Thrillers Book Reviews (page 8)

UNDER THE MIDNIGHT SUN by Keigo Higashino
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 8, 2016

"Despite its epic length, Higashino keeps his world remarkably claustrophobic, scattering just enough references to movies, current events, and first-generation home computers to let you know where the lead characters, aging but powerless to change, stand as the story rolls toward its bleakly preordained end."
Higashino leaves behind the increasingly weighty cases of Detective Galileo (A Midsummer's Equation, 2016, etc.) for an even more daunting stand-alone that traces the fallout of an unsolved murder through nearly two decades. Read full book review >
HEART ATTACK AND VINE  by Phoef Sutton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 8, 2016

"Fast, light, and witty, Sutton's second novel is a pleasure."
This fast-moving, wiseass, noir tale of murder and Hollywood features the return of bodyguard and bouncer Caleb Rush (Crush, 2015). Read full book review >

THE CHEMIST by Stephenie Meyer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 8, 2016

"Rated B for badass."
A professional torturer on the run from her employers falls in with sexy twin brothers. Read full book review >
Silver Rain by Patrick Harris
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"A technology-inspired mystery with all the fun of a zombie-esque outbreak."
Nanobytes released into the air transform most of the U.S. population into crazed killers who attack the unaffected in this sci-fi thriller. Read full book review >
THE HIDDEN PEOPLE by Alison Littlewood
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"Suitably strange with a twist, but the misogyny of the main character, true to the time period, is off-putting for a modern audience."
When a young woman is brutally murdered, her urbane cousin plans to debunk superstition and find out what really happened. But Yorkshire in the 1800s is a rather mysterious, suggestive place, and soon it's unclear where the line falls between the supernatural and human cruelty. Read full book review >

CITY OF STRANGERS by Louise Millar
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"The story falls victim to Millar's florid, overwrought prose and an unbearably silly subplot."
A photographer finds a dead man in her kitchen and sets out to identify him. Read full book review >
SPIRIT MISSION by Ted Russ
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"Russ proves adept at spinning a fast-moving yarn with believable, three-dimensional characters."
In West Point cadet lore, a spirit mission is an illegal or unauthorized one that needs to be carried out for moral reasons. Read full book review >
THE TWENTY-THREE  by Linwood Barclay
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"People die in large quantities in this deviously plotted but overly sprawling effort."
More mass mayhem awaits Barclay fans in the final installment of his Promise Falls trilogy, in which bodies stack up "in the morgue like firewood before the winter." Read full book review >
THE KILLING SHIP by Simon Beaufort
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"Beaufort leaves both 12th-century and modern England (The Murder House, 2014, etc.) far behind in a breathtaking tale of intrigue and fortitude reminiscent of the vintage adventure tales of Alistair MacLean."
A group of scientists about to leave Antarctica is overtaken by horrifying events. Read full book review >
BLACK WIDOW by Christopher Brookmyre
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"Full of engaging twists, Brookmyre's latest thriller featuring unconventional journalist Jack Parlabane is as compelling as it is clever."
Outed as the controversial blogger who targeted sexists in her workplace, surgeon Diana Jager is suspected of murdering her new young husband, leading maverick reporter Jack Parlabane on a circuitous investigation of the couple. Read full book review >
THE LONG ROOM by Francesca Kay
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"Kay is consistently entertaining in this subtle, sad psychological thriller."
Here is le Carré writ small yet still tense in a quiet thriller set amid the less glamorous work of back-office surveillance for the British government. Read full book review >
THE HANGING CLUB  by Tony Parsons
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"This case tests Wolfe's humanity as well as his sense of duty."
A group of vigilantes goes after bad guys who received little more than a slap on the wrist. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kathleen Kent
author of THE DIME
February 20, 2017

Dallas, Texas is not for the faint of heart. Good thing for Betty Rhyzyk she's from a family of take-no-prisoners Brooklyn police detectives. But in Kathleen Kent’s new novel The Dime, her Big Apple wisdom will only get her so far when she relocates to The Big D, where Mexican drug cartels and cult leaders, deadbeat skells and society wives all battle for sunbaked turf. Betty is as tough as the best of them, but she's deeply shaken when her first investigation goes sideways. Battling a group of unruly subordinates, a persistent stalker, a formidable criminal organization, and an unsupportive girlfriend, the unbreakable Detective Betty Rhyzyk may be reaching her limit. “Violent, sexy, and completely absorbing,” our critic writes in a starred review. “Kent's detective is Sam Spade reincarnated—as a brilliant, modern woman.” View video >