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Radiant Angel - a John Corey novel

 Radiant Angel reads like a Roger Moore era James Bond. Hero John Corey must somehow thwart the nefarious plan of a madman. There are lots of chases, shootings, and heroics. This action thriller is a perfect beach read.This is the ninth John Corey novel. Familiarity with the previous novel, The Panther, would help in understanding some of the references Corey makes here and there and understanding one of the important behind-the-scenes characters. If this is your first Corey, such knowledge ... More

The Ice Twins

 The Ice Twins is one hell of a psychological thriller by S.K. Tremayne. It is the story of Angus and Sarah Moorcroft and their identical twin daughters Kirstie and Lydia. One of the twins fell off a balcony and died and the Moorcrofts are having a difficult time dealing with the incident and their grief. There is an undercurrent of rage between Angus and Sarah as both have not been perfect. Things get even more tense when it becomes uncertain ... More

How a Gunman Says Goodbye

 How A Guman Says Goodbye is a very different crime novel. Malcolm Mackay delivers a procedural from the criminal point of view and does so through the story of sixty-something hitman Frank MacLeod. It makes for a very interesting read.Frank MacLeod has been the hitman for Glasgow crime boss Peter Jamieson for more years than he can remember. He is back from Spain where he recovered from hip surgery at Jamieson's villa. Jamieson needs a small-time dealer taken care of ... More

Losing Faith

 I am not the biggest fan of courtroom dramas because I often find them heavy on dialogue and a bit dry.  However, especially after reading Losing Faith, in addition to Adam Mitzer's previous novels of criminal justice, I am a card carrying convert! Kindle at AmazonLosing Faith is very interesting.  It takes a different approach from most legal thrillers, when Aaron Littman, one of the legal world's best, is caught in a web of deceit that places him dead centre ... More
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The Doll Maker

 The Doll Maker is a very good thriller by Richard Montanari. Its basic story is of a serial killer couple who leave doll replicas of their previous victims next to their latest. Detectives Byrne and Balzano, who have appeared in previous Montanari novels are the detectives trying to solve the case. Particularly demanding readers will cringe at a couple of really unbelievable plot elementsvand perhaps give up on this book because of that. less demanding readers will swallow ... More

The Dynamite Room

 I am a sucker for thrillers where the main character is a kid. I am also quite partial to those set during WW II. The Dynamite Room by Jason Hewitt is both. It did not quite meet my expectations but the last fifty or so pages make reading this novel rather worthwhile. KindleLydia is an evacuated child who runs away from the people taking care of her and makes her way back to home. Everyone in the village is gone, ... More

Harvest (Canadian title)

 Having been blown away by Robert Pobi's first thriller Bloodman (aka Eye of the Storm in Canada), I was very much looking forward to his next novel. Harvest aka American Woman in the U.S. aka River of the Dead in the U.K (aka can somebody pick a damn title already?) is a very good read but it did not knock my socks off.Pobi certainly knows how to write a page turner. This time around a NYPD detective named Alex Hemingway ... More

Touch

If your body is subject to a traumatic death, you might be one of the rare humans, who with the simple brush of your fingertips, can switch positions and jump into the skin of an unsuspecting target, to be that person; any gender, any age, any time.You are your thoughts and your feelings, but you are not your skin.  The life and the body you chose to inhabit are how you are recognized.  You can live as your host for ... More

The Equalizer

 The Equalizer is a variation on the old western story of a retired gunman reluctantly putting on the sheriff badge to avenge some injustice. Denzel Washington's movie is also a new version of the mid-eighties TV series that ran on CBS. This is a good, smart action flick that keeps the viewer guessing and interested all the way through and does not overstay its welcome. I really liked the fact director Antoine Fuqua (Training Day, Olympus Has Fallen) does not ... More

The Burning Room

 As a long time fan of Michael Connelly, I was very happy to read his latest Harry Bosch mystery, The Burning Room. On the cusp of retirement, Bosch is LAPD Robbery and Homicide Division's most senior detective.  He is matched with Lucia (Lucy) Soto; a young recently-promoted novice to the force, who has already established herself as a hero.  Unfortunately, her youth and inexperience cause the resentment of some of their colleagues.The Burning Room starts with the gruesome every day ... More

My Name Is A by Anonymous

WTF? I admit I am not a fan of found footage so my opinion of My Name is A by Anonymous is very much colored by that fact. Still, I do not understand this movie. It is presented as based on the actual events surrounding the 2009 murder of a nine year-old girl by a fifteen year-old named Alyssa Bustamante. I poked around the net a bit to figure out what was going on. The murder presented in My Name ... More

Bones Never Lie

Bones Never Lie is the latest murder mystery by forensic anthropologist and producer of TV's Bones, Kathy Reichs.Forensic anthropologist Dr. Temperance Brennan is summoned to a meeting with the Charlotte, NC Homicide Cold Case Unit, to work on the 2007 unsolved murder of a 12 year-old girl, which sends her memory spinning to another similar and disturbing case.  Kindle versionAnique Pomerleau is a name Brennan can't forget.  A prime suspect in the abduction and deaths of several young girls in ... More