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If you LOVE a political thriller, you always want for more! All of these books are recommended reads, usually set against the backdrop of a political power struggle. Whether that’s national or international scenarios, corruption, terrorism or warfare, these all have one thing in common: they are high impact and you won’t want to put them down!
Winner of the Crime/Thriller Book of the Year at the Specsavers National Book Awards 2014. Shortlisted for the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger - Thriller of the Year 2014. A smashing first novel from the screenwriter of DEAD CALM and the MAD MAX movies, this has been hyped as in the footsteps of Day of the Jackal, Silence of the Lambs, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and other recognised landmark classics of the thriller genre and, for once, this is no exaggeration! The gripping tale of the cat and mouse and high octane chase of a terrorist by one of the most alluring and enigmatic loner sleuths since Jack Reacher, this is an unputdownable thriller for the 21st Century that will have you sweating and gasping all the way to its explosive conclusion. Memorable characters, always the unexpected, non-stop action, this is a first class excursion behind the often murky scenes of international spying and all its ambiguities, with a villain whose evil knows no bounds but whose motives are none the less understandable and stem from human error and a hero whose talents are dazzling but somehow retains his humanity. Add the scariest of female serial killers, the bad lands of Afghanistan, biological warfare and forensic minutiae and you get what could become the thriller of the year, let alone the month. The Lovereading view... A wonder of a debut thriller, a must read. The author is a film scriptwriter and you really can see the film developing here frame by frame or, at least, short chapter by short chapter. It concerns a dedicated and very clever terrorist who from the day, as a teenager, he watched his father’s execution to a father himself he swore to seriously hurt America. He is persuaded by a wonderful undercover agent, a man “who doesn’t exist”. Running alongside this is the investigation into the murder of a girl in New York just post 9/11. This is the best thriller I have read since The Day of the Jackal. It is a seminal work, a remarkable book where you care as much for the villain as you do his pursuer.
THE MULTI-MILLION COPY BESTSELLER John Grisham's first and most shocking novel, adapted as a film starring Samuel L. Jackson and Matthew McConaughey When Carl Lee Hailey guns down the violent racists who raped his ten-year-old daughter, the people of the small town of Clanton, Mississippi see it as justice done, and call for his acquittal. But when extremists outside Clanton - including the KKK - hear that a black man has killed two white men, they invade the town, determined to destroy anything and anyone that opposes their sense of justice. A national media circus descends on Clanton. As tensions mount, Hailey hires the inexperienced Jake Brigance to defend him. It's the kind of case that could make a young lawyer's career. But it's also the kind of case that could get a young lawyer killed.
'Brilliant...wild and exhilarating' New Yorker Sgt Raymond Shaw is a hero of the first order. He's an ex-prisoner of war who saved the life of his entire outfit, a winner of the Congressional Medal of Honor, the stepson of an influential senator...and the perfect assassin. Brainwashed during his time as a POW he is a 'sleeper', a living weapon to be triggered by a secret signal. He will act without question, no matter what order he is made to carry out. To stop Shaw, his former commanding officer must uncover the truth behind a twisted conspiracy of torture, betrayal and power that will lead both to the highest levels of the government. - and to Shaw's own past...
1st in a new series of gritty and quite raunchy London based crime novels with a the dogged, determined Inspector John Carlyle hunting a serial killer who is targeting the political elite. Fast paced and very easy to get quickly lost in, don’t be surprised if you miss your bus / train stop on the way to and from work! Inspector Carlyle series:1. London Calling2. Never Apologise, Never Explain3. Buckingham Palace Blues4. The Circus Fans of the Inspector Carlyle series who would like to find out about his early years can do so by reading the short ebook, The Enemy Within, which is available in Kindle format. Click here to find out more.
August 2014 Guest Editor Gerald Seymour on The Day of the Jackal... I have big respect for Frederick Forsyth. There have been very few lurches in direction for thriller writers in the last half century. Ian Fleming changed direction with the Bond books, but Freddie set the tone with ‘Day of the Jackal’ and he has had a wheelbarrow load of imitators but no equals. The style demands detail and authenticity but is never mechanical: it is one of those stories that keeps new readers, and the old ones who dip back in every few years to repeat the pleasures, up half the night. A real page turner. Matthew Dunn, author of The Spycatcher, on The Day of the Jackal... I read the book when I was a teenager and was captivated by the notion that a single man could be employed to kill a president and thereby allow for a regime change in France. Seen largely from the perspective of the assassin The Jackal, the book follows his meticulous preparations, while being pursued by French agencies, leading to the moment he has Charles de Gaulle in the crosshairs of his custom made sniper rifle. We know he won’t kill him (de Gaulle died of natural causes in old age) but that doesn’t matter because the book isn’t about whether the assassination will succeed, but rather how could it happen. A thriller masterpiece.
The epic new legal thriller from international number one bestselling author John Grisham. An innocent man is days from execution and only a guilty man can save him. But how can a guilty man convince lawyers, judges and politicians that they’re about to execute an innocent man? Brilliant suspense coupled with edge of your seat drama will ensure readers can’t stop reading it until they’ve read the last page.
May 2014 Guest Editor Daisy Goodwin on I, Claudius... Discovered this in my early teens and was completely hooked by the story of the rise to power of the most unlikely Roman Emperor. Graves was a classical scholar, but he never forgets that his primary role as a novelist is to tell a story. He inhabits Ancient Rome, as surely as Hilary Mantel breathes the air of the Tudor Court. Great historical novels are the ones that show us the past rather than tell us about it.
Don’t be put off by ‘another John Grisham’ – We think it's one of his best for a long time.
REVISED AND UPDATED WITH BRAND NEW MATERIAL The acclaimed political thriller that first introduced the unforgettable Francis Urquhart MP and launched Michael Dobbs' No 1 bestselling career - now updated with brand new material. Michael Dobbs' entertaining tale of skulduggery and intrigue within the Palace of Westminster has been a huge hit with the public. Its scheming hero, Chief Whip Francis Urquhart, who uses fair means and foul to become Prime Minister, is one of the best-known characters of the last decade - the politician we all love to hate. Acclaimed for its authenticity and insights into a secret world - the result of many years working behind the scenes for the Conservative Party - it became a highly popular, award-winning BBC TV series, with Francis Urquhart memorably portrayed by Ian Richardson, and was followed by two further sequels, `To Play the King' and `The Final Cut', which also became top-rating TV series.