Category Archives: Book Reviews


Title:  Pulse

Author:  Michael Harvey

Boston, 1976.  Daniel Fitzsimmons is just sixteen years old and totally on his own–his parents are long dead, and his beloved brother, Harry, is off at Harvard, the star of the football team.  When Harry is murdered, Daniel wrestles not only with inconsolable grief but with strange new powers he never knew he possessed.  Powers he’s not sure he can control.

Detectives William Barkley “Bark” Jones and Tommy Dillon are assigned to Harry’s case.  The veteran partners thought they’d seen it all, but they are stunned when Daniel wanders into the crime scene.  Even stranger, Daniel claims to have known the details of his brother’s murder before even happened.  The investigation leads the detectives deep into the Fitzsimmons brothers’ past.  They find heartbreaking loss, sordid characters, and metaphysical conspiracies.  Even on the rough streets of 1970s Boston, Jones and Dillon have never had a case like this.

Pulse is laced with real danger and otherworldly twists–a stunningly original and mind-bending novel that stretches the boundaries of the crime thriller.


Title:  Blood Oath

Author:  Linda Fairstein

Assistant DA Alexandra Cooper of the Manhattan Sex Crimes Unit is finally back at work following a leave of absence., and not a moment too soon.  With more women feeling empowered to name their abusers, Alex is eager to return to the courtroom to do what she does best.  But even she can’t anticipate the complexity of her first case when she meets Lucy, a young woman who testified years earlier at a landmark federal trial….and now reveals that she was sexually assaulted by a prominent official during that time.

Yet Lucy’s isn’t the only secret Alex must uncover, with rumors swirling about one colleague’s abusive conduct behind closed doors and another’s violent, mysterious collapse.  As the seemingly disparate cases of her client, adversary, and friend start to intertwine, Alex along with NYPD detectives Mike Chapmen and Merce Wallace, finds herself in uncharted territory within Manhattan’s Rockefeller University, a premier research institute, hospital, and cornerstone of higher learning.  But not even the greatest minds in the city can help her when unearthed secrets begin to collide in dangerous ways…and unless she can uncover the truth, the life saving facility just may become her grave.


Title:  Th e Malta Exchange

Author:  Steve Berry

The pope is dead.  A conclave to select his replacement is about to begin.  Cardinals are beginning to arrive at the Vatican, but one has fled Rome for Malta in search of a document that dates back to the fourth century and Constantine the Great.

Former Justice Department operative Cotton Malone is at Lake Como, Italy, on the trail of legendary letters between Winston Churchill and Benito Mussolini that disappeared in 1945 and could rewrite history.  But someone else is after the same letters, and when Malone obtains, then loses, them, the ensuing hunt attracts the attention of the legendary Knights of Malt.

The knights have existed for more than nine hundred years, the only warrior-monks to survive into modern times.  Now they are a global humanitarian organization, but within their ranks lurks trouble–the Secreti–an ancient sect of the knights intent on affecting the coming papal conclave.  With the help of Magellan Billet agent Luke Daniels, Malone races the rogue cardinal, the knights the Secreti

, and the clock to find what has been lost for centuries.  The final confrontation culminates behind the walls of the Vatican, where the election of the next pope hangs in the balance.


Title:  Cemetery Road

Author:  Greg Iles

So begins Cemetery Road, Greg Iles’s most captivating and propulsive novel to date.  Marshall M McEwan is one of the most successful journalists in Washington, D.C.  But as a chaotic presidential administration lifts him from print fame to television stardom, Marshall discovers that his father is terminally ill, and he must return to his childhood home–a place he vowed he would never  go back to.

Bienville, Mississippi, is no longer the city Marshall remembers.  His family’s 159-year-old newspaper is failing, and Jet Talal, the love of his youth, has married into the family of Max Matherson, one of a dozen powerful patriarchs who rule the town through the exclusive Bienville Poker Club.  To Marshall’s surprise, the Poker Club has offered economic salvation to this community on the brink of extinction, in the form of a billion-dollar Chinese paper mill.  But on the verge of the deal’s consummation, two deaths rock Bienville to the ore, threatening far more than the city’s economic future.

Joining forces with his former lover–whose husband stands to inherit a seat in the Poker Club–Marshall begins digging for the truth.  but he and Het soon discover that the soil of Mississippi is a minefield whose explosive secrets can be far more destructive than injustice.  By the time Marshall grasps the long-buried truth about hos own history–and the woman he loves–he would give almost anything not to have to face it.


Title:  The Border

Author:  Don Winslow

What do you do when there are no borders?  When the lines you though existed simply vanish?  How do you plant your feet to make a stand when you no longer know what side you’re on?

The war has come home.

For more than forty years, Art Keller has been on the front lines of America’s longest conflict: the war on drugs.  His obsession with defeating the world’s most powerful, wealthy and lethal kingpin–the godfather of the Sinaloa Cartel, Adan Barrera–has left him bloody and scarred, cost him the people he loved, even taken a piece of his soul.

Now Keller is elevated to the highest ranks of the DEA, only to find that in destroying one monster he has created thirty more, who are wreaking even more chaos and suffering in his beloved Mexico.  And not just there.

