Thrillers Book Reviews (page 2)

THE NIGHT CHARTER by Sam Hawken
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 8, 2015

"A well-written novel, but the intricate plot teeters precariously on a rash of bad decisions made by otherwise street-smart people."
A beautiful former combat medic takes on Miami's bad guys in Hawken's (Tequila Sunset, 2014, etc.) tale of honor, betrayal, and international intrigue.Read full book review >
TIPPING POINT by David Poyer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 8, 2015

"First-class storytelling by a master of the genre."
A hair-raising yarn of the sea and a U.S. Navy cruiser on the cusp of war. Read full book review >

THE ABSOLUTION by Jonathan Holt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 8, 2015

"In spite of a few scenes that stop the novel in its tracks by explaining complicated details about banking and computer viruses through dialogue, Holt's finale has more than enough rapid-pulse action—and compelling insight into Italy-U.S. relations—to keep the pages turning."
In the final book of the Carnivia Trilogy, named after the anonymous virtual world created by disfigured genius Daniele Barbo, American intelligence analyst Holly Boland and Italian cop Kat Tapo reunite to investigate dark government conspiracies. Read full book review >
Cold-Blooded by Lisa Regan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 4, 2015

"A delightful detective who more than earns and deserves her own series.
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In Regan's (Hold Still, 2014, etc.) thriller, Philadelphia private investigator Jocelyn Rush takes the reins of a cold case from a terminal ex-homicide detective who needs help finding the killer before he dies.Read full book review >
MEMORANDOM by Anders de la Motte
FICTION & LITERATURE
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
FICTION & LITERATURE
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
FICTION & LITERATURE
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
FICTION & LITERATURE
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
FICTION & LITERATURE
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
FICTION & LITERATURE
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 >
IVORY by Tony Park
FICTION & LITERATURE
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 >
AMERICAN BLOOD by Ben Sanders
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 17, 2015

"Great dialogue and a hero who won't stay hidden make this a winner for crime fans."
A fast-moving thriller that leaves a trail of blood and grit across the pages. 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 >