Thrillers Book Reviews

The Blackmail Photos by Michael P. King
FICTION & LITERATURE

"A tightly executed thriller, and the high point of a great series."
In this third installment of his Travelers series, King's (The Computer Heist, 2016, etc.) con-artist couple target a would-be politician.Read full book review >
Alex by Adam J. Nicolai
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 21, 2011

"More curious than spooky, but featuring a riveting protagonist haunted by his own guilt."
A tormented father must decide whether he's seeing the ghost of his dead son or visions brought on by psychosis in this thriller. Read full book review >

Finding Lien by R. Bruce Logan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 19, 2016

"A tense and distressing tale of a sad and all-too-common kidnapping in an exotic land."
A look at the sex trade in East Asia, told as a suspense novel. Read full book review >
Crimson Park by C.J. Booth
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 10, 2016

"A thriller with an endlessly twisty plot and plenty of lingering questions for a third book to answer."
A California cold-case division finds that the disappearance of a B-movie director/producer isn't nearly as straightforward as it initially seems in Booth's (Olive Park, 2011) sequel.Read full book review >
SPIRIT MISSION by Ted Russ
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"Russ proves adept at spinning a fast-moving yarn with believable, three-dimensional characters."
In West Point cadet lore, a spirit mission is an illegal or unauthorized one that needs to be carried out for moral reasons. Read full book review >

THE SECRET LIFE OF SOULS by Jack Ketchum
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 8, 2016

"Novelist Ketchum and screenwriter McKee deliver an otherworldly, satirically streaked thriller about a precocious young actress, her psychically bonded dog, and her increasingly unhinged stage mother."
Eleven-year-old Delia, on whose acting career her parents have bet more than the house, proves a reluctant celebrity after being rescued from a bedroom fire by her dog, Caity. Read full book review >
THE HANGING CLUB  by Tony Parsons
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"This case tests Wolfe's humanity as well as his sense of duty."
A group of vigilantes goes after bad guys who received little more than a slap on the wrist. Read full book review >
Hill Country Siren by Patrick Kelly
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 29, 2016

"A laudable showing featuring an unconventional detective who's impossible to dislike."
Freelance chief financial officerJoe Robbins gets hired by a famed musician to look into a potential scam and becomes embroiled in a murder case in Kelly's (Hill Country Rage, 2014, etc.) latest series thriller.Read full book review >
Bond Hunter by Kia McInerny
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 18, 2016

"An intricate, compelling tale with a financial backdrop."
Debut author McInerny follows a young lawyer who's up against the deadly forces of the international banking system in this financial thriller. Read full book review >
BRONX REQUIEM by John Clarkson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 8, 2016

"Readers who take their novels strong and dark will savor this one. But if you want sweetness and light, move along. There's nothing to see here."
A fast-moving, bloody visit to the Bronx featuring the return of tough guy James Beck (Among Thieves, 2015). Read full book review >
WITHOUT MERCY by Jefferson Bass
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Despite a contrived denouement and some saggy, draggy passages, Bass (The Breaking Point, 2015, etc.) balances anthropological instruction with a twisty tale of suspense in the 10th Body Farm case."
A scientist who's more savvy about human remains than human relationships finds his own distinguished person threatened. Read full book review >
THE OBSIDIAN CHAMBER by Douglas Preston
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"Action-adventure with a macabre, sometimes-fantastical flair."
Aloysius Pendergast, an enormously wealthy FBI special agent with a go-it-alone, 007-like brief, is presumed dead at sea after helping a Massachusetts friend. Gloom prevails at his fabulous mansion on New York City's Riverside Drive. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
author of SEINFELDIA
August 22, 2016

Jennifer Keishin Armstrong’s new bestseller Seinfeldia is the hilarious behind-the-scenes story of two guys who went out for coffee and dreamed up Seinfeld —the cultural sensation that changed television and bled into the real world. Comedians Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld never thought anyone would watch their silly little sitcom about a New York comedian sitting around talking to his friends. NBC executives didn’t think anyone would watch either, but they bought it anyway, hiding it away in the TV dead zone of summer. But against all odds, viewers began to watch, first a few and then many, until nine years later nearly 40 million Americans were tuning in weekly. In Seinfeldia, TV historian and entertainment writer Armstrong celebrates the creators and fans of this American television phenomenon, bringing readers behind-the-scenes of the show while it was on the air and into the world of devotees for whom it never stopped being relevant, a world where the Soup Nazi still spends his days saying “No soup for you!” “Armstrong’s intimate, breezy history is full of gossipy details, show trivia, and insights into how famous episodes came to be,” our reviewer writes. “Perfect for Seinfeldians and newcomers alike.” View video >