I won't name names, but I hate it when an author I once enjoyed is now churning out books by committee. That's why I always perk up when a reviewer compares a relatively unknown author to a bestseller. Here are some recent thrillers that got my attention:
James O. Born was recommended to fans of Michael Connelly in Library Journal for his series featuring ATF agent Alex Duarte, the latest of which is Burn Zone.
Denise Mina's main character in Slip of the Knife, Paddy Meehan, was called "one of the most praised heroines since Temperance Brennan" (the forensic anthropologist created by Kathy Reichs).
For fans of Martin Cruz Smith, "Robert Harris meets Gorky Park" was the verdict on Tom Rob Smith's debut novel Child 44.
Library Journal says that Lisa Lutz's Izzy Spellman could be a "wacky cousin" of Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum.