Run You Down by Julia Dahl

Like her debut novel, this follow-up by Dahl provided an interesting glimpse into stringers as part of the journalism ecosystem. The main character’s profession and professional tactics ended up being much more interesting to me than the family narrative in this second book, but Dahl’s writing remained as strong as ever and this was a…

Countdown City by Ben Winters

The second in the Last Policeman trilogy, this book was hard to differentiate from the first and last in the series… in a good way. Each book works so wonderfully well as part of the series and brings new characters and challenges to the overall narrative. Winters is wildly creative in coming up with the…

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

This was my first foray into Blake Crouch’s fiction and I reveled in the delightful crossover between the science fiction and thriller genres. The story progressed at a quick clip, keeping the action up throughout without ever sacrificing character development. Crouch used enough “real science” to make the story somewhat believable, but mostly it was…

Beast in View by Margaret Millar

Another novela included in the superb Women Crime Writers anthology, Beast in View is a psychological thriller that stands alongside some of the best I’ve read. Millar’s descriptions are vivid and colorful; her characters dripping with personality and history. Where the other novela I wrote about from this anthology felt like a black and white…

Invisible City by Julia Dahl

Sometimes I miss living in New York and I long for the days when I commuted by subway and was just a train away from Sunset Park or Coney Island or any other far-flung part of the city. Invisible City both satisfies my nostalgia for that city and digs deeper under the surface to look…