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All engrossing, pure escapist, nail-biting anxiety, mind bending terror and psychological twists. We’re not sure why it’s so appealing. Good though, isn’t it! You might also like to browse our Crime and Mystery category.
A fast, action-packed, page-turning novel of corporate bonding that plummets into mayhem in a complicated plot that is set in and around an historic mansion. It’s classic Brookmyre; humorous, thrilling stuff. You really have to read this man, a star for the future. Since this is not his best (although brilliant), you’ve got some real thrills in store once you become hooked on him. You may have caught James Nesbitt in an earlier one on television, Quite Ugly One Morning.Comparison: James Hawes, Carl Hiaasen, Christopher Fowler.
March 2013 Guest Editor Charles Cumming on A Coffin for Dimitrios... I read a lot of Eric Ambler when I was writing The Trinity Six. Ambler specialized in stories about ordinary men who find themselves caught up in extraordinary circumstances. In A Coffin for Dimitrios, a successful thriller writer becomes fascinated by a notorious criminal, believed to have been murdered in Istanbul. Highly recommended.
His 1st novel White Male Heart was widely acclaimed and his second does not disappoint being deeper and steeped in atmosphere. It is a voyage of self-discovery for the female protagonist living in a remote Scottish fishing village surrounded by secrets, guilt, loss and manipulation. Read this and look forward to his 3rd novel.
His first full-length thriller in 7 years and its classic Forsyth. Highly competent, suspenseful and topical. Avenger is packed with riveting detail, fast-paced action and political suspense, while in Cal Dexter we meet a hero in the most dynamic Forsyth tradition.
Only her third novel but her success grows and grows. The main character remains Sara Linton, medical examiner in the small town of Heartsdale, this time on the case of an apparent suicide on the local college campus - but for Sara and police chief Jeffrey Tolliver, things don't add up. Strong, real characters and a great plot.
A 30 year old miscarriage of justice is the backbone to this tense and vivid novel. The characters' motivations are as important as the plot; and the truth when it comes out is shocking. Not a book you can, or want to, rush through but well worth getting into.
The first novel and as such my introduction to an author I assumed to be a middle-aged American. When I met the young Brummie hunk I was astounded for this is a tale of America’s prejudice in the 50s and 60s, of two boys, one black, one white, and their eventual flight from being drafted into a war neither could accept, Vietnam. It’s very political, very emotional and very good. It was this book that made me fall in love with the author and hungry for all subsequent work. It remains my favourite but it is not his best. It is slower to build than the others. In fact his latest, The Anniversary Man, is a real page-turner but I loved the style and history of this one. I would start with this and grow with him. Remember, all are seriously satisfying reads.
“Norway’s Queen of Crime” but this is only the second to be published over here. Strangely there is no “feel” of Norway in this cracking psychological thriller; it’s very Ruth Rendellesque. An intriguing story of disturbed minds, dysfunctional families and reluctant robbers. There is much to unravel and despite the almost inevitable conclusion, it still came as a surprise. It’s a real page-turner.
Another witty and charming novel from Camilleri. There are several mysteries in this novel all seemingly linked and allowing the author to cover all sorts of subject matter entrenched in the history of Sicily, as well as his mention of several dishes of delicious sounding food. This is the second in the series and we do recommend you read them in order. Inspector Montalbano series:1. The Shape of Water2. The Terra-Cotta Dog3. The Snack Thief4. The Voice of the Violin5. Excursion to Tindari6. The Scent of the Night7. Rounding the Mark8. The Patience of the Spider9. The Paper Moon10. August Heat11. The Wings of the Sphinx
The story starts slowly but then becomes faster and faster, real edge-of-the-seat stuff. As it builds through unexpected turns, the characters gain depth and a fantastic thriller ensues. Lots of action, moral issues, the effect of guilt (or the lack of it) and small town frustrations (Maine) make up one of the best first novels Iâ€™ve read in this area for a long time. It appears others thought so too for it won the Crime Writersâ€™ Association John Creasey award for best first crime novel. Youâ€™ve got to read it.
Fun, fast and very gripping. You know the story, and if you haven't read it by now then you really should.
Picture it. You’re going on holiday. The bags are packed and the family is ready, you’re at the gate, the plane is boarding, you’ve decided to start your brand new, especially purchased thriller right away. Suddenly, you’re immersed into the corridors of intrigue, conspiracy, murder, espionage and you don’t know who to trust. The plane has left without you. So has the family. You haven’t even noticed. At least you have a good book … and the whole house to yourself for a week!
This section is crammed with dangerously compelling adventures that will have your nails bitten and nervous system tested to the full. From Dan Brown, Stieg Larsson and James Patterson to Fred Vargas, Bernard Minier and C.J Sansom, there’s enough here to keep you ‘head-down and out-of-it’ for years. There’s certainly time to read one more before the family gets back from Torremolinos … and that’s where we come in!