Friday, July 24, 2009

Some Suggested Reads

The Thriller Guy is heading off for a week down south where the Internet reception is a bit spotty, so rather than continuing our ongoing dialogue, here are a few suggestions to take to the beach, back porch, or wherever you settle in with a good book.

Mike Lawson continues his excellent Washington, DC-based series starring government investigator Joe DeMarco in House Secrets, Grove/Atlantic, $22. Joe is looking into the death of a Washington Post reporter who was investigating handsome, charismatic Senator Paul Morelli, the poster boy for all things politically liberal and good. Turns out there's more to the senator, especially after he has a couple of drinks, than his adoring followers ever suspected. There's a huge twist at the end and The Thriller Guy implores you to NOT EVEN GLANCE (yes, I know I'm shouting) at the last page of this book before arriving there in the normal course of the read. You will not be disappointed.

David Liss has a new entry in his Benjamin Weaver series (A Conspiracy of Paper, A Spectacle of Corruption) with Weaver, who is known as a thieftaker, a sort of early private investigator, caught up in a plot that centers around the British East India Company and a clever blackmailer who is threatening Weaver's friends and family with financial ruin. All of these historical mysteries are very good, steeped in the reeking, elegant, brutal and fascinating milieu of 18th century London. The Devil's Company, Random House, $25.

Robert Ferrigno finishes up his amazing Assassin Trilogy with the latest and last, Heart of the Assassin. The Thriller Guy will be featuring this series in an upcoming post, so dive in now so you'll be up to speed for the discussion. These books are best read in order so start with Prayers for the Assassin, and then Sins of the Assassin. Heart of the Assassin, Scribner, $25.95.

Anyone out there have anything to add to this list? What thrillers are you reading that the rest of us should know about?


  1. I'm late to this series of books, I know, but I recently have discovered writer Henning Mankell, whose books are set in Sweden and feature his detective protagonist, Kurt Wallander. Kurt is flawed and complicated and smart. The books are great, for anyone who hasn't discovered Mankell. The translations (from the Swedish) are excellent.

  2. The Wallander books are indeed great. And so is the new Masterpiece Theater series about Wallender, starring Kenneth Branagh.

  3. I read all but one of the Wallender books (and there was good reason for not reading that one)and thought they were great. I tried to watch the Masterpiece Theater series, but couldn't stand it--too atmospheric is what I recall thinking--and the wrong atmosphere at that. Too much music. I had to turn it off. I'll stick to my own view of Wallender (which has him looking just like Mankell, of course).