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Itâ€™s not often we at Lovereading travel into the territory of promoting a title that comes in unsolicited from a self-published author but this is one that really caught our eye. Rivenaes has real talent for dialogue and for gripping the reader throughout with a complex yet utterly riveting plot presented in effortless fashion. He's created some brilliantly drawn characters you will care about and some terrific interplay between them. It is a beautifully written, multi-faceted, multi-layered political action thriller, much like Tom Wolfeâ€™s Bonfire of the Vanities and written with a multitude of ingredients including drama, humour, love, action and suspense making it much more than a thriller. It's intriguing, fulfilling and ultimately consuming and will linger on in your psyche long after youâ€™ve finished it.
If you want something a little bit different, a little bit zany, dark, comic and absurd, then this is for you. At its core is the search for Misha the penguin, sadly abandoned in Death and the Penguin and although completely different, this has a feel of Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels about it, only it’s the Russian mafia that our hero must confront. Comparisons: Carl Hiaasen, Charles Higson, Christopher Brookmyre. Similar this month: Gerald Seymour, Joseph Finder.
Columbia is meant to be a new beginning in the lives of one couple that decide to adopt. But it is not the new beginning they were expecting. Columbia is a dangerous place, particularly for a foreigner with a wife and daughter to protect. Paul would do anything for Joanna, and now he is going to have to. He's got eighteen hours to get a deadly consignment to an address in New York. He dare not be late. He dare not dial 911. Because if the delivery doesn't arrive, he'll never see his newly created family ever againâ€¦
From the same publisher who brought you Kathy Reichs and Karin Slaughter comes a talented new voice in thriller writing â€“ Craig Russell. The author introduces us to a new detective hero, Jan Fabel - half-Scottish, half-German - a man of conscience and imagination. A man determined to solve the mystery of a killer who is ripping the lungs from his victimsâ€™ bodies. But, how can he track a murderer who leaves no trail, whose victims seem purposefully random and whose motive reaches far beyond greed and lust, into the darkest recesses of the human soul? Comparisons: Mark Billingham, Michael Connelly
C was for cars which he'd nicked and crashed, R was for robbery, armed and fast, A was for arson, fire and theft, Z was for the cuts his switchblade left, E was for drugs, the Whizz and Horse, which just left murder, the hardest, of course. She was found on the tracks: burned up, tongue cut out, a finger removed. Who was she? 24 hours earlier Shazia Ahmed was leaving Manchester, but a chance meeting and a phone call and she finds herself in the underworld where life is cheap and usually very short. Jamie Farrell already knows this truth: that the drugs and crime will tip over into murder. His father's in Strangeways and he'll be joining him. But he can't give up the deadly game that is The Craze. Dru Round thought his big day had come: no more cheap drag acts and furtive sex in the backs of cars. A new dawn of TV fame beckoned. But he just needed that extra score to make things work for him-Three lives - one crime - the Craze.
I don’t think that Gerald Seymour’s plot-driven thrillers have wavered in their excellence since he started with Harry’s Game and The Glory Boys, but somewhere along his distinguished career he seemed to go out of fashion. Not any more, he is now a ‘must read’ in the spy-thriller area. As an ex-reporter from ITV News, he is always topical and has the sort of authenticity that Frederick Forsyth brings to the genre. This is Al Qaeda based with determined, dangerous men pursued by equally determined, dangerous men. It’s atmospheric, taut, pacy and seriously good stuff. I rate him very highly.Comparisons: Frederick Forsyth, Robert Ludlum, John Le Carré.Similar this month: Kyle Mills, Joseph Finder.
For 300-some pages, Gardner will keep you spellbound—not just by her plot but by the beautifully realized character of Massachusetts police sniper Bobby Dodge. A twisted, effective psychological thriller. D.D. Warren series:1. Alone2. Hide3. The Neighbour
A savagely funny cyber thriller from two young Latvian journalists about Vadim a PR man working for an international bank in Russia who discovers the thrill of murder after accidentally killing his obnoxious boss
This international thriller set in the art world is a stunning debut novel from a man who was named one of â€˜The Best of Young British Entreprenuersâ€™ â€“ just think Thomas Crown meets 007
From the author of Messiah, set over 100 days of a bitter Russian winter, a tale of vengeance, bloodshed and love as communism crumbles and the mafia gangs seek control
Lou Periman is back in this disturbing Glaswegian crime thriller. Racially motivated killings and the loss of his brother to a gang land shooting all make for a satisfying complex suspenseful read
In the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, prose magician Michael Chabon conjured up the golden age of comic books; intertwining history, legend, and storytelling verve. In The Final Solution, he has condensed his boundless vision to craft a short, suspenseful tale of compassion and wit that re-imagines the classic 19th-century detective story. In deep retirement in the English countryside, an 89-year-old man, vaguely recollected by locals as a once-famous detective, is more concerned with his beekeeping than with his fellow man. Into his life wanders Linus Steinman, nine years old and mute, who has escaped from Nazi Germany with his sole companion: an African grey parrot. What is the meaning of the mysterious strings of German numbers the bird spews out - a top-secret SS code? The keys to a series of Swiss bank accounts, perhaps? Or something more sinister? Is the solution to this last case - the real explanation of the mysterious boy and his parrot - beyond even the reach of the once-famed sleuth? Subtle revelations lead the reader to a wrenching resolution. This brilliant homage is the work of a master storyteller at the height of his powers.
Picture it. You’re going on holiday. The bags are packed and the family is ready, you’re at the gate, the plane is boarding, you’ve decided to start your brand new, especially purchased thriller right away. Suddenly, you’re immersed into the corridors of intrigue, conspiracy, murder, espionage and you don’t know who to trust. The plane has left without you. So has the family. You haven’t even noticed. At least you have a good book … and the whole house to yourself for a week!
This section is crammed with dangerously compelling adventures that will have your nails bitten and nervous system tested to the full. From Dan Brown, Stieg Larsson and James Patterson to Fred Vargas, Bernard Minier and C.J Sansom, there’s enough here to keep you ‘head-down and out-of-it’ for years. There’s certainly time to read one more before the family gets back from Torremolinos … and that’s where we come in!