Article published on June 13, 2018.
Father’s Day 2018 is drawing near (hint for last-minute shoppers: it’s this coming Sunday [17th June]), but panic ye not all those who are lacking in inspiration, for the BookNoir team have got you covered. If your old man likes a good read (and extremely well-written explosions, double crosses, murder and general chicanery are his subject matter of choice), then any of these ten fine new thrillers would make an excellent gift:
The Man Between by Charles Cumming
An intelligent standalone spy thriller. Kit Carradine, a novelist who is bored of his success, jumps at the chance to work for the intelligence services. However, when life as a spy doesn’t live up to its billing and he falls victim to a betrayal, Carradine finds himself alone and in grave danger.
HarperCollins 9780008200312 hbk Jun 2018
Ghost by James Swallow
The latest Marc Dane adventure is a modern-day James Bond story. This time round, Dane faces a conspiracy to bring the world to the brink of war. Cyber terrorists and action, action and more action. Fun all the way.
Zaffre 9781785763748 hbk May 2018
Our Kind of Cruelty by Araminta Hall
An addictive psychological thriller. Mike and Verity are playing a very dangerous game: The Crave. They play it to prove that Verity loves him, but now she’s marrying someone else and Mike realises that the stakes are rapidly rising.
Century 9781780898247 hbk May 2018
Star of the North by D.B. John
Topical spy thriller in which North Korea and the USA are on the brink of war. After her twin sister disappears in South Korea, the CIA recruits Jee-min to infiltrate the highly secretive North Korean regime and discover the truth.
Harvill Secker 9781787300477 hbk May 2018
A Damned Serious Business by Gerald Seymour
The new Cold War is being fought by freelance Russian hackers and British intelligence services are struggling to keep up. MI6 case worker Edwin “Boot” Coker learns of an upcoming secret meeting and devises a plan to strike back at the Russian operation.
Hodder & Stoughton 9781473663480 hbk Jan 2018
The President is Missing by James Patterson and Bill Clinton
Thriller supremo James Patterson and ex-President Bill Clinton combine forces to deliver an action-packed juggernaut of a story in which the US president has disappeared and the rest of the world is left waiting for the other shoe to drop.
Century 9781780898391 hbk Jun 2018
Nightfall Berlin by Jake Grimwood
Just as many start to believe that the Cold War is finally thawing, British intelligence officer Major Tom Fox is sent into East Berlin to help a defector escape to the West. When his mission goes fatally wrong, Fox is left unsure who he can trust. A tense and atmospheric thriller in the John le Carre mould.
Michael Joseph 9780718181574 hbk May 2018
Cross Her Heart by Sarah Pinborough
A gripping psychological thriller about three women, three secrets and a hidden past that could destroy them all. One of the women is living a lie and, as the twists, turns and reveals come thick and fast, it’s a compulsive read.
HarperCollins 9780008132019 hbk May 2018
I’ll Keep You Safe by Peter May
An exciting Hebridean crime thriller in which Niamh Macfarlane first learns that her husband has been unfaithful and then has to watch on in horror as he and his mistress are both killed by a car bomb. Finding herself to be the prime suspect in the killings, Niamh has to look back into the past to discover what other secrets her husband might have been hiding.
riverrun 9781784294939 hbk Jan 2018
Smoke and Ashes by Abir Mukherjee
A thrilling murder mystery set against the backdrop of the fight for Indian independence. Political turmoil and social unrest, to say nothing of drug problems and the presence of numerous villains, all serve to hamper Captain Sam Wyndham’s investigation of a grisly murder.
Harvill Secker 9781911215141 hbk Jun 2018
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