Jack Quick’s Top Ten 2014
1. THE ACCIDENT by Chris Pavone: The Accident is a somewhat more conventional thriller than Pavone’s fine debut (The Expats, 2012), but he excels at developing characters’ back stories. Highly recommended.
2. COP TOWN by Karin Slaughter: This book is set in Atlanta in 1974. As a brutal murder and a furious manhunt rock the city’s police department, Kate Murphy wonders if her first day on the job will also be her last. It’s also the worst day possible to start given that a beloved cop has been gunned down, his brothers in blue are out for blood, and the city is on the edge of war.
3. THE CUCKOO’S CALLING by Robert Galbraith AKA J. K. Rowling: I may be the only remaining person on the planet who has never read a Harry Potter book or watched a Harry Potter Movie. However, after reading this one I may have to change my priorities. I thought it was great.
4. FULL MEASURE by T. Jefferson Parker: A tale of two brothers and overcoming the odds. May be Parker’s best.
5. THE HEIST by Daniel Silva: Gabriel Allon, art restorer and occasional spy, searches for a stolen masterpiece by Caravaggio in Silva’s latest action-packed tale of high stakes international intrigue. Another must read from one of today’s finest thriller writers.
6. RUN by Andrew Grant: Marc Bowman is a highly successful computer consultant and software designer who is fired on the spot, stonewalled by his boss, and ushered out of the building. But it’s only Monday, and before the week is over, he’ll be stalked, ambushed, wiretapped, arrested, duped, double-and triple-crossed—until he can’t tell enemies from allies. And the only thing left to do is keep running—or end up a dead man walking.
7. THE SACRIFICE by Peg Brantley: Another great read from Ms Brantley. Suspense builds until near the end when it all comes together, but wait, the fat lady hasn’t sung yet, so keep on reading. You won’t be disappointed.
8. SNIPER’S HONOR by Stephen Hunter: Bob Lee Swagger’s war was Vietnam and now the former sniper has been out of the game a long time, and, sadly, nothing has ever replaced what he’s appalled to call the killing fever. Perhaps most memorable of all, though, is Hunter’s vivid re-creation of the carnage on the Eastern Front, where, as Milli notes, the Russians’ only advantage over the Germans was numbers: If they kill us five to one, we bring six to one . . . we shall prevail because, all things being equal, we can outbleed them. May be Hunter’s best ever.
9. THE TARGET by David Baldacci: Unputdownable. The President knows it’s a perilous, high-risk assignment. If he gives the order, he has the opportunity to take down a global menace, once and for all. If the mission fails, he would face certain impeachment, and the threats against the nation would multiply.
10. THE TARGET by L J Sellers: With her latest Agent Dallas outing, Ms. Sellers has once again hit it out of the park. Focusing on the world of industrial espionage and cutting edge medical technology, Sellers shows that while greed is universal and seemingly boundless, you can’t keep a good agent down, and Agent Dallas is the best of the best.