Thrillers Book Reviews (page 9)

2016 by James Force
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"A credulity-straining thriller that could be a guilty pleasure for nondiscriminating genre fans."
A millennial worker at the Chicago Board of Trade is framed for murder in this conspiracy thriller. Read full book review >
The Theta Prophecy by Chris Dietzel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 28, 2015

"A terrifying glimpse at a believable future."
Dietzel (The Last Teacher, 2015, etc.) offers a chilling sci-fi novel about big government run amok in the future. Read full book review >

THE SLAUGHTER MAN by Tony Parsons
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 22, 2015

"Although Parsons' version of the Metropolitan Police make some puzzling mistakes in their investigation, the story is so absorbing that readers will forgive him the repeated bad judgment that leaves Wolfe's team limping."
A family's brutal murder and the abduction of a small child set off an intense manhunt in this absorbing new thriller. Read full book review >
THOSE WE LEFT BEHIND by Stuart Neville
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 22, 2015

"Flanagan, who had a secondary role in The Final Silence (2014), takes center stage in a grim tale of dependence and obsession."
Two brothers bound by love and need repeat the deadly pattern of a past crime. Read full book review >
THE KILLING LESSONS by Saul Black
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 22, 2015

"Aficionados may fault Black for allowing the police at least one major oversight, but most readers will likely be too engrossed or happily grossed out to do anything but whip through the pages."
Ending the rampage of two sadistic serial killers may depend on a substance-abusing homicide detective facing an old lover and an unknown nemesis in this raw and utterly readable thriller. Read full book review >

Absolute Sunset by Kata Mlek
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 22, 2015

"A chilling modern fairy tale of post-Communist Poland.
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Mlek tells the story of a family haunted by an ominous raven in this debut novel translated from the Polish. Read full book review >
The Sense of Reckoning by Matty Dalrymple
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 19, 2015

"A book that proves just as keen and charming as its characters."
In Dalrymple's second thriller featuring Ann Kinnear, the appealing spirit sensor fears she may be haunted by the ghost of a killer. Read full book review >
Money by A. J. Mahler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 18, 2015

"An often engaging tale of a woman who's just as comfortable with melodrama as she is with harrowing espionage."
An attorney moonlighting as a covert agent helps a U.S. black-ops group target a powerful but diabolical organization bent on world domination in Mahler's (Smoking Kills, 2010) thriller.Read full book review >
Power by A. J. Mahler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 18, 2015

"A dizzyingly enjoyable spy plot that offers consistent suspense."
In Mahler's (Money, 2011, etc.) latest thriller, secret agent Betty Thursten ends up in the cross hairs of her black-ops employer, who thinks that she's gone rogue.Read full book review >
THE END GAME by Catherine Coulter
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"The third in the series featuring the brilliant Brit (The Lost Key, 2014, etc.) adds scary technology to physical action to produce a tip-top thriller."
The FBI goes after a most unusual group of terrorists. Read full book review >
DARK WATERS by Chris Goff
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"A story in need of better research, fewer coincidences, and a more definitive ending."
An American diplomat, an Israeli agent, and a radical group fight to control the flow of critical and deadly information in Goff's first thriller. Read full book review >
THE KILLING KIND by Chris Holm
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"Who will best whom is by no means obvious in this fast-moving, witty tale of good guy versus bad guy versus worse guy."
A fast-moving thriller with a clever premise. 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 >