This one might have passed me by if a customer hadn't raved about Terry Hayes' I Am Pilgrim.
A far-ranging thriller about an American spy who is called back from "retirement" when intelligence gets word of an inpending attack on the U.S.
Seemingly unrelated events - a murder in NYC in which the killer clearly used Pilgrim's book as a blueprint, the kidnapping of three people whose remains are found in a remote corner of Afghanistan, a biotech expert found eyeless in a junkyard in Damascus, and a billionaire whose death in Turkey was ruled an accident - all lead to one man and a furious race to discover his plot.
Very well conceived with hooks at every turn - I devoured this 600 page tour-de-force, and I think all thriller and espionage fans will, too!
We've sold Emily St. John Mandel's books for a long time, but for most of the world, she became a household name with the publication of Station Eleven, which sold 1.5 million copies in 32 languages.So with Station Eleven as her last novel, the pressure was on to turn in an amazing new novel. And she's done it with The Glass Hotel.Nothing like Station Eleven, The Glass Hotel ranges from Vancouver Island to Dubai and tells the tale of seemingly disparate lives colliding - through a Ponzi scheme and through two disappearances at sea.The vivid characters and their trajectories would keep you turning the pages even if there was no common thread because Mandel is a writer at the top of her game.Many people will buy this book because they recognize the author's name. The store itself will keep them reading far into the night.
When Elizabeth was eleven her twin sister disappeared. And now married, with a young daughter and living in Alaska, a man appears who tells Elizabeth he knows what happened to her sister.Obsessed with finding her sister and wracked with guilt that she had something to do with her disappearance, Elizabeth puts everything she holds dear in danger in order the connect with the dangerous stranger who might hold the key these many years later.The stark, frozen Alaskan tundra sets a chilling tone for this twisted and dark tale of desperation.
Michael Dunne was a CIA tech specialist. He could bug, hack, and otherwise spy on anyone. But he gets burned on an assignment he knows is illegal, but has been assured is given the okay.Dunne's life is wrecked when he's hung out to dry by the very agency that employs him - he loses his job, his wife, his child, and his freedom.So when Dunne is released from prison, he has only one thing on his mind - revenge.Author David Ignatius is a prize-winning Washington Post columnist who has been covering the CIA for nearly forty years. So when a writer with that background crafts an espionage thriller, you can imagine his sources are pretty good. The cyber security issues in this book sound both terrible and terribly plausible and that, dear reader, makes for a very powerful read.
This is Lee Childs' 24th Jack Reacher thriller, 14 of which have hit the #1 spot on the NYT bestseller list.
In Blue Moon, Reacher is traveling by bus with no particular destination in mind, when he sees an elderly man in some distress with all the hallmarks of a victim in the making. Reacher departs the bus after the old man and sure enough, he steps in to resave the man from a mugging just blocks from the depot.
The old man has a story, though. He's carrying the last money he and his wife have to their names to pay off a loan shark. And when Reacher hears the reason the money has run dry, he's incensed.
And when Reacher gets incensed, heads generally roll. This thriller has Ukrainian and Albanian mobsters, Russian infiltrators, a pretty young woman (of course), and a motley crew of musicians and former servicemen. And a lot of retribution. Lee Child fans, come on down!
I was afraid that we'd heard the last from mother/daughter writing team P.J. Tracy as I'd heard that P.J., Tracy's mother, passed away.
So I was pleasantly surprised to read Ice Cold Heart and discover the Monkeywrench crew back and embroiled in a mystery as devious and evil as in all of their other books.
When the crew starts to piece together that a cryptocurrency heist they'd been working on has ties to the gruesome murders that their friends on the MPD are handling, the entire cast of familiar characters get in on the action of this thriller - which races from war criminals to fine artists to cyber terrorists and back.
If you're a fan of Lisa Unger or Karin Slaughter and the like, you owe it to yourself to check out the past and, thankfully, continuing thrillers of P.J. Tracy.
This Korean thriller stars a criminal psychologist who is invited to interview a killer on death row (think Silence of the Lambs).
The same day, her husband arrives home with his daughter, who was living with her maternal grandparents until their apartment burned down with them still in it; the daughter has been through some horrendous things in her young life.
This is a cat and mouse of nature vs. nurture, but the stilted translation made reading it almost comical.
I'd wait for the paperback.