Thriller Review – Brad Thor’s Hidden Order

Brad Thor’s hero, Scot Harvath, just can’t catch a break. Just back from a mission to Somalia that has left him physically and emotionally spent, he’s saddled with another high-stakes mission (from the publisher): The most secretive organization in America operates without any accountability to the American people. Hiding in the shadows, pretending to be […]

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Revealed: Crime Writer Robert Galbraith Is J.K. Rowling

The literary and not-so-literary worlds were rocked this week when the Sunday Times revealed that Robert Galbraith, author of The Cuckoo’s Calling, is none other than Harry Potter mastermind J.K. Rowling. The novel, supposedly based on Galbraith’s “own experiences and those of his military friends,” follows the private investigator and military veteran Cormoran Strike as he […]

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Vince Flynn 1966-2013

We lost a great thriller writer today – the great Vince Flynn has passed from prostate cancer. Here’s how the LA Times reported it: Vince Flynn, 47, a best-selling author who wrote the Mitch Rapp counterterrorism thriller series, died Wednesday at a hospital in St. Paul, Minn., after a more than two-year battle with prostate cancer, […]

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Review: Alex Berenson’s The Night Ranger

Until now, Alex Berenson’s John Wells series was one of diminishing returns. After an amazing debut in The Faithful Spy, the thriller in which we were introduced to the CIA operative that nearly went too deep in his undercover role with the Taliban, and a good sophomore outing, there’s been little to write about. Fortunately, […]

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Best Books: 5 G-Men Turned Novelists

Many people who worked in national security and espionage—professions that prize discretion—have turned to successful careers as novelists. These former spies, security advisers, counter-terrorism operators and intelligence directors lend a realistic, veteran approach to their prose, but their books still don’t give up all their secrets. Here are some of the best. John Stockwell A […]

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Barry Eisler Takes Ownership of Book Rights, Renames Books

One of our favorites, Barry Eisler, has managed to own his entire back catalog of John Rain thrillers. We couldn’t be more pleased.  To celebrate the occasion, he’s renamed his books! Marketing-wise, that’s a pretty risky move. It’ll no doubt make it more difficult for people to find his back catalog (since the old titles […]

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Instant Classic: Ryan Gosling in The Place Beyond the Pines

Even if you survived diretor Derek Cianfrance’s Blue Valentine, you’re probably plenty wary of his new crime thriller, The Place Beyond the Pines. Don’t be. Run, don’t walk, to see it. If there’s a better opening five minutes at the movies this year – which is all one uncut take, by the way – I’d […]

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Book Review: The Hangman’s Daughter, a Historical Mystery by Oliver Pötzsch

The bottom line: A meticulously researched historical thriller that employs 17th century superstitions to create a highly original read that’s impossible to put down. By the time you finish the third chapter, you’ll be thanking your lucky stars that you live in the 21st century. [easyazon_cta add_to_cart=”default” align=”left” asin=”B003P9XMFI” cloaking=”default” height=”42″ key=”tall-orange” localization=”default” locale=”US” nofollow=”default” new_window=”default” […]

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The Best Thrillers of 2012

These books span several subgenres, and represent those that we enjoyed most, in no particular order. SecondWorld, by Jeremy Robinson To be honest, this was a huge surprise. Robinson’s work typically leans more toward the fantasy genre, which isn’t our cup of tea. But once we got past the campy first chapter set in 1940s […]

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