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The best crime thriller book reviews. “Crime thriller” is a catch-all term for thriller subgenres that feature a struggle for dominance between criminals and law enforcement, such as mafia thriller, police procedural, detective fiction, true crime, serial killer fiction and others.

32 Minutes, a Perfectly Paced Whodunnit by Andrew Diamond

The Bottom line: Everyone is a suspect in this perfectly paced, hard-hitting whodunnit.  When we first met private detective Freddy Ferguson in BestThrillers.com Book of the Year pick Gate 76, Freddy was 34-years-old and still largely defined by his former career as a prize fighter. Now pushing 40, the veteran PI is wiser and more perceptive, but still just as tough. In 32 Minutes, Freddy is hired to […]

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The Best C.J. Tudor Novels Ranked

C.J. Tudor is an award-winning novelist who is fast-becoming one of the world’s most popular contemporary British writers. The Chalk Man won the International Thriller Writers Award for Best First Novel, the Barry Award, and the Strand Critics Award for Best Debut Novel. She’s also the author of The Burning Girls, The Other People and The Hiding Place. As her Amazon author page states, her love of

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And The Dead Shall Live, a Wildly Imaginative Psychological Thriller by David Shawn Klein

The Bottom Line: This wildly imaginative psychological thriller is David Shawn Klein’s best book yet.  Meeting a deranged fan may not be novelist Phillip Raymond’s biggest fear, but it’s in the neighborhood. As And The Dead Shall Live opens, Phillip – a New Yorker who suffers from agoraphobia and is limited to a four-block radius known as his Zone of Safety – is on the phone with his shrink, Dr. Guano. He’s out of

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Shitamachi Scam, a Stunning Crime Thriller by Michael Pronko

The Bottom Line: A stunning crime thriller in which the brilliant, fussy Detective Hiroshi deftly unravels a truly masterful criminal enterprise.   Michael Pronko’s newest Detective Hiroshi novel finds the brilliant police investigator — who is typically more comfortable behind a desk – taking to the streets in a deadly undercover sting operation.  Hiroshi watches as the intended target, an elderly woman named Ueno, is accosted outside

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Far Out, a Hilarious Crime Caper by Khaled Talib

The Bottom Line: A pacey and hilarious crime caper that will thrill fans of David Wong and Janet Evanovich.   Hollywood movie star Goldie Saint Helen isn’t herself after an accident on the Pacific Coast Highway. Unable to remember her real identity, she believes she’s living in the 1960s as a hippie detective who must save a teenage girl from a wild CIA drug experiment (it’s

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The Lost Bird - JK Kelly

The Lost Bird, a Highly Recommended Heist Thriller by J.K. Kelly

The Bottom Line: One of the most memorable heist thrillers of the past decade.  Among an ocean of lookalike crime novels, The Lost Bird delivers a stunning new take on the heist thriller that is not to be missed. The Lost Bird has it all: a priceless artifact, a gullible accomplice and an unlikely hero.  At an air museum in Palm Springs, a group of tourists board a quick

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The Forgotten Girl, the BestThrillers.com Book of the Year 

The Bottom Line: Winner, Book of the Year, The BestThrillers.com Book Awards. Highly recommended. In Auffernorde’s stunning sophomore novel, a beautiful woman wakes in a hospital bed, shackled and confused. She’s been in a coma for weeks. And can only remember her first name—Blue. Blue learns she fell from a window on the fourth floor of a hotel. Did she jump? Or was she pushed? To discover

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The Deadly Deal, the Year’s Best Medical Thriller

The Bottom Line: Winner, Best Medical Thriller, The BestThrillers.com Book Awards.  A perfectly crafted conspiracy thriller with a truly noble hero at its core, The Deadly Deal is the twisty tale we’ve been waiting for.  The Deadly Deal is the story of an ordinary man whose life is suddenly turned upside down by a vast conspiracy he can scarcely comprehend.  As the novel begins, Pharma

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Death by Saxophone, The Year’s Best Mystery

The Bottom Line: Winner, Best Mystery, The BestThrillers.com Book Awards. Highly recommended..  There’s no way to properly describe Death by Saxophone without first defining the object of its characters’ obsession: black market recordings called “bone records.” Also called “ribs,” bone records are bootlegged gramophone recordings first made from X-ray films as a way to smuggle banned music in and out of the Soviet Union.  When smooth jazz

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THE GIRLS IN THE CABIN, One of the Year’s Best Thrillers

Haunted by the tragic death of his wife, Chris McKenna retreats to the Rocky Mountains on a backpacking trip with his two young daughters in a bid to try and reconnect with them. When an early-season snowstorm drives them to seek shelter on an isolated farm, the family must contend with the people who reside there who are not at all what they seem. They

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