Thrillers to get you through the chills

Well, the monsoon’s here. And experience says that there’s nothing better than soaking in (no pun intended) the glorious rainy weather with a bunch of books. Janane Venkatraman took a look at the books lining the new-releases shelves of the city’s bookshelves and found a lot of familiar, well-loved faces and characters. With a little bit of mystery, sprinkled with a spoonful of guns and explosions, and topped off with one or two spies — they make for the perfect dose of seasonal monsoon masala.

Published: 23rd October 2013 07:48 AM  |   Last Updated: 23rd October 2013 07:50 AM   |  A+A-

David Baldacci - The Hit

You would have known Baldacci for his King and Maxwell series. But with The Hit, he brings back Will Robie, a highly-skilled assassin the U S Government calls on when needed. First introduced in The Innocent, Robie will be matching skills with one Miss Jessica Reel, a fellow assassin who is equally professional, and every bit as lethal as Robie. His mission this time is to bring in Reel, but all is not as it seems. Now how’s that for a steamy rainy day read?

Lee Child - Never Go Back

After the debacle of looking at Tom Cruise as the burly 6’ 2” Jack Reacher, Lee Child has brought out a new adventure set in Reacher’s world. Reacher has finally reached Washington D C, the place of his old army command. The new commanding officer has been fired, he himself has been accused of a 16-year-old homicide (It’s funny how plotlines tend to repeat themselves sometimes) and… wait for it… he’s back in the army.  More Jack Reacher goodness. Who can resist?

Frederick Forsyth - The Kill List

There’s an agency in Virginia with the sole mission to track, find and kill those who are so dangerous to the United States that they are on a short list titled the Kill List. But when an anonymous man called Preacher, who radicalises young Muslims abroad to carry out assassinations, is added to the list, the agency is at a loss. They bring in the services of one Second Lieutenant Christopher ‘Kit’ Carson.No spies here unfortunately, just some good ol’ American patriotism.

Clive Cussler - The Striker

If the previous few books were set in the modern day, Clussler’s new book is set in 1902. It follows the adventures of Isaac Bell, a bright and inexperienced young man who is only two years out of his apprenticeship at the Van Dorn Detective Agency.  The young detective witnesses a horrific accident which sets the ball rolling, as he is pitted against two influential antagonists who will do anything to keep their secrets. No hi-tech gadgets to distract you here. Just an old fashioned private eye who runs into trouble.

S J Bolton - Dead Scared

The second book in the Flint series, Bolton’s Dead Scared brings back detective constable Lacey Flint who is assigned to go undercover at the University of Cambridge to dig the reasons behind a series of apparently rash suicides. As long as Lacey plays the role of a vulnerable young woman, she may be able to stop these deaths. But the twist in the tale, as always, is Lacey’s fragile past. Written by a woman, with a woman character in the lead, one can be pretty sure it will be different from run-of-the mill spy thrillers. 

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