Weir displays a virtuosic ability to write about highly technical situations without leaving readers far behind. The result is a story that is as plausible as it is compelling.
The dialogue is occasionally wooden but less so than most novels in the genre. And in a series first, the novel's end leaves plenty of loose threads dangling, allowing copious room for a sequel. Another well-crafted entry in Berenson's excellent John Wells series.
Admirably, Nesbo crafts his striking narrative without hitting a tone of cultural supremacy...Cockroaches was first published more than 15 years ago. Only those more hip to the dark side of Bangkok tourism and trade than me will know how apropos it remains as a portrait, but as a crime thriller, it’s at the top of its class.
Carthage shows an author still in command of her vision, one still grappling with the worst impulses of human behavior and with our capacity to forgive them. Don’t let her machine-like productivity fool you; more than 100 books later, Ms. Oates’s fiction remains as potent as ever.
Not much mystery and even less poison, but it’s hard to resist either the genre’s pre-eminent preteen sleuth or the hushed revelations about her family.
As it is, we have here a classic novel of ideas, written in the form of a dialogue between an unnamed psychoanalyst and Andrew, a depressive who may also be bipolar and schizophrenic.
Evidently inspired by 1980s cyberpunk and movies like Strange Days, Sternbergh...adds nothing new to a near-future scenario in which the narrator, despite his insistence on strict moral standards, is little better than the book’s bad guys.
Lisa Gardner writes great psychological thrillers, and Fear Nothing is yet another excellent example. Highly recommended.
Together, Lucy and Mason must puzzle out who placed the body in the chimney and whether the death of her aunt is somehow connected, while they also contemplate the renewal of an attraction neither was really aware of in their teen years. Krentz has done a solid job of melding the excitement of a thriller with the sweetness of new passion.
At its core, Innocence is nothing more than a stifling, sluggish retread of Beauty and the Beast...This isn’t the Dean R. Koontz behind heartfelt page-turners like Watchers, Lightning, or Strangers. This is latter-day Dean Koontz, a master of treading narrative water.
It’s vintage Clancy...stuff, full of cool technology and cardboard characters... with a story that, given enough suspended disbelief, is a pleasing fairy tale for people who like things that blow up.
While readers will learn little that is new about Haller's complex backstory...they will find plenty of drama, danger, and suspense in this gem of a legal thriller.
Every time that "mysterious" giraffe - dubbed Kevin by Lulu - was mentioned, my eyes glazed over. It was an absurd distraction from the plot.
Baldacci has crafted another terrific tale with two great protagonists. Just when the story line seems to veer into familiar areas, Baldacci steers it into another shocking direction. This is the best book yet in the series.
Cornwell's strength remains the intricate details of forensic examinations as her heroes fight to uncover both a serial killer and a high-level cover-up.
Lee Child, Clive Cussler, Anne Rice, and Peter Straub have all supplied blurbs for this installment, which easily stands on its own with only passing references to Pendergast’s complex backstory.
It would be a treat to watch the evening news with Martin Cruz Smith’s fabulist’s eye and see current events colorized through Renko’s dramatic filter. In “Tatiana,” Smith continues the tradition he began at the end of the Brezhnev era with “Gorky Park,” using Russia as his game board to make geopolitical conspiracy, well . . . fun.
There are problems with Stone's dialogue — at times, it's too fabricated — and, by the end, the story doesn't build to much. But along the way, the characters who stock the novel are richly drawn...
With “At Night We Walk in Circles,” Alarcón fulfills the promise of his two earlier books...delivering a vibrant, ambitiously political story that derives its power from the personal.
All the author’s strengths are in evidence—his capturing the rhythms of small-town life in Clanton, Miss., his skill at making legal minutiae comprehensible, and his gift at getting readers to care about his characters.