Thrillers Book Reviews

THE VANISHING YEAR by Kate Moretti
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"Fans of twisted thrillers featuring complex female characters will devour Moretti's latest."
A woman tries to hide—and outrun—her past in this fast-paced thriller from Moretti (Binds That Tie, 2014, etc.). Read full book review >
COFFIN ROAD by Peter May
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"A thoroughly entertaining yarn."
A man washes ashore in the Outer Hebrides, the pages of his memory completely blank, while in Edinburgh a troubled teen suspects her father did not, as she was told, commit suicide. Read full book review >

LOOK PAST by Eric Devine
THRILLERS
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"A solid serial-killer thriller for horror fans who'd like to root for the queer kid. (Thriller. 13 & up)"
Sweet, popular Mary, the pastor's daughter, has been viciously murdered, and the killer makes it clear that it's because of her relationship with Avery, a transgender boy. Read full book review >
THE APARTMENT by S.L. Grey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Chills and thrills enough to attract and please fans of supernatural horror. This one will keep you up all night."
A South African couple seeks respite from their troubled lives by taking a romantic vacation to Paris that quickly becomes the stuff of nightmares. Read full book review >
ESCAPE CLAUSE by John Sandford
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Perfect entertainment for readers whose hearts skip a beat when they worry that the hero won't be in time to rescue that remaining tiger from certain death."
Virgil Flowers, of Minnesota's Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, pivots from dognapping (Field of Prey, 2014, etc.) to a catnapping whose victims are really big cats. Read full book review >

EVERY MAN A MENACE by Patrick Hoffman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"With its hard-boiled shenanigans and soft-minded crooks, Hoffman's follow-up to The White Van (2014) is another strong and original addition to the crime fiction genre."
How many drug dealers, dirty cops, lowlifes, and hapless victims does it take to screw up a $50 million shipment of the drug Ecstasy? When the assorted players are as desperate or dumb as the cast of this bleakly amusing, noir-saturated saga, even more than you might think. Read full book review >
WITHOUT MERCY by Jefferson Bass
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Despite a contrived denouement and some saggy, draggy passages, Bass (The Breaking Point, 2015, etc.) balances anthropological instruction with a twisty tale of suspense in the 10th Body Farm case."
A scientist who's more savvy about human remains than human relationships finds his own distinguished person threatened. Read full book review >
ORDER TO KILL by Vince Flynn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"All in all, a crackling good yarn. Author Mills proves himself a worthy successor to carry on the series."
Series creator Flynn died in 2013, but Mitch Rapp lives on in this 15th chronicle (The Survivor, 2015, etc.) of the legendary CIA agent's exploits. Read full book review >
FIDELITY by Jan Fedarcyk
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"An absorbing read that feels unfinished; and since the FBI's motto is Fidelity, Bravery, and Integrity, it's a sure bet there's a reason."
Fedarcyk, former assistant director in charge of the FBI's New York office, combines an insider's sense of authenticity with a singular attention to detail in this debut novel. Read full book review >
IQ by Joe Ide
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"The present day, with its high-strung social media and emotional overload, could use a contemporary hero like Ide's, more inclined to use his brain than his mouth (or fists) to vanquish evil and subdue dread."
Sherlock Holmes comes to South Central Los Angeles. Only he's black, never finished high school, and can't seem to hold on to a regular job. Read full book review >
THE OBSIDIAN CHAMBER by Douglas Preston
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"Action-adventure with a macabre, sometimes-fantastical flair."
Aloysius Pendergast, an enormously wealthy FBI special agent with a go-it-alone, 007-like brief, is presumed dead at sea after helping a Massachusetts friend. Gloom prevails at his fabulous mansion on New York City's Riverside Drive. Read full book review >
LIVIA LONE by Barry Eisler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"Filled with raw power, this may be the darkest thriller of the year."
An explosive thriller that plunges into the sewer of human smuggling. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jeff Chang
September 20, 2016

In the provocative essays in journalist Jeff Chang’s new book We Gon’ Be Alright, Chang takes an incisive and wide-ranging look at the recent tragedies and widespread protests that have shaken the country. Through deep reporting with key activists and thinkers, personal writing, and cultural criticism, We Gon’ Be Alright links #BlackLivesMatter to #OscarsSoWhite, Ferguson to Washington D.C., the Great Migration to resurgent nativism. Chang explores the rise and fall of the idea of “diversity,” the roots of student protest, changing ideas about Asian Americanness, and the impact of a century of racial separation in housing. “He implores readers to listen, act, and become involved with today’s activists, who offer ‘new ways to see our past and our present,’ ” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A compelling and intellectually thought-provoking exploration of the quagmire of race relations.” View video >