Thrillers Book Reviews (page 5)

THE KENNEDY CONNECTION by R.G. Belsky
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 12, 2014

"The truth about that awful day in November 1963 may never be known, but it's provided grist for a terrific story."
An engrossing journalistic thriller inspired by the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Read full book review >
DAYS OF RAGE by Brad Taylor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 15, 2014

"A fun, satisfying adventure."
A Pike Logan thriller filled with heart-thumping action and insane heroics. Read full book review >

THE DEAD WILL TELL by Linda Castillo
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 8, 2014

"No one who picks up Kate's stunning sixth case (Her Last Breath, 2013, etc.), a marriage of thriller and police procedural, will put it down unfinished."
A pair of cold cases turns hot for an Ohio police chief with an Amish background. Read full book review >
HURRICANE FEVER by Tobias S. Buckell
THRILLERS
Released: July 1, 2014

"So don't wait for a dark and stormy night to read this novel; you'll have plenty of fun."
A stormy, aptly named thriller set in the Caribbean of the near future. Read full book review >
THE AMERICAN MISSION by Matthew Palmer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 24, 2014

"This is first-rate fiction. Let's hope Palmer has a sequel in the works."
A captivating debut thriller by a longtime foreign service officer explores the complicated politics of the Congo. Read full book review >

THRILLERS
Released: June 17, 2014

"A sophisticated, deft and exciting thriller and a great beginning for a planned series."
In 1945 San Francisco, a police detective's investigation exposes a tangled political conspiracy and international espionage in Niles' debut crime/political thriller. Read full book review >
THE FEVER by Megan Abbott
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 17, 2014

"Nothing should be taken at face value in this jealousy- and hormone-soaked world except that Abbott is certainly our very best guide."
The lives of teenage girls are dangerous, beautiful things in Abbott's (Dare Me, 2012, etc.) stunning seventh novel. Read full book review >
THOSE WHO WISH ME DEAD by Michael Koryta
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 3, 2014

"Summer reading doesn't get better than this."
Hiding a teenage murder witness among a bunch of delinquent kids in a survival-training program in Montana seemed like a good idea. But when two coldblooded killers track him there from Indiana, everyone's life is at grave risk. Read full book review >
THE BONES BENEATH by Mark Billingham
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 3, 2014

"Thorne's 12th is a tour de force of suspense that dares you to guess the secrets of a magician who's made his intentions perfectly clear from the very beginning."
DI Tom Thorne escorts a convicted serial killer to a remote Welsh island with predictably eventful results. Read full book review >
NIGHT HERON by Adam Brookes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 27, 2014

"One of the best and most compulsively readable spy-fiction debuts in years."
Against all odds, Prisoner 5995—a former professor wrongly convicted of murder—escapes a high security Chinese facility after 20 torturous years. Having concocted a plan to flee China and establish a new identity, he finds an unlikely ally in Mangan, a veteran British journalist based in Beijing. Read full book review >
THE DEVIL'S WORKSHOP by Alex Grecian
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 20, 2014

"Grecian's novel is the third in his Scotland Yard's Murder Squad series (The Black Country, 2013, etc.). Justice and punishment are the deeper themes, and the characterization is superb. Saucy Jack may be one of the most disturbing characters ever written on the page—again."
A historical thriller that moves quickly and surely, bringing Jack the Ripper back from the realm of nightmare to the streets of London. Read full book review >
BIRD BOX by Josh Malerman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 13, 2014

"An unsettling thriller, this earns comparisons to Hitchcock's The Birds, as well as the finer efforts of Stephen King and cult sci-fi fantasist Jonathan Carroll."
In Malerman's chilling debut, an apocalyptic reality befalls a Michigan river community—and who knows how much of the rest of civilization—in the form of creatures that cause people who merely look at them to go mad and kill themselves. 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 >