Thrillers Book Reviews (page 4)

ALL THE OLD KNIVES by Olen Steinhauer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 10, 2015

"It's an understatement to say that nothing is as it seems, but even readers well-versed in espionage fiction will be pleasantly surprised by Steinhauer's plot twists and double backs."
Two American spies—one retired, one active—dance around what really happened five years earlier during a mission gone horribly wrong. Read full book review >
THE VALLEY by John Renehan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 10, 2015

"A must-read if you want a glimpse of the turmoil Americans faced in Afghanistan or if you just want a page-flipping good yarn."
From a first-time novelist, a military thriller packed with action and mystery. Read full book review >

LEAVING BERLIN by Joseph Kanon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 3, 2015

"Another compelling, intellectually charged period piece by Kanon, who works in the shadows of fear as well as anyone now writing."
Set in 1949, a few years after Kanon's The Good German (2001), this novel explores the grave moral complexities of life in Soviet-controlled East Berlin through the tense encounters of Alex Meier, a young Jewish novelist of some renown working for the CIA.Read full book review >
THE HOUSE OF WOLFE by James Carlos Blake
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 3, 2015

"Slightly less violent and slower paced than Blake's last look at the Wolfe family (The Rules of Wolfe, 2013), this installment is an absorbing look at dire poverty, depravity and the all-too-successful business of kidnapping for profit."
Even for criminals, there's no such thing as a perfect plan. Read full book review >
TOO BAD TO DIE by Francine Mathews
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 3, 2015

"Mathews writes well, keeps the pace brisk and has great fun re-creating historical personages."
If the title sounds reminiscent of a James Bond novel, it's no coincidence, for Mathews freely makes use of Ian Fleming's World War II experience as an intelligence officer in Cairo and Tehran to create adventures in espionage and counterespionage. Read full book review >

THE FIFTH GOSPEL by Ian Caldwell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 3, 2015

"A brilliant work."
Caldwell (The Rule of Four, 2004) makes intriguing literature from complex theology, weaving in a text lost to history, the Shroud of Turin and Vatican duplicity. Read full book review >
THE ASSASSIN by Clive Cussler
THRILLERS
Released: March 3, 2015

"Another action-movie-paced entertainment from Cussler's historical-thriller series."
Cussler and Scott (The Bootlegger, 2014, etc.) send detective Isaac Bell on his eighth historical action-adventure, this time tackling the "Octopus," otherwise known as Standard Oil.Read full book review >
THE JOURNALS OF BOB DRIFTER by M.L.S. Weech
THRILLERS
Released: March 3, 2015

"An often engaging supernatural thriller with an immortal protagonist with meritorious human traits."
In Weech's debut supernatural thriller, an empathetic soul collector must stop one of his own from reaping dark souls and committing murder. Read full book review >
THE DEAD KEY by D.M. Pulley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2015

"For readers who do make it to the end, there is genuine suspense with satisfying surprises."
Pulley's debut is a story of theft, seduction and greed in a stately bank building. Read full book review >
ROCKY POINT ROAD by Joseph Allen
THRILLERS
Released: Feb. 27, 2015

"At a decidedly unhurried pace, this story's enlivened by its colorful characters."
In Allen's debut thriller, the drowning death of a man's estranged wife may not have been accidental. Read full book review >
IN SEARCH OF FATE by Anthony De Benedict
THRILLERS
Released: Feb. 27, 2015

"An unusual thriller that's more thoughtful than suspenseful."
In De Benedict's debut novel, a brilliant executive faces a crisis of faith and morality that will affect the entire human race. Read full book review >
BAD MOOD DRIVE by Alan Douglas
THRILLERS
Released: Feb. 25, 2015

"Sturdy characters and an endless batch of surprises make the glaring translation problems relatively easy to overlook."
Getting the largest piece of a wealthy man's inheritance may drive his children to undertake a few bad deeds, including murder, in the English-language version of Douglas' debut thriller. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Luis Alberto Urrea
April 21, 2015

Examining the borders between one nation and another, between one person and another, Luis Alberto Urrea’s latest story collection, The Water Museum, reveals his mastery of the short form. This collection includes the Edgar-award winning "Amapola" and his now-classic "Bid Farewell to Her Many Horses," which had the honor of being chosen for NPR's "Selected Shorts" not once but twice. Urrea has also recently published a poetry collection, Tijuana Book of the Dead, mixing lyricism and colloquial voices, mysticism and the daily grind. We talk to Urrea about both of his new books this week on Kirkus TV. View video >