Lots of action, political intrigue, international travel and culture and good-natured humor/banter between the husband and wife team.
The question that lingers, and one that is very relevant for today, is whether people trained to excel in war and counter-terrorism are “monsters” or just have the necessary detachment and compartmentalization. But also rolled up in that are questions about relationships, family, motherhood, faith, friendship, etc. If you enjoy your thriller with a literary sensibility, Wignall is a great choice and The Names of the Dead is classic Wignall.
If, like me, you prefer your thrillers with a literary touch,even if that means a little less pace and action, you will enjoy The Middleman. Even if you disagree, I bet it will make you think about the world we live in and what might lie in the future.
Bradbury skillfully weaves Tracy’s teenage angst amidst a psychological thriller – who attacked Tracy and what he wants. The psychological thriller element adds a dark and brooding undertone throughout the book – even in the more lighthearted moments.
Another dark and morally ambivalent thriller from Kevin Wignall. But this time instead of a hitman the main character is a wealthy investor (slash money launderer) who caters to darker side of international finance.
When a paragraph in an evening newspaper reveals a decades-old tragedy, most readers barely give it a glance. But for three strangers it’s impossible to ignore. For one woman, it’s a reminder of the worst thing that ever happened to her. For another, it’s the dangerous possibility that her darkest secret is about to be discovered. And for a third, a journalist, it’s the first clue in a hunt to uncover the truth. The Child’s story will be told.
All the Old Knives is a great read. Taut, fast-paced, and full of suspense and intrigue. It has the quintessential Steinhauer exploration of the human psyche and the espionage world as a stage for asking questions about truth and deception; about the way lies warp and change our relationships and our own self-conception.
Any time the story is focused on the details of the heist it stumbles, when it is focused on Grace and the battle between what she knows she should do and what she wants and will do it shines.