NPR - Top 100 Killer Thrillers Collection

Language: English | Format: epub | 2021 | Size: 83.4 MB

List:

01-The Silence of the Lambs - Thomas Harris
02-The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - Stieg Larsson
03-Kiss the Girls - James Patterson
04-The Bourne Identity - Robert Ludlum
05-In Cold Blood - Truman Capote
06-The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
07-The Shining - Stephen King
08-And Then There Were None - Agatha Christie
09-The Hunt tor Red October - Tom Clancy
10-The Hound of the Baskervilles - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
11-Dracula - Bram Stoker
12-The Stand - Stephen King
13-The Bone Collector - Jeffery Deaver
14-Jurassic Park - Michael Crichton
15-Angels & Demons - Dan Brown
16-A Time to Kill - John Grisham
17-The Andromeda Strain - Michael Crichton
18-Mystic River - Dennis Lehane
19-The Day of the Jackal - Frederick Forsyth
20-Rebecca - Daphne du Maurier
21-Eye of the Needle - Ken Follett
22-It - Stephen King
23-The Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
24-The Girl Who Played with Fire - Stieg Larsson
25-Jaws - Peter Benchley
26-The Alienist - Caleb Carr
27-Red Dragon - Thomas Harris
28-Presumed Innocent - Scott Turow
29-The Maltese Falcon - Dashiell Hammett
30-The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest - Stieg Larsson
31-No Country For Old Men - Cormac McCarthy
32-Gone Baby Gone - Dennis Lehane
33-Gorky Park - Martin Cruz Smith
34-Rosemary's Baby - Ira Levin
35-Subterranean - James Rollins
36-Clear and Present Danger - Tom Clancy
37-Salem's Lot - Stephen King
38-Shutter Island - Dennis Lehane
39-The Spy Who Came in from the Cold - John Le Carre
40-The Poet - Michael Connelly
41-The Boys from Brazil - Ira Levin
42-Cape Fear - John MacDonald
43-The Bride Collector - Ted Dekker
44-Pet Sematary - Stephen King
45-Dead Zone - Stephen King
46-The Manchurian Candidate - Richard Condon
47-Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy - John Le Carre
48-The Talented Mr-Ripley - Patricia Highsmith
49-Tell No One - Harlan Coben
50-Consent to Kill - Vince Flynn
51-The 39 Steps - John Buchan
52-Blowback - Brad Thor
53-The Children of Men - P.D-James
54-61 Hours - Lee Child
55-Marathon Man - William Goldman
56-The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
57-206 Bones - Kathy Reichs
58-Psycho - Robert Bloch
59-The Killing Floor - Lee Child
60-Rules of Prey - John Sandford
61-The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins
62-In the Woods - Tana French
63-Shogun - James Clavell
64-The Relic - Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
65-Intensity - Dean Koontz
66-Casino Royale - Ian Fleming
67-Metzger's Dog - Thomas Perry
68-Timeline - Michael Crichton
69-Contact - Carl Sagan
70-What the Dead Know - Laura Lippman
71-The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
72-The Cabinet of Curiosities - Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
73-Charm School - Nelson DeMille
74-Feed - Mira Grant
75-Gone Tomorrow - Lee Child
76-Darkly Dreaming Dexter - Jeff Lindsay
77-The Secret History - Donna Tartt
78-The First Deadly Sin - Lawrence Sanders
79-Cryptonomicon - Neal Stephenson
80-The Brotherhood of the Rose - David Morrell
81-Primal Fear - William Diehl
82-The Templar Legacy - Steve Berry [tie]
82-The Hard Way - Lee Child [tie]
84-The Last of the Mohicans - James Fenimore Cooper
85-Six Days of the Condor - James Grady
86-Fail-Safe - Eugene Burdick and Harvey Wheeler
87-Strangers on a Train - Patricia Highsmith
88-The Eight - Katherine Neville
89-The Lost Symbol - Dan Brown
90-Goldfinger - Ian Fleming
91-Bangkok 8 - John Burdett
92-The Kill Artist - Daniel Silva
93-Hardball - Sara Paretsky
94-The Club Dumas - Arturo Perez-Reverte
95-The Deep Blue Good-by - John MacDonald
96-The Monkey's Raincoat - Robert Crais
96-Berlin Game - Len Deighton [tie]
98-A Simple Plan - Scott Smith
99-Child 44 - Tom Rob Smith
100-Heartsick - Chelsea Cain

The NPR (National Public Radio, U.S.A.) audience nominated some 600 novels to the "Killer Thrillers" poll and cast more than 17,000 ballots-The final roster of winners is a diverse one to say the least, ranging in style and period from Dracula to The Da Vinci Code, Presumed Innocent to Pet Sematary-What these top 100 titles share, however, is that all of them are fast-moving tales of suspense and adventure.

And menace-Critic Maureen Corrigan, who served on the advisory panel of experts for this project, was surprised - how dark many of the choices are-"Even the [Agatha] Christie pick, And Then There Were None, is one of her creepier novels."

Co-panelist, novelist and critic Patrick Anderson was more impressed with the overall quality of the choices: "The vast majority of these are very good books or classics ..-Thomas Harris, Dennis Lehane, Patricia Highsmith — this audience