Thrillers Book Reviews (page 5)

THE HANGING JUDGE by Michael Ponsor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 3, 2013

"Ponsor's debut would make a great movie."
A legal thriller written by, and from the viewpoint of, a federal judge. Read full book review >
TATIANA by Martin Cruz Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 12, 2013

"Anyone who enjoys crime novels but hasn't read Smith is in for a treat. Read this book, then look for other Arkady Renko adventures."
In Smith's latest Arkady Renko novel, the Russian investigator seeks the truth about a young reporter's apparent suicide. Read full book review >

DRY BONES by Peter Quinn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 31, 2013

"Gripping up to the end, the bookwhich takes its title from the old spiritual about everything being connected—will send readers who were new to Quinn back to his other books in the series."
Quinn's final installment in a spy trilogy that began with Hour of the Cat (2005) and The Man Who Never Returned (2010) sends New York PI Fintan Dunne on a secret wartime mission to Slovakia to rescue OSS officers from the last gasps of Nazi aggression. Read full book review >
AN ESSENTIAL DECEPTION by Brian A Tucker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 30, 2013

"A truly impressive thriller debut in the vein of Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code."
In this sprawling international thriller, an ancient secret society seeks domination over Western governments. Read full book review >
SPIRIT OF STEAMBOAT by Craig Johnson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 21, 2013

"Unlike Walt's usual adventures (A Serpent's Tooth, 2013, etc.), this novella shuns mystery for a wild and dangerous adventure that will leave you both touched and breathless."
The day before Christmas finds Sheriff Walt Longmire of Absaroka County, Wyo., at loose ends, until a ghost from the past brings back long-forgotten memories. Johnson's Walt Longmire mysteries are the basis for an A&E drama series. Read full book review >

THE BLACK PHOENIX by Allan Kemp
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 17, 2013

"An exquisitely detailed, fantastic realm of wizards, witches, vampires and werecreatures that's begging for a series."
Kemp's debut fantasy-thriller takes place in a world ruled by supernatural beings threatened by a looming horde of lost souls in the heart of Atlanta. Read full book review >
POLICE by Jo Nesbø
Kirkus Star
by Jo Nesbø, translated by Don Bartlett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 15, 2013

"A surprise ending promises a fresh start for a series that had appeared to end with its previous novel."
Having upped the ante with the previous novel in the Harry Hole series, the author goes for broke here. Read full book review >
THE OCTOBER LIST by Jeffery Deaver
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"Perhaps the cleverest of all Deaver's exceptionally clever thrillers. If you've ever wished you could take the film Memento to the beach, here's your chance."
Remember Merrily We Roll Along, the Sondheim musical out of Kaufman and Hart that began with its climactic scene and worked backward to the beginning? Deaver's borrowed the same concept and juiced it with assorted felonies, nonstop suspense and his trademark braininess. Read full book review >
THE RETURN by Michael Gruber
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 3, 2013

"Thrilling and compulsively readable."
After being diagnosed with a fatal brain condition, a seemingly mild-mannered New York book editor heads to Mexico for a violent confrontation with his past. Read full book review >
LINEUP by Liad Shoham
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Sept. 3, 2013

"This book marks the author's U.S. debut. Let's hope he gives us many more stories like it."
Israeli author Shoham's gritty crime thriller set in Tel Aviv. Read full book review >
ALEX by Pierre Lemaitre
Kirkus Star
by Pierre Lemaitre, translated by Frank Wynne
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 3, 2013

"An eloquent thriller with a denouement that raises eyebrows as it speeds the pulse."
In this unpredictable, oddly delectable French thriller, an attractive young Parisian woman is abducted, chained in a crate and brutalized by an avenger—a crime that doesn't begin to hint at the gruesome killings to follow. Read full book review >
THEN WE TAKE BERLIN by John Lawton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 3, 2013

"A wonderfully complex and nuanced thriller, first in a new series, by the creator of Inspector Troy (A Lily of the Field, 2010, etc.)."
A dangerous assignment in East Berlin is fraught with complex memories from postwar Europe. 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 >