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.
There are many Jack Reacher wannabes but there are none, in my opinion, to touch him. However, the hero here, Sam Carver, in his third outing, comes mighty close. He is a retired MI6 hit man and now he’s been framed for crimes he didn’t do … obviously he must clear his name … and in doing so discovers a plot which must be foiled. Terrific stuff. Highly recommended. Comparison: Lee Child, Brett Battles, Robert Ludlum.
Longlisted for the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger 2011. The twelfth novel from this master of thriller writing. In the Cobra, ex CIA man Paul Devereaux is given a licence to stop the drug cartels by whichever means necessary. Forsyth is a great researcher and doesn’t shy away from the harsh realities of the world of the drug barons. A great thriller, action packed and thought provoking.
September 2010 Book of the Month. A thrilling crime novel from an author being heralded as the new Stieg Larsson. With Larsson having opened the door for many European writers Nesbo is a wonderful discovery. The Snowman is actually the fifth in a series featuring detective Harry Hole and is a cleverly plotted, twisting tale of a serial killer murdering young mothers on the first day of snowfall. Dark, disturbing and totally gripping.
CWA Gold Dagger Finalist 2010. CWA Judges’ comments: 'A strongly realised female protagonist in a substantial Glasgow police procedural. Anna Cameron is caught between the personal and the professional pitfalls of power and influence in the force.'
Winner of the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger 2010. CWA Judges’ comments: 'A powerful and hugely enjoyable thriller that races between the Middle East, Africa, Scotland and London. Dense and raw with an elaborate plot and complex characters.'
August 2010 Book of the Month. Fans of the Italian-based Nic Costa series will find this, the eighth, a bit different from the norm. It seems to be Hewson’s outcry against political machinations and terrorism. It involves a secret group called Gladio which, according to the author’s notes, exists. We are in Rome, host city to the G8 conference, and the atmosphere is explosive, literally. With a mixture of Gladio intervention, the psychotic leader of an ancient sect, The Blue Demon, with his own agenda and our police team seemingly all pulling in different directions, this is fascinating stuff, incredibly thought-provoking and rather frightening. Comparison: Dan Brown, Donna Leon, Barbara Nadel.
Another compelling read from the author of The Death List and The Soul Collector. Crime writer Matt Wells is back and in trouble once again, not knowing how or why he has ended up being accused of three gruesome murders. Paul Johnston really does get better and better and this creepy, gory, twisted tale is one to really keep you gripped. Matt Wells series:1. The Death List2. The Soul Collector3. Maps of Hell4. The Nameless Dead
This is an unabridged audiobook title. We are big fans of Ruth Rendell and once again she has supplied the goods with this mysterious and curious tale about a mysterious and curious young woman who appears to cast a magic spell......
August 2010 Book of the Month. The complaints of the title is the ‘Complaints and Conduct Department’, a section of the police force which investigates the behaviour of other police officers. Rankin’s new character, Malcolm Fox, works for them. He’s very different from Rebus, being a moral and clean-living man but he is equally fascinating.Rankin’s gritty Edinburgh is still central, and there is an evil, corrupt undercurrent to yet another brilliant police procedure thriller from a master of the genre. If you haven’t tried Rankin, this is an excellent place to start. Comparison: Colin Dexter, Peter James, Mark Billingham.
Two likely lads out on a road-trip stop at a gas station and discover the local town has a multi-million dollar lottery winner. They spot an opportunity and hatch a clever con. One boy, Shaw, infiltrates the family, the other, Romeo, stays outside to terrorise them. It works. What then transpires is masterfully executed. A classic domestic thriller that begs to be filmed, with characters you root for, good and bad. Do read it. Comparison: Robert Crais, Michael Connelly, James Lee Burke.
I can’t believe this is a first novel. It is extremely good, full of great characters, tension and intrigue. Trying to work out the puzzles and mysteries keeps the pages flying to see if you’re on the right track. I urge you to read it. Comparison: Harlan Coben, Linwood Barclay, Lisa Gardner.
A 2011 World Book Night selection. Meet Jack Reacher. If you are a woman you’ll fall in love, if a man you’ll want to emulate him – he’s great. He’s a tough, ex-military cop of no fixed address and strangely you’ll feel you need to get to know him – which is great for there are a lot of books - right up to the latest, 61 Hours, with its most extraordinary ending. So meet Jack Reacher and then really get to know him. Killing Floor is the first book in the phenomenal bestselling Jack Reacher series by Lee Child. It introduces Reacher for the first time, as the tough ex-military cop of no fixed abode. Trained to think fast and act faster, he is the perfect action hero for men and women alike. A "Piece of Passion" from the publisher... ‘I fell in love with Jack Reacher as a character when I first read early material of this very first thriller by Lee Child – here was a hero for our time, trained to think fast and act faster, a strong, silent, pragmatic and ruthless righter of wrongs who also had his tender side and was therefore equally appealing to a woman like me as he was to my male colleagues: although the proofs of every new Reacher thriller are instantly snapped up, this first book remains a favourite of so many people at Transworld for the past fifteen years, and I can honestly say that everyone who works here takes pride in the way Lee has since broken through into the superleague of thriller writers.' Marianne Velmans, Publishing Director at Transworld Our Editorial Guru, Sarah Broadhurst, has suggested others book and authors that would be perfect for you to read next or to pass on the recommendation - so your gift will keep on giving enjoyment. Her selections for this title are: Stephen Leather, Gerald Seymour, Tom Cain.
White Knuckle Rides
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!
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