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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.

Book Review: The Last Mile, a New Crime Thriller by David Baldacci

The Bottom Line: Even when Baldacci isn’t at his best, he’s still one of the best in the business at cooking up complex whodunnits that keep you guessing until the very end. Convicted murderer Melvin Mars is counting down the last hours before his execution–for the violent killing of his parents twenty years earlier–when he’s granted an unexpected reprieve. Another man has confessed to the […]

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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 supervision from a stretched-thin police force, and recidivism rates range

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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 culture. But what if the cause was something far more

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Journey to Munich: A Maisie Dobbs Novel

Book Review: Journey to Munich: A Maisie Dobbs Novel by Jacqueline Winspear

The Bottom Line: A true potboiler set in Nazi Germany, featuring a substantially improved heroine in Maisie Dobbs. Working with the British Secret Service on an undercover mission, Maisie Dobbs is sent to Hitler’s Germany in this thrilling tale of danger and intrigue. It’s early 1938, and Maisie Dobbs is back in England. On a fine yet chilly morning, as she walks towards Fitzroy Square—a place

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Flash Crash by Denison Hatch

Book Review: Flash Crash, a new Crime Thriller by Denison Hatch

The Bottom Line: An absolute bullseye, reinventing the heist thriller for the information age. When a rogue quantitative programmer intentionally crashes the gold index, it seems that Wall Street’s worst nightmare has come true. In truth, the crisis has just begun. Across town, an armored truck filled with $120M of gold bullion is hijacked by an ingeniously crafted electromagnetic crane and seemingly driven into thin

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Book Review: Exonerated, a Legal Thriller by S.A. Dymond

The Bottom Line: An absorbing legal procedural that shines a bright light on the egos and strategic maneuverings behind a high-profile homicide. When the sister of a local cop is brutally murdered, the entire community of Schenectady, New York feels as if it has lost one of its own. By the time the mayor calls District Attorney Franklin Dorey to stress the importance of a

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Murder and More

Murder and More, a Mystery by Gerald W. Darnell

Carson’s feud with a local crime reporter continues, and then suddenly the husband of his client is brutally murdered – a husband he’s been hired to investigate. Mysterious characters weave a web of blackmail and suspense, while leaving Carson with more clients than he can handle. The Memphis police have warned Carson to back off, but an employee of a friend is missing from a

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Rerun

Book Review – Rerun: A New Face of Terrorism, by Shawn Raymond Poalillo

The Bottom Line: A brilliant terrorism thriller centered on the financial system that seems destined for the big screen. Benjamin Aaronson is a stable, successful New York stockbroker with a loving family that he adores. Within days, he has inexplicably shorted the stock of an American burger chain and attempted to bomb three of its restaurants. Department of Homeland Security Special Agent Michael Poe wants

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Museum of Sudden Disapparances

Book Review: The Museum of Sudden Disappearances, a Hilarious Mystery by Thomas Davidson

The Bottom Line: A hugely satisfying tale that is simultaneously funny, suspenseful and subversive. For fans of comic mysteries, the Jurassic Jim Fleetwood series is a must read. When a small town girl dies in a mysterious car accident, eccentric retro DJ Jurassic Jim Fleetwood becomes the unlikely investigator. Fleetwood typically spends his evenings spinning oldies in Michigan dive bar The Swizzle Stick, then heads

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Book Review: Black Boat Dancing, a Crime Thriller by Gerard Cappa

The Bottom Line: A remarkable thriller about money, technology and geopolitics that manages to feel both timeless and timely. When a hacker in possession of potentially explosive information goes on the run, war hero-turned-bounty hunter Con Maknazpy is recruited to bring him in. If Maknazpy fails, and the United States’ role in the Arab Spring is made public, dire global economic and security implications may

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