Thrillers Book Reviews (page 4)

Red Rain by Toby Neal
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 15, 2015

"Persistently riveting; should pique interest in the series' follow-up—and the preceding 10."
In Neal's (Bone Hook, 2015, etc.) latest thriller, Hawaiian cop Sgt. Lei Texeira returns to find the killer of a child, while her husband, Lt. Michael Stevens, struggles to escape captivity in Central America. Read full book review >
When Every Breath Becomes A Prayer by Susan Plunket
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 11, 2015

"A poorly plotted novel that nonetheless offers a fascinating glimpse into the world of analytical psychology."
After nearly losing her daughter and having her heart broken by divorce, a 56-year-old Greenwich Village psychologist gains the strength to welcome life's pleasures—and pains—in this meandering debut novel. Read full book review >

Four Ways to Pharaoh Khufu by Alexander Marmer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 10, 2015

"A well-researched take on the pyramids' creation successfully disguised as a smart thriller."
Marmer's debut novel explores the many secrets of the Great Pyramid of Giza. Read full book review >
THE NIGHT CHARTER by Sam Hawken
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 8, 2015

"A well-written novel, but the intricate plot teeters precariously on a rash of bad decisions made by otherwise street-smart people."
A beautiful former combat medic takes on Miami's bad guys in Hawken's (Tequila Sunset, 2014, etc.) tale of honor, betrayal, and international intrigue.Read full book review >
TIPPING POINT by David Poyer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 8, 2015

"First-class storytelling by a master of the genre."
A hair-raising yarn of the sea and a U.S. Navy cruiser on the cusp of war. Read full book review >

THE ABSOLUTION by Jonathan Holt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 8, 2015

"In spite of a few scenes that stop the novel in its tracks by explaining complicated details about banking and computer viruses through dialogue, Holt's finale has more than enough rapid-pulse action—and compelling insight into Italy-U.S. relations—to keep the pages turning."
In the final book of the Carnivia Trilogy, named after the anonymous virtual world created by disfigured genius Daniele Barbo, American intelligence analyst Holly Boland and Italian cop Kat Tapo reunite to investigate dark government conspiracies. Read full book review >
ONCE SHADOWS FALL by Robert Daniels
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 8, 2015

"The story's execution is smooth if a bit predictable; the murders, chases, and last-minute rescues all arrive like clockwork. But Daniels provides a killer with a believable back story and motive, bringing the mystery to a satisfying conclusion."
Daniels' debut is a psychological thriller, complete with a deranged but charismatic serial killer and a damaged but intrepid cop. Read full book review >
DIG TWO GRAVES by Kim Powers
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 4, 2015

"Enough adrenaline to please fans of Dan Brown and those who appreciate thrillers with literary roots."
A former Olympic champion is put to a horrible test when someone kidnaps his teenage daughter and forces him to complete 12 tasks to set her free. Read full book review >
Cold-Blooded by Lisa Regan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 4, 2015

"A delightful detective who more than earns and deserves her own series.
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In Regan's (Hold Still, 2014, etc.) thriller, Philadelphia private investigator Jocelyn Rush takes the reins of a cold case from a terminal ex-homicide detective who needs help finding the killer before he dies.Read full book review >
BLOOD, SALT, WATER by Denise Mina
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2015

"Mina never stints on the criminal conspiracy or gallows humor, but some of her nightmare landscapes are molded more firmly than others. This one is sad and piercingly perceptive on small matters, but its big picture is less coherent."
DI Alex Morrow, whose fifth case takes her away from the depressing world of Mina's Glasgow (The Red Road, 2014, etc.), finds life just as sordid on the shores of Loch Lomond, even for locals who aren't getting murdered.Read full book review >
CINDERELLA GIRL by Carin Gerhardsen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2015

"The incoherent and poorly defined plot drowns under the weight of an ocean of unlikely coincidences."
An elderly woman struggles to find an abandoned 3-year-old, a young woman turns up dead while her baby son fights for his life, and the body of a 16-year-old girl is discovered on a ferry to Finland in Gerhardsen's Swedish police procedural. Read full book review >
THE SHORT DROP by Matthew FitzSimmons
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2015

"Writing with swift efficiency, FitzSimmons shows why the stakes are high, the heroes suitably tarnished, and the bad guys a pleasure to foil—even though, with so many sharpies playing so many angles, it's hard to care when, or even whether, any single fish takes the bait."
A disgraced computer hacker gets a chance at redemption when the case that turned him to the dark side 10 years ago gets reopened in this sturdy debut thriller. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >