Sunday, June 12, 2022

Seven top 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:
Night Work by David C. Taylor (2016)

So, how about Castro as a target? In April 1959, he visits New York City. And plenty of people want him dead, like the Mobsters who’ve lost their casinos, the Cubans who’ve lost their power, and the American businessmen who may lose control of their Cuban market. Three professionals are on their way from Miami to take care of their problem. The FBI and the CIA turn a blind eye. If Castro dies, their hands are clean. When Fidel gives a speech in Central Park, only New York cop Michael Cassidy stands between him and the assassins. David C. Taylor turned to novel writing after a career as a screenwriter, and he’s damn good at it. This one, the second in a series, builds to a slam-bang finale involving the assassination, $100,000 in stolen Mob money, cameos from Meyer Lansky and other marquee mobsters.
Read about the other entries on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue