evokes, page by page, makes Grimes (City of God, 1995) a joyous dark humorist."
Dystopian satire on the Information Age and medicated students that may well charm its way intravenously into the hearts of younger readers. Read full book review >
FIRST DEGREE by David Rosenfelt
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 14, 2003

"Rosenfelt's got it all—canny invention, snappy dialogue, deftly managed legal conflicts, startling surprises—and he displays it all with an economy that should make his courtroom brethren hang their heads in shame."
Call Andy Carpenter a starry-eyed idealist, but when one Geoffrey Stynes walks into his Paterson, New Jersey, law office and announces that he's the man who cut off bent Lt. Read full book review >
PERSUADER by Lee Child
THRILLERS
Released: May 13, 2003

"Wily plotting, swift pacing, mordant wit: Child is one skillful writer."
Surprise tops nasty surprise when former MP Jack Reacher stalks a nemesis from the past. Read full book review >

NAKED PREY by John Sandford
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 12, 2003

"Nonstop drive, dialogue that amuses and surprises, deft characterizations. But most notable of what Sandford continues to do—better, perhaps, than anyone in crime fiction—is humanize his monsters: that makes for a special kind of creepiness."
By the time a series gets appreciably past its salad days, the signs of writer fatigue are usually unmistakable. Which is what makes this 14th outing from Sandford so remarkable: the brilliant Prey series goes bopping along, taking steps two at a time, acting like your basic spring chicken. Read full book review >
THE REVENANTS by Geoffrey Farrington
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 23, 2003

"Far superior to most of Anne Rice's empurpled Gothicism, and, quite possibly, the best vampire novel since Dracula."
The ghoulish misdeeds and conflicted psychology of the undead are memorably explored in this classic supernatural thriller, published in England in 1983 and previously unavailable in the US. Read full book review >
SHUTTER ISLAND by Dennis Lehane
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 15, 2003

"After an extraordinarily humane series of neo-noirs (Mystic River, 2001, etc.), Lehane has produced a brilliantly far-fetched page-turner that's sure to be the most talked-about thriller of the year."
A pair of US Marshals are sent to an island-bound institution for the criminally insane to find an escaped murderer—in Lehane's lollapalooza of a corkscrew thriller. Read full book review >
SAFE IN HEAVEN DEAD by Samuel Ligon
THRILLERS
Released: April 4, 2003

"An expertly motivated debut that moves briskly and doesn't lose sight of its affecting purpose."
A superbly convincing first novel about a family man driven, through personal and professional crises, to drift from home. Read full book review >
SHADOW WITHOUT A NAME by Ignacio Padilla
THRILLERS
Released: April 1, 2003

"Extraordinarily clever, and quite moving. A brilliant US debut."
Impersonation, mistaken identity, and subterfuge are the elements juggled with hellish precision in this dizzyingly intricate historical, the first of its prizewinning Mexican author's to appear in English translation. Read full book review >
THE DISCRETE CHARM OF CHARLIE MONK by David Ambrose
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 17, 2003

"Another all-nighter whose thinly real opening half sets up a dumfounding series of payoffs."
The Great Ambrose returns (Superstition, 1998) for another paranormal thriller that may lack the philosophical darkness of Philip K. Dick but has all of Dick's endless identity inversions and reversals. Read full book review >
KEEPING WATCH by Laurie R. King
THRILLERS
Released: March 4, 2003

A gripping, intricately plotted psychological thriller, full of subtle twists. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Nelson DeMille
author of RADIANT ANGEL
May 26, 2015

After a showdown with the notorious Yemeni terrorist known as The Panther, in Nelson DeMille’s latest suspense novel Radiant Angel, NYPD detective John Corey has left the Anti-Terrorist Task Force and returned home to New York City, taking a job with the Diplomatic Surveillance Group. Although Corey's new assignment with the DSG-surveilling Russian diplomats working at the U.N. Mission-is thought to be "a quiet end," he is more than happy to be out from under the thumb of the FBI and free from the bureaucracy of office life. But Corey realizes something the U.S. government doesn't: The all-too-real threat of a newly resurgent Russia. “Perfect summer beach reading, with or without margaritas, full of Glock-and-boat action,” our reviewer writes. View video >