Archive for the ‘Thriller’ Category
Griffin Hammersmith, FBI special agent, is on his way to Washington, D.C. which is to be his new FBI home. On the way he decides to stop off in Virginia to visit his sister, Delsey, who is a student at the Stanislaus School of Music. That stop off and visit takes Griffin on quite a journey.
To begin with Delsey had returned to her apartment from a party with some of the professors and students at school. She had had too much to drink or something and after going into her apartment she sees a bloody body in her bathtub. However before she can do much except utter a terrified scream someone hits her in the head. She is found later with a very bad head wound and suffering from a concussion and its effects. But there is no one in the bathtub!
With that as a beginning, Coulter takes readers on quite an active journey back and forth between Maestro, Virginia and Washington, D.C. The reason for the addition of D.C. besides it being Griffin’s final destination is that a young boy was found nude and dead lying at the foot of the Lincoln Memorial. It looked as though he had died from being dropped a good distance but there does not appear any way for that to have happened in the location where his body lies. Read the rest of this entry »
“But if you believe in love, then you believe in God.”
In 1974, Ethiopia was experiencing a civil war resulting in the death of the last member of their royal family descended from King Solomon and Queen Sheba. This historic and biblical lineage ended a three thousand year reign.
Unfortunately, there were not just two sides in this battle but many with support from both Great Britain, Italy, and local tribal factions.
Two reporters Frank Purcell and Henry Mercado along with a photographer Vivian Smith were searching for a shelter in this vast savannah to rest for the night. Riding through this rugged and dangerous country in a jeep was not always safe or easy. They found a relatively safe spot at an ancient mineral spa with Roman baths.
The three watched nearby illuminating skies from the nearby fighting, their plan was to report to the victors, whoever they might be, in the morning until they saw a man in front of them, holding a skull. Quickly they approached the elderly man who immediately wanted water. They were reluctant to give him any since he was obviously wounded in his abdomen. Water and food often is the worse thing for anyone with an abdomen injury. Read the rest of this entry »
Steven Gore is a former private investigator and his thrillers draw from that knowledge. His investigations of murder, fraud and money laundering play a role in his thrillers. He is a forensic scientist and was featured on 60 Minutes.
Mark Hamlin is constantly involved in one racket after another until he turns up dead. He has been an attorney for the last 30 years and is known as a terrible person who has laughed at the courts. He intimidated witnesses, committed perjury and money laundering. Has he been murdered or is it been a sexual encounter gone terribly wrong? Read the rest of this entry »
Ryan Sterling’s boyfriend of several years has left her with no explanation at all. Ryan’s heart is broken and just as she’s thinking of making a change in her life to try to deal with the loss, her family contacts her to tell her that her beloved Aunt is gravely ill. Even though Ryan hasn’t been home in years or had any contact with her family she feels she must return home to be at her aunt’s side.
Ryan immediately returns to Goodson Hollow to be at her aunt’s side at St. Michael’s Hospital. While visiting her Aunt, Ryan begins to notice strange things and noises at the hospital. The ninth floor was shut off to the public and staff numerous years ago and is rumored to be haunted. Ryan initially discounts the rumors and believes they are the work of overactive imaginations. However as nurses begin to die and strange occurrences continue to happen Ryan begins to wonder if the rumors are true. Read the rest of this entry »
Baptism begins at 12:04 AM at a religious retreat with the death of one of the Brothers. Three of the guilty people, two of which are religious fanatics, leave the retreat for London with a plan for what they think will be an enormous Baptism. The first step is to kidnap an underground subway driver along with his entire family. Read the rest of this entry »
Found is a part of the Matt Royal series. Matt is a retired lawyer who really hasn’t retired. He seems to get involved in every difficult situation that his long time girlfriend JD Duncan, a detective, is connected with. I find it hard to believe that a lawyer is allowed to check into so many parts of a police investigation.
Jock is part of this group of friends and he is also involved in many cases that are tough and hard to solve. Jock however takes the law into his own hands and murders people. Granted the people are terrible folks and only cause pain and suffering to those around them, but it is still murder. Many parts of this book are very violent. Read the rest of this entry »
This is Michael Krikorian’s debut novel; he has written numerous articles about gangs and gang activities in Los Angeles as well as many personal essays. I hope this is just a first story in a long line of books by Michel Krikorian.
Michael Lyons is a gang reporter for the Los Angeles Times. Michael Lyons appears to be the personification of the author. Both are writers that specialize in writing about gangs and understanding why they exist and who are the kingpins of each gang. Read the rest of this entry »
James Lee Burke should be called Mr. New Orleans. He has been writing about his beloved city for years and The Tin Roof Blowdown tells the story of the devastation, thievery, sadness, and bravery that came about because of Katrina’s catastrophic journey through the city.
Dave Robicheaux, an Iberian sheriff’s detective, is the main character as he has been in several other Burke novels. He, together with Clete Purcel, who works for a bond service chasing bail jumpers, gets involved in several of the criminal events that take place in the aftermath of the storm.
Four teenagers use the torn up condition of many of the deserted homes to search out items of value and in so doing happen to get into one that is owned by Sidney Kovick. Kovick, a local florist, is also reputed to be a top money man in the New Orleans crime scene. Good news or bad, depending on how you look at it, the boys discover thousands of dollars as well as some diamonds that appear to be very expensive. Read the rest of this entry »
No Way Out is the latest and greatest installment of the FBI Profiler Karen Vail series. In this best novel of the year contender, Karen is taken out of her comfort zone and sent to England to help Scotland Yard with a threat assessment. On the surface, it looks to be a quick in-and-out job. But this simple case takes on a life of its own that soon becomes a much more complex, challenging, and dangerous matter that puts her in a tough position: there appears to be No Way Out for her—and, quite literally, getting home may never happen. There is nothing you can do to get ready for what lurks around the corners in this thriller. It’s fresh and original, and even makes you think—about our history, about personal and governmental security, even about enhanced interrogation.
All of Alan Jacobson’s novels are two-read books for me, and No Way Out was no exception. It starts off with a bang and the pacing is exceptional. The twists and turns occur so rapidly, and frequently, that I found myself reading faster and faster because I had to know what was going to happen next. As with Jacobson’s other novels, I galloped along with its breakneck pace, and after reaching the end, I took a day to absorb it all. I then started reading it again, from page one, to find all the small things that I missed the first time. I find it a great way to enjoy Jacobson’s books. Read the rest of this entry »
There might have been a few books where James Patterson did not write at the top of his game but that is rare. The reader will not be disappointed with Second Honeymoon.
There are two subplots going on at the same time and both will keep the reader right on the edge of the seat. Not only do we have a honeymoon serial killer but there is also a “John O’Hara” serial killer.
John O’Hara is an FBI agent who is on suspension. He is under psychological care due to the fact that a drunk driver killed his wife and will soon be released from jail. John has a difficult time dealing with his release. A rich man whose son and his bride were murdered while on their honeymoon contacts John O’Hara. John agrees to investigate and gets approval from the FBI. Read the rest of this entry »