``I've been rereading Briarpatch by Ross Thomas, a too-little-known thriller writer. The book was published 25 years ago, and the world events are a little dated, but Thomas knows just when to be funny, just how to build suspense and just what he needs to do to surprise us. Briarpatch starts with a car bomb explosion and ends with . . . well, that's the great fun of it. Thomas is a master.''
-- MICHAEL WILEY, author of The Bad Kitty Lounge