RaveThe New York Times Book Review...a fluent, mordant, authentic, propulsive narrative, wonderfully lit from within by an intriguing main character ... This is his first novel and it left me hoping he writes many more ... the Texas of the novel is also familiar because it’s at a tectonic moment, on the cusp between old and new, that has been written about before, and very well. Kennedy rises to the challenge and succeeds so well that both Larry McMurtry and James Lee Burke have offered their praise.
PositiveThe New York Times Book ReviewLagercrantz’s first responsibility was to give us more of those two, which promised to be easy enough in Blomkvist’s case ... The plot itself starts with computer hacking — into the National Security Agency in Maryland, no less — and Lagercrantz distinguishes himself by making the computer stuff very human ... Lagercrantz distinguishes himself there too, with a fine and sympathetic portrayal. There’s artificial intelligence and code breaking and bad guys as icy and brutal as you’d like ... Given that Lagercrantz knows she’s what readers want, her long and suspenseful introduction is masterful. It’s a striptease ... certainly the book’s stronger foot is firmly in the \'sheer joy of a new story\' camp.
C. B. George
PositiveThe New York Times Book ReviewI was fascinated by this novel. By its supple, subtle, multi-stranded narrative, certainly, and by its accomplished technique ... Along the way, the narrative’s eye flits from one character to another, like a camera zooming in, pausing, then moving on. These portraits are superbly achieved, and the text is studded with memorable observations ... a generally terrific achievement.
PositiveThe New York Times Book Review“Hunters in the Dark is a novel of immersion, not suspense, shaped like a quiet dream. The reader can do nothing but float as if in a muddy river, going where it takes him, which will be back to a version of the beginning. As such, it’s an unqualified success, and I hope it enjoys a wide readership — which it might, if it’s shelved in the correct section of the bookstore.