Thriller Thursday (1/14/16 Edition)

Our first #ThrillerThursday titles of the new year ALL have *starred reviews* and major accolades:

ONCE A CROOKED MAN by David McCallum
“David McCallum — yes, actor David McCallum of ‘The Man from U.N.C.L.E.’ and ‘NCIS’ fame — confidently embarks on a second career in his highly entertaining debut that mixes the espionage novel with the mystery thriller. While occasional bits of humor add levity to the plot, McCallum keeps a near hard-boiled edge to the story. It seems McCallum had a lot of fun writing ONCE A CROOKED MAN, as will his readers devouring his energetic novel.” — Associated Press

VAGABOND by Gerald Seymour
A legendary spy handler is called out of retirement for the most dangerous and high-stakes operation of his career. “British spymaster Seymour delivers another first-rate effort—this one focused on an old-fashioned hero facing up to new challenges.”Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“Seymour’s legion of fans will love VAGABOND.” — Booklist, starred review

EVEN THE DEAD by Benjamin Black
Solving a case has a profound effect on pathologist Quirke in this Dublin-set thriller. “Black fashions a meticulously written installment notable for its palpable sense of place, a slate of fully drawn characters, and a meaningful denouement.”
Kirkus Reviews, starred review

THE CROOKED HOUSE by Christobel Kent

“What’s not to love about a chilling psychological thriller featuring a claustrophobic English seaside town, the heroine the sole survivor of a family massacre, and her intriguing relationship with an older, slightly dominating man? Improbable, grim, disturbing fun-highly recommended for fans of the genre.” — Library Journal, starred review

I AM YOUR JUDGE by Nele Neuhaus
“German author Neuhaus combines an intense hunt for a serial killer with characters that readers will care about in her superior fourth mystery featuring German detectives Pia Kirchhoff and Oliver von Bodenstein. Neuhaus does a superb job of portraying the search for a link between the dead women, and her willingness to let her characters make mistakes gives the plot even more plausibility.”
Publishers Weekly, starred review

A TASTE FOR NIGHTSHADE by Martine Bailey
“Set in early 19th-century England, this sophomore effort is certain to be well received by those who love Gothic tales of naïve young women, shadowy spouses, and houses brimming with secrets. Bailey skillfully reveals just enough to heighten the suspense while also throwing in plenty of surprising turns along the way. With this entertaining and engrossing tale, Bailey proves herself to be an author to watch.” — Library Journal, starred review

BESIDE MYSELF by Ann Morgan
“With ever-shifting points of view and evolving transitions in time and place, it will take careful reading to keep up with this intricate exploration of identity and family. This won’t be a problem for fans of GONE GIRL and a novel to which BESIDE MYSELF will inevitably be compared for good reasons, THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN. Morgan’s stunning debut is a thrilling and thought-provoking psychological drama.” — Booklist, starred review

THE COVENANT by Jeff Crook
“In Crook’s impressive second Jackie Lyons mystery…Crook convincingly incorporates the supernatural into a nicely hard-edged noir.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

What’s tingling your spine this #ThrillerThursday? Share your reads with us @MacmillanLib.

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