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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.
Robert Crais is one of the very best of todayâ€™s crime writers and The Two Minute Rule will grip and intrigue those familiar with him and provide the perfect opportunity for new readers to discover the author who sets the standard when it comes to twisting plots and powerful characters. This title is also available as an Audiobook, in CD format.
Book number three and now we have real depth of character, a man who literally lives and breaths and jumps off the page. He is a Mafia hit-man and this is his story over four decades, again steeped in history, not just a book about the Mafia but one that outshines all others. You’ve got to read it.Similar this month: None but try Joan Brady.Comparison: George P Pelecanos, Lorenzo Carcaterra, Mario Puzo.
One for The Da Vinci Code fans, a terrific Templars adventure stretching from the Crusades to modern New York and the Vatican. The historical detail is superb yet it doesnâ€™t slow the plot which races along at a hell of a pace. If you are looking for something after Dan Brown, this is definitely it.Similar this month: None but try David Hewson.Comparison: Dan Brown, Michael Cordy.
This is a real high-concept thriller in the making and Iâ€™m told the pseudonym of a journalist writing for the Guardian. Extremism, dead bodies, coded and cryptic messages, kidnap and perhaps even a religious conspiracy provide for a brilliantly plotted serial-killer thriller. Once youâ€™re hooked, and it wonâ€™t take long, youâ€™ll find it both breathtaking and unputdownable.
Unusually this gruesome, violent, psycho-killer tale is set mostly in Ireland. It has all the classic American traits, ex-cop, deranged killer, innocent victims, a warped childhood and lots of blood but the author is Irish. I loved it, totally gripping, compulsive, terrifying and disturbing.Similar this month: P J Tracy, David Morrell.Comparison: Harlan Coben, A J Quinnell, Mo Hayder.
A spellbinding psychological thriller set in a small American town in Illinois. This is very special indeed. It concerns the relationship between a 15-year old committed murderer, David Marion, and his lawyer, Hugh Freyl. After 15 years in jail, Freyl orchestrates Marion’s release. When Freyl dies the finger points at Marion and the book really takes off. So badly do you want Marion to be cleared, so uncertain are you as to the outcome, and so intriguing is the writing that you really cannot put it down. It is the author’s first crime novel. She won the Whitbread prize for Theory of War (1993) and I think she is terrific.Similar this month: Henning Mankell, Jodi Compton.Comparison: Barbara Vine, Scott Turow, John Grisham.
This terrific mix of family drama, mystery, intrigue and murder makes for a cracking read. A long concealed secret involving murder some 30 years before threatens the well-being of two families about to come together in matrimony. It’s gripping stuff.
False Impression is a pacy thriller with a winding plot centred around the murder of an elderly lady the day before the bombing of the twin towers. As the investigation gets underway it becomes apparent that her killing is linked to a priceless Van Gogh painting that she was on the verge of selling. As the mystery unfolds we are taken from New york to London to Bucharest and on to Tokyo until everything becomes clear in a sleepy English village. If you're a fan of Jeffery Archer, you certainly won't be disappointed. This title is also available as an Audio book, read by Anton Lesser as either a CD or a cassette.
A beautifully written thriller with a dark twist. Davy's life has become complicated when he confides in his older brother and calls on him for help. Is he taking things too far though? Compelling reading.
Shortlisted for the 2006 Duncan Lawrie Dagger.Not one to read if you're squeamish, or if you're at home alone, this is a brilliant mystery from a debut novelist. Fantastically well-written, this forensic thriller was inspired by a trip to a place called The Body Farm. It has a great plot, convincing characterisation and hopefully won't be the last we see of Dr David Hunter.
A romantic suspense novel with plenty of mystery. An amensiac is admitted to hospital after being injured and is treated by a young psychiatrist, Dr Elizabeth Santer who supports him despite the police believing that he is a terrorist. It's well written with great characters but definitely for readers who are after a more fun thriller.
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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