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An up-to-the-minute thriller that ably tackles contemporary politics.

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An investigator takes on a group of right-wing grifters and domestic terrorists in Moore’s political thriller.

Private eye Nick Crane is spending time in a Pacific Northwest cabin one evening when a mysterious man named Mars throws a brick through his window. Mars informs Crane that he’ll be driven to Vail, Colorado, to meet Willem Spahn, a financier with a relationship to a high-profile group of hard-right reactionaries. Crane has dealt with associates of the group, including Desmond Cole and Marguerite Ferguson, before—he knows they shoot to kill. Marguerite’s latest scheme is to back legislation that calls for the imprisonment of undocumented Latine people and Muslims, plus a plan to build for-profit private jails. Crane soon arrives in Vail, where Spahn explains that Cole is trying to save him from Ferguson, who wants to kill him. Crane is suspicious of his Spahn’s motives, but he’s soon crisscrossing the country trying to figure out what Marguerite is up to; in Wisconsin, she’s planning alt-right Make America Safe Again rallies. In the meantime, Nick’s business partner Bobby is taken hostage, drugged, and made to speak at a rally. With the help of FBI agent Carrie North, Nick puts himself in serious danger to save his friend and partner’s life. Moore’s fast-paced, exciting political thriller is full of action and intrigue. However, it’s also rather crowded, with a few too many extraneous characters. That said, it offers deliciously wicked villains—particularly the sly Ferguson—who are shown to be tough as nails (“I knew they didn’t want to kill me. Orders were to take me alive. So that Marguerite could deliver the coup de grâce personally”). Crane, meanwhile, always has right on his side. The timely plot will resonate with many readers as it digs deep into a depraved, shadowy underworld of manipulation and greed.

An up-to-the-minute thriller that ably tackles contemporary politics.

Pub Date: Feb. 6, 2023

ISBN: 9781643962986

Page Count: 360

Publisher: Down & Out Books

Review Posted Online: March 13, 2023

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THE HOUSE ACROSS THE LAKE

A weird, wild ride.

Celebrity scandal and a haunted lake drive the narrative in this bestselling author’s latest serving of subtly ironic suspense.

Sager’s debut, Final Girls (2017), was fun and beautifully crafted. His most recent novels—Home Before Dark (2020) and Survive the Night (2021) —have been fun and a bit rickety. His new novel fits that mold. Narrator Casey Fletcher grew up watching her mother dazzle audiences, and then she became an actor herself. While she never achieves the “America’s sweetheart” status her mother enjoyed, Casey makes a career out of bit parts in movies and on TV and meatier parts onstage. Then the death of her husband sends her into an alcoholic spiral that ends with her getting fired from a Broadway play. When paparazzi document her substance abuse, her mother exiles her to the family retreat in Vermont. Casey has a dry, droll perspective that persists until circumstances overwhelm her, and if you’re getting a Carrie Fisher vibe from Casey Fletcher, that is almost certainly not an accident. Once in Vermont, she passes the time drinking bourbon and watching the former supermodel and the tech mogul who live across the lake through a pair of binoculars. Casey befriends Katherine Royce after rescuing her when she almost drowns and soon concludes that all is not well in Katherine and Tom’s marriage. Then Katherine disappears….It would be unfair to say too much about what happens next, but creepy coincidences start piling up, and eventually, Casey has to face the possibility that maybe some of the eerie legends about Lake Greene might have some truth to them. Sager certainly delivers a lot of twists, and he ventures into what is, for him, new territory. Are there some things that don’t quite add up at the end? Maybe, but asking that question does nothing but spoil a highly entertaining read.

A weird, wild ride.

Pub Date: June 21, 2022

ISBN: 978-0-593-18319-9

Page Count: 368

Publisher: Dutton

Review Posted Online: March 29, 2022

Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 15, 2022

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HOME IS WHERE THE BODIES ARE

Answers are hard to come by in this twisting tale designed to trick and delight.

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Three siblings on very different paths learn that their family home may be haunted by secrets.

Eldest daughter Beth is alone with her fading mother as she takes her final breath and says something about Beth’s long-departed brother and sister, who may not have disappeared forever. Beth is still reeling from the loss of her mother when her estranged siblings show up. Michael, the youngest, hasn’t been home since their father’s disappearance seven years ago. In the meantime, he’s outgrown his siblings, trading his share of the family troubles for a high-paying job in San Jose. Nicole, the middle child, has been overpowered by addiction and prioritized tuning out reality over any sense of responsibility, much to Beth’s disgust. Though their mother’s death marks an ending for the family, it’s also a beginning, as the three siblings realize when they find a disturbing videotape among their parents’ belongings. The video, from 1999, sheds suspicion on their father’s disappearance, linking it to a long-unsolved neighborhood mystery. Was it just a series of unfortunate circumstances that broke the family apart, or does something more sinister underlie the sadness they’ve all found in life? In chapters that rotate among the family’s first-person narratives, the siblings take turns digging up stories and secrets in their search for solace.

Answers are hard to come by in this twisting tale designed to trick and delight.

Pub Date: April 30, 2024

ISBN: 9798212182843

Page Count: 270

Publisher: Blackstone

Review Posted Online: Feb. 3, 2024

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 2024

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