Thrillers Book Reviews (page 4)

BLOOD, SALT, WATER by Denise Mina
Released: Dec. 1, 2015

"Mina never stints on the criminal conspiracy or gallows humor, but some of her nightmare landscapes are molded more firmly than others. This one is sad and piercingly perceptive on small matters, but its big picture is less coherent."
DI Alex Morrow, whose fifth case takes her away from the depressing world of Mina's Glasgow (The Red Road, 2014, etc.), finds life just as sordid on the shores of Loch Lomond, even for locals who aren't getting murdered.Read full book review >
CINDERELLA GIRL by Carin Gerhardsen
Released: Dec. 1, 2015

"The incoherent and poorly defined plot drowns under the weight of an ocean of unlikely coincidences."
An elderly woman struggles to find an abandoned 3-year-old, a young woman turns up dead while her baby son fights for his life, and the body of a 16-year-old girl is discovered on a ferry to Finland in Gerhardsen's Swedish police procedural. Read full book review >

THE SHORT DROP by Matthew FitzSimmons
Released: Dec. 1, 2015

"Writing with swift efficiency, FitzSimmons shows why the stakes are high, the heroes suitably tarnished, and the bad guys a pleasure to foil—even though, with so many sharpies playing so many angles, it's hard to care when, or even whether, any single fish takes the bait."
A disgraced computer hacker gets a chance at redemption when the case that turned him to the dark side 10 years ago gets reopened in this sturdy debut thriller. Read full book review >
MEMORANDOM by Anders de la Motte
Released: Dec. 1, 2015

"Following up his popular Game Trilogy (Bubble, 2014, etc.), de la Motte keeps the reader guessing in this tale of an amnesiac cop and an informant whose very existence we sometimes doubt."
His memory erased by a stroke and a violent car crash, Stockholm police intelligence officer David Sarac is pressured from all sides—not all of them as friendly as they appear—to dredge up information pointing to the whereabouts of his top informant. Read full book review >
Last Stop: Paris by John  Pearce
Released: Dec. 1, 2015

"An exhilarating journey that will satisfy the most avid thriller reader."
A full-throttle adventure through modern Europe and the Mediterranean in a book that's part thriller, part mystery, and all rollicking ride. Read full book review >

Death of a Messenger by Robert B. McCaw
Released: Dec. 1, 2015

"A tautly paced, impressively accomplished police procedural marking the beginning of a promising mystery series."
Hawaii forms the lush backdrop for a veteran detective's attempt to foil a grisly murder plot involving priceless looted artifacts. Read full book review >
ProxyWar by DS Kane
Released: Nov. 27, 2015

"The latest adventure in a series that only grows more engaging with each installment."
In the sixth book in Kane's (Baksheesh Bribes, 2015, etc.) Spies Lie series, a motley crew of spies, hackers, and mercenaries unite to stop China and Russia from declaring war on the United States.Read full book review >
Fractures by Will James
Released: Nov. 26, 2015

"A beautiful dose of carnal mayhem set in Purgatory."
This debut fantasy thriller finds an assassin taken out of the killing game only to be thrust into a surreal plot to dethrone a deity. Read full book review >
Mr. Mayhem by Jeff Widmer
Released: Nov. 24, 2015

"Eccentricity at its finest in a detective story and proof that a flawed protagonist can still earn sympathy."
A publicist for a crime tour drums up business by hiring a mercy killer, but his murderous employee may be choosing his own victims in this thriller. Read full book review >
Jobmobbers by Patricia Komar
Released: Nov. 21, 2015

"A gratifying, pertinent tale of a woman facing her monsters—white-collar ones."
Workplace bullying may take a fatal turn when someone tampers with a tormented co-worker's automobile in Komar's (The Ghost in the Hollows, 2014) thriller. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 20, 2015

"Redondo introduces way too many named characters, many of whom are ultimately irrelevant; readers will need to keep a list to figure out who's who in this muddled thriller."
Set in the Spanish Basque country, Redondo's novel explores a string of horrific murders and the rumors that swirl around them. Read full book review >
IVORY by Tony Park
Released: Nov. 17, 2015

"A compelling tale filled with tension, blood, and a disturbing moral question: will humans stop killing Africa's large animals before they become extinct?"
A fast-moving thriller set in South Africa and the Indian Ocean. 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 >