Thrillers Book Reviews (page 2)

EVERY MAN A MENACE by Patrick Hoffman
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 >
LOOK PAST by Eric Devine
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 >

WITHOUT MERCY by Jefferson Bass
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 >
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Social issues, cool not-so-far-in-the-future gadgets, and a well-paced plot add up to a good read."
This sequel to The Genesis Code (2014) explores the high-stakes world of biotech. Read full book review >
Silent Source by James Smith
Released: Oct. 3, 2016

"A promising thriller that ably handles its medical mysteries but lags in its narrative structure and character development."
In Smith's debut mystery, a former scientist investigates a string of mysterious deaths occurring across Atlanta. Read full book review >

COFFIN ROAD by Peter May
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 >
Quantum by Dean De Servienti
Released: Sept. 30, 2016

"Smart sci-fi with a much-desired object that's far more engaging than the average MacGuffin."
Various agencies hunt six scientists who've gone into hiding after unearthing an ancient artifact of indeterminate origin in De Servienti's (Life Turns, 2016, etc.) sci-fi thriller.Read full book review >
In the Shadow of the Witch by Brian White
Released: Sept. 29, 2016

"A cautionary dystopian tale about the redemptive qualities of retribution."
White (Strands, 2016) examines the narrow difference between justice and revenge in this paranormal thriller.Read full book review >
Negative Buoyancy by Richard Burkhart
Released: Sept. 28, 2016

"A swiftly paced novel about the human cost of environmental greed."
In this debut thriller, two lake explorers discover a deadly environmental peril. Read full book review >
ONLY DAUGHTER by Anna Snoekstra
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"A premise that could collapse in a light breeze coupled with telegraphed plot twists make for an uninspired entry in the psychological thriller category."
After her arrest, a woman claims to be a long-missing teenage girl and finds herself living the vanished girl's life only to become ensnared in trying to unravel the truth behind her disappearance. Read full book review >
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 >
Impala by Andrew Diamond
Released: Sept. 21, 2016

"A convincing, complex cyberthriller."
A computer programmer becomes the target of international criminals in Diamond's (Warren Lane, 2015) thriller.Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
H.W. Brands
October 11, 2016

As noted historian H.W. Brands reveals in his new book The General vs. the President: MacArthur and Truman at the Brink of Nuclear War, at the height of the Korean War, President Harry S. Truman committed a gaffe that sent shock waves around the world. When asked by a reporter about the possible use of atomic weapons in response to China's entry into the war, Truman replied testily, "The military commander in the field will have charge of the use of the weapons, as he always has." This suggested that General Douglas MacArthur, the willful, fearless, and highly decorated commander of the American and U.N. forces, had his finger on the nuclear trigger. A correction quickly followed, but the damage was done; two visions for America's path forward were clearly in opposition, and one man would have to make way. Truman was one of the most unpopular presidents in American history. General MacArthur, by contrast, was incredibly popular, as untouchable as any officer has ever been in America. The contest of wills between these two titanic characters unfolds against the turbulent backdrop of a faraway war and terrors conjured at home by Joseph McCarthy. “An exciting, well-written comparison study of two American leaders at loggerheads during the Korean War crisis,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >