Mike's Staff Picks

Mike Wilson, at Murder By The Book since 2023

Mike has over two decades in corporate HR and is currently a consultant. He has been an avid reader of mysteries and thrillers for much longer.

Some of his favorite authors include: Stephen Mack Jones, David Baldacci, Michael Connelly, Vince Flynn, Steve Cavanagh, SA Cosby, Jeffery Deaver, Joe Ide, Meg Gardiner, Dennis Lehane, Gregg Hurwitz, and Carl Hiaasen.



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Chameleon: A Black Box Thriller By Remi Adeleke Cover Image
ISBN: 9780063238831
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: William Morrow - July 25th, 2023

Black Box is the CIA’s elite special operations group. Ultra-skilled and multi-talented, these agents operate as chameleons and ghosts performing special operations and tasks all over the world. This time, they are investigating “Hostage, Inc.,”a group that uses kidnapping of important figures to manipulate stock prices for huge financial gain. While looking into this, they discover a much more dangerous international plot. Weaving the Nigerian childhood past of main character Kali Kent, with his leadership in his Black Box team in the present, this is an exciting and lightning fast read and is a welcome introduction of Remi Adeline as a thriller writer. Great for fans of the espionage/thriller offerings of Carr, Flynn, and Bentley. - Mike

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The Stowaway: A Novel By James S. Murray, Darren Wearmouth Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250263674
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - March 21st, 2023

Imagine being in a place you can’t get out of, where no help is coming, and you happen to be there with a serial killer you’ve admitted to setting free as the lone juror voting not guilty. Maria is trying to put her life back together after the trial and relax with her fiancé and two kids when bodies start showing up. She suspects the killer she set free may be on the cruise ship in the middle of the Atlantic. This one is a scary, fast-paced thriller that I flew through. Perfect for fans of Michallon, serial killer novels or just plots a little on the disturbing and suspenseful side. - Mike

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The Gatekeeper: A Thriller (A Dez Limerick Novel #1) By James Byrne Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250890030
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Published: Minotaur Books - April 25th, 2023

Byrne has created the most unique and fun main character in the thriller genre I’ve seen in many years. Dez is subtly hilarious, smart, effective, and as dangerous as he needs to be as he approaches every problem with alacrity and calm. I have to see what he does next. Extremely fun read. - Mike

The Handler (Handler Thriller, A #1) By M.P. Woodward Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593441657
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Published: Berkley - February 7th, 2023

A disgraced former CIA operative must go back in the field with only his ex-wife as his handler in this electrifying thriller from a former intelligence officer.

August Snow (An August Snow Novel #1) By Stephen Mack Jones Cover Image
ISBN: 9781616958688
Availability: Able to Backorder
Published: Soho Crime - January 23rd, 2018

A must read new author! Jones makes you feel and taste Detroit, good and bad, while delivering action with complicated main character August Snow. - Mike

Vertical Run: A Novel By Joseph R. Garber Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593160275
Availability: Able to Backorder
Published: Bantam - July 7th, 2020

One of my top 3 thrillers of all time! 'Nuff said! - Mike