Thrillers Book Reviews (page 6)

UNSUB by Meg Gardiner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 27, 2017

"Every detail Gardiner (Phantom Instinct, 2014, etc.) uses to grease the skids is over-the-top, but readers sucked into this vortex won't care; they'll be too busy counting down the hours to the appearance of the promised sequel, which seems poised to begin about five minutes after the final scene."
Move over, Zodiac. The latest of the countless fictional serial killers you've inspired gives you a blistering run for your money. Read full book review >
FLASHMOB by Christopher Farnsworth
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 27, 2017

"Farnsworth's follow-up to Killfile is a smooth, assured effort but lacks some of the first book's excitement—partly because the methods and mentality of its strangely gifted protagonist have lost some of their freshness."
John Smith, the mind-reading crime fighter introduced in Killfile (2016), goes up against Downvote, a darknet site that incites violence against targeted individuals. Read full book review >

AMERICAN STATIC by Tom Pitts
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 26, 2017

"An absorbing and highly charged story of violent payback with considerable collateral damage."
Ex-cops, killers, and junkies collide in and around San Francisco in this thriller. Read full book review >
THE FORCE by Don Winslow
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 20, 2017

"By turns grim and giddy, this is a good read in the service of dark cops."
Savage dope dealers, dirty cops, corrupt officials, and a few hapless civilians mix it up in New York City. Read full book review >
THE SPY ACROSS THE TABLE by Barry Lancet
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 20, 2017

"Lancet's hero, who likely has more frequent flyer miles than any other fictional PI after four books, is in top form going after a kidnapped security analyst in North Korea. A solid, consistently smart thriller."
After the assassination-style murders of two of his friends—a renowned Japanese theater designer and an American production designer for the movies—San Francisco PI Jim Brodie returns to his old Asian haunts to track down the killer. Read full book review >

HERE AND GONE by Haylen Beck
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 20, 2017

"In the end, beyond the nerve-wracking premise, there just aren't enough surprises."
Audra Kinney confronts every parent's worst nightmare when she and her children become the victims of corrupt and scheming cops in the first novel by Beck, a pseudonym for Northern Irish crime writer Stuart Neville (So Say the Fallen, 2016, etc.). Read full book review >
THE BREAKDOWN by B.A.  Paris
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 20, 2017

"Paranoid and claustrophobic but tries too many tricks for its own good."
A murder committed on a rainy night on a spooky backwoods road opens Paris' (Behind Closed Doors, 2016) second thriller. Read full book review >
BOUNDARY by Andrée  Michaud
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 20, 2017

"Spellbinding. This novel is no light read, and beneath its layers lies a vision profoundly rewarding, beautiful, and tragic."
Quebec novelist Michaud (The River of Dead Trees, 2002, etc.) explores the devastating consequences of murder upon a close-knit community in this deeply psychological novel translated from the French. Read full book review >
SYMPHONY FOR THE DEVIL by Billy  Flounder
Released: June 19, 2017

"A crunchy, entertaining, occasionally preachy political thriller."
A debut satirical novel tells the story of a reporter investigating a deadly, mind-altering form of music. Read full book review >
Appointment with ISIL by Joe Giordano
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 15, 2017

"A roller-coaster ride to the finish, this book confirms Giordano as a writer to eagerly watch."
Giordano (Birds of Passage, 2014) introduces Anthony Provati, a reckless Lothario who becomes a hunted man in a global showdown of vicious organized criminals and terrorists. Read full book review >
DON QUIXOTE GOES TO YALE by Eytan Halaban
Released: June 15, 2017

"An amusing yarn about a student whose love of literature takes him on a dangerous journey."
A Don Quixote fan at Yale University discovers a letter that speaks of hidden treasure in Spain in this thriller. Read full book review >
RED SKY by Chris Goff
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 13, 2017

"Goff excels in setting the hook—if you blink, you'll miss the exposition—and plunging her heroine into one fast-moving action sequence after another. Readers seeking plausibility and great dialogue are advised to move along: nothing to see here."
"Can't a girl have any fun?" Diplomatic Security Service Special Agent Raisa Jordan asks her companion as they dodge the bullets a Russian crew is firing at their wildly careening vehicle. And that's only the beginning of her fun. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >