COVID-19 may continue to put a damper on shopping for many, but a good thriller is easy to shop and always makes a great gift for those who enjoy page-turners. From a courtroom mystery with a twist, to action-packed thrillers—of the globetrotting or heartland of America variety—and from a political thriller set in DC, to a reporter on the trail of a tech -savvy serial killer the police missed, this roundup should have something to please any dad.
The Summer House by James Patterson and Brendan DuBois
Not to mix metaphors, but a mass murder at a rustic lake house is no day at the beach for Major Jeremiah Cook, a veteran and former NYPD cop, and his elite team. They are dispatched to sweltering Georgia to investigate the grisly nighttime murder that may involve four Army Rangers recently returned from Afghanistan. Figuring out what went on in The Summer House that night is already a grim job, and it's made even more challenging by cover-ups by local law enforcement and stonewalling at every turn.
The Voter File by David Pepper
Foreign influences meddling in the election system? Once this would have been categorized as science fiction. But this timely, topical thriller will play on your worst fears. And it even has a presidential reviewer in President Bill Clinton, who writes: "Pepper comes through again with this clever tale of how cyber sabotage of elections, coupled with highly concentrated ownership of traditional media operations, can undermine American democracy."
Fair Warning by Michael Connelly
Trying to take his name off the list of suspects in the murder of a young woman in Los Angeles, reporter Jack McEvoy conducts his own murder investigation and discovers a serial killer who's developed a new and terrifying way of identifying and setting up his prey in a cross-country murder spree that has gone undetected by law enforcement.
Walk the Wire by David Baldacci
London, North Dakota, is a thriving fracking town experiencing a second gold rush that promises wealth for some, but violent crime, drugs, prostitution, and even murder for others. Amos Decker and his FBI colleague Alex Jamison are in town to investigate the strange death of Irene Cramer: murdered, expertly autopsied, then dumped. When it turns out she was a prostitute by night and a teacher at a religious sect by day, a strange case gets even stranger. And deadlier.
The Holdout by Graham Moore
Twenty-five years ago, the only suspect in the murder of white teen heiress Jessica Silver was her African-American teacher, Bobby Nock. One juror, Maya Seale, managed to sway the rest of the jurors to a not-guilty verdict, upending a seemingly open and shut case. Now a podcast wants Maya to help re-create the trial, but someone is murdered on the very first night of the recreation.
Into the Fire by Gregg Hurwitz
Evan Smoak was once known as Orphan X, trained from childhood to be one of the U.S. government's deadliest off-the-books assassins. Now he's out of the program and gone rogue, or freelance, if you prefer. He's reinvented himself as The Nowhere Man and uses his skills to help the truly desperate. But when one such man approaches The Nowhere Man to take on a seemingly simple case, it turns out to be anything but.
This Father's Day, surprise Dad with one of these excellent thrillers.