Crime Fiction Booklist: Thrillers
Annotations are from Advance, the Ingram
Book Magazine, unless noted.
Author: Blanchard, Alice
Publisher: Warner $ 24.95 ISBN: 0446531391 Date: 2003
An award-winning author delivers a must-read literary thriller--a twister
of a tale about a detective trying to outwit a killer (and Mother Nature)
in Tornado Alley.
Suggested Reading: Stormy Weather
- The Last Good Day
Author: Blauner, Peter
Publisher: Little, Brown $ 24.95 ISBN: 0316098736 Date: 2003
Murder among the minivans: an electrifying thriller from the renowned author
of The Intruder reveals the underworld of secrets and crimes hiding
just beneath the surface in suburbia.
- Slipping Into Darkness
Author: Blauner, Peter
Publisher: Little Brown $ 24.95 ISBN: 0316098663 Date: 2006
The bestselling author of The Intruder delivers his most gripping thriller yet: A detective investigating a brutal murder discovers an impossible link to a case he closed 20 years before.
- Blood Junction
Author: Carver, Caroline
Publisher: Mysterious $ 24.95 ISBN: 0892967706 Date: 2002
PW Library Journal
The outstanding thriller from the winner of the Crime Writer's Association's
Debut Dagger Award is set in the unforgiving landscape of the Australian
outback. When journalist India Kane is framed for the murders of a friend
and a cop, she resolves to find out why they died.
Suggested Reading: First Fiction
& Mystery Debuts | Survival
- The Murder Artist
Author: Case, John
Publisher: Ballantine $ 25.95 ISBN: 0345464710 Date: 2004
A TV reporter sets out on a coast-to-coast quest against time to save his
twin sons in this novel by the Hammett Prize-nominated author of the Eighth
Suggested Reading: Twins
Author: Child, Lee
Publisher: Delacorte $ 24.95 ISBN: 0385336667 Date: 2003
PW Kirkus Booklist
Introducing Persuader, Child's most electrifying suspense novel yet--featuring
his utterly unique hero, ex-Army cop Jack Reacher. This time Reacher goes
undercover to investigate the disappearance of a federal agent from a drug
Suggested Reading: All Stars | Thrillers
- Death Match
Author: Child, Lincoln
Publisher: Doubleday $ 24.95 ISBN: 0385506708 Date: 2004
In Child's latest thriller, former FBI forensic psychologist Christopher
Lash is asked to investigate when seemingly perfect young couples begin committing
double-suicides. The case leads him to a high-tech matchmaking company and
brings him face-to-face with his own demons.
Suggested Reading: Dating Stars
- No Second Chance
Author: Coben, Harlan
Publisher: Dutton $ 24.95 ISBN: 0525947299 Date: 2003
Both a white-knuckle thriller and a story about the loyalty of old friends
and the love of a father, this is a masterpiece from a bestselling author
(Tell No One, Gone for Good) who writes "suspense at it's finest."--Jeffrey
- Just One Look
Author: Coben, Harlan
Publisher: Dutton $ 25.95 ISBN: 0525947914 Date: 2004
From the manicured lawns of suburbia to a maximum security penitentiary where
a killer has an extraordinary secret to tell, one tragic mistake from years ago
will not be forgotten in this powerful thrill ride of a novel unlike any other.
- Chasing the Dime
Author: Connelly, Michael
Publisher: Little Brown $ 25.95 ISBN: 0316153915 Date: 2002
From the bestselling author of A Darkness More than Night comes
a searing thriller about a simple wrong number that opens a line into
terror. Henry Price has a whole new life--new apartment, new telephone,
new telephone number. He soon discovers that the messages on his line
are for a woman named Lilly, and she is in serious trouble that could
cost him all he holds dear.
- In the Company of Liars
Author: Ellis, David
Publisher: Putnam $ 24.95 ISBN: 0399152474 Date: 2005
Told in chronological reverse, from its enigmatic end to its brilliant beginning, this original thriller is centered on a woman on trial for murder and caught between compelling forces, each represented by someone who may not care if the pressure kills her in the end.
Author: Emerson, Earl
Publisher: Ballantine $ 24.95 ISBN: 0345462882 Date: 2004
From the bestselling author of Vertical Burn and Into the
Inferno comes a pulse-racing thriller based on startling true events
involving arson and murder.
Suggested Reading: On Fire
- Death Dance
Author: Fairstein, Linda A.
