The Johnson Project

The Johnson Project, a Medical Thriller by Maggie Spence

The Bottom Line: A page-turning medical thriller about the potential consequences of mass infertility that will you have you up long past your bedtime. In his role as a liaison psychiatrist to the Chicago Public School System, Dr. Rafael Johnson spends his time helping pregnant teens. But mostly, his attempts to help offer young girls […]

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The Atlantis Gene by AG Riddle

The Atlantis Gene, a Sci-Fi/Terrorism Thriller by A.G. Riddle

The Bottom Line: If you haven’t read this instant classic that spawned the superb Atlantis trilogy, there’s no better time than the present to start with Book 1.  Like its timeless story, this book simply refuses to leave the bestseller charts. The Immari are good at keeping secrets. For 2,000 years, they’ve hidden the truth […]

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The Accidental Vigilante, a Crime Novel by Robert Sterling Hecker

The Bottom Line: An impressive debut about vigilante justice that establishes author Robert Sterling Hecker among the most promising new crime novelists. When rookie detective Jeremy Porter is transferred to New Orleans’ Child Abuse Section, his initial exuberance quickly gives way to revulsion. He’s shocked to discover that extremely dangerous sex offenders live with little […]

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Written in Fire by Markus Sakey

Written in Fire, a Conspiracy Thriller by Markus Sakey

The Bottom Line: The remarkable conclusion to Sakey’s Brilliance Trilogy. Highly recommended. For thirty years humanity struggled to cope with the brilliants, the one percent of people born with remarkable gifts. For thirty years it tried to avoid a devastating civil war, and failed. The White House is a smoking ruin. Madison Square Garden is an internment camp. In […]

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Everyone Brave is Forgiven, a Historical Suspense Novel by Chris Cleave

The Bottom Line: If you liked All the Light We Cannot See, you may well love Everyone Brave is Forgiven. London, 1939. The day war is declared, Mary North leaves finishing school unfinished, goes straight to the War Office, and signs up. Tom Shaw decides to ignore the war—until he learns his roommate Alistair Heath has unexpectedly […]

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The Shooting, a Mike Gage Thriller by William G. Davis

The Bottom Line: One of the best terrorism thrillers of the year. David Baldacci fans may find a new favorite author in William G. Davis. In an age when school shootings are all too common, and society grapples with what appear to be random acts of senseless violence, the mirror is often turned on American […]

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Blood Defense Marcia Clark

Blood Defense, a new Samantha Brinkman Legal Thriller by Marcia Clark

Samantha Brinkman, an ambitious, hard-charging Los Angeles criminal defense attorney, is struggling to make a name for herself and to drag her fledgling practice into the big leagues. Sam lands a high-profile double-murder case in which one of the victims is a beloved TV star—and the defendant is a decorated veteran LAPD detective. It promises […]

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Book Review: Lottery, a Psychological Thriller by Kimberly Shursen

The Bottom Line: A top rate ripped-from-the-headlines psychological thriller that crackles with tension. Two friends agree to split lottery ticket winnings if they hit it big. What could go wrong? We’ve all seen this nightmare played out in the American legal system, but as novelist Kimberly Shursen demonstrates with the first entry in her Lottery […]

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Book Review: Luckiest Girl Alive, a new Mystery by Jessica Knoll

The Bottom Line: So much more than just “women’s fiction” (as the marketing would have you believe), Luckiest Girl Alive is a clever and highly suspenseful romp through the skeleton-filled closet of a most unreliable narrator. As a teenager at the prestigious Bradley School, Ani FaNelli endured a shocking, public humiliation that left her desperate to reinvent […]

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Book Review: The 14th Colony, a new Cotton Malone novel by Steve Berry

The Bottom Line: As usual, Berry finds a genius “what if” scenario and shapes it into an addictive white knuckle ride. Another highly recommended outing with Cotton Malone. What happens if both the president and vice-president-elect die before taking the oath of office? That’s a question that’s well worth exploring. Shot down over Siberia, ex-Justice Department […]

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