It begins at the end, and you still won’t believe your eyes when you get to the final page of thriller novelist Jeffery Deaver’s beguiling new novel „The October List.“ He promises readers one hell of a ride.
At the height of his renown, back in the late 1960s and early ’70s, Scottish adventure-thriller writer Alistair MacLean rivaled even Agatha Christie as a best-seller. More than a dozen motion pictures were adapted from MacLean’s yarns.
James R. Benn is no ordinary traveler. When he walks the streets of London, combs the beaches at Anzio or scales a mountain peak in Ireland – scouting settings for his Billy Boyle series of mysteries set during World War II – he travels through time and space.
Pierre Lemaitre on „A Commonplace Killing“, by Siân Busby, „The Double“, by George Pelecanos, „Spider Woman’s Daughter“, by Anne Hillerman, „Critical Mass“, by Sara Paretsky and …
He may be ill, dying and never to appear again. John Banville does not yet know the fate of his main character, Dr. Quirke. But one thing is certain: „Holy Orders“, the sixth book in this series, is a major turning point in the crime solving pathologist’s life.
No pain, no gain – No matter how hard you think your life is, it’s probably better than that of Cal Weaver, the protagonist in Linwood Barclay’s latest anxiety-charged thriller, „A Tap on the Window“.
Steven Gore never intended to become a crime fiction writer. For him, genre had to engage with experience, not struggle against it.
J. Kingston Pierce is always surprised when he hears longtime followers of crime and mystery fiction say they’ve never read anything by Ed Gorman. He’s churned out novels—around 100 of them so far—over the last three decades.
„The Mojito Coast“ (its title a play on Paul Theroux’s „The Mosquito Coast“) is something of a throwback, but in the best sense. Its list of debts extends at least to Mickey Spillane, Brett Halliday and that renowned Humphrey Bogart picture, „Casablanca.“
Taylor Stevens, the widely acclaimed author of „The Informationist,“ „The Innocent“ and now „The Doll,“ doesn’t get it when people find her special.
Novelist Alan Glynn chuckles to himself as he reveals the secret of his success. In his soft Dublin accent, he recalls W. Somerset Maugham’s advice. “There are three rules for writing a novel,” Maugham famously declared. “Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.”
Walter Mosley refuses to restrict his work to one detective or even one genre. He’s written plays, political nonfiction, literary fiction, science fiction. Like Twain and Dickens, he crossed genre all the time: „It’s a natural thing.”
The lycans in „Red Moon“ don’t transform on the full moon. Though they share many of the same features as traditional werewolves – their appearance, bestial duality and infectious bite among them – the lycans of Percy’s second novel can generally control their episodes.
Some of the best-recognized crime-fictionists living north of the U.S. border don’t commonly set their tales on their home turf. However, there remain plenty of made-in-Canada authors with easily discernible links to the land of maple leaves.
Most readers, when they deliberate over the geographical wellsprings of modern mystery and thriller fiction, think of either the United States or Great Britain. But Canada? Despite a history of contributions to this genre that dates back at least to the early 19th century.
For the last few years, J. Kingston Pierce has provided part-time help to an independent bookshop in his north Seattle neighborhood. Here are his 10 crime-fiction recommendations for inexperiencedreaders.
Alexander Söderberg’s debut thriller has car chases, of course. But it’s the study of innocent Sophie Brinkmann and her association with the criminal elite that infuses the story with tension and propels it forward.
J. Kingston Pierce on „Helsinki Blood“ by James Thompson „Pale Horses“ by Jassy Mackenzie; „A Man Without Breath“ by Philip Kerr; „The Perfect Ghost“ by Linda Barnes; „When the Devil Drives“ by Christopher Brookmyre and …
Author Leighton Gage heaps complications onto the tracks of his protagonist as this yarn steams ahead. Gage concocts police procedurals that are also stories of societal ills and illusions, and are stronger for such ambitions.
You’d be forgiven, if you knocked up against him in Portland, Ore., for having no clue that Roger Hobbs is the hottest new thriller writer to emerge this spring. He is 24 and graduated from Reed College in 2011.
The book, written at the pace of a conventional thriller, cares less about waxing philosophic on the nature of history and decision-making than it does setting up a believable context for its action.
Saville’s invention of an Africa ruled by Nazi masters starts out with a visit to Burton Cole. After the attempt to assassinate a Nazi leader from his past in Deutsch Kongo goes awry, he and his team hide, run, kill, and bleed–there’s a lot of blood–their way across Africa.