Thrillers Book Reviews

THE FIREMAN by Joe Hill
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 17, 2016

"A satisfying tale overall, just right for the beach. Be sure to wear sunscreen."
Pleasing mayhem from horror/thrillermeister Hill (NOS4A2, 2013, etc.), the chip-off-the-old-block son of Stephen King.Read full book review >
Love Sick by Autumn J. Bright
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 5, 2015

"A successful portrayal of the complex psychology of an abuse victim, and a gripping story of a love gone sour."
Debut novelist Bright impresses with a nuanced tale of a woman who can't break free of an abusive relationship. Read full book review >

Tuesday's Child by Damian Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE

"A novel that methodically works its way to the end, ensuring a well-whetted appetite for mystery."
An Oregon lawyer learns that he has a 5-year-old daughter but soon finds himself a murder suspect when the girl's mother turns up dead in Smith's debut thriller. Read full book review >
DARK SKY by Joel Canfield
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 15, 2015

"A detective story whose imperfect protagonist boasts endearing qualities just below his rakish exterior."
A former CIA agent tries to prove a dead war hero isn't actually dead and runs afoul of a private security company that may want to silence him in this thriller. Read full book review >
NOBLE CHASE by Michael Rudolph
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 19, 2016

"A dandy debut novel featuring lawyers with both integrity and nautical skills."
A fast-moving legal thriller that's resolved on the high seas instead of in a courtroom. Read full book review >

THE EXILED by Christopher Charles
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 19, 2016

"Edgy and satisfying. A sequel would be most welcome."
Under a pseudonym, the author of Jonah Man (2012) delivers a dark tale of a Brooklyn undercover cop who becomes a homicide detective in the Southwest.Read full book review >
THE LETTER WRITER by Dan Fesperman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 19, 2016

"Fesperman gives us a well-crafted novel steeped in the politics and street life of 1940s New York, and in the letter writer, he's created a character who will stay with you long after the last shot is fired."
Many mysteries play out on the big stage of World War II-era New York, where information is the currency of the times. Read full book review >
Death of a Messenger by Robert B. McCaw
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2015

"A tautly paced, impressively accomplished police procedural marking the beginning of a promising mystery series."
Hawaii forms the lush backdrop for a veteran detective's attempt to foil a grisly murder plot involving priceless looted artifacts. Read full book review >
SPIDER 2-3 by Robert Vallier
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 26, 2015

"A tense, complex, and cleverly plotted work of international suspense with more than enough heroic gusto for future promised installments."
A hotbed of deception, terrorism, and global intrigue fuels this debut thriller. Read full book review >
Falcon Down by C.H. Cobb
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 13, 2013

"This first installment chronicling the adventures of Maj. Jacob Kelly turns out to be an undisputed success."
An Air Force pilot with a few skills not in his official dossier finds himself on the run in a hostile nation in this thriller, the first in a projected series. Read full book review >
Fractures by Will James
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 26, 2015

"A beautiful dose of carnal mayhem set in Purgatory."
This debut fantasy thriller finds an assassin taken out of the killing game only to be thrust into a surreal plot to dethrone a deity. Read full book review >
The SHIVA Syndrome by Alan Joshua
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 2, 2015

"Deft dialogue, crisp plotting, and a likable central figure make this multidisciplinary scientific adventure an exuberant and involving read."
A professor and parapsychology researcher discovers a key to mankind's evolution or destruction in this debut 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 >