Thrillers Book Reviews (page 76)

VOLTAIRE’S CALLIGRAPHER by Pablo De Santis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 15, 2010

"While the prose is richly reminiscent of Umberto Eco, the headlong pace of this dark fantasy—combining elements of mystery, historical fiction, horror and the splinter genre clockpunk—will let readers swallow the entrancing story in a single gulp."
The crumbling medieval world casts long shadows over emerging modernity in De Santis's second mystery to be translated into English (The Paris Enigma, 2008). Read full book review >
OUR KIND OF TRAITOR by John le Carré
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 12, 2010

Le Carré uses still another aspect of international relations in the new world order—the powerful, equivocal position of money launderers to the Russian mob—to put a new spin on a favorite theme: the betrayal that inevitably follows from sharply divided loyalties. Read full book review >

RVR by Charles L. Carson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 11, 2010

"A winsome protagonist who can pass for an action hero even in a courtroom."
In Carson's debut thriller, terrorists behind recent airplane crashes make their next target a San Francisco lawyer whose class-action suit may be exposing too much about their operations. Read full book review >
BLUE LIGHTNING by Ann Cleeves
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

Nobody, not even the murderer, can leave the island until the storm clears. Read full book review >
HANDLING THE UNDEAD by John Ajvide Lindqvist
THRILLERS
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"A philosophical story about fears to which no beating heart is immune."
Bright lights in a big city herald the return of the dead in Swedish horrorist Lindqvist's second novel, after Let the Right One In (2007), a vampire tale that was later turned into a movie. Read full book review >

THE SHAKE by Mel Nicolai
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Sept. 27, 2010

"An utterly readable fusion of vampire fiction and labyrinthine whodunit powered by a highly intelligent narrative containing deep existential speculation and numerous philosophical references; Anne Rice meets Dashiell Hammett at a Zen Buddhist monastery."
A philosophically inclined vampire turns gumshoe and investigates an unsolved murder. Read full book review >
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Sept. 14, 2010

"'What fucking people there are and what fucking lives they live,' reflects one grim flatfoot. Just so. Persson does a fine job of pitting one desperate soul against another in a philosophically charged tale worthy of Ingmar Bergman—but with lots more guns."
Engaging Swedish whodunit, the first of a trilogy—reminiscent of the work of Henning Mankell and Stieg Larsson in its toughness, and just as cynical in its politics. Read full book review >
WHEN NO ONE IS WATCHING by Joseph Hayes
THRILLERS
Released: Aug. 31, 2010

"Appealing to readers of multiple genres, this book is not to be missed."
Hayes' debut is a blend of suspense novel and morality play. Read full book review >
THE QUEEN OF PATPONG by Timothy Hallinan
THRILLERS
Released: Aug. 17, 2010

"Hallinan's unlikely hero shines in this sometimes funny, always engrossing and undeniably authentic story that explores a dark and fascinating side of Thailand."
Hallinan (Breathing Water, 2009, etc.) takes his Poke Rafferty series to the next level with this taut, offbeat and fast-moving thriller that focuses on Bangkok's red-light district and sex trade. Read full book review >
THE LEGACY by Kirsten Tranter
THRILLERS
Released: Aug. 10, 2010

"A promising beginning to what will undoubtedly be a successful writing career."
Australian author Tranter makes her splendid debut with this novel about friendship, love, abuse and deceit. Read full book review >
BLIND MAN’S ALLEY by Justin Peacock
THRILLERS
Released: Aug. 10, 2010

"Peacock writes compellingly about issues of class, identity and justice while still managing to keep the plot barreling irresistibly along."
An up-and-coming New York lawyer must simultaneously defend a powerful developer and a young man accused of murdering a security guard in Peacock's second novel (A Cure For Night, 2008). Read full book review >
AN ORDINARY DECENT CRIMINAL by Michael Van Rooy
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 3, 2010

"Exceptionally readable entertainment."
A Canadian writer debuts with a fast and funny tale about an ex-con going straight the crooked way. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Morgan Matson
July 25, 2016

From Morgan Matson, the bestselling author of Since You’ve Been Gone, comes The Unexpected Everything, a feel-good YA novel of friendship, finding yourself, and all the joys in life that happen while you’re busy making other plans. Andie has a plan. And she always sticks to her plan. Future? A top-tier medical school. Dad? Avoid him as much as possible (which isn’t that hard considering he’s a Congressman and he’s never around). Friends? Palmer, Bri, and Toby—pretty much the most awesome people on the planet, who needs anyone else? Relationships? No one’s worth more than three weeks. So it’s no surprise that Andie’s got her summer all planned out too. Until a political scandal costs Andie her summer pre-med internship, and lands both she and Dad back in the same house together for the first time in years. Suddenly she’s doing things that aren’t Andie at all. “Romance fans will find plenty to enjoy, as Andie gradually lets down her guard and risks the messy and unpredictable wonder of first love,” our reviewer writes. “A novel best read on a lazy summer day with sand between the toes.” View video >