Thrillers Book Reviews (page 2)

ECHOES IN DEATH by J.D. Robb
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Robb knows her audience will be highly sympathetic to a police heroine who has to walk a crime scene in uncomfortably fashionable stiletto heels, but along the winding trail to the easily spotted villain, she's not afraid to throw in some descriptions that will earn this installment an R for serious sexual violence."
The winter of 2061 finds New York still with no cure for blizzards, or for serial felonies. Read full book review >
AMBERLOUGH by Lara Elena Donnelly
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"A sense of inevitable loss and futility permeates this rich drama. The fascists may never be defeated but only escaped—if the characters are willing to abandon the people they love. That dilemma will haunt them, as it haunts the reader."
A tightly woven and diverse cast of spies, criminals, cabaret bohemians, and lovers struggles to save what matters to each of them against a tide of rising fascism and violence in Donnelly's debut novel, set in a vaguely 1920s milieu. Read full book review >

THE NIGHTWALKER by Sebastian Fitzek
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Skip Chapter 42 and this is a powerhouse of a labyrinthine read. You may be fearful of sleeping again."
This translation of a bestselling German novel is a 352-page nightmare in which dreams and reality are indiscernible to the end. Read full book review >
ROBERT B. PARKER'S REVELATION  by Robert Knott
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"A classic plot and plenty of 8-gauge shotgun showdowns best enjoyed by those who've followed Cole and Hitch's previous adventures."
Knott (Robert B. Parker's Blackjack, 2016, etc.) continues Parker's Western series, this time sending U.S. Territorial Marshal Virgil Cole and Deputy Marshal Everett Hitch in pursuit of killers fleeing from an Arizona Territory prison. Read full book review >
THE UNSEEING by Anna Mazzola
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2017

"Haunting characters propel this well-paced story of true crime and imperfect punishment."
A grisly murder in an England on the cusp of the Victorian era sets the scene for this thriller. Read full book review >

ZERO DAY by T.L. Williams
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2017

"A skillfully rendered account of superpowers locked in covert war."
In this political thriller, the United States races to thwart a massive cyberattack from China. Read full book review >
SNOWBLIND by Ragnar Jonasson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"A bestseller in England making its U.S. debut, Jónasson's whodunit puts a lively, sophisticated spin on the Agatha Christie model, taking it down intriguing dark alleys."
In the isolated Icelandic fishing village of Siglufjörður, a rookie cop newly transplanted from Reykjavík has his mettle tested by the claustrophobic conditions—and a murder. Read full book review >
WALK AWAY by Sam Hawken
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"While action's fine when it's plentiful, more attention to character development could have made Camaro more relatable and provided both villains with some badly needed dimension."
Hawken continues the exploits of Camaro Espinoza, a tough female former Army medic, in this shoot-'em-up, action-packed installment set in the sleepy communities that ring Los Angeles. Read full book review >
THE PRISONER by Alex Berenson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"Deeply researched, fast-paced, and believable. Peace be upon John Wells, but only after he's helped defeat jihad once and for all. That's sure to extend this fine series."
Another "blood-spatter messy" mission by Muslim CIA freelance operator John Wells (The Wolves, 2016, etc.). Read full book review >
RIGHT BEHIND YOU by Lisa Gardner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"With its shaky armchair psychology and excessive plot threads, this is a series low point."
A teenager with a troubled past becomes the prime suspect in a string of brutal murders, but ex-FBI profiler Pierce Quincy and his partner, Rainie Conner, think there's more to the story. Read full book review >
FATAL by John Lescroart
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"Lescroart manages the first movement of this cautionary tale by mixing his pitches with exquisite control. Once the homicide investigation kicks in, things become altogether more routine, though he still has a few nifty surprises in store for fans who'd expect nothing less."
After dishing out 20-plus cases to San Francisco attorney Dismas Hardy and his friends and relations (The Fall, 2015, etc.), Lescroart pens a stand-alone whose Bay Area is just as tense and treacherous even if you're not part of the justice system. Read full book review >
THE PROMETHEUS MAN by Scott Reardon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"The chase is all here, and for some that will be enough."
After a CIA agent is murdered, his brother seeks revenge and stumbles onto a plot to create a superhuman killer. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kathleen Kent
author of THE DIME
February 14, 2017

Dallas, Texas is not for the faint of heart. Good thing for Betty Rhyzyk she's from a family of take-no-prisoners Brooklyn police detectives. But in Kathleen Kent’s new novel The Dime, her Big Apple wisdom will only get her so far when she relocates to The Big D, where Mexican drug cartels and cult leaders, deadbeat skells and society wives all battle for sunbaked turf. Betty is as tough as the best of them, but she's deeply shaken when her first investigation goes sideways. Battling a group of unruly subordinates, a persistent stalker, a formidable criminal organization, and an unsupportive girlfriend, the unbreakable Detective Betty Rhyzyk may be reaching her limit. “Violent, sexy, and completely absorbing,” our critic writes in a starred review. “Kent's detective is Sam Spade reincarnated—as a brilliant, modern woman.” View video >