Thrillers Book Reviews (page 5)

Tyler's Last by David Winner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2015

"A brash literary thriller that plunges deep into the mind of a criminal and his creator."
An elderly crime novelist's last work and a shady crook's errand overlap in Winner's (The Cannibal of Guadalajara, 2010) fictional nod to Patricia Highsmith. Read full book review >
Dead Yet Dying by B. K. Brain
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 30, 2015

"Exciting mystical elements bolster an exhilarating tale led by two appealing characters."
In Brain's (Doris and the Ankh, 2015) thriller, the fate of the world may be in the hands of a janitor and a high schooler, both inextricably tied to a serial killer's spree.Read full book review >

Concrete Evidence by Jeff Shaw
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 30, 2015

"A simple tale with a hero who's just a regular guy, which makes him all the more likable and exemplary."
An agent in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, searching for missing parolees, fears that the Aryan Brotherhood may be responsible for their disappearances in Shaw's straightforward debut thriller. Read full book review >
Parker Strip by Jeff Osterhage
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 30, 2015

"An endlessly diverting crime story featuring a wide array of characters and subplots."
In Osterhage's debut thriller, a crime lord's murder energizes criminals and cops alike on both the California and Arizona sides of the Colorado River's Parker Strip. Read full book review >
PRETTY GIRLS by Karin Slaughter
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"Slaughter (Cop Town, 2014, etc.) is so uncompromising in following her blood trails to the darkest places imaginable that she makes most of her high-wire competition look pallid, formulaic, or just plain fake."
Twenty-four years after a traumatic disappearance tore a Georgia family apart, Slaughter's scorching stand-alone picks them up and shreds them all over again. Read full book review >

A SONG OF SHADOWS by John Connolly
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"Connolly infuses his thrillers with enough of the supernatural to please fans of both genres, but it's his sense of humor, timeless characters, and impeccable writing that make his work worth reading."
Nazis, neighbors, and a nasty hit man coalesce around Connolly's iconic character, Charlie Parker, who's recovering from a near-fatal hit. Read full book review >
The Theta Prophecy by Chris Dietzel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 28, 2015

"A terrifying glimpse at a believable future."
Dietzel (The Last Teacher, 2015, etc.) offers a chilling sci-fi novel about big government run amok in the future. Read full book review >
THE SLAUGHTER MAN by Tony Parsons
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 22, 2015

"Although Parsons' version of the Metropolitan Police make some puzzling mistakes in their investigation, the story is so absorbing that readers will forgive him the repeated bad judgment that leaves Wolfe's team limping."
A family's brutal murder and the abduction of a small child set off an intense manhunt in this absorbing new thriller. Read full book review >
THOSE WE LEFT BEHIND by Stuart Neville
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 22, 2015

"Flanagan, who had a secondary role in The Final Silence (2014), takes center stage in a grim tale of dependence and obsession."
Two brothers bound by love and need repeat the deadly pattern of a past crime. Read full book review >
THE KILLING LESSONS by Saul Black
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 22, 2015

"Aficionados may fault Black for allowing the police at least one major oversight, but most readers will likely be too engrossed or happily grossed out to do anything but whip through the pages."
Ending the rampage of two sadistic serial killers may depend on a substance-abusing homicide detective facing an old lover and an unknown nemesis in this raw and utterly readable thriller. Read full book review >
Absolute Sunset by Kata Mlek
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 22, 2015

"A chilling modern fairy tale of post-Communist Poland.
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Mlek tells the story of a family haunted by an ominous raven in this debut novel translated from the Polish. Read full book review >
The Sense of Reckoning by Matty Dalrymple
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 19, 2015

"A book that proves just as keen and charming as its characters."
In Dalrymple's second thriller featuring Ann Kinnear, the appealing spirit sensor fears she may be haunted by the ghost of a killer. 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 >