Michael Gruber can inform readers on subjects in which they never knew they had an interest while telling a really good story. His previous novels have explored Santería, salvia, forgery, and a "lost" play by Shakespeare. His latest thriller, The Good Son, is more serious and considerably riskier than his previous novels, but just as fascinating and entertaining.
Sonia Laghari is an American Jungian analyst and writer, fluent in many languages and religions, who converted to Islam when she married into a wealthy Pakistani family. She has a fatwa on her head for violating Islamic law by going on the Hajj, the annual pilgrimage to Mecca, dressed as a man--and then writing a book about her experiences. Despite this, Sonia has returned to Pakistan to host a conference on peace where she is kidnapped by terrorists. Sonia begins chipping away at the psyches of her captors using Jungian psychology. Meanwhile, back in the U.S., Sonia's son, an ex-Delta fighter who is now part of a secret military intelligence-gathering team, begins a covert campaign to rescue his mother.
More new thrillers:
Angelology by Danielle Trussoni
Thriller based on a literal interpretation of a passage in Genesis that describes angels interbreeding with human women to produce powerful hybrid beings called Nephilim.
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest by Stieg Larsson
The third volume in Stieg Larsson's immensely successful Millennium trilogy - crime thrillers about a journalist named Mikael Blomkvist, who works for the magazine Millennium, and his sometime partner Lisbeth Salander, an appealing character who is a tattooed bisexual computer hacker.
The Nearest Exit by Olen Steinhauer
The Tourist, Stenhauer's 2009 bestseller, is being made into a film starring Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp. The Nearest Exit is the sequel to that stunning spy novel, and, if anything, it’s even more complex.
The Room and the Chair by Lorraine Adams
Middle East political thriller by a Washington Post reporter revolves around government secrets, duplicity, and Islamic extremism.
These are popular books so be prepared to place a hold. You may place a hold on a title that is "Coming Soon". See the Library's Good Reads for more recommended spy thrillers.