"Richard North Patterson is always good. Great plots, fast action, good depth, and a good, head twisting mystery. This is one after his Balance of Power, about Kerry Kilcannon, president of the US, and his fiance Lara Costello, a tv journalist. High stakes politics and mystery - very good."
"In his final hours in the Oval Office, the outgoing President grants a controversial last-minute pardon to Joel Backman, a notorious Washington power broker who has spent the last six years hidden away in a federal prison. What no one knows is that the President issues the pardon only after receiving enormous pressure from the CIA. It seems Backman, in his power broker heyday, may have obtained secrets that compromise the world's most sophisticated satellite surveillance system.
Backman is quietly smuggled out of the country in a military cargo plane, given a new name, a new identity, and a new home in Italy. Eventually, after he has settled into his new life, the CIA will leak his whereabouts to the Israelis, the Russians, the Chinese, and the Saudis. Then the CIA will do what it does best: sit back and watch. The question is not whether Backman will survive--there is no chance of that. The question the CIA needs answered is, who will kill him? Great 'scenes' of Italy made me want to go there - good story!"
"Another in a great series, Harry Bosch comes back to the force in the unsolved crimes unit. Lots of layers, lots of depth with the characters. Michael Connelly is one of the best mystery writers you will ever read."
""America's answer to Ruth Rendell" according to the book jacket, and they are right. Carol O'Connell is a great writer, and her Mallory books are addictive. She is one of the most interesting female detectives, and characters, going. It's better to start somewhere near the beginning - jumping right into this without background isn't nearly as much fun, but it's still an excellent mystery. In this one, juror's on a controversial trial are being murdered one by one, and a nasty shock jock is making it worse. Great read."
"Every book I've read of Coben's is great. Interesting, involved plots, lots of great characters and depth, the stories make you think. A fast read, as all of his are. A man tries to solve an old murder involving his family, long lost brother, and the girl he used to love. Escapism at its finest."
"A series, the characters Kidd and Luann are hackers who live on the edge of the law. These books are always interesting and fast paced, with good twists. The characters are modern outlaws and fun to read, especially if you are into computers. In this one, Kidd's superhacker friend is murdered, and they are in a race to find the killer and the info he stole before they are all killed or put in jail. Really good mystery."
"Part of Crais' Tim Rackley series, and he just keeps getting better and better. A series that it's good to start at the beginning, but still a great stand alone story. Lots of depth to the characters, scenes so real it's like a movie while you read it, with lots of twists and surprises. In this one, Tim Rackley gets in with a group of vigilantees, to solve some crimes both personal and organized, and almost loses everything. Great read."
"A distraught teenager charged with murder, a woman lawyer who believes he's innocent, and one piece of evidence that can ruin him, if she doesn't hide it first . . . This is a captivating and beautifully plotted novel, a mystery within a mystery novel with two fast action story lines and Nina Reilly, one of the most interesting heroines in legal thrillers. An interesting book, and fun to read."
"Ridley Pearson is always good. Interesting characters that you come to care about, and facinating plots, with satisfying, surprising endings. Moves fast - you won't be able to put it down. A cop tries to solve a series of murders staged as suicides, and tries to outwit a killer."
"Another in Robert Crais popular Elvis Cole, the World's Greatest Detective, series. Cole, his friend Joe Pike, are hired by a prominent attorney to defend a Hollywood producer accused of murdering his wife. 'Hip, funny and thought provoking.' Also fast paced and well written - Crais never disappoints."
"A conscientious supreme court clerk, the professionals who share his house, a minor slip up . . . Ben Addison is a new clerk for one of the Supreme Court's most respected justices, but when he accidentally reveals the secret outcome of an upcoming decision, a blackmailer makes millions, and Ben's life and career is on the line. This book is fast paced, engrossing, well written, a perfect beach read, but thrilling with good dialogue and lots of surprises."
"I haven't read this book, but Greg Iles is an excellent author, and I usually enjoy everything he writes. A man who breaks into a home and terrorizes the family, who are a lot more resiliant that he thought. The family does prevail, and it was made into a movie."
"This was a good fast paced book. The main character, a reporter, was funny, and always getting himself in trouble with women and at his job. He curses a blue streak, but the plot was great, and it kept me laughing. He is a reporter in a race against time to keep an innocent man on death row from dying. Not your usual set up, and very enjoyable."
"Daughter of Mary Higgins Clark, Carol writes some pretty good, easy reading mysteries. Humorous, light but well composed, a good beach book. Sleuth Regan Reilly is hired as a bodyguard for singer Brigid O'Neill, a rising country star who has been receiving threatening 'love notes'. When a party guest is found dead in the pool, the menace grows."
"Jane Whitefield, a modern day native indian guide, guides people who need to disappear. She's always strong, and resourceful and brave, and the books move fast with lots of twists. In this one she almost gets caught. Jane is a great character, and it's hard to put this book down."