Friday, August 28, 2020

Eight dark thrillers with unforgettable villains

Michael Laurence was born in Colorado Springs, Colorado to an engineer and a teacher, who kindled his passions for science and history. He studied biology and creative writing at the University of Colorado and holds multiple advanced certifications in medical imaging. Before achieving his lifelong dream of becoming a full-time author, he worked as an x-ray/CT/MRI technologist and clinical instructor.

Laurence's latest thriller is The Annihilation Protocol.

At CrimeReads he tagged eight dark thrillers with with even darker antagonists, including:
Adán Berrera from The Power of the Dog by Don Winslow

An unassuming, unthreatening skinny kid born into poverty, Adán Berrera begins his villainous evolution as the kind of underdog you can’t help but root for, only to become a mockery of his former self. He trades his humanity for money, his soul for power, and in doing so embraces that which he most despises. And yet the genius of the character is that no matter how low he sinks, you’re still pulling for him to do the right thing, clear up until the point when he presents his chief rival with his wife’s severed head and hurls his children from a bridge. (Readers familiar with the story of El Padrino, Miguel Ángel Félix Gallardo, will recognize many of the events in the book, but will find them no less shocking.)

Read about another entry on the list.

The Power of the Dog is among Rod Reynolds's ten favorite books about gangsters.

--Marshal Zeringue