Thrillers Book Reviews (page 4)

RING OF FIRE  by Brad Taylor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"A page-turner that's enriched by the author's obvious familiarity with the intricacies of combating 21st-century terrorism."
An elite task force works frantically to prevent the next wave of terrorist attacks. Read full book review >
BLOOD AND BONE  by Valentina Giambanco
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 5, 2017

"Evocative writing spoiled by complicated dueling plotlines and oddities that pull the reader away from the rainy, dark streets of a city under siege."
Giambanco's (The Dark, 2014, etc.) Seattle-based detective tackles a new case while navigating her thorny past as two killers stalk the city. Read full book review >

THE GIRL WHO LIVED by Paul Dale Anderson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 5, 2017

"A relentlessly gloomy but memorable tale that explores questions of morality."
After spending years in a mental institution, a woman has revenge on her mind in Anderson's (Claw Hammer, 2016, etc.) dark thriller.Read full book review >
THE OLD MAN by Thomas Perry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Swift, unsentimental, and deeply satisfying. Liam Neeson would be perfect in the title role."
Perry (Forty Thieves, 2016, etc.) drives deep into Jack Reacher territory in this stand-alone about a long-ago Army intelligence officer whose less-than-grateful nation just won't let him be. Read full book review >
THE FINAL DAY by William R. Forstchen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"The latest installment in Forstchen's dystopian series will be best enjoyed by those who have read the first two books, One Second After (2009) and One Year After (2015). But with its agreeable protagonist and nicely drawn settings, the novel quickly draws us in."
In the aftermath of an electromagnetic-pulse attack linked to Iran and North Korea that wiped out American cities and led to the installation of an oppressive, unconstitutional government, hard-core patriot John Matherson is called upon to lead the resistance. Read full book review >

THE BORROWED by Chan Ho-kei
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Sprawling and dense, this novel will satisfy your procedural jones, but don't look for more than a cursory reckoning with the troubled history of Hong Kong."
Like Columbo but not funny. Read full book review >
CHILD'S PLAY by Merry Jones
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"With a heroine who seems ill-equipped to do her job let alone solve a slew of murders and a thoroughly preposterous plot, this clunker won't thrill suspense fans."
A string of murders points back to a crime committed years earlier by a desperate teenager, forcing his former elementary school teacher to wonder if they're connected to his recent release from prison. Read full book review >
EVERYTHING YOU WANT ME TO BE by Mindy Mejia
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"There's an attempt at profundity here that falls flat, leaving instead a story we've seen before of a pretty girl who winds up dead and the usual cast of suspects who may have killed her."
A teenage girl's murder splits apart a rural Minnesota community, uncovering not only her secrets, but also those of the town. Read full book review >
THE AGENT RUNNER by Simon Conway
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Conway (Rock Creek Park, 2012, etc.) finds an offbeat way to recast an iconic piece of recent history through the personal stories of a pair of vastly different characters."
A fictionalized account of events before and after the killing of Osama bin Laden, seen through the eyes of two men on opposite sides of the conflict. Read full book review >
BELOW THE BELT by Stuart Woods
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"An unusually strong premise, and this time Woods keeps his eye on the ball, ignoring the siren call of consumer spending that sank Sex, Lies & Serious Money (2016) and so many others, plotting as if he actually means it. Warning, though: some ripped-from-the-headlines elements may extend fans' post-election blues."
A favor New York attorney Stone Barrington agrees to do for a friend who's a powerful political veteran causes an unexpected amount of grief to everyone but Stone. Read full book review >
Lost Girls by Merrie Destefano
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"A concise, bold crime tale that, even in its darkest moments, shines with brilliance."
In this thriller, a missing teen reappears with amnesia and uncovers a host of parlous secrets buried in her gradually returning memory. Read full book review >
KILL THE FATHER by Sandrone  Dazieri
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2017

"Though following a path well-worn by the likes of Stephen King and Stieg Larsson, a dark treat for mystery buffs."
Dear old dad is a bit of a psychopath, and it's up to a damaged dynamic duo to stop him from committing more mayhem. 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 >