Thrillers Book Reviews (page 76)

NO WAY TO TREAT A FIRST LADY by Christopher Buckley
Released: Oct. 15, 2002

"Unspeakably and endlessly funny. Unless you're a former president."
Wicked humorist Buckley shoots fish in a barrel and makes them dance. Read full book review >
THE TORN SKIRT by Rebecca Godfrey
Released: Oct. 15, 2002

"Giving witness yet again to the self-created drama of adolescence: a serious bullet of a book."
Teenage angst gets a surprisingly honest and effective rendering from a bright new voice. Read full book review >

12/6/2010 by Martin Cruz Smith
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"Intelligent, jazzy, romantic, unbelievably tense, completely absorbing. Worth the wait."
War-ready Japan becomes as nostalgically wonderful as the doomed central Europe of Alan Furst in the latest masterwork from the author of Gorky Park. Read full book review >
LULLABY by Chuck Palahniuk
Released: Sept. 17, 2002

"Outrageous, darkly comic fun of the sort you'd expect from Palahniuk."
The latest comic outrage from Palahniuk (Choke, 2001, etc.) concerns a lethal African poem, an unwitting serial killer, a haunted-house broker, and a frozen baby. In other words, the usual Palahniuk fare. Read full book review >
THE SMOKE by Tony Broadbent
Released: Sept. 16, 2002

"First of a series: with lovable, larcenous Jethro a good bet to steal hearts on both sides of the Atlantic."
Most days, young Jethro's a bloke like any other, but stick a glim in his turtledoves and skels in his pocket, and he's on his way to becoming just about the cleverest creeper in the Smoke. Read full book review >

DECIPHER by Stel Pavlou
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Small print, big picture. Pavlou's masterpiece doesn't let us off easy."
Spellbinding mainstream science-fiction spectacular. Read full book review >
SAVED by Kate Morgenroth
Released: Aug. 1, 2002

"An appealing heroine supported by savvy plotting. Morgenroth's second outing (Kill Me First, 1999) proves again that she knows how to weave a spell."
First-rate thriller about a Coast Guard helicopter pilot crazier than most—a woman! Read full book review >
REVENGE by Stephen Fry
Released: July 23, 2002

"Engrossing from the start: one of the year's most intelligent and entertaining stories."
English actor/novelist Fry (Moab Is My Washpot, 1999, etc.) offers a brilliant, biting, and hilarious account of a schoolboy prank that turns into an international incident and a private quest for vengeance. Read full book review >
HUNTED PAST REASON by Richard Matheson
Released: July 1, 2002

"Consistently inverts familiar situations and makes them spiritual learning moments; even the fan-satisfying shocker climax is enriched with irony. First-rate suspense."
Elder suspense master Matheson's masterpiece, far stronger than his famed chillers (Nightmare at 20,000 Feet, 2002, etc.). Read full book review >
WHITE MALE INFANT by Barbara D’Amato
Released: July 1, 2002

"Like a contemporary Anne Perry, D'Amato looses the dogs of suspense against an all-too-plausible scenario of epidemic social injustice. The heart-rending, page-turning result is irresistible."
An expertly muckraking thriller that exposes a particularly vicious baby-selling racket. Read full book review >
THE BLOOD DOCTOR by Barbara Vine
Released: July 1, 2002

"A dense, dazzling exploration of the biographer as detective, and of the truism that blood will tell."
Biographer Martin Nanther turns detective when he attempts a life of the great-grandfather who earned the family its peerage and its curse—in Ruth Rendell's tenth suspenser under the Vine byline (Grasshopper, 2000, etc.), a meticulous tale that moves with the balefully majestic force of a submerged iceberg. Read full book review >
MONEY TO BURN by James Zagel
Released: June 10, 2002

"A deft, elegantly written tour de force."
Debut thriller about the looting of a Federal Reserve Bank by thieves both morally irredeemable and close to irresistible. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Luis Alberto Urrea
April 21, 2015

Examining the borders between one nation and another, between one person and another, Luis Alberto Urrea’s latest story collection, The Water Museum, reveals his mastery of the short form. This collection includes the Edgar-award winning "Amapola" and his now-classic "Bid Farewell to Her Many Horses," which had the honor of being chosen for NPR's "Selected Shorts" not once but twice. Urrea has also recently published a poetry collection, Tijuana Book of the Dead, mixing lyricism and colloquial voices, mysticism and the daily grind. We talk to Urrea about both of his new books this week on Kirkus TV. View video >