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Old 03-09-2013, 12:44 AM   #31
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Among the postwar Brits and similar:

Hammond Innes:
I can recommend The Angry Mountain, c 1949, which climaxes in a small village being swallowed by lava as Vesuvius blows its top. Innes was stationed nearby when the mountain blew catastrophically in 1945, and he used what he saw and experienced in this novel set a few years later.

Also Wreckers Must Breathe, a war thriller. (He wrote lots of others.)

Desmond Bagley is very reliable.

Early Alistair MacLean. (Caution: His writing fell away badly after Puppet on a Chain.)

Geoffrey Jenkins, South African writer, a good series in exotic locations.

Jack Higgins, although his later Sean Dillon novels became repetitive. His earlier ones are the right length, fast and tough. The Eagle has Landed. East of Desolation. Brought in Dead.
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Old 03-09-2013, 12:56 AM   #32
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Old 03-09-2013, 02:01 AM   #33
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I am questioning your logic. How did you come to the conclusion that this book is a thriller? What makes it such?

It is NOT a thriller. You may be thrilled to read it, but that doesn't make it a thriller. It is a mystery. I know some thrillers have mystery elements to them. But in this case, it's a mystery and not a thriller.
What are you, the Genre Police? The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo IS a thriller. Prove that it isn't. Sure, it's a mystery. It's also a thriller. Things can be more than one genre, you know. It's not a mutually exclusive sort of proposition.

Violence, characters in peril, serial killers, and an ominous vibe throughout equals "thriller" in my book. Maybe we could do a little poll, assuming anyone else is even interested in weighing in on such a stupid argument.
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Old 03-10-2013, 05:27 AM   #34
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I don't like the genre, but I loved Fatherland by Robert Harris and Shella by Andrew Vachss.
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Old 03-10-2013, 02:31 PM   #35
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I don't read thrillers much but I do like Jeremy Robinson, his books seem to skew more towards the X-Files side than your standard thriller.
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Old 03-11-2013, 11:33 AM   #36
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Try any of the books by Gavin Lyall - all good.

Similar to Lee Child's Reacher books are John D MacDonald's Travis McGee books.
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I haven't posted in a long time, but I thought I could contribute here.

I used to run a charity bookstore and I would always recommend the books published by the International Thriller Writers Association, as they are essentially samplers.

http://thrillerwriters.org/aboutitw/publications/

Hope this is helpful.
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Old 03-12-2013, 12:58 PM   #38
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Defining 'Thriller' as any novel where the narator or principal character is in some serious/life threatening hazard,
I'd recommend
The Dogs of Riga (Henning Mankel)
Pompeii, Fatherland & 'The Fear Index' (Robert Harris)
'Deadly Decisions' or pretty well any (Kathy Reichs) Novel
'Rogue Male' (Geoffrey Household) & also 'Rogue Justice'.
'Aftermath' (Peter Robinson)
'Bleeding Hearts' (Jack Harvey - aka Ian Rankin)
'The Constant Gardener' (John le Carré)

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I'd also recommend anything written by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, either individually or as a team. Only one to avoid, IMHO - a book called "Impact" by Douglas Preston, which is just plain silly. Everything else they've written is good or better.
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I'd recommend
The Dogs of Riga (Henning Mankel)
I just got that one! Yay me! I love a good thriller.
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Old 03-17-2013, 02:29 AM   #41
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I'd also recommend anything written by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, either individually or as a team. Only one to avoid, IMHO - a book called "Impact" by Douglas Preston, which is just plain silly. Everything else they've written is good or better.
I just read Extraction, which was a really good short story. I want to read their Pendergast novels. Should I begin with Relic? I mean do you recommend that I read them in chronological order?
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I am questioning your logic. How did you come to the conclusion that this book is a thriller? What makes it such?

It is NOT a thriller. You may be thrilled to read it, but that doesn't make it a thriller. It is a mystery. I know some thrillers have mystery elements to them. But in this case, it's a mystery and not a thriller.
What are you, the Genre Police? The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo IS a thriller. Prove that it isn't. Sure, it's a mystery. It's also a thriller. Things can be more than one genre, you know. It's not a mutually exclusive sort of proposition.

Violence, characters in peril, serial killers, and an ominous vibe throughout equals "thriller" in my book. Maybe we could do a little poll, assuming anyone else is even interested in weighing in on such a stupid argument.


@JSWolf
: Have you actually read all three books??

Here are some of my recent favorites:
  • John Katzenbach - The Analyst (2 of his other books, Just Cause and Hart's War, were made into movies.)
  • Jussi Adler-Olsen - Mercy (UK title)/The Keeper of Lost Causes (US title)
  • Joseph Finder - Paranoia (his equally good book High Crimes was made into a movie)
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I just read Extraction, which was a really good short story. I want to read their Pendergast novels. Should I begin with Relic? I mean do you recommend that I read them in chronological order?
Yes, definitely read them in order; there are numerous ongoing plot developments as the series goes on.
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If you like psychological thrillers, maybe check out "The Collector" by John Fowles. It was a really fascinating and enjoyable read.

From the book description on Amazon: tale of obsessive love--the story of a lonely clerk who collects butterflies and of the beautiful young art student who is his ultimate quarry.

John Fowles told the story in the form of a personal journal which made it all the more powerful and interesting. In the first half of the book, the story was told from the clerk (kidnapper's) perspective and then in the second half, it was told from the captive's perspective.
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Dean Koontz has written some that are thrillers I think. Whispers for one.
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