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Old 03-07-2013, 08:30 AM   #1
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Thriller novels

What thriller books have you read that you can't recommend highly enough. Please make sure to mention the author's name.
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Old 03-07-2013, 11:26 AM   #2
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I've read the first 5 books in the Jack Reacher series by Lee Child. Definitely can't recommend them enough to anyone that loves a good thriller
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Old 03-07-2013, 11:40 AM   #3
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And Then There Were None is an excellent classic thriller novel by Agatha Christie.
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Old 03-07-2013, 11:47 AM   #4
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And Then There Were None is an excellent classic thriller novel by Agatha Christie.
I'd call that a murder mystery and not a thriller.
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Old 03-07-2013, 11:50 AM   #5
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The Mitch Rapp series by Vince Flynn
The Scot Harvath series Brad Thor

Both I would highly recommend.

I've only seen the movie based on the first book (The Shooter), but I did enjoy the movie.

The Bob Lee Swagger series by Stephen Hunter.

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Old 03-07-2013, 12:00 PM   #6
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Absolutely anything written by Jeffrey Deaver.
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Old 03-07-2013, 12:31 PM   #7
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Vince Flynn, Scott Harvath and Lee Child are all great author's just cost a lot of $$$. Used to like Vince Flynn until he got expensive.
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Vince Flynn, Scott Harvath and Lee Child are all great author's just cost a lot of $$$. Used to like Vince Flynn until he got expensive.
Don't blame the authors for the publisher's stupidity.
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I'll +1 to Lee Child, Scott Horvath, and Stephen Hunter.

In the Bob Lee Swagger series I was only disappointed with "The 47th Samurai," though I haven't read the last two in the series yet. It was still entertaining but totally failed to suspend my disbelief that Bob could learn to sword-fight that well, regardless of his natural talents.

I'd point you also to Frederik Forsyth (Day of the Jackal, The Odessa File, The Deceiver, The Fourth Protocol, and more). The pacing of his early work might seem a little slow to a modern reader but he is one of the fathers of the genre.

My favorite author in this genre is probably Robert Ludlum (The Osterman Weekend, The Bourne Identity, The Sigma Protocol, and many more). It doesn't hurt that another favorite author, Eric Van Lustbader, continued the Bourne series. Lustbader is perhaps lighter on the intricate political twists but better at writing the action scenes.
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I'll +1 to Lee Child, Scott Horvath, and Stephen Hunter.
Scot (only one t) Horvath is the name of the series and Brad Thor is the author.
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Wow where should I begin? Off the top of my head, some of my very favorites are:

The Snowman - Jo Nesbo
Shutter Island - Dennis Lehane
In the Woods - Tana French
The Straw Men - Michael Marshall
A Small Death in Lisbon - Robert Wilson
The Devil of Nanking - Mo Hayder
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - Stieg Larsson
Silence of the Grave - Arnaldur Indridasson
Gentleman & Players - Joanne Harris

Can't go wrong with any of these. All great.
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Can the Lee Child books be read in any order? I'm number 55 on the library waiting list for The Killing Floor.(they have 4 copies) Well, it's not like I don't have hundreds and hundreds of other books to read, but that's a still long wait. I could get some of the other books sooner.
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Well, it's kind of expensive for an ebook that has drm and I never read anything from Lee Child before. Besides I already bought a lot of books that I still have to read. Of course, that never stopped me before. lol But you never know, I may break down and buy it sometime.
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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - Stieg Larsson
I don't consider this to be a thriller. It's more a mystery then anything else.
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