Thrillers Book Reviews (page 5)

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 >
THE HOLLOW MEN by Rob McCarthy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 20, 2016

"While Harry is at times an empathetic healer, McCarthy stuffs his debut with too much medical minutia, overwhelming whatever suspense there may have been."
A London police surgeon becomes entangled in the case of a teenager who takes a restaurant full of people hostage. Read full book review >
KILL THE NEXT ONE by Federico  Axat
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 13, 2016

"Fans of alternative reality tales will probably stay the course; other readers may not."
Carrying out a canny plan to kill two victims plunges a man into a world in which events and characters, including his own, change like visions in a haunted kaleidoscope. Read full book review >
AWAKENING MACBETH by Carmen Amato
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 9, 2016

"A suspenseful, page-turning paranormal romance."
An academic at the University of Virginia confronts her father's death and a supernatural threat in this novel by Amato (King Peso, 2016, etc.). Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kathleen Kent
author of THE DIME
February 20, 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 >