Villains are vile and disturbing in 'The Forbidden Door'

"The Forbidden Door" (Bantam), by Dean Koontz Jane Hawk returns and learns that her enemies are beginning to close in with plans to eliminate her as a threat in Dean Koontz's latest ...

Review: 'Button Man' is rich and compelling novel

"Button Man" (Minotaur), by Andrew Gross New York City from almost a century ago and the saga of Jewish immigrants struggling to make a living highlight "Button Man," a rich and comp...

Review: 'The Guilty Dead' has fast-paced story line

"The Guilty Dead" (Crooked Lane), by P.J. Tracy In P.J. Tracy's "The Guilty Dead," a young man battles addiction and when he finally decides he's going to clean himself up after one ...

'Shadow Tyrants' is latest Clive Cussler suspense thriller

"Shadow Tyrants" by Clive Cussler and Boyd Morrison, (G.P. Putnam's Sons) Almost 2,000 years ago, an emperor avoided a coup and entrusted nine Scrolls of Knowledge to nine individual...

'Trust Me' is stellar thriller by Hank Phillippi Ryan

"Trust Me" (Forge Books), by Hank Phillippi Ryan A former journalist has a chance at redemption and recovery of her shattered life when she receives an offer to write about a heinous...

'Tear Me Apart' by J.T. Ellison is gut-wrenching thriller

"Tear Me Apart" (Mira), by J.T. Ellison "Tear Me Apart," J.T. Ellison's latest gut-wrenching thriller, asks the question: How far would a parent go to save the life of a child? ...

Review: Hamilton's 'Dead Man Running' a compelling thriller

"Dead Man Running" (Putnam), by Steve Hamilton Former Detroit police officer Alex McKnight tangles with the FBI in Steve Hamilton's compelling thriller "Dead Man Running." ...

Review: 'Tailspin' is intriguing, puzzling thriller

"Tailspin" (Grand Central Publishing), by Sandra Brown In "Tailspin" by Sandra Brown, Rye Mallett has a talent for flying planes, and his piloting skills have gotten him out of many ...

Young woman tries to start life anew in 'Tiffany Blues'

"Tiffany Blues: a Novel" (Atria), by M.J. Rose Jenny Bell tries to start anew as an artist in the big city in "Tiffany Blues" by M.J. Rose. She scrapes together enough money to take ...

'Decree' has eerie relevance in today's political climate

"The Washington Decree" (Dutton), by Jussi Adler-Olsen "The Washington Decree," Jussi Adler-Olsen's latest novel to be published in the United States, tells the compelling and sad st...

Professor's life is changed in 'A Noise Downstairs'

"A Noise Downstairs" (William Morrow), by Linwood Barclay Paul Davis is driving home when he sees his mentor and colleague Kenneth Hoffman driving erratically. He follows and soon le...

Robert Dugoni's 'A Steep Price' has beautiful narrative

"A Steep Price" (Thomas & Mercer), by Robert Dugoni Two young women who have been friends forever have plans to go to graduate school together. When one of them comes back from a...

'The Anomaly' slowly simmers as story groundwork is set up

"The Anomaly: a Novel" (Grand Central Publishing), by Michael Rutger Rumors have swirled that early in the 20th century an explorer on the Colorado River discovered a cavern high up ...

Review: Mystery after mystery builds in 'The Pharaoh Key'

"The Pharaoh Key" (Grand Central Publishing), by Preston & Child Gideon Crew as nothing left to lose, so he decides to go out with a bang in "The Pharaoh Key," Preston & Chil...

Kenneth Johnson's 'The Darwin Variant' is engaging novel

"The Darwin Variant" (47North), by Kenneth Johnson When scientists calculate that a comet will impact Earth, chaos reigns, but the worst is yet to come in Kenneth Johnson's sci-fi th...