Thrillers Book Reviews (page 3)

WE WERE KINGS by Thomas O'Malley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 21, 2016

"The authors deliver noir done well in dark-city descriptions and a cast of damaged characters but fall short on delivering a thrill."
Tough guys in a tough town as the Irish Republican Army wages war in 1950s Boston. Read full book review >
Color of Blood by Keith Yocum
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 21, 2016

"A scary, smart, sweet, sexy CIA tale."
Returning to work after his wife's death, a CIA investigator leaves on assignment for Australia, where he encounters danger, romance, and, unexpectedly, poetry. Read full book review >

I'M THINKING OF ENDING THINGS by Iain Reid
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 14, 2016

"Reid's tightly crafted tale toys with the nature of identity and comes by its terror honestly, building a wall of intricately layered psychological torment so impenetrable it's impossible to escape."
A road trip in a snowstorm takes a sinister turn for a man and his girlfriend, the novel's unnamed narrator. Read full book review >
STILETTO by Daniel O'Malley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 14, 2016

"A craftily imaginative mashup of spies and the supernatural, but it's a tad too long for all but the most ardent fans."
The Brotherhood of the Checquy, England's "secret government organization that employed the supernatural to protect the populace from the supernatural," believes it's time to form an alliance with the Wetenschappeljik Broederschap van Natuurkundigen, known as the Grafters.Read full book review >
THE CROW GIRL by Erik Axl Sund
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 14, 2016

"A smart, rewarding psychological thriller, with an emphasis on both of those genre terms."
"How sick can a person get?" So, rightly, wonders a character toward the end of Sweden's newest entry in the race to claim Stieg Larsson's throne. Read full book review >

TOM CLANCY DUTY AND HONOR  by Grant Blackwood
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 14, 2016

"Action-adventure addicts will get their fixes."
If you're Jack Ryan Jr., the U.S. president's son, you shouldn't waive Secret Service protection, especially if your job at Hendley Associates, a private CIA clone known as "The Campus," makes for double threat exposure. Read full book review >
MARKED FOR LIFE by Emelie Schepp
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 14, 2016

"An intriguing if bumpy start to a new series; the challenging, multilayered heroine makes it worth the read."
The murder of a local official in charge of asylum issues sparks the resurgence of long-buried memories for the prosecutor on the case. Read full book review >
LIBERTY'S LAST STAND by Stephen Coonts
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 13, 2016

"This bilge is a middle finger in the face of most Americans, but if you happen to think Barry Soetorobama is the devil incarnate, then by all means buy it. The government knows where you live, though, so keep that AR-15 loaded and by your nightstand."
An action-packed thriller and political rant featuring series standbys Jake Grafton and Tommy Carmellini. Read full book review >
Trading Salvos by Holly A. Bell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 11, 2016

"Bell's protagonist holds her own in her first outing and will surely be ready for more harrowing circumstances in a potential sequel."
A woman running a CIA safe house in Alaska garners unwelcome attention while trying to decipher a program written by her late software-engineer husband in this debut thriller. Read full book review >
INK AND BONE by Lisa Unger
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 7, 2016

"Unger's beloved characters (Crazy Love You, 2015, etc.) continue a deftly balanced story that's supernatural without a creepy aftertaste."
A girl with the gift of seeing the spirit world tries to harness her ability while working with a private detective who isn't a believer. Read full book review >
THE FAR EMPTY by J. Todd Scott
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 7, 2016

"The journey to the end is almost as taxing as that faced by the book's put-upon migrants."
The discovery of a body on the Tex-Mex border fuels a teenager's suspicions about his father, the local sheriff, in this debut thriller by a longtime Drug Enforcement Administration agent. Read full book review >
THE SECOND GIRL by David Swinson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 7, 2016

"An auspicious, and gleefully amoral, series debut."
Old habits die hard, and sometimes cause collateral damage, in this character-driven crime story. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Nancy Isenberg
author of WHITE TRASH
July 19, 2016

Poor Americans have existed from the time of the earliest British colonial settlement. They were alternately known as “waste people,” “offals,” “rubbish,” “lazy lubbers,” and “crackers.” By the 1850s, the downtrodden included so-called “clay eaters” and “sandhillers,” known for prematurely aged children distinguished by their yellowish skin, ragged clothing, and listless minds. Surveying political rhetoric and policy, popular literature and scientific theories over 400 years, in White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America, Nancy Isenberg upends assumptions about America’s supposedly class-free society––where liberty and hard work were meant to ensure real social mobility. Poor whites were central to the rise of the Republican Party in the early nineteenth century, and the Civil War itself was fought over class issues nearly as much as it was fought over slavery. “A riveting thesis supported by staggering research,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >