Thrillers – Show Me The Money

Show Me the Money
Bloodmoney: A Novel of Espionage
by David Ignatius

Thriller. There’s a new, off-the-books unit of the CIA working in Pakistan, and despite the secrecy that cloaks it, the unit’s operatives are being killed off, one by one. Newly minted head of counterintelligence Sophie Marx is tasked with finding the killer (or killers) and with figuring out how the officers’ identities were leaked. What she uncovers — U.S. bribery in Pakistan, highly illegal financial activities — is terrifying, and will leave you wondering how much author David Ignatius’ day job as a Washington Post columnist (specializing in the Middle East and the CIA) influences his fiction.

Bagmen: A Victor Carl Novel
by William Lashner

Crime Fiction. In this 8th and most recent book in the series starring Victor Carl, the down-on-his-luck lawyer has taken on a job as a bagman carrying payoffs to those who grant favors. Unfortunately, one such job results in his being set up as the fall guy in a brutal murder, his name plastered across newspaper headlines. Curiously, this has the unintended effect of making his services as a bagman ever more desirable than his skills as a lawyer ever had been. And that’s when the fun begins. Often funny, this fast-paced crime novel is an “entertaining, thoughtful read” (Booklist).

Our Kind of Traitor
by John Le Carré

Spy Fiction. In Antigua for a vacation, former Oxford don Perry Makepiece and his girlfriend Gail are befriended by a Russian gangster named Dima, who wants them to help him escape an increasingly dangerous criminal underworld. But Dima, a big-time money launderer, knows a lot about which international financiers are above board — and which are not — and MI5 is mighty interested in him. Advised by operatives, Perry begins liaising with Dima, but it seems as if everyone has a slightly different agenda. This tale of treachery, infighting, and the trail of money is a “chamber symphony of exquisite delicacy” (Kirkus Reviews).

Portobello: A Novel
by Ruth Rendell

Psychological Suspense. The catalyst for this leisurely paced but tense suspense novel is an envelope full of cash, which gallery owner Eugene Wren finds on Portobello Road after its owner is felled by a heart attack and carted off to the hospital. Eugene doesn’t need the money himself, so he posts notices about the find and is soon contacted by other Londoners, all with their own obsessions and despairs. His good act leads, ultimately, to terrible consequences. With a strong sense of place and well-rounded characters from all social strata, Portobello Road is “superlative” (Publishers Weekly).

List created 4/11/16 – James Hartmann

Adapted from Nextreads.

Posted in Adult Staff Picks, Reading Lists and tagged , , , , , .