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Thriller Thursday (3/9/17 Edition)

Happy #ThrillerThursday! First, some nice awards news: three Minotaur titles have been nominated for the 2017 Barry Awards:

Best Novel
A GREAT RECKONING by Louise Penny

Best Thriller
THE ONE MAN by Andrew Gross
COLLECTING THE DEAD by Spencer Kope

The readers of Deadly Pleasures Mystery Magazine will vote on these nominations and the award winners will be announced as part of the Opening Ceremonies of Bouchercon in Toronto on October 12, 2017.

Here’s what we’re reading this week:

THE FIFTH ELEMENT by Jorgen Brekke
Two starred reviews! Set in northern Norway around Trondheim, Brekke’s “stellar”* third installment in his Odd Singsaker homicide detective series is divided into four sections and follows what happens when Odd searches for his missing wife. “This narrative device is initially perplexing, but it all makes perfect sense in the end.” — *Publishers Weekly, starred review

BLUE LIGHT YOKOHAMA by Nicolas Obregon
Two starred reviews! “After a tantalizing prologue, Obregon maintains a high level of suspense throughout his superior fiction debut, an intricately constructed whodunit that doesn’t sacrifice depth of characterization for plot. While the complex mystery itself will keep readers turning pages, the book’s real strength is Iwata, a compellingly tormented lead, whose demons don’t prevent him from doggedly pursuing the truth.” — Publishers Weekly, starred & boxed review readmoreremove

Friday Reads Stars!

We’re seeing stars for these great #FridayReads:

THE NOWHERE MAN by Gregg Hurwitz
“As good as ORPHAN X was, this is an even better novel
, mostly because of its more claustrophobic setting (the bulk of the story is set in and around the place where Evan is being held), its captivating villain, and the way the author keeps ratcheting up the danger to Evan. Where there’s Smoak, there’s fire—and plenty of it.” — Booklist, starred review

“Evan’s efforts to elude Van Sciver and company will keep readers on the edge of their seats, but it’s Hurwitz’s engaging, sympathetic characters who place this thriller above the pack.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

THIS IS HOW IT ALWAYS IS by Laurie Frankel
“A big, brave, messy modern family struggles with the challenges of raising a transgender child. As thought-provoking a domestic novel as we have seen this year.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Frankel’s slightly askew voice, exemplified by Rosie and Penn’s nontraditional gender roles, keeps the narrative sharp and surprising. This is a wonderfully contradictory story—heartwarming and generous, yet written with a wry sensibility. ” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

UNIVERSAL HARVESTER by John Darnielle
“Darnielle’s masterfully disturbing follow-up to the National Book Award–nominated WOLF IN WHITE VAN reads like several Twilight Zone scripts cut together by a poet.” — Booklist, starred review readmoreremove

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