Thrillers Book Reviews (page 76)

PRIMACY by J.E. Fishman
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"A hokey but entertaining thriller that's more fun than a barrel of overgrown monkeys."
In Fishman's eco-thriller, a voluble primate threatens to bring down the animal-testing industry. Read full book review >
SWITCHBACK by Matthew Klein
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"Klein (Con Ed, 2007) lards this preposterous tale with so many telling details about Timothy's lifestyle and psychology that you'll be swept up right along with him."
A successful currency speculator under pressure leaps out of the frying pan and into sci-fi territory in this torrid, over-plotted tale. Read full book review >

BAITED BLOOD by Sue Ann Jaffarian
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"Although killing the undead is no joke, this second entry in Jaffarian's latest series offers both humor and heart."
A spate of grisly stakings sends shock waves though L.A.'s vampire community. Read full book review >
TRACKERS by Deon Meyer
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"A first-rate thriller; a touch slow to get going, but hard to apply the brakes to once it gets rolling."
Oh, what a tangled web those rhinos weave: South African mystery maven Meyers returns with a complex tale of intrigue and mayhem most satisfying. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 31, 2011

"A superb thriller with enough action and suspense to keep readers well-satisfied."
The second installment of Winther's (The Jaguar Dances, 2010) thriller series sees an African vacation take a dangerous turn for an American couple trying to restore their marriage. Read full book review >

THE STRANGER YOU SEEK by Amanda Kyle Williams
Released: Aug. 30, 2011

"Williams (Club Twelve, 1994, etc.) creates a frightening and occasionally witty novel, perfect for those who can sleep with one eye open. Think Mary Higgins Clark with an edge."
A suspenseful tale of a clever crime-solver who gets a little too close to the action. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 30, 2011

"Cossé's 2003 novel has been admirably translated, and the psychological issues she raises are telling and true."
The "accident" in the title refers to the Paris crash that killed Princess Diana, but Cossé takes the unusual step of imagining the life of a woman who was putatively involved. Read full book review >
THE CUT by George Pelecanos
Released: Aug. 29, 2011

"Another tough, heart-rending odyssey through a war zone in which every denizen has the potential to be both hero and villain."
Pelecanos' newest hero walks the mean streets of the Nation's Capital with all the piercing hopes and fears and personal baggage of the others (The Way Home, 2009, etc.). Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 24, 2011

"Lengthy with a few dangling plot threads, but pervasive cleverness and fresh ideas make for an intelligent read."
A world traveler meets his untimely end, only to be recruited by the denizens of Heaven to undertake an expedition into Hell in McGee's (Goodbye, Cruel World, 2012, etc.) fantasy thriller. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 22, 2011

"The English-language success of Adler-Olsen's synthetic but sharply calculated debut, already a publishing phenomenon in Germany, Austria and its native Denmark, seems so assured that resistance would be futile."
Great news for fans who feared that the formula that shot Stieg Larsson's Millennium trilogy to the top of international bestseller lists couldn't be cloned: a big, leisurely Scandinavian thriller with dark hints of conspiracy, clunky descriptions, dozens of plot complications and the world's most unnuanced villains. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 14, 2011

"Ghost hunters will find few spooks on Tomahawk Creek, but inside the iron gates of Holloway Manor, the fiery Tellez sisters uncover a family intrigue that makes for a fast-paced, enjoyable read."
Years after their mother died and their father abandoned them, sisters Lily and Hyacinth Tellez find themselves at the center of another family scandal at their aging—and possibly cursed—estate on Tomahawk Creek. Read full book review >
TRIPLE CROSSING by Sebastian Rotella
Released: Aug. 10, 2011

"A fast-paced thriller that rings true to the real story behind the political posturing over the drug war, illegal immigration and border security."
In his fiction debut, Rotella (Twilight on the Line: Underworlds and Politics at the Mexican Border, 1998) draws a crime novel from the chaotic cauldron of the U.S.-Mexican border. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Maria Goodavage
October 24, 2016

Wherever the president goes, there will be dogs. They’ll be there no matter what the country or state. They’ll be there regardless of the political climate, the danger level, the weather, or the hour. Maria Goodavage’s new book Secret Service Dogs immerses readers in the heart of this elite world of canine teams who protect first families, popes, and presidential candidates: the selection of dogs and handlers, their year-round training, their missions around the world, and, most important, the bond—the glue that holds the teams together and can mean the difference between finding bombs and terrorists or letting them slip by. Secret Service Dogs celebrates the Secret Service’s most unforgettable canine heroes. It is a must-read for fans of Maria Goodavage, anyone who wants a rare inside view of the United States Secret Service, or just loves dogs. “Goodavage’s subjects and their companions are quirky and dedicated enough to engage readers wondering about those dogs on the White House lawn,” our reviewer writes. View video >