Thrillers Book Reviews (page 76)

Released: May 12, 2009

"Appealingly character-driven, particularly by 13-year-old Johnny, who's full of likeable traces of Huck Finn."
In his third novel, Edgar-winner Hart (Down River, 2007, etc.) confronts murder, depravity, betrayal and the like, while still finding room for tenderness. Read full book review >
WALKING DEAD by Greg Rucka
Released: May 5, 2009

"Only Lee Child's Jack Reacher thins the bottom-feeder population with as much brio as Atticus."
In his seventh outing (Patriot Acts, 2007, etc.), Atticus Kodiak goes after sexual predators and kills them deliciously. Read full book review >

THE INCREMENT by David Ignatius
Released: May 1, 2009

"A thinking person's thriller with a timely take on recent international politics."
Another taut, believable thriller from Washington Post columnist Ignatius (Body of Lies, 2007, etc.), who pits a world-weary CIA agent against an administration looking for any reason to go to war. Read full book review >
Released: April 14, 2009

"Ure (The Fault Tree, 2008, etc.) provides a meaty, twisty puzzle. But the real prize here is Jessie, a tough, conflicted heroine you won't soon forget."
An emergency operator who's already gotten away with one murder gets involved in another. Read full book review >
LOOK AGAIN by Lisa Scottoline
Released: April 14, 2009

"Fans will spot the last twist a mile away, but it doesn't matter. For once Scottoline subordinates the criminal plot to the human-interest story that rides sidesaddle in all her thrillers (Lady Killer, 2008, etc.), and the result is her best book yet."
Legal and illegal shenanigans take a back seat to mother love and its vicissitudes in Scottoline's barn-burning crossover novel about every adoptive mother's worst nightmare. Read full book review >

THE SPY GAME by Georgina Harding
Released: April 1, 2009

"An aching, delicate and affecting interpretation of loss and acceptance."
The mysteries of childhood take on a deeper resonance after a mother's disappearance from Cold War Britain. Read full book review >
LONG LOST by Harlan Coben
Released: April 1, 2009

"Fans are strongly advised to leave plenty of time to plow through the case at one sitting, as any delay would be fatal to the suspension of disbelief it demands. On the other hand, those few hours will leave the easy chair smoking."
Agent Myron Bolitar returns in a case as twisty and ambitious as Coben's highly successful stand-alones (Hold Tight, 2008, etc.). Read full book review >
THE CONQUEROR by Jan Kjærstad
Released: Feb. 17, 2009

"Think of it as Kafka-meets-Billy Connolly, and you're almost there. Sly, intelligent and a pleasure for fans of philosophically inclined literature."
From Norwegian novelist and short-story writer Kjærstad, a gloomy investigation of how the past spills into the present, and why otherwise nice Norwegians would be moved to murder. This book is the second volume in the Wergeland trilogy. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 21, 2009

"Appealing heroes and villains, a quirky love story, wit, style, suspense, plus all the authenticity of an Ed McBain procedural. Lose yourself in it."
In Kleinfeld's spellbinding debut, a young Chicago cop chases a pair of killers-for-hire who are also star-crossed lovers. Read full book review >
THE LAST GIG by Norman Green
Released: Jan. 20, 2009

"She fights like a Valkyrie, loves hard, runs scared at times, stands tall when it matters, is sexy, endearing and just about the freshest heroine to enhance genre fiction in forever. Don't miss her."
In this sizzling latest from Green (Dead Cat Bounce, 2006, etc.), a Latina street kid turned shamus goes after an Irish mobster turned traitor. Read full book review >
LAND OF MARVELS by Barry Unsworth
Released: Jan. 6, 2009

"A transfixing melodrama alive with crackling suspense, sharply drawn characters, intense historical relevance and ideas in action. Absorbing and irresistible."
The Booker Prize-winning British author's latest novel is a tale of archaeological exploration and global political cross-purposes, set in the former Mesopotamia (now Iraq) in the immediate pre-war year of 1914. Read full book review >
NEMESIS by Jo Nesbø
Kirkus Star
by Jo Nesbø, translated by Don Bartlett
Released: Jan. 1, 2009

"The high-intensity action is threaded through a series of Chinese boxes revealing one false solution after another before the brilliantly inventive final twist."
Oslo's favorite cowboy, Inspector Harry Hole, tackles the case of the serial bank robber with an itchy trigger finger. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fernanda Santos
author of THE FIRE LINE
May 17, 2016

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. New York Times writer Fernanda Santos’ debut book The Fire Line is the story of the fire and the Hotshots’ attempts to extinguish it. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. There's Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. View video >