Thrillers Book Reviews (page 5)

IRÈNE by Pierre Lemaitre
Released: Dec. 1, 2014

"A book that no matter how fast the reader connects the dots still produces a bombshell that's both brilliant and diabolical."
Though this isn't the first of Lemaitre's books to be translated into English—that would be Alex (2013)—this was the first he wrote, and it introduces his unique and unforgettable police investigator, Commandant Camille Verhœven.Read full book review >
THE BLUE FOLIO by Matt McMahon
Released: Nov. 20, 2014

"A political thriller for readers on both sides of the aisle."
This debut political thriller explores the consequences of ushering in and maintaining a less corrupt U.S. government. Read full book review >

A CASE OF GREED by Don L. McCarty
Released: Nov. 18, 2014

"A solid thriller at its best in lawyer mode."
In McCarty's (Jonathan's Travails, 2012) legal thriller, a retired California attorney tries to settle a murdered man's vast estate, but a trio of avaricious lawyers stands in his way.Read full book review >
HIS JUST DESSERTS by John Raymond Williams
Released: Nov. 18, 2014

"A subdued but positively absorbing murder mystery."
In Williams' debut thriller, a man plots to evade taxes by cheating a casino—a scheme that goes horribly wrong when someone ends up dead. Read full book review >
REVIVAL by Stephen King
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"No one does psychological terror better than King. Another spine-tingling pleasure for his fans."
In his second novel of 2014 (the other being Mr. Mercedes), veteran yarn spinner King continues to point out the unspeakably spooky weirdness that lies on the fringes of ordinary life. Read full book review >

THE SIEGE by Arturo Pérez-Reverte
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"A genre-bending literary thriller worth the time."
Pirates; serial killings; steamy, unrequited love: Pérez-Reverte (Pirates of the Levant, 2010, etc.) imbues the sensational with significance.Read full book review >
INTO A RAGING BLAZE by Andreas Norman
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"There's plenty to like in this plausible and well-written tale."
An oddly named but engaging spy thriller translated from the Swedish. Read full book review >
SILENT SUSPECT by Tony Hawthorne
Released: Oct. 31, 2014

"Strong characters, an intriguing story, and a brisk pace make for a highly readable legal thriller."
Hawthorne's debut novel follows a Cape Cod lawyer who defends a mute old woman with memory loss in her trial for a 50-year-old murder in a hostile Southern town. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 28, 2014

"Henry is indelible, and Fulbright smartly surrounds him with equally memorable characters in this exceptional outing."
In Fulbright's (Driving Mad, 2014) thriller, the real threat during the Cold War in the 1980s is the French president, who claims to have a weapon capable of shifting the balance of global power. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 23, 2014

"The gripping conclusion to a spy series piloted by a relatable, enjoyable hero."
The intense, riveting final installment of Croft's (Operation Saladin, 2013, etc.)Mideast trilogy. Read full book review >
HILL COUNTRY RAGE by Patrick Kelly
Released: Oct. 22, 2014

"Joe may be a good CFO, but he's an even better detective and carries the mystery like a seasoned professional."
In Kelly's (Hill Country Greed, 2013) second thriller featuring Joe Robbins, the chief financial officer is determined to connect a shady businessman to a drug cartel after Joe's friend is murdered. Read full book review >
THE BUTTERFLIES' COAT by Ronald Williams
Released: Oct. 22, 2014

"An assiduous but emotionally vibrant thriller."
In Williams' (A Voice from the Tomb, 2013, etc.) thriller, a murder on a Caribbean island may be related to the construction of a plant to build fuel-efficient cars. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Luis Alberto Urrea
April 21, 2015

Examining the borders between one nation and another, between one person and another, Luis Alberto Urrea’s latest story collection, The Water Museum, reveals his mastery of the short form. This collection includes the Edgar-award winning "Amapola" and his now-classic "Bid Farewell to Her Many Horses," which had the honor of being chosen for NPR's "Selected Shorts" not once but twice. Urrea has also recently published a poetry collection, Tijuana Book of the Dead, mixing lyricism and colloquial voices, mysticism and the daily grind. We talk to Urrea about both of his new books this week on Kirkus TV. View video >