Thrillers Book Reviews

Transformed: San Francisco by Suzanne Falter
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"An amusing, sexually inclusive novel about joining forces to save a metropolis.
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Falter (How Much Joy Can You Stand?, 2014, etc.) and Harvey introduce an unlikely couple of crime fighters in this San Francisco-based thriller.Read full book review >
THE CELLAR by Minette Walters
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"Sly pacing and a detached narrative voice give this horror story exceptional punch."
This short work reads like a recipe for evil and may well induce a nightmare or two. Read full book review >

A SONG FOR THE BROKENHEARTED by William Shaw
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 19, 2016

"In this conclusion to a thoroughly gripping trilogy, Shaw draws incisive attention to little-known historical events and crafts a wholly satisfying thriller."
A cold case involving a former police officer's sister becomes linked to a current series of gruesome murders in 1969 London. Read full book review >
THE 8TH CIRCLE by Sarah Cain
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 12, 2016

"This dark debut isn't for everyone, but it's great for what it is: tight, well-crafted, and nasty. It nails the noir."
This dark thriller is a fast-paced plunge into a hell that reeks of sex and blood. Read full book review >
THE BITTER SEASON by Tami Hoag
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 12, 2016

"This tense psychological thriller shows Hoag at the top of her game."
In Hoag's (Cold, Cold Heart, 2015, etc.) latest, Minneapolis homicide detective Sam Kovac has been separated from his longtime partner, the diminutive yet hard-charging Nikki Liska. 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 >
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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The History Major by Michael Phillip Cash
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 17, 2015

"The threat's intangible, but the imagery in this imposing tale is discernibly moody and uncanny.
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In this existential thriller, a college student's disconcerting history class may force her to face troubling memories. Read full book review >
THE VERDICT by Nick Stone
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 15, 2015

"The suspense never lets up in this terrific courtroom drama. Fans of John Grisham will love it. It's definitely movie material."
A fast-moving British legal thriller filled with tension and surprises. Read full book review >
THE BONE LABYRINTH by James Rollins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 15, 2015

"Improbable, sure, and complicated enough to try the reader's patience at points. Still, as we've come to expect from Rollins, an altogether satisfying techno-thriller."
Planet of the Apes meets Rocky—or maybe The Big Bang Theory. 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 >