Publisher: Scribner $ 26 ISBN: 0743254899 Date: 2006
The bestselling author of Entombed goes behind the scenes of New York City's theater world--from Broadway to Lincoln Center--in this riveting Alexandra Cooper thriller rich with authenticity, history, and suspense.
- The Warlord's Son
Author: Fesperman, Dan
Publisher: Knopf $ 23 ISBN: 0375414738 Date: 2004
In this electrifying thriller set in present-day Afghanistan, the fates of an American journalist and his Pakistani translator become dangerously intertwined with the fortunes of warlords, spies, and dubious corporate interests.
Suggested Reading: Afghanistan | Adult Books for Teens
Author: Forsyth, Frederick
Publisher: St Martins $ 26.95 ISBN: 0312319517 Date: 2003
Booklist PW LJ
In this heart-stopping thriller of murder, intrigue, deception, and revenge,
attorney Calvin Dexter is called upon to settle an old score. But the game is
changing, and this time CIA agent Kevin McBride must find a way to stop Dexter
before his quest for vengeance throws the world into chaos.
Suggested Reading: All Stars | Adult Books for Teens | Former Yugoslavia
- Vertical Run
Author: Garber, Joseph R.
Publisher: Bantam $ 21.95 ISBN: 0553100335 Date: 1995
A hot, compelling thriller sure to be one of the biggest hits of the summer. Every morning, in his 45th-floor executive office, David Elliot savors the moments before his workday begins--until the morning his boss aims a gun at him. For the rest of the day, everyone David meets will try to kill him. He has 24 hours to find out why.
Suggested Reading: Time Changes | The Office
- The Killing Hour
Author: Gardner, Lisa
Publisher: Bantam $ 23.95 ISBN: 0553802526 Date: 2003
As a heat wave of epic proportions descends, the game begins again. Two
girls have disappeared . . . and the clock is ticking. Rookie FBI agent Kimberly
Quincy knows she'll have to break some rules to beat an exactingly vicious
criminal at a game he's had time to perfect.
Author: Gardner, Lisa
Publisher: Bantam $ 24 ISBN: 0553802534 Date: 2005
When a sniper with the Massachusetts State Police SWAT Team saves a woman and her young son by shooting her armed husband, he finds himself in a twisted minefield of sordid wealth and family secrets--and a lot of trouble.
- The Hostage
Author: Griffin, W.E.B.
Publisher: Putnam $ 26.95 ISBN: 0399153144 Date: 2006
An American diplomat's wife is kidnapped, and her husband murdered before her eyes. Her children will be next, if she doesn't tell the kidnappers where her brother is--a brother who may know quite a bit about the burgeoning UN/Iraq oil-for-food scandal. There is an awful lot of money flying around, an awful lot of hands reaching out to grab it--and some of those hands don't mind shedding as much blood as it takes.
- Got the Look
Author: Gripando, James
Publisher:HarperCollins $ 24.95 ISBN: 006056458x Date: 2006
A chilling ransom note demands a wealthy husband pay what his wife's worth. The husband decides she's worth nothing because she's been having an affair with attorney Jack Swyteck. Swyteck, who had no idea his new girlfriend was married, goes up against the fiendishly clever kidnapper.
- In a True Light
Author: Harvey, John
Publisher: Carroll & Graf $ 26 ISBN: 0786710535 Date: 2002
A master at the top of his form redefines the crime novel with a gripping
neo-noir thriller that revisits the bohemian art scene of 1950s New
Suggested Reading: Noir | Art
- Turning Angel
Author: Iles, Greg
Publisher: Scribner $ 25.95 ISBN: 0743234715 Date: 2006
"New York Times" bestselling author Greg Iles brings the secrets of the South alive in this vibrant novel of infatuation, murder, and sexual intrigue set in his hometown of Natchez, Mississippi.
- The Death Collectors
Author: Kerley, Jack
Publisher: Dutton $ 24.95 ISBN: 0525948775 Date: 2005
Kirkus PW LJ
The Hundredth Man was universally praised as the debut novel in a series to watch. Now, author Jack Kerley returns with The Death Collectors, which will establish him as one of the most innovative thriller writers today.
Suggested Reading: All Stars
- Hitler's Peace: A Novel of the Second World War
Author: Kerr, Philip
Publisher: Putnam $ 26.95 ISBN: 0399152695 Date: 2005
From the author of the Berlin Noir trilogy comes a stunning World War II "what if" thriller in which the fate of Europe--and of its remaining three million Jews--hangs in the balance.
