Thrillers Book Reviews (page 9)

SATURN RUN by John Sandford
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"James Bond meets Tom Swift, with the last word reserved not for extraterrestrial encounters but for international piracy, state secrets, and a spot of satisfyingly underhanded political pressure."
Quite a departure for Sandford, who sets aside his Lucas Davenport crime franchise (Gathering Prey, 2015, etc.) and partners with photographer and sci-fi buff Ctein to leave Earth's gravitational field for the rings of Saturn. Read full book review >
Monsterland by Michael Phillip Cash
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 3, 2015

"A signature Cash creation, full of both mayhem and heart."
From the author of Pokergeist (2015) comes a tale of teenagers at a theme park featuring actual zombies, vampires, and werewolves.Read full book review >

Tales for the Train by J. John le Grange
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 2, 2015

"Pain, loneliness, humiliation, and grief underlie these atomized, broken lives."
The nine interconnected stories in this novella, set in a small Japanese town, center on a suicide. Read full book review >
Fire War by T.T. Michael
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2015

"Readers will find an engaging family drama underneath this futuristic political thriller."
In Michael's sci-fi debut, a sniper must deal with his feelings and his family as a North American superstate takes over. Read full book review >
Tyler's Last by David Winner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2015

"A brash literary thriller that plunges deep into the mind of a criminal and his creator."
An elderly crime novelist's last work and a shady crook's errand overlap in Winner's (The Cannibal of Guadalajara, 2010) fictional nod to Patricia Highsmith. Read full book review >

Winds by Paul Dale Anderson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 30, 2015

"Steady pace keeps this novel consistently riveting and often entertaining."
In Anderson's (Light, 2015, etc.) latest thriller, it's up to a small group of people to stop an evil corporation from disrupting the balance between the spirit and material worlds.Read full book review >
Dead Yet Dying by B. K. Brain
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 30, 2015

"Exciting mystical elements bolster an exhilarating tale led by two appealing characters."
In Brain's (Doris and the Ankh, 2015) thriller, the fate of the world may be in the hands of a janitor and a high schooler, both inextricably tied to a serial killer's spree.Read full book review >
Concrete Evidence by Jeff Shaw
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 30, 2015

"A simple tale with a hero who's just a regular guy, which makes him all the more likable and exemplary."
An agent in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, searching for missing parolees, fears that the Aryan Brotherhood may be responsible for their disappearances in Shaw's straightforward debut thriller. Read full book review >
Parker Strip by Jeff Osterhage
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 30, 2015

"An endlessly diverting crime story featuring a wide array of characters and subplots."
In Osterhage's debut thriller, a crime lord's murder energizes criminals and cops alike on both the California and Arizona sides of the Colorado River's Parker Strip. Read full book review >
PRETTY GIRLS by Karin Slaughter
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"Slaughter (Cop Town, 2014, etc.) is so uncompromising in following her blood trails to the darkest places imaginable that she makes most of her high-wire competition look pallid, formulaic, or just plain fake."
Twenty-four years after a traumatic disappearance tore a Georgia family apart, Slaughter's scorching stand-alone picks them up and shreds them all over again. Read full book review >
A SONG OF SHADOWS by John Connolly
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"Connolly infuses his thrillers with enough of the supernatural to please fans of both genres, but it's his sense of humor, timeless characters, and impeccable writing that make his work worth reading."
Nazis, neighbors, and a nasty hit man coalesce around Connolly's iconic character, Charlie Parker, who's recovering from a near-fatal hit. Read full book review >
2016 by James Force
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"A credulity-straining thriller that could be a guilty pleasure for nondiscriminating genre fans."
A millennial worker at the Chicago Board of Trade is framed for murder in this conspiracy thriller. 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 >