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Seven August Thrillers: the FBI, Chases, and More!

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Thriller writer and BookTrib contributor Jon Land has checked in with his top thriller picks for the month of August. Among the reviews: a heart-pounding mix of period mysteries, FBI missions, and cross-country chases to keep you on the edge of your seats for hours. Sandra Brown has written dozens and dozens of books, a number virtually equaled by her appearances on the New York Times bestseller list. But the tremendous Tailspin (Grand Central) might be her most ambitious and finest effort yet. This exceptional slice of neo-noir features rogue pilot Rye Mallet whose known for flying anything, anywhere at any time. At least until he meets the mysterious Dr. Brynn O’Neal who shows up supposedly in the stead of…

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Raymond Chandler and 7 of the Best Thriller Writers Today

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The latest issue of Strand Magazine includes a superb, previously unpublished story by Raymond Chandler that’s a must-read for all mystery and thriller fans. Giving it a read made me think of the incredible influence writers like Chandler have had on the genre, inspiration for this month’s column featuring some of the best mystery and thriller writers working today. We start with Rhode Island native Lisa Gardner’s Look for Me (Dutton, 400 pages, $27.00). The Chandler influence is visible right from the start of a tale forged from the grand tradition of noir when the bodies of four out of five members of the Baez family are found murdered in their home outside Boston. The lone survivor, sixteen-year-old Roxanna, is…

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