Suggested Reading: Alternate History | World War Stars
Author: Koontz, Dean
Publisher: Bantam $ 27 ISBN: 0553804154 Date: 2005
Koontz delivers the must-read thriller of the summer, with a tour de force of suspense squarely in the tradition of his classic #1 "New York Times" bestseller, Intensity.
- The Ethical Assassin
Author: Liss, David
Publisher: Ballantine $ 24.95 ISBN: 140006421x Date: 2006
Edgar Award-winning author Liss's first contemporary thriller offers an original view of odd dreamers, political intrigue, and the strange, corrupt ways of life in America.
Suggested Reading: If You Like Carl Hiaasen
- The Wall
Author: Long, Jeff
Publisher: Atria $ 24 ISBN: 0743266161 Date: 2006
When Hugh Glass sets off into the vertical wilderness of El Capitan with his former climbing partner, the two become entangled in a deadly rescue attempt where the rescuers become victims hounded by their demons.
Suggested Reading: Rock Climbing | Wild Life
- The Sniper's Wife
Author: Mayor, Archer
Publisher: Mysterious $ 23.95 ISBN: 0892967676 Date: 2002
In a triumphant departure from his acclaimed Joe Gunther series, bestselling
author Archer Mayor delivers a new stand-alone thriller that follows
Detective Willy Kunkle through the darkest corners of New York City
in search of a vicious killer.
- Heart of the Hunter
Author: Meyer, Deon
Publisher: Little Brown $ 23.95 ISBN: 0316935492 Date: 2004
LJ Kirkus Booklist
In his stunning American debut, the South African thriller writer delivers
the story of a kidnapping and of a man refusing to reclaim the ruthless methods
he mastered in the darkest days of South Africa's battle for survival.
Suggested Reading: All Stars | South Africa
- Dead at Daybreak
Author: Meyer, Deon
Publisher: Little Brown $ 23.95 ISBN: 0316000124 Date: 2005
LJ Booklist PW
The newest headspinning thriller from the breakout South African crime writer, author of Heart of the Hunter, is the story of an ex-cop who has seven days to solve a seemingly unsolvable crime--the answer to which lies in his own dark past.
Suggested Reading: All Stars
- Cold Pursuit
Author: Parker, T. Jefferson
Publisher: Hyperion $ 23.95 ISBN: 0786868058 Date: 2003
From the Edgar Award-winning author of Silent Joe comes a new hard-hitting
thriller of murder, vengeance, and secret passions that will keep readers
- The Big Bad Wolf
Author: Patterson, James
Publisher: Little Brown $ 27.95 ISBN: 0316602906 Date: 2003
Number 1 bestselling author James Patterson's Alex Cross makes his
debut with the FBI in this action-packed rollercoaster of a thriller.
- Cold Springs
Author: Riordan, Rick
Publisher: Bantam $ 23.95 ISBN: 0553802364 Date: 2003
The "king of Texas crime-writing" showcases the talent that has
earned him the Edgar, the Shamus, and the Anthony Awards, in a blistering
stand-alone thriller that hits with all the force of a Texas tornado.
- Falling Off Air
Author: Sampson, Catherine
Publisher: Mysterious $ 22.95 ISBN: 0892968133 Date: 2004
Sampson's debut thriller is about a young mother who becomes embroiled in a murder
investigation when her neighbor's body falls past her window.
Suggested Reading: Debuts
- Blindfold Game
Author: Stabenow, Dana
Publisher: Minotaur $ 23.95 ISBN: 031234323x Date: 2006
A CIA analyst traces the sale of black market plutonium, realizing that a terrorist attack is under way on a valuable American target. He also sees that the Coast Guard cutter his estranged wife serves on is sailing right into the attack and the heart of an international crisis.
Author: Tracy, P.J.
Publisher: Putnam $ 23.95 ISBN: 0399149783 Date: 2003
Haunted by their pasts, Grace McBride and the crew of her software company,
Monkeewrench, create a computer game where the killer is always caught and
the good guys always win. But their game becomes a nightmare when someone
begins duplicating the fictional murders in real life, down to the last detail.
- Kill Me
Author: White, Stephen
Publisher: Dutton $ 25.95 ISBN: 0525949305 Date: 2006
In this "thinking person's thriller" (Jeffery Deaver), bestselling author Stephen White throws out everything readers think they know about twists, turns, and surprises as he introduces the Death Angels.