Thrillers Book Reviews (page 9)

Traitors Unleashed by M.M. Justine
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 7, 2016

"The author injects mystery and suspense into a tale of feuding drug companies.
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A pharmaceutical war in Sweden incites kidnappings, murder, and betrayal in Justine's (Traitors from Inside Out, 2014) medical thriller.Read full book review >
Anything for Him by L.K. Chapman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 7, 2016

"While adding to the literature of domestic violence, this novel delivers unpleasant characters."
In this psychological thriller, a woman with an abusive, controlling boyfriend agrees to help him exact revenge on a childhood friend. Read full book review >

AFTER THE CRASH by Michel Bussi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"Lots of initial promise, but the plot proves improbable and the execution melodramatic."
A plane crash and the identity of its lone survivor form the delicious premise for Bussi's novel. Read full book review >
VAGABOND by Gerald Seymour
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"An author who seemingly can do no wrong, British spymaster Seymour delivers another first-rate effort—this one focused on an old-fashioned hero facing up to new challenges."
Twenty years after the IRA declared a cease-fire in Northern Ireland, a small, unreconstructed group of its members are plotting to buy weapons from a Russian arms dealer. A legendary runner of agents for MI5 known as Vagabond is called out of self-imposed retirement to thwart their efforts to stir up trouble. Read full book review >
THE RATABAN BETRAYAL by Stephen Alter
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"Best known for his nonfiction (Becoming a Mountain, 2015, etc.), Alter delivers an engaging international thriller."
When an American missionary working as a CIA agent is murdered in Mussoorie, a hill station in the Himalayas near India's border with Tibet, American and Indian intelligence suspect China is behind the killing. Read full book review >

THE FIRST ORDER by Jeff Abbott
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"Abbott loads his story with entertaining plot twists, not all of which make perfect sense, but the bond and betrayal between the two brothers add emotional depth to the action."
An epic struggle between two brothers throws Russian-American relations in jeopardy during this strong installment of Abbott's series (Inside Man, 2014, etc.) featuring ex-CIA sleuth Sam Capra. Read full book review >
THE CYCLOPS INITIATIVE by David Wellington
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"Unremarkable action-adventure that falls on the side of predictability."
Jim Chapel, the one-armed special ops soldier, is back in Wellington's latest action-packed novel. Read full book review >
The Coalition by Samuel Marquis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 4, 2016

"An entertaining thriller about a ruthless political assassination."
An FBI agent and an intrepid reporter uncover a vast right-wing conspiracy to gain control of the U.S. government. Read full book review >
Riverside by Brett Burlison
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 4, 2016

"A steamy tale and beguiling thriller, with plenty of local color and some provocative twists."
A young landscaper gets caught up in the drug trade in this debut novel. Read full book review >
Cult of Ku by Bill Fernandez
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 2, 2016

"An edifying novel that explores cultural conflicts in Hawaii between the world wars that is hampered by an overly ambitious, frequently turbid plot."
Fernandez (Kapa'a, 2015, etc.) incorporates Hawaiian history, folklore, and labor struggles into a 1920-set mystery packed with violence and murder.Read full book review >
Haunting Investigation by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 31, 2015

"Engaging characters, one already dead, highlight this loving tribute to the classic detective story."
In Yarbro's (Sustenance: A Saint-Germain Novel, 2014, etc.) mystery/thriller, a journalist in 1924 investigates a possible murder with help from the ghost who's haunting her.
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FALSE POSITIVE by Andrew Grant
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 29, 2015

"A dark, enjoyable novel. One of Grant's (RUN, 2014, etc.) better works."
A fast-moving thriller about a flawed cop searching for an abducted child. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Frances Stroh
author of BEER MONEY
May 5, 2016

Frances Stroh’s earliest memories are ones of great privilege: shopping trips to London and New York, lunches served by black-tied waiters at the Regency Hotel, and a house filled with precious antiques, which she was forbidden to touch. Established in Detroit in 1850, by 1984 the Stroh Brewing Company had become the largest private beer fortune in America and a brand emblematic of the American dream itself; while Stroh was coming of age, the Stroh family fortune was estimated to be worth $700 million. But behind the beautiful façade lay a crumbling foundation. As their fortune dissolved in little over a decade, the family was torn apart internally by divorce and one family member's drug bust; disagreements over the management of the business; and disputes over the remaining money they possessed. “The author’s family might have successfully burned through a massive fortune, but they squandered a lot more than that,” our reviewer writes about Stroh’s debut memoir, Beer Money. “A sorrowful, eye-opening examination of familial dysfunction.” View video >