Thrillers Book Reviews (page 6)

Riviera Maya by Robert Leslie Fisher
ROMANCE
Released: Nov. 13, 2015

"An ambitious novel that falls short of its lofty goals.
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Smarting from the wound of her husband's desertion, a young professional architect nevertheless tries to win him back in Fisher's (Vanilla Republic, 2009, etc.) novel.Read full book review >
Gallery Pieces by Larry Witham
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 13, 2015

"A thoughtful, well-written, and well-developed novel about the art world that's an exuberant, satisfying read."
In this mystery/thriller set in New York City, an art restoration consultant stumbles upon clues pointing to his grandfather's possible association with World War II looting. Read full book review >

EATING BULL by Carrie Rubin
THRILLERS
Released: Nov. 12, 2015

"A solid thriller that manages to infuse one boy's coming-of-age with a whole lot of murder."
An obese teenage boy agrees to be the face of a lawsuit against the fast-food industry, not realizing that doing so has marked him as a target for a serial killer. Read full book review >
CRIMSON SHORE by Douglas Preston
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"Pendergast is a modern Sherlock Holmes, albeit one preferring absinthe to cocaine. The conclusion of this compelling two-prong mystery assures another crime conundrum is sure to wash ashore."
Amid the salt marshes near Exmouth, Massachusetts, FBI Special Agent Aloysius Pendergast finds an antique medallion of Morax, a demon. Is there a connection to the deliberate sinking of the cargo ship Pembroke Castle by desperate town folk in 1884? Read full book review >
THE GIRL IN THE ICE by Lotte Hammer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"Fans of Scandinavian noir won't find much to like about this jumbled entry in the field."
A killer who preys on beautiful women faces off against a team of Danish investigators. Read full book review >

THE PROMISE by Robert Crais
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"Not Crais' deepest or thorniest mystery but another solid outing with a host of involving characters."
Los Angeles private investigator Elvis Cole is joined by K-9 cop Scott James and his battle-scarred German shepherd, Maggie, in the search for a woman out to avenge the killing of her son in a suicide bombing in Nigeria. Read full book review >
Evil Among Us by Kirk Spangler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"A flawed but fast-paced novel that reads like a blockbuster action movie."
A mystery/thriller that's brimming with action. Read full book review >
Unholy Alliances by Kevin Land Patrick
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 6, 2015

"A spy novel that runs full tilt from beginning to end; action junkies will be more than satiated."
The CIA and allies try to stop a formidable and malignant terrorist organization from instigating an international war in Patrick's (Threatened Waters, 2014) thriller.Read full book review >
The Prudent Man by Isaac Ritter
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 6, 2015

"The hero's cautious but no pushover, intrepidly facing the engaging story's multiple obstacles."
In Ritter's debut thriller, a windfall of problems hits a trust officer, who may have uncovered embezzlement at his company while simultaneously infuriating a gang of racist bikers. Read full book review >
In Absence of Fear by Celeste Chaney
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 5, 2015

"A compelling novel to tease readers' paranoia."
Chaney imagines a society under total surveillance in this debut sci-fi thriller. Read full book review >
Katherine by Lorin Hayes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 5, 2015

"Possesses the prerequisites for a solid mystery, but the protagonists are the true gems."
A psychiatrist and an attorney help a schizophrenic woman institutionalized for murder whose family seems suspiciously indifferent to her potential release in Hayes' debut thriller. Read full book review >
Conditional Love by Michael Canzoniero
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 4, 2015

"A deft thriller with an important message about the lasting damage of alcohol abuse.
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A young woman's mysterious murder forces a troubled detective to come to terms with his past. 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 >