Labeling the films of enigmatic director Stanislas Cordova “scary” is a grotesque understatement. Cordova – the unseen, menacing, malignant force at the heart of Pessl’s new novel – makes movies that are terrifying.
Juan Gabriel Vasquez’s deeply affecting and closely observed new novel takes up the psychic aftermath of the era of drug business, as residents of Colombia’s capital, Bogota, struggle to make sense of the disorder and dysfunction that’s enveloped their daily lives.
Portrait of a monster – The free love Sixties was the perfect time for Charles Manson to wield his sick influence on his ‘family’ of hippies. The other story here, of course, is the media’s fascination with him.
The themes in Burke’s lyrical, allegorical crime novels rarely change, but each new book delves more deeply into them, revealing an author who is increasingly troubled about human nature and the American character but unwilling to abandon hope for redemption
Ivy Pochoda’s impressive and atmospheric second novel arrives with a certain set of expectations, which she swiftly transcends. „Visitation Street“ is the second release from Dennis Lehane Books, the imprint of HarperCollins.
An avant garde detective seeks answers in San Francisco. „Claire DeWitt and the Bohemian Highway“ just might be the bleakest noir tale since „Dope“ in 2006, and Sara Gran wrote that one, too.
The young women of Robert Kolker’s new book „Lost Girls: An Unsolved American Mystery“ have problems. They also have dreams, talents and drive to overcome those issues. But that’s not how their lives worked out.
Joe Hill and Owen King are Stephen King’s sons, but these two young writers have distinctive voices and highly developed talents and deserve to be considered solely on the basis of their merits.
Every new Claire Messud novel is a reason to rejoice. „The Woman Upstairs“ follows up her superb „The Emperor’s Children“,which which was set in New York City in late 2011 and was as close to an instant classic as American literature has produced in this century.
In Kate Atkinson’s „Life After Life“, Ursula Todd is born in the British countryside in 1910 — and dies almost immediately, umbilical cord wrapped around her neck, “a helpless little heart beating wildly. Stopped suddenly like a bird dropped from the sky.”
Oline H. Cogdill reviews Randy Wayne White’s new Doc Ford novel „Night Moves“, which deals with one of Florida’s most iconic historical mysteries — the 1945 disappearance of Flight 19 and P.J Parrish’s 10th novel in the Louis Kincaid series „Heart of Ice“.
Crombie never falters. Her novels are a delight, and with „The Sound of Broken Glass„, she keeps her impressive creative streak intact. Her novels often examine how the past influences the present, which dovetails with her depiction of London.
Lisa Gardner, the master of the psychological thriller, has delivered another tour de force with „Touch & Go“, which exposes the raw nerves of a family imploding and an investigator trying to escape her past.
Dorsey’s novels will never be mistaken for works of art. Instead, he has taken essentially a gimmick – a serial killer so enamored with Florida that he attacks those who don’t share his passion and also anybody who’s just plain rude – and lathered it with broad, slapstick humor.
They say the plots of Dick Wolf’s Law & Order TV shows are often ripped from the headlines. But for a few awful weeks in 2001, the headlines seemed to be ripped from one of his shows.
Brad Meltzer’s thrillers gravitate to bestseller lists. His contemporary novels, which include „The Inner Circle“ and „The Book of Lies“, are steeped in historical facts. In his new thriller, „The Fifth Assassin“, a killer re-creates the crimes of presidential assassins.
„Blood Money“ offers an intriguing look at the media, vengeance-seeking crusaders and our perception of defendants and their attorneys.Grippando continues to more deeply examine the psyche of Jack, his go-to character since he first appeared in „The Pardon“ in 1994.
Unless their protagonists are of the unflappable James Bond mold, novels of the spy genre often feature idealistic and empathic characters becoming cynical and emotionally jaded after one bout too many with a cruel and pitiless world.
Famed bank robber Willie Sutton takes a tour of the scenes of his escapades. Willie Sutton was a thug with a fan club. He robbed banks at gunpoint. If a manager refused to open the safe, he would threaten to kill the tellers.
Thomas Kilbride, the young man at the center of Linwood Barclay’s delightful new novel, spends up to 16 hours a day at his computer. Mostly, he’s at the Whirl360 website, where he can explore almost every street in most of the world’s cities.
Chase Novak’s diabolically entertaining new novel recalls „Rosemary’s Baby“. In it, a well-heeled Manhattan couple conceive a child in fraught circumstances. Result: horror. But instead of a baby gone monstrous, this time it’s the parents.