Thrillers Book Reviews (page 2)

A SONG OF SHADOWS by John Connolly
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"Connolly infuses his thrillers with enough of the supernatural to please fans of both genres, but it's his sense of humor, timeless characters, and impeccable writing that make his work worth reading."
Nazis, neighbors, and a nasty hit man coalesce around Connolly's iconic character, Charlie Parker, who's recovering from a near-fatal hit. 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 >

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 >
MINUTE ZERO by Todd Moss
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"A brilliantly orchestrated realpolitik thriller, Moss' second effort is as instructive as it is exciting."
State Department crisis expert Judd Ryker is dispatched to Zimbabwe to help manage a potentially explosive election pitting the nation's corrupt six-term president against an outspoken female challenger. Read full book review >
Death By Arbitrage or Live Low Die High by Urno Barthel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 27, 2015

"An extremely clever thriller that dazzles on every level."
This third volume in a series of techno-thrillers pits Chester and Urno's (Death by Tech, 2014, etc.) scientist/sleuth against murderous inside traders. Read full book review >

DRAGONFISH by Vu Tran
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 3, 2015

"Right off the bat, Tran displays the most admirable and worthwhile gift a serious thriller writer can have: compassion toward even the most disreputable of his characters."
A missing person mystery is delicately entwined with a heartbreaking story of migration and loss. Read full book review >
PRETTY BABY by Mary Kubica
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 28, 2015

"This book will give insomniacs a compelling reason to sit up all night."
Things go dangerously wrong when a middle-class wife and mother impulsively opens her home to a homeless teen and her tiny baby in Kubica's sophomore novel. Read full book review >
SPY GAMES by Adam Brookes
THRILLERS
Released: July 7, 2015

"Brookes' second novel is a multipronged spy thriller that fires on all cylinders. A smarter or more exciting mystery likely won't be released this year."
Having survived a disastrous turn of events in China in Brookes' sensational debut, Night Heron (2014), British journalist-cum-spy Philip Mangan is dragged back into perilous waters by a mysterious Chinese official who wants to trade state secrets.Read full book review >
FINDERS KEEPERS by Stephen King
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 2, 2015

"Reading a King novel as engrossing as this is a little like backing in a car with parking assist: after a while, you just take your hands off the wheel and the pages practically turn themselves."
There are suggestions throughout this second installment of a planned trilogy that King's motley, appealing trio of detectives from Mr. Mercedes (2014) have some bad juju in their collective future that may make the case here look like a relative afternoon at the mall.Read full book review >
PALACE OF TREASON by Jason Matthews
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 2, 2015

"Although Matthews' technique of using food as a running theme (complete with recipes) doesn't always work, this is another must-read for fans of the spy genre."
A sexy Russian spy trained in the fine art of seduction and recruited as an American double agent helps set up a double-cross that could pit Russia against Iran in this blockbuster by former CIA operative Matthews. Read full book review >
COME TO HARM by Catriona McPherson
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 8, 2015

"The latest from this master of psychological thrillers (The Day She Died, 2014, etc.) is more cerebral than physical. But every page will draw you in and deepen your dread."
A Japanese graduate student convinces herself that a small Scottish town is filled with dark secrets. Read full book review >
THE OFFERING by Salah  el Moncef
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 7, 2015

"An immersive, finely wrought mystery of tragedy, loss, and recovery.
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El Moncef (Sleepwalking, 2012, etc.) offers a psychological thriller in which one man must solve the terrible secrets of his own past. 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 >