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A Swedish thriller without crazed serial killers

The Lost Boy (Fjällbacka #7), by Camilla Läckberg @@@@@ (5 out of 5) If you read Scandinavian noir but have had your fill of deranged serial killers, pick up a copy of The Lost Boy by Camilla Läckberg. Like the preceding novels in her bestselling Fjällbacka series, The Lost Boy shines with in-depth characterization and complex plotting that offers surprises to… Read More ›

Terrorism. Homeland Security. Teenage rebellion.

Little Brother, by Cory Doctorow @@@@@ (5 out of 5) Welcome to dystopia. In Little Brother, the Department of Homeland Security runs amok in San Francisco after terrorist bombings take out the Bay Bridge and the cross-bay BART tunnel with the loss of more than 4,000 lives. The city is flooded with heavily armored agents… Read More ›

My 1000th post: revisiting my 10 most-read book reviews

Seven and a half years after I launched this blog, I’ve reached a milestone: this is my 1000th post. Nearly 900 of those posts are book reviews. I’m listing here the 10 most popular over the past three years. Four of those 10 books are mysteries and thrillers, two are trade novels, and four are works of nonfiction…. Read More ›

Crimes against humanity in Scott Turow’s latest legal thriller

Testimony: A Novel, by Scott Turow @@@@@ (5 out of 5) In an interview on May 23, 2017, Scott Turow explained how he came to write a novel about a case at the International Criminal Court involving the massacre of 400 Roma (“Gypsies”). “‘In 2000, I was at a reception in The Hague and found… Read More ›

Pedophiles, serial murder, and the Holocaust in a Swedish psychological thriller

The Crow Girl: A Novel, by Erik Axl Sund @@@@ (4 out of 5) If you favor mysteries and thrillers full of surprises, you’ll love The Crow Girl by the Swedish writing team that publishes under the name Erik Axl Sund. No matter how shrewd and analytical you might be, I predict that you won’t… Read More ›

A delightful Ross Thomas novel about con men, a $5 million bribe, and a rebellion in the Philippines

Out on the Rim, by Ross Thomas @@@@@ (5 out of 5) Ross Thomas‘ inimitable thrillers were originally published between 1966 and 1994. (Ross died the following year.) More recently, most of his work has been brought out in new editions, each with an introduction by a prominent contemporary of his who wrote mysteries and… Read More ›

A novelist revisits the Russian Revolution

Lenin’s Roller Coaster (Jack McColl #3), by David Downing @@@ (3 out of 5) When the Russian Revolution erupted in 1917, it was by no means clear that Vladimir Lenin’s Bolsheviks would come into power. Even after Lenin and his allies seized the reins of government in Moscow and Leningrad late in the year, the… Read More ›

Forced sterilization, fascists, and serial murder—in Denmark

The Purity of Vengeance (Department Q #4), by Jussi Adler-Olsen @@@@ (4 out of 5) Many Americans harbor an image of Denmark as one of the most progressive and livable countries in the world. That may well be the case—the country’s rankings on global indexes support it—but you might well gain a different impression of… Read More ›

Karin Slaughter’s tale of neo-Nazis and meth in rural Georgia

Beyond Reach (Grant County #6), by Karin Slaughter @@@@ (4 out of 5) Detective Lena Adams of the Grant County Police is in trouble again. On a visit to her home town, she witnesses the gruesome murder of a friend on the back seat of a car she has been forced to drive. While sitting… Read More ›

Devil worship and murder in this early Inspector Rebus novel

Hide and Seek (Inspector Rebus #2), by Ian Rankin @@@@ (4 out of 5) Detective Sergeant John Rebus (later Inspector Rebus) is pulled from a pressing murder investigation by his boss to become the front man in a new citywide campaign to combat drug trafficking. Since this leaves him with little to do, and since… Read More ›