Thursday, August 16, 2012

Three on Thursday: Chill Out

Cooler weather will be upon us in a matter of weeks, but it's still on the hot and sticky side these days.  If you're looking for something to give you chills in spite of the heat, I've got three titles guaranteed to give you goosebumps.

Archive 17, by Sam Eastland.  Can you get colder than Sibera?  Even in the summer, it snows!  It's 1939 and Russia is on the brink of war with Germany.  Stalin, desperate for cash to fund his regime in the coming war, orders the former investigator to the Tsar to search for the legendary cache of gold hidden during the reign of Tsar Nicholas II.  Investigator Pekkala must now go undercover among dangerous criminals still loyal to the Tsar, in Siberia, where he once endured the nightmarish existence of a Gulag prisoner.  Richly detailed and heart-stoppingly suspenseful.

Niceville, by Carsten Stroud.  Mystery and disaster reign supreme in Niceville, where evil outlives men and touches the existence of all inhabitants.  Nick Kavanaugh, a cop with a dark streak of his own, and his wife Kate become embroiled in a plot of robbery, murder and inexplicable disappearances as they try to get to the bottom of all that is wrong with Niceville.  For those who like their suspense with an extra dose of fright and strangeness.  PS, Harlan Coben loves this guy.

Play Nice, by Gemma Halliday.  Is it ever possible to recreate yourself, become a different person and live a different life?  Anna Smith, a single thirty-something in California, is just trying to live a good life.  Except that she was once Anya Danielovich, master assassin, and her new life is really her way of attempting to atone for her past of betrayal and murder-for-hire.  Just when she believes she may finally be free and clear of the past, she realizes that someone has her dossier, and she's his next hit, until the tables are turned on both Anna and her would-be assassin.  Now her old skills and her new enemy may just be what keep her alive.  Great cat and mouse thriller.

Got a new thriller to share?  I'd love to read your comments!

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