Thrillers Book Reviews

The Inevitable Witness by Ed Rucker
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 >
Unassimilated by Michael Benzehabe
Released: Aug. 16, 2016

"Riveting, even as the protagonist struggles more with losing her personal identity than espionage."
An Israeli immigrant, coding for the FBI's Cyber Crime Unit, hopes to bring her adopted sisters to America but winds up in the midst of a cyberwar in this thriller. Read full book review >

Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"Fleet, conscientious, and utterly true to its carefully wrought formula."
Laurie Moran and the staff of Under Suspicion reopen a cold case almost everyone else is convinced was closed tight 15 years ago. Read full book review >
Touched by a Phoenix by Sophia  Byron
Released: April 24, 2015

"A steadily escalating dual plot of romance and action enlivens this tale; a long and satisfying, genre-defying read."
A romantic thriller features a strong-willed corporate attorney's clash with a genius surveillance expert. Read full book review >
KILL THE FATHER by Sandrone  Dazieri
Released: Jan. 1, 2017

"Though following a path well-worn by the likes of Stephen King and Stieg Larsson, a dark treat for mystery buffs."
Dear old dad is a bit of a psychopath, and it's up to a damaged dynamic duo to stop him from committing more mayhem. Read full book review >

THE DARK ROOM by Jonathan  Moore
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"San Francisco has never been so menacing."
Moore's (The Poison Artist, 2016, etc.) complex and often deeply disturbing crime noir set in the City by the Bay delves into dark subjects and the insidious nature of true evil. Read full book review >
CONTAINMENT by Hank Parker
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"With a nice little zinger at the end, this is a satisfying tale told by an expert on bioterrorism."
A fast-moving debut biothriller featuring a mad scientist and his icky pets. Read full book review >
THE UNSEEING by Anna Mazzola
Released: Feb. 1, 2017

"Haunting characters propel this well-paced story of true crime and imperfect punishment."
A grisly murder in an England on the cusp of the Victorian era sets the scene for this thriller. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"A spectacular start for what promises be a great Thea Paris series."
A fast-moving thriller featuring kidnapped oil tycoon Christos Paris and his kidnap-negotiator daughter, Thea. She's tough. She's smart. She's diabetic. Read full book review >
FALSE FRIEND by Andrew Grant
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"A quick, enjoyable entry in the series."
An incendiary thriller featuring the return of Birmingham, Alabama, detective Cooper Devereaux (False Positive, 2015). Read full book review >
ODESSA SEA by Clive Cussler
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"Sketch out some exotic, ephemeral settings, make every villain as nasty as possible, and it's another of Cussler's cinematic-style entertainments spinning out at hold-on-to-your-hat speed."
Cussler's conglomerate (Built to Thrill, 2016, etc.) gives fans their money's worth with 500 pages chronicling Dirk Pitt's Black Sea adventures while hopscotching back to the Russian Revolution, then up to today's Iranian quest for nuclear weapons, and throwing in a rogue terror attack on the United States for good measure. Read full book review >
BURNING BRIGHT by Nicholas Petrie
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"Another fine thriller in what's shaping up to be a hell of a series."
Ex-Marine and damaged combat vet Peter Ash returns after his harrowing debut (The Drifter, 2016). Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Maria Goodavage
October 24, 2016

Wherever the president goes, there will be dogs. They’ll be there no matter what the country or state. They’ll be there regardless of the political climate, the danger level, the weather, or the hour. Maria Goodavage’s new book Secret Service Dogs immerses readers in the heart of this elite world of canine teams who protect first families, popes, and presidential candidates: the selection of dogs and handlers, their year-round training, their missions around the world, and, most important, the bond—the glue that holds the teams together and can mean the difference between finding bombs and terrorists or letting them slip by. Secret Service Dogs celebrates the Secret Service’s most unforgettable canine heroes. It is a must-read for fans of Maria Goodavage, anyone who wants a rare inside view of the United States Secret Service, or just loves dogs. “Goodavage’s subjects and their companions are quirky and dedicated enough to engage readers wondering about those dogs on the White House lawn,” our reviewer writes. View video >