Crime Fiction Booklist: Thrillers

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  • Breathtaker
    Author: Blanchard, Alice
    Publisher: Warner $ 24.95 ISBN: 0446531391 Date: 2003
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    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
    Updated 9.25.03
  • The Last Good Day
    Author: Blauner, Peter
    Publisher: Little, Brown $ 24.95 ISBN: 0316098736 Date: 2003
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    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.
    Updated 3.27.03
  • Slipping Into Darkness
    Author: Blauner, Peter
    Publisher: Little Brown $ 24.95 ISBN: 0316098663 Date: 2006
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    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.
    Updated 11.22.05
  • Blood Junction
    Author: Carver, Caroline
    Publisher: Mysterious $ 24.95 ISBN: 0892967706 Date: 2002
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    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
    Updated 8.16.02
  • The Murder Artist
    Author: Case, John
    Publisher: Ballantine $ 25.95 ISBN: 0345464710 Date: 2004
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    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 Day.
    Suggested Reading: Twins
    Updated 9.20.04
  • Persuader
    Author: Child, Lee
    Publisher: Delacorte $ 24.95 ISBN: 0385336667 Date: 2003
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    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 dealer's home.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars | Thrillers
    Updated 3.31.03
  • Death Match
    Author: Child, Lincoln
    Publisher: Doubleday $ 24.95 ISBN: 0385506708 Date: 2004
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    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
    Updated 3.11.04
  • No Second Chance
    Author: Coben, Harlan
    Publisher: Dutton $ 24.95 ISBN: 0525947299 Date: 2003
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    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 Deaver.
    Updated 3.31.03
  • Just One Look
    Author: Coben, Harlan
    Publisher: Dutton $ 25.95 ISBN: 0525947914 Date: 2004
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    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.
    Updated 3.11.04
  • Chasing the Dime
    Author: Connelly, Michael
    Publisher: Little Brown $ 25.95 ISBN: 0316153915 Date: 2002
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    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.
    Updated 8.27.02
  • In the Company of Liars
    Author: Ellis, David
    Publisher: Putnam $ 24.95 ISBN: 0399152474 Date: 2005
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    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.
    Updated 3.21.05
  • Pyro
    Author: Emerson, Earl
    Publisher: Ballantine $ 24.95 ISBN: 0345462882 Date: 2004
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    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
    Updated 6.30.04
  • Death Dance
    Author: Fairstein, Linda A.
    Publisher: Scribner $ 26 ISBN: 0743254899 Date: 2006
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    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.
    Updated 11.22.05
  • The Warlord's Son
    Author: Fesperman, Dan
    Publisher: Knopf $ 23 ISBN: 0375414738 Date: 2004
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    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
    Updated 8.16.04
  • Avenger
    Author: Forsyth, Frederick
    Publisher: St Martins $ 26.95 ISBN: 0312319517 Date: 2003
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    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
    Updated 9.08.03
  • Vertical Run
    Author: Garber, Joseph R.
    Publisher: Bantam $ 21.95 ISBN: 0553100335 Date: 1995
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    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
    Updated 8.24.05
  • The Killing Hour
    Author: Gardner, Lisa
    Publisher: Bantam $ 23.95 ISBN: 0553802526 Date: 2003
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    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.
    Updated 7.1.03
  • Alone
    Author: Gardner, Lisa
    Publisher: Bantam $ 24 ISBN: 0553802534 Date: 2005
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    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.
    Updated 12.27.04
  • The Hostage
    Author: Griffin, W.E.B.
    Publisher: Putnam $ 26.95 ISBN: 0399153144 Date: 2006
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    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.
    Updated 11.7.05
  • Got the Look
    Author: Gripando, James
    Publisher:HarperCollins $ 24.95 ISBN: 006056458x Date: 2006
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    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.
    Updated 12.27.05
  • In a True Light
    Author: Harvey, John
    Publisher: Carroll & Graf $ 26 ISBN: 0786710535 Date: 2002
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    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 York.
    Suggested Reading: Noir | Art
    Updated 8.13.02
  • Turning Angel
    Author: Iles, Greg
    Publisher: Scribner $ 25.95 ISBN: 0743234715 Date: 2006
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    "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.
    Updated 10.31.05
  • The Death Collectors
    Author: Kerley, Jack
    Publisher: Dutton $ 24.95 ISBN: 0525948775 Date: 2005
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    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
    Updated 6.29.05
  • Hitler's Peace: A Novel of the Second World War
    Author: Kerr, Philip
    Publisher: Putnam $ 26.95 ISBN: 0399152695 Date: 2005
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    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
    Updated 4.19.05
  • Velocity
    Author: Koontz, Dean
    Publisher: Bantam $ 27 ISBN: 0553804154 Date: 2005
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    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.
    Updated 4.25.05
  • The Ethical Assassin
    Author: Liss, David
    Publisher: Ballantine $ 24.95 ISBN: 140006421x Date: 2006
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    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
    Updated 10.25.05
  • The Wall
    Author: Long, Jeff
    Publisher: Atria $ 24 ISBN: 0743266161 Date: 2006
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    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
    Updated 11.7.05
  • The Sniper's Wife
    Author: Mayor, Archer
    Publisher: Mysterious $ 23.95 ISBN: 0892967676 Date: 2002
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    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.
    Updated 9.30.02
  • Heart of the Hunter
    Author: Meyer, Deon
    Publisher: Little Brown $ 23.95 ISBN: 0316935492 Date: 2004
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    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
    Updated 7.6.04
  • Dead at Daybreak
    Author: Meyer, Deon
    Publisher: Little Brown $ 23.95 ISBN: 0316000124 Date: 2005
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    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
    Updated 7.11.05
  • Cold Pursuit
    Author: Parker, T. Jefferson
    Publisher: Hyperion $ 23.95 ISBN: 0786868058 Date: 2003
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    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 spellbound.
    Updated 1.26.03
  • The Big Bad Wolf
    Author: Patterson, James
    Publisher: Little Brown $ 27.95 ISBN: 0316602906 Date: 2003
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    Number 1 bestselling author James Patterson's Alex Cross makes his debut with the FBI in this action-packed rollercoaster of a thriller.
    Updated 10.7.03
  • Cold Springs
    Author: Riordan, Rick
    Publisher: Bantam $ 23.95 ISBN: 0553802364 Date: 2003
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    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.
    Updated 3.31.03
  • Falling Off Air
    Author: Sampson, Catherine
    Publisher: Mysterious $ 22.95 ISBN: 0892968133 Date: 2004
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    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
    Updated 5.7.04
  • Blindfold Game
    Author: Stabenow, Dana
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 23.95 ISBN: 031234323x Date: 2006
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    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.
    Updated 10.17.05
  • Monkeewrench
    Author: Tracy, P.J.
    Publisher: Putnam $ 23.95 ISBN: 0399149783 Date: 2003
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    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.
    Updated 3.3.03
  • Kill Me
    Author: White, Stephen
    Publisher: Dutton $ 25.95 ISBN: 0525949305 Date: 2006
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    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.
    Updated 12.27.05