Archive for the ‘Thriller/Spy/Caper’ Category
The hardscrabble desert land of New Mexico is the perfect setting for Percival Everettâ€™s new novel, ASSUMPTION, mainly because it mirrors the protagonistâ€™s character incredibly well. Ogden Walker is a deputy in the sheriffâ€™s office in the small town of Plata, where he serves after a brief stint in the army. Plata might be where mom Eva Walker lives but Ogden finds her presence not enough of a comfort to overcome his unease with his mixed African American heritage (he is biracial) or his general malaise with what seems to be a dead-end career. He finds it hard to be content hunting for the small fish even if a colleague tells him, â€śA big fish is fun, I suppose, but so are small ones sometimes. Depends on the water. If I catch a ten-incher in a creek thatâ€™s two foot wide, thatâ€™s a big fish.â€ť
HELL AND GONE, another nail-biting read from author Duane Swierczynski is the second volume in the Charlie Hardie Trilogy. I
What’s a writer to do when his action hero ages? One option is to go back in time.
In THE AFFAIR, Lee Child flashes back to 1997, when Major Jack Reacher (his thirty-six year old protagonist and first-person narrator) was an army MP. Leon Garber, Reacher’s commanding officer, sends Jack to Carter Crossing, Mississippi, to monitor a potentially explosive situation.
The Accident, the latest thriller from Linwood Barclay, is an exciting, quick and enjoyable read. The book is told primarily in the first person of Glen Garber, the owner of Garber Contracting, a small home construction company struggling in the current economy in Milford, Connecticut. Glen cannot believe or accept it when the police tell him his wife Sheila caused the death of herself and others while she was parked drunk the wrong way on an off ramp. Although everyone tells him he must accept his wife had a drinking problem, he just refuses to believe she did or would have driven while drunk. Things get only worse, when the other people killed in the accident file suit against him for failure to identify and act on his wife’s drinking problem that led to the accident.
Hannah Payne is twenty-six years old and Red, with a capital R, her badge of shame. Her skin has been â€śmelachromedâ€ť by the State for her crime of abortion, and for not naming the abortionist and not identifying the father, the celebrated pastor and TV (â€śvidâ€ť) evangelist, Aidan Dale, who is now the nationâ€™s â€śSecretary of Faith.â€ť Her sentence is thirty days confinement, and then sixteen years in the community as a Red, where she will be constantly ostracized and persecuted.
THE CONSUMMATA finds Morgan the Raider on the run in Miamiâ€™s Little Havana and being chased by â€śfederal suitsâ€ť teamed with â€ślocal fuzzâ€ť who think he has 40 million dollars in stolen funds. With no place to hide, the chase seems to be coming to its inevitable conclusion, but suddenly Morgan finds himself snatched and hidden from the feds by some of Little Havanaâ€™s Cuban community.