A destructive fungus of extraterrestrial origin threatens to escape underground storage. Pacy and frequently funny SF/horror that throws out a couple of genuine WTF moments while making you read fast enough to easily outrun any plausibility concerns. Lots of fun.
A troubled MI6 hacker finds evidence of a spy inside a top-secret military coding project. Zippy high-tech thriller with lots to recommend it – not least its protagonist, who has series potential – even if the third act wobbles a bit in comparison to earlier aspects of the book. Well worth the read though.
A documentary crew investigating mysteries associated with a remote Californian town find their sanities threatened. Excellent horror/thriller hybrid, with returning characters from the same author’s The Anomaly. As ever, Rutger/Marshall Smith is expert not only at persuading you of the impossible but in keeping those same horrors in the shadows. Recommended.
As a flu-like plague sweeps the world, a small number of sleepwalkers congregate to cross America. Pacy and with some fine characterisations, and a neat eye for contemporary America, the central conceits of this King/Crichton hybrid don’t quite hold. Well-written enough to keep pages turning though; a cautious recommendation.
A former child soldier becomes involved in a scheme to rob Carlos Escobar’s former safe house. A brisk Miami-set thriller that’s pacy and with some interesting details, though it feels sketchy at times; still, any Harris is better than no Harris, even if this isn’t his best. work.
Parker sets up a loose network of associates to disrupt Mob operations. The third in the sequence finds Stark on fine form; a fast-moving yarn of multiple heists and revenge. Westlake/Stark as laconic as ever.
An amoral thief tracks down the couple that left him for dead. Fast-paced, convincing noir with an irresistible anti-hero at its centre. Westlake/Stark’s first Parker novel zings with terse promise, and doesn’t waste a moment.