Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Guest Post: Top Crime Thriller Reads for the Summer by Jane Smith

Jane Smith, freelance writer and blogger, stopped by to share with us a piece she wrote.

Top Crime Thriller Reads for the Summer

Many people consider summertime as the prime period for reading big thrillers and mystery novels. You know the iconic image: a man or a woman laying outside in sunglasses with a fat book in one hand and an exotic drink in the other. I feel like a “beach read” is synonymous with either crime fiction or romance fiction, and considering that I’ve never had much of a stomach for romance fiction, I’d like to share some great crime fiction reads for this summer season. Here are three that have really stood out to me so far this year.

Bloodland by Alan Glynn

This crime thriller by the Irish writer Alan Glynn is all about weaving together disparate plots that seem to have nothing to do with one another. You go from a firefight in the heart of a Congo to a somewhat wry tale about the journalist Jimmy Gilroy looking for decent work in Dublin, and then to several vignettes across the country involving powerful men that at first don’t seem to have much to do with anything in the other plots. But slowly, Alan Glynn draws all the elements of this story together into quite an impressive thriller about deception and the destructive thirst for power embedded in some men. At the heart of the story is Jimmy Gilroy, who just wanted to make some money writing a cheesy biography for a recently deceased reality star. And that simple act takes him through places you wouldn’t believe.

Getaway by Lisa Brackmann

A perfect meta read for those of you on holiday for the summer (count your lucky stars), Getaway by Lisa Brinkmann is basically the story of a beach resort vacation gone horribly wrong. Recent widow Michelle Mason is “vacationing” in Puerto Vallarta, soaking up rays on the beach, and trying to forget about the shambles of her current life. Her banker husband recently passed away in the wake of a huge financial scandal, and Michelle doesn’t know what her next step should be. She meets a man while relaxing on the beach who offers to take her out, and (of course) everything starts to go awry from there. Drug deals gone wrong, double agents, secrets unearthed—this book has it all and then some. What’s more, Lisa Brackmann writers this crime thriller with such a knack to setting and dialogue that it reads like a fairly realistic (albeit dramatic) true story about a woman caught in the middle of a maelstrom. Good beach reading indeed!

The House of Silk
by Anthony Horowitz

The summer season, as you well know, is also a time for blockbuster movie hits. Well there’s a blockbuster movie hit of a book to be read by Anthony Horowitz, and it’s his rendition of the classic character of crime fiction: Sherlock Holmes. His new(ish) book, The House of Silk, is told from the point of view of Watson, looking back on Holmes’s previous cases, and this one in particular shook him so much that he couldn’t mention the details of it until now. Told with biting wit and clever exposition and characterization, this update of a Victorian classic will keep you turning the page until the surprising end. And don’t be intimidated by the setting: though it’s set in a dreary London before the age of our modern conveniences, it still reads like a pitch perfect modern thriller.


About the author:

Jane Smith is a freelance writer and blogger. She writes about free background checks for Questions and comments can be sent to: janesmth161 @


Lilian said...

I'm a Sherlock fan, and I think I just might check out The House of Silk by Anthony Horowitz!

I actually prefer more light-hearted, fun reads in the summer, but I know my love for thrillers will get the better of me...

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