Thrillers Book Reviews (page 76)

GREYWALKER by Kat Richardson
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 3, 2006

"Well-produced, pleasingly peopled, with a strong narrative and plenty of provocative plot lines: a superb beginning to the series that's unquestionably in the offing."
Contemporary fantasy meets urban noir in Richardson's intriguing debut. Read full book review >
FRAGILE THINGS by Neil Gaiman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"Expect the unexpected. Then savor the luscious chills."
Neo-Goth-Pulp-Noir has pretty much been trademarked by Gaiman (Anansi Boys, 2005, etc.), and these 31 jagged slices of life and the afterlife dependably deliver the damaged goods: zombies, dream-haunted kiddies, femmes fatale and fiends. Read full book review >

NAGLE'S MERCY by Adam Kargman
THRILLERS
Released: Sept. 21, 2006

"Suffers from minor flaws, but the nonstop action and palpable psychological tension make for an edge-of-your-seat read."
A debut thriller about a University of Arizona undergrad whose meticulously planned future is put in jeopardy when a mysterious con man begins blackmailing him. Read full book review >
THRILLERS
Released: Sept. 12, 2006

"A literate, ironic, strangely tasty treat for fans of 28 Days Later, Dawn of the Dead, The Last Man on Earth and other treasures of the zombie/counterzombie genre."
An "oral history" of the global war the evil brain-chewers came within a hair of winning. Read full book review >
THE ONE FROM THE OTHER by Philip Kerr
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 7, 2006

"Grim and gripping, with all the author's customary sure-handedness in evidence."
After 15 years, Kerr (Hitler's Peace, 2005, etc.) dusts off his most compelling protagonist: Bernie Gunther, postwar Berlin's hardest-boiled PI. Read full book review >

THE ZERO by Jess Walter
THRILLERS
Released: Sept. 5, 2006

"This is the breakout novel of a brave and talented young writer (Citizen Vance, 2005, etc.), though for some, it will seem so uncompromisingly chilling that it will be too much."
Five days after 9/11, Brian Remy, hero cop, first responder, wanders his city like a shell-shocked pilgrim in this brilliant tour-de-force that's as heartrending as it is harrowing. Read full book review >
THE MEANING OF NIGHT by Michael Cox
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"Cox has a fine time putting all these questions into play in this long, learned and remarkably entertaining treat, which begs comparison with the work of Patricia Highsmith."
A bibliophilic, cozy, murderous confection out of foggy old England. Read full book review >
LONG IN THE TOOTH by David Turrill
THRILLERS
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"First-rate suspense."
Turrill (An Apology for Autumn, 2004) delivers a terrific literary thriller that merges meditations on mortality with a fast-paced shoot-'em-up. Read full book review >
THE DEVIL’S FEATHER by Minette Walters
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 22, 2006

"Genteel and horrifying as ever, with a particularly unsparing examination of the rage of traumatized victims."
Have current events finally caught up with Walters's unremittingly brutal imagination? The latest of her masterful psychological thrillers (Fox Evil, 2003, etc.) examines the effects of terrorism as it ranges from Baghdad to West Dorset. Read full book review >
MAGIC MAN by Ron Base
THRILLERS
Released: Aug. 15, 2006

"A page-turner, spiffy and irresistible."
Beautiful women and gangsters, movie stars and dictators all rub shoulders in this delicious tongue-in-cheek debut set in 1920s Hollywood. Read full book review >
WIZARD OF THE CROW by
THRILLERS
Released: Aug. 8, 2006

"A remarkable book, sure to be widely read. Suffice it to say that things don't turn out as the dictator—or we—expected."
A sprawling allegory starring an African dictator who isn't having the best of times. Read full book review >
THE MERLOT MURDERS by Ellen Crosby
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 1, 2006

"A fast-paced, intriguing debut that holds interest from cover to cover."
A neglected winery, a valuable necklace and a shooting accident are tied together by greed and past indiscretions. 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 >