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My Review of “Blood in the Water,” a New Thriller Set in Boston

Jack Flynn does a fine job developing complex characters while keeping the tension high in Blood in the Water, his fast-paced yarn of intrigue, violence and personal betrayals. His prose, for the most part, is tight and precise. And his … Continue reading

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Tensions Run High in C. J. Box’s New Cassie Dewell Thriller

After losing her law enforcement job following a tumultuous serial killer investigation in Paradise Valley, Cassie Dewell resurfaces as a struggling private detective in C.J. Box’s new crime novel, The Bitterroots. Hired to examine what appears to be an open … Continue reading

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My Review of “Lost You” by Haylen Beck, AKA Stuart Neville

Surrogacy — in which a woman agrees to carry a baby for another person or couple — is a legal swamp in America, and in this, veteran crime novelist Stuart Neville, writing under the pen name Haylen Beck, has found … Continue reading

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Ben Coes, Thriller Writer, Has a Temper Tantrum

I didn’t find anything to like about The Russians, the new thriller by Ben Coes, but I WAS amused by his petulant temper tantrum over my review for the Associated Press. I rarely write negative book reviews. I think life … Continue reading

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My Review of “The Perfect Liar,” a New Crime Novel by Thomas Christopher Greene

The great thing about being an artist, Max tells his students, is that you can imagine things into being. But only he knows the extremes to which he has taken that. Max lacks the academic credentials for his job as … Continue reading

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Check Out My Review of T. Jefferson Parker’s “Swift Vengeance”

For the last decade or so, T. Jeffferson Parker has been using the popular form of the thriller to explore the pressing issues of our day. His previous series, an uneven but sometimes brilliant one featuring undercover cop Charlie Hood, … Continue reading

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My Review of Jon Land’s New Caitlin Strong Thriller

Caitlin Strong, a trigger-happy, often insubordinate, fifth-generation Texas Ranger, is back in Strong Cold Dead,  another rollicking Jon Land adventure that reads like a cross between a Randolph Scott Western, a Steven King horror story and a Jason Bourne movie … Continue reading

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Land’s “Strong Light of Day” Wildly Entertaining

Strong Light of Day, the new Caitlin Strong thriller by Jon Land, is a suspenseful, fast-paced tale apparently constructed by a writer so obsessed with James Bond movies, Stephen King novels, Clint Eastwood westerns, Marvel Comics and The Matrix that … Continue reading

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My Review of David Freed’s New Thriller

In The Three-Nine Line, David Freed’s new thriller, his protagonist, Cordell Logan, returns to his comfort zone when he’s recruited for a top-secret overseas assignment. Check out my Associated Press review here.  

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Four Thriller Writers Who Also Review Books

Jon Land, Jeff Ayers, Myles Knapp, and I have two big things in common. We are all authors of thriller or crime novels and we all review books for major publications. In anticipation of the upcoming Thrillerfest conference in New … Continue reading

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