Barrera’s final legacy is the heroin epidemic scourging America.  Throwing himself into the gap to stem the deadly flow.  Keller finds himself surrounded by enemies, men who want to kill him, politicians who want to destroy him, and worse, the unimaginable–as incoming administration that’s in bed with the very drug traffickers Keller is trying to bring down.

Art Keller is at war not only with the cartels, but with his own government.  And the long fight has taught him more than he ever imagined.  Now he learns the final lesson: There are no borders.

In a study that moves from the deserts of  Mexico to Wall street, from the slums of Guatemala to the marbled corridors of Washington, DC, Winslow follows a new generation of narcos, the cops who fight them, street traffickers, addicts, politicians, money launderers, real estate moguls, and mere children fleeing the violence for the chance of a life in a new country.

The Border is an unflinching portrait of modern America, a story of–and for–our time.


Title:  We Must Be Brave

Author:  Frances Liardet

December 1940:  As German bombs fell on Southampton, England the city’s residents flee to the surrounding villages.  In Upton village, amid the chaos, newly married Ellen Parr finds a girl asleep, unclaimed at the back of an empty bus.  Little Pamela, it seems, is entire alone.

Ellen has always believed she does not want children, but when she takes Pamela into her home, the child cracks open the past Ellen thought she had escaped and the future she and her husband, Selwyn, had dreamed for themselves.  As the war wages on, love grows where it was least expected, surprising then all.  But with the end of the fighting comes the realization that Pamela was never theirs to keep.

A story of courage and kindness, hardship and friendship, We Must Be Brave is a luminous and profoundly moving novel about the people we rescue, and he ways in which they rescue us in return.


Title:  Judgment

Author: Joseph Finder

It was nothing more than one-night stand.  Juliana Brody, a judge in the Supreme Court of Massachusetts, is rumored to be in consideration for the federal circuit and maybe someday, the highest court in the land.  While at a conference in a Chicago hotel, she meets a gentle, vulnerable man and has an unforgettable night with him–something she’s never done before.  They part with an explicit understanding that this must never happen again.

But back home in Boston, Juliana realizes that this was no random encounter.  The man from Chicago proves to have an integral role in a case she’s presiding over-a sex-discrimination case that’s received national attention.  Juliana discovers that she’s been entrapped, he night of infidelity captured on video.  Strings ae being pulled in high places, a terrifying conspiracy unfolds that will turn her life upside down.  But soon it becomes clear that personal humiliation–even the possible destruction of her career–is the least of her concerns, as her own life and the lives of her family are put in mortal jeopardy.

In the end, turning the tables on her adversaries will require her to be as ruthless as they are.


Title:  George Washington’s Secret Six

Author:  Brian Kilmeade & Don Yaeger

The American Revolution is well under way in 1776, but things are looking bleak for General George Washington and his Continental Army.  With Washington’s hasty retreat from New York City in August, many think the war might soon be over.  After all, how on earth is this ragtag group going to defeat its enemy, the well-trained and well-funded military of the largest empire in history?

But Washington soon realizes he can’t win with military might.  Instead, he must outsmart the British, so he creates a sophisticated intelligence network: the top-secret Culper Spy Ring.  Drawing on extensive research, Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger tell the fascinating stories of these long unrecognized spies: a reserved merchant, a tavern keeper, a brash young longshoreman, a curmudgeonly Long Island bachelor, a coffeehouse owner, and a mysterious woman.

This vivid and accessible y9oung readers adaptation of the New York Times bestseller features and exclusive new introduction, extensive back matter, and eye-catching art throughout.  Chronicling a crucial moment in American history, this historical thriller will excite and inspire the next generation of patriots.


Title:  Space is Hard Grab a Helmet

Author:  M. K. England

Hotshot pilot Nax Hall has a history of making poor life choices.  so it’s not exactly a surprise when he’s kicked out of the elite Ellis Station Academy in less than twenty-four hours.

But Nax’x one-way trip back to  Earth is cut short when a terrorist group attacks the Academy.  Nax and three others washouts escape–barely–but they’re also the sole witnesses to the biggest crime in the history of space colonization.  And the perfect scapegoats.

On the run and framed for atrocities they didn’t commit, Nax and his fellow failures execute a dangerous heist to spread the truth about what happened at the Academy.

They may not be “Academy material,” and they may not get along, but they’re the only ones left to step up and fight.


Title:  Oath of Office

Author:  Tom Clancy

Freedom may have finally arrived in Iran.  As protests break out across the county, the media rejoices over the so-called Persian Spring.  Western leaders ae ecstatic.  Members of Congress and the Cabinet clamor to back the rebels.  Only President Jack Ryan remains wary.

Meanwhile, he has plenty to handle at home.  A deadly strain of flu is ravaging the United States as spring floods decimate the Southeast.  An unethical senator wants to bring down the Ryan presidency and is willing to lean on fab4eicated bot-planted stories to do it.

But the scariest story is the most closely guarded one.  Two Russian nuclear missiles have been hijacked.  The Campus gets their first break when Jack Junior connects with a  rogue Russian intelligence officer in Afghanistan–only to be abducted soon after arriving.  John Clark and the rest of The Campus team race to track the missiles and rescue their colleague.

As sensationalized stories spin out of control and the stolen missiles remain out of reach, President Ryan’s toughest challenge emerges: How do you meet an enemy head on, when he won’t even show you his face.?