Thrillers Book Reviews (page 4)

Red Phoenix Burning by Larry Bond
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 16, 2016

"Readers should hardly notice the novel's epic length, breezing through laudable characters and a global plot running at full tilt."
In this military thriller, a coup in North Korea begets civil war, which, given the country's chemical and nuclear weapons, could have worldwide repercussions. Read full book review >
THE GIRL ON THE RUN by Gregg Olsen
THRILLERS
Released: March 15, 2016

"Without dropping a beat, the story ends in a crescendo of danger and turmoil and paves the way for the vigilante teen to take on more criminals in subsequent books. (Thriller. 14 & up)"
Bestselling true-crime writer Olsen takes a successful stab at thriller writing for teens. Read full book review >

Said the Fly by Laurie Taylor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 9, 2016

"A buzz-worthy initial offering in a planned mystery series."
A blowfly, a grasshopper leg, and a tiny flower are the unlikely clues that help a zoologist track down a killer in this dazzling island mystery. Read full book review >
OFF THE GRID by C.J. Box
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 8, 2016

"Even though you just know Box isn't going to put an end to his highly successful franchise by blowing his lead characters to kingdom come, you can't help turning the pages and holding your breath until you find out where this scary, all-too-plausible caravan is heading."
Terrorists, libertarians, and wild cards duke it out in game warden Joe Pickett's Wyoming. Read full book review >
THE STEEL KISS by Jeffery Deaver
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 8, 2016

"Fans savvy enough to ignore the ill-advised extras and keep their eyes on the duel between Rhyme and Unsub 40 will be treated to all the usual thrills, which are worth every breathless minute."
The latest of Lincoln Rhyme's fiendishly inventive antagonists is a killer who rails against rampant consumerism online, then hacks into the Internet of Things to murder New Yorkers who've grown too attached to their computer-driven toys. Read full book review >

Black and White by Jerri Blair
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 2, 2016

"A long but energetic tale that's rife with drama and mystery, both in and out of the courtroom."
A Florida lawyer has the chance to help a former client on trial for murder in Blair's (College Football Etiquette, 2015, etc.) legal thriller set in the late 1970s.Read full book review >
THE PASSENGER by Lisa Lutz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2016

"Lutz provides some great suggestions for going on the lam (a lot of hair dye and car switching is involved), but at its core, this is a novel about identity: a slippery notion which depends upon both how the world sees us and how we see ourselves."
With her latest books, Lutz is deep in thriller territory, and she writes like she's happy to be there. Read full book review >
Confederates in Canada by Nikki Stoddard Schofield
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 25, 2016

"A compelling and historically sound tale that follows a Union spy.
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A Civil War-era thriller that revolves around espionage and romance. Read full book review >
I'M TRAVELING ALONE by Samuel Bjørk
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 23, 2016

"Bjørk constructs a plot like a jigsaw puzzle with many pieces, and somehow it all works."
Children stolen and dressed like dolls before they're murdered bring suicidal detective Mia Kruger out of hiding and back to police work in Bjørk's complicated, yet compelling, tale. Read full book review >
Memory Park by L. A. De Michiel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 19, 2016

"A meticulously plotted tale, headlined by two praiseworthy protagonists."
An Australian writer's fictional account of a serial killer catches the attention of a genuine murderer in De Michiel's (Orchestrated Fate, 2013, etc.) thriller.Read full book review >
The Smell of Money by Janet Kole
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 18, 2016

"A witty tale with two retirees—a lawyer and a hit man—cleverly paralleled."
A senior partner at a Philadelphia law firm, whose colleagues may be trying to push him out, collides with a professional assassin in this thriller. Read full book review >
Out of the Storm by Carol Ashe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 17, 2016

"A solid, sexy thriller that should appeal to romance and crime-drama fans alike."
A debut novel mixes elements of mystery and romance to tell the story of a detective who must stay focused on her work in the heat of a passionate and unexpected encounter. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fernanda Santos
author of THE FIRE LINE
May 17, 2016

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. New York Times writer Fernanda Santos’ debut book The Fire Line is the story of the fire and the Hotshots’ attempts to extinguish it. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. There's Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. View video >