Livia Lone: a killer woman

  Stop right here if you can’t abide a moral crusade. Right on the zeitgeist, author Barry Eisler follows in the footsteps of writers like Andrew Vachss with his latest standalone thriller. The protagonist is Livia who, superficially, looks like the typical kickass feisty female vigilante investigator. She has Olympic class martial arts skills, gets…

The Breaks: sassy AND smart

It’s too easy to summarise the protagonist of this hard-boiled contemporary thriller as a smart, sassy, sexy, kick-ass young woman. Angela McGlynn is all of those things, but she’s much more than the stereotypical crime-thriller heroine. The author has created a complex lead character who happens to be a self-assured, completely competent female. McGlynn is…