Sunday, June 12, 2022

Seven of the best attempted assassination thrillers

William Martin is the New York Times bestselling author of twelve novels, an award-winning PBS documentary, book reviews, magazine articles, and a cult-classic horror movie, too.

In novels like Back Bay, City of Dreams, The Lost Constitution, The Lincoln Letter, and Bound for Gold, he has told stories of the great and the anonymous of American history, and he’s taken readers from the deck of the Mayflower to 9/11. His work has earned him many accolades and honors, including the 2005 New England Book Award, the 2015 Samuel Eliot Morison Award, and the 2019 Robert B. Parker Award.

Martin's new novel is December ’41.

At CrimeReads he tagged seven top notch attempted assassination thrillers, including:
Three Hours in Paris by Cara Black (2021)

Instead of ending with the assassination attempt, Cara Black begins with the fateful shot. The target is Hitler. He’s standing in front of Sacre Coeur on the June Sunday morning in 1940 when he spent “three hours in Paris,” the only time he will ever visit the city. Of course, the shot misses, but it kicks this thriller into action. Hitler leaves Paris with orders to find the shooter, who turns out to be a woman named Kate Rees. She’s a prize-winning American markswoman who’s working with British intelligence. Or have the Brits been using her as a decoy? German security goes after her. The French underground attempts to help her while protecting their own. The suspense builds. Fresh and exciting, with a strong, resourceful, and relentless female as the main character.
Read about another entry on the list.

The Page 69 Test: Three Hours in Paris.

--Marshal Zeringue