Thrillers Book Reviews

THE FIFTH COLUMN by John Fenzel
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 15, 2017

"Appealing heroes whom readers should cheer in every confrontation, explosive or otherwise."
Helping out a cancer-ridden friend, a former Green Beret colonel and CIA operative uncovers a conspiracy involving U.S. government officials in this thriller. Read full book review >
ICED by Robert  Grindy
Released: Dec. 31, 2017

"An offbeat thriller with a greenhorn detective who categorically defies convention."
In debut novelist Grindy's mystery, a college professor plans to turn a student's story idea into a best-seller of his own—but he gets sidetracked by a real-life death that's shockingly similar to the one in his book. Read full book review >

HYBRID by James Marshall  Smith
Released: Jan. 10, 2018

"A creature feature that earns its suspense by rigorously developing its characters."
A vicious beast menaces residents of a Montana town in the 1990s in Smith's (Silent Source, 2016) thriller. Read full book review >
CHOOSING A MASTER by S.M.  Perlow
Released: Jan. 16, 2018

"A solid, enduring, addictive vampire epic with great potential that readers should be thrilled to sink their teeth into."
A vampire yarn combines passion, melodrama, and a legacy of bloodlust. Read full book review >
THIS IS WHAT HAPPENED by Mick Herron
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 30, 2018

"Given Herron's outrageous premise, the complications are managed with delicious control. Only the last act stumbles, because the climax is the only part of this story that's remotely predictable."
The latest stand-alone from Herron couldn't be more different from his bustling, often brutally funny series about the government agents at Slough House (Spook Street, 2017, etc.). This pared-down exercise in suspense is just plain brutal. Read full book review >

AGENT IN PLACE by Mark Greaney
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 20, 2018

"Somehow, Greaney cranks out one winner after another. That's a lot of work for the Gray Man and plenty of pleasure for thriller fans."
Seventh in the high-powered Gray Man series (Gunmetal Gray, 2017, etc.). Read full book review >
THE HUSH by John Hart
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 27, 2018

"After spinning its wheels in its first half, Hart's novel becomes a chilling tale that's hard to shake."
Evil deeds from the past haunt the present in a darkly bewitched Southern swamp. Read full book review >
CLOSER THAN YOU KNOW by Brad Parks
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 6, 2018

"Parks (Say Nothing, 2017, etc.) dishes out another irresistible descent into hell for a heroine who regards her harrowing plight with a sobering verdict: 'It was like hitting a new bottom every day.'"
A Virginia mom dutifully treading the path toward middle-class respectability is thrown down the rabbit hole when she's accused of drug dealing and worse. 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 >