Thrillers Book Reviews (page 7)

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 >

SUNFAIL by Steven Savile
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"A hip style exercise that should satisfy his followers, the prolific Savile's latest apocalyptic thriller is too thinly drawn to make many new fans."
Poor New York: the power is out, the sun is failing, birds are dropping from the sky, and dogs are running wild. And then there are those mysterious terrorists who have targeted Brooklyn's Fort Hamilton. Read full book review >
THE MULBERRY BUSH by Charles McCarry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"Good enough while it lasts, but richer characters would have made it last longer."
Classic noir themes of trust, motive, and tarnished ideals spin through this mordant, cerebral thriller about an agent on a two-tiered mission. Read full book review >
TENACITY by J. S. Law
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"A good yarn that suffers from florid overwriting."
Murder, assault, and submarines plumbing the depths of the seas take center stage in Law's debut. Read full book review >

THE CROSSING by Michael Connelly
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"Solid, unspectacular, utterly engrossing work from the reigning master of the police procedural."
Harry Bosch goes to work for the Lincoln lawyer. Read full book review >
Based on a True Story by Jameson Currier
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"An involving, sentimental yarn of love, secrets, and relationships."
Four aging, gay male friends reunite over a Thanksgiving holiday, unearthing hidden pasts and a smoldering tragedy in Currier's (A Gathering Storm, 2014, etc.) novel.Read full book review >
HIDDEN by Karen E. Olson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2015

"In a stand-alone much darker than the books in her Annie Seymour series (Shot Girl, 2009, etc.), Olson provides thrills and spills as her resourceful heroine uses her considerable skills to escape her past."
A woman's criminal past catches up with her. Read full book review >
PLAYING WITH FIRE by Tess Gerritsen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"Clear your schedule for this one—you won't want to put it down until you're finished."
A suspenseful thriller about mysterious music and a violinist's fear of her child. Read full book review >
CORRUPTED by Lisa Scottoline
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"As so often for the firm of Rosato & DiNunzio (Betrayed, 2014, etc.), the ending, logical but woefully underprepared, is a serious disappointment. Fans eager to see Bennie's courtroom mettle won't care a bit."
Twelve years after a Kids-for-Cash scheme ends the childhood of two boys, Philadelphia lawyer Bennie Rosato must defend one of them on a charge of murdering the other. Read full book review >
FOREIGN AFFAIRS by Stuart Woods
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"Apart from all the big names tossed in to cow Casselli, Woods mostly soft-pedals the usual gratuitous inflation and extraneous subplots, keeping things simple, straightforward, and pleasantly predictable."
A former New York Mafioso who's fled home to Italy kidnaps the latest inamorata of the redoubtable Stone Barrington (Hot Pursuit, 2015, etc.). Big mistake.Read full book review >
DEPRAVED HEART by Patricia Cornwell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"A trademark Cornwell mystery: terse and tangled, messy and body fluid-y, and altogether satisfying."
Another gritty, world-weary tale of mayhem by masterful mysterian Cornwell (Flesh and Blood, 2014, etc.). 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 >