EW reviews four hot new thrillers -- We take a closer look at releases by Kyle Mills, Andrew Vachss, Lee Child, and Elizabeth Benedict

EW reviews four hot new thrillers

Kyle Mills

After the U.S. government betrays Special Forces agent Salam al Fayed (a.k.a. Fade), it tries to bring him back into the fold — with predictably poor results. For fans of. . . Rambo Edge-of-seat quotient Sky-high Bottom Line The action is both awesome and absurd. Despite slowly becoming paralyzed from a stray bullet, Fade rivals James Bond with his hardware-based survival skills (he even has a car with an ejector seat). A-

Two Trains Running
Andrew Vachss

In 1959, three powerful men vie for control of Locke City, a small, corrupt, and racially divided Southern town. That is, of course, until one of them hires a freelance killing machine. For fans of. . . Miller’s Crossing Edge-of-seat quotient Moderate Bottom Line Vachss’ ambitious, expansive novel offers long stretches of metaphor-spouting gangsters punctuated by splashes of violence from hired gun Walker Dett, a superb creation. B

One Shot
Lee Child

In his ninth outing, ex-Army cop Jack Reacher finds himself in his most exotic locale yet — Indiana — investigating a sniper attack involving a man he first encountered 14 years prior. For fans of. . . The Presidio Edge-of-seat quotient High Bottom Line One Shot is well served by the unsettling, claustrophobic feel of its small-city, heartland setting — until the revelation of its over-the-top, out-of-place villains. B-

The Practice of Deceit
Elizabeth Benedict

Graying bachelor and psychotherapist Eric Lavender meets a beautiful divorce lawyer and quickly weds her. When she has him arrested for molestation, he uncovers her dark past. For fans of. . . Sleeping With the Enemy Edge-of-seat quotient Low Bottom Line This marital thriller initially unspools with an utter lack of urgency that is remedied in its slightly more gripping final chapters. C+

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