Thrillers Book Reviews

The Inevitable Witness by Ed Rucker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2017

"This novel certainly doesn't skimp on twisty plot turns, but retains an understated, authentic approach to the law."
A Los Angeles lawyer defends a professional safecracker accused of murder in Rucker's debut legal thriller. Read full book review >
EXODUS '95 by Kfir Luzzatto
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2017

"A gripping story that maintains its momentum with an array of surprises and imperiled characters."
Two people with the knowledge to uncover a significant relic in Egypt may be at the mercy of wealthy but dangerous men in Luzzatto's (ExtraLife, Inc., 2013, etc.) thriller. Read full book review >

DARK ASSET by Adrian Magson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2017

"The fourth thriller in Magson's series (Hard Cover, 2016, etc.) has grit, pace, and consistent suspense in its depiction of chases, weaponry, and the details of espionage."
A security expert agrees to protect a French intelligence agent in Somalia, but several dangerous details are withheld from him. Read full book review >
VIOLET GRENADE by Victoria Scott
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 2, 2017

"A dark, twisted stand-alone. (Thriller. 14-adult)"
A homeless girl with a dark secret is taken into a "Home for Burgeoning Entertainers." Read full book review >
PROVING GROUND by Peter Blauner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 2, 2017

"A top-notch crime novel that avoids easy resolutions and is all the better for its unanswered questions."
The murder of a liberal lawyer in Brooklyn puts his Iraq War veteran son and two detectives on a collision course in this complex, character-rich tale. Read full book review >

INSURRECTION AT 1600 PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE by Rob Tenery
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 2, 2017

"Consistently blends dual medical and political storylines, each with its own worthy protagonist."
A physician and the White House chief of staff both suspect something sinister behind the vice president's sudden, unexplained death in this debut thriller. Read full book review >
THE ENDS OF THE EARTH by Robert Goddard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 2, 2017

"The third and most satisfying entry in an excellent series of old-school spy thrillers."
The sins of the fathers are visited upon the sons in the climax of this post-WWI historical thriller series by Goddard (The Corners of the Globe, 2016, etc.). Read full book review >
WHAT MY BODY REMEMBERS by Agnete Friis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 2, 2017

"A deeply resonant tale about one woman's attempts to embrace her past while setting herself free."
The scars of childhood trauma run deep for Ella Nygaard, but when she's forced to confront her past, she discovers that the truth may be as hard to pin down as her own memories. Read full book review >
THE RED LINE by Walt  Gragg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 2, 2017

"The writing isn't great, but the action is. If you loved Tom Clancy's Red Storm Rising or simply miss the 20th century, this one's a stroll down Memory Lane."
Communists retake Russia in this debut novel, and their Stalin-esque leader, Cheninko, fears the unified Germany that's once again run by vile Nazis. Read full book review >
THE GIRL WHO KNEW TOO MUCH by Amanda Quick
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 9, 2017

"A passably entertaining whodunit with very few surprises."
Quick, who is Jayne Ann Krentz in thriller mode, moves her setting from Victorian London ('Til Death Do Us Part, 2016, etc.) to golden-age Hollywood. Read full book review >
WATERSHED by Colin Dodds
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 12, 2017

"An appealing mix of adventure and contemplation."
Dodds (Windfall, 2014, etc.) delivers a speculative novel about a powerful former politician and those he seeks to manipulate. Read full book review >
ROCKS BEAT PAPER by Mike Knowles
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 16, 2017

"Knowles builds for impact and speed. Even the ruthless hero's matter-of-fact reflections on his felonious craft ('The games we play are never fair and they never end clean. They just end') achieve a truly baleful economy."
The fifth recorded caper for the thief who, imitating Richard Stark's Parker, is known only as Wilson dangles a fortune in jewels in front of him and an ill-fated crew. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >