Thrillers Book Reviews (page 2)

RIVER ROAD by Carol Goodman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 19, 2016

"A tired plot and the cliché of a heroine who does exactly what the police have asked her not to do make this a thin read."
A series of deaths on a snowy road plunges a college professor into the middle of a mystery. Read full book review >
A SONG FOR THE BROKENHEARTED by William Shaw
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 19, 2016

"In this conclusion to a thoroughly gripping trilogy, Shaw draws incisive attention to little-known historical events and crafts a wholly satisfying thriller."
A cold case involving a former police officer's sister becomes linked to a current series of gruesome murders in 1969 London. Read full book review >

ORPHAN X by Gregg Hurwitz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 19, 2016

"With his digital-age The Avenger, Hurwitz races by minor plot holes and spins a web of relentless intrigue with bursts of tensely sketched violence."
Kicking off a new series, Hurwitz (Don't Look Back, 2014, etc.) sets young Evan Smoak, a one-time government assassin, to work as a pro bono equalizer—one call brings a criminal to justice.Read full book review >
THE CROOKED HOUSE by Christobel Kent
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 12, 2016

"Bleak, suspenseful writing keeps the momentum high despite a surfeit of characters and contrivances."
Thirteen years later, a young woman who survived the slaughter of her family returns to the scene of the crime. Read full book review >
SUPERNOTES by Agent Kasper
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 12, 2016

"This translation from Italian is a fast, exciting read inspired by a real agent who risked his life combatting the problem of counterfeiting on an international scale."
A based-on-fact thriller about escaping from captivity in a Cambodian hellhole. Read full book review >

THE 8TH CIRCLE by Sarah Cain
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 12, 2016

"This dark debut isn't for everyone, but it's great for what it is: tight, well-crafted, and nasty. It nails the noir."
This dark thriller is a fast-paced plunge into a hell that reeks of sex and blood. Read full book review >
THE BITTER SEASON by Tami Hoag
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 12, 2016

"This tense psychological thriller shows Hoag at the top of her game."
In Hoag's (Cold, Cold Heart, 2015, etc.) latest, Minneapolis homicide detective Sam Kovac has been separated from his longtime partner, the diminutive yet hard-charging Nikki Liska. Read full book review >
THE LOCKER by Adrian Magson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 8, 2016

"What's most compelling here is not what's lost but who's been sent in to find it: Gonzalez and Vaslik make an appealingly mismatched investigative unit."
The safe return of a kidnapped child hinges on her aid-worker father, whose international ties might not be as altruistic as they first appear. Read full book review >
AFTER THE CRASH by Michel Bussi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"Lots of initial promise, but the plot proves improbable and the execution melodramatic."
A plane crash and the identity of its lone survivor form the delicious premise for Bussi's novel. Read full book review >
VAGABOND by Gerald Seymour
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"An author who seemingly can do no wrong, British spymaster Seymour delivers another first-rate effort—this one focused on an old-fashioned hero facing up to new challenges."
Twenty years after the IRA declared a cease-fire in Northern Ireland, a small, unreconstructed group of its members are plotting to buy weapons from a Russian arms dealer. A legendary runner of agents for MI5 known as Vagabond is called out of self-imposed retirement to thwart their efforts to stir up trouble. Read full book review >
THE RATABAN BETRAYAL by Stephen Alter
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"Best known for his nonfiction (Becoming a Mountain, 2015, etc.), Alter delivers an engaging international thriller."
When an American missionary working as a CIA agent is murdered in Mussoorie, a hill station in the Himalayas near India's border with Tibet, American and Indian intelligence suspect China is behind the killing. Read full book review >
THE FIRST ORDER by Jeff Abbott
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"Abbott loads his story with entertaining plot twists, not all of which make perfect sense, but the bond and betrayal between the two brothers add emotional depth to the action."
An epic struggle between two brothers throws Russian-American relations in jeopardy during this strong installment of Abbott's series (Inside Man, 2014, etc.) featuring ex-CIA sleuth Sam Capra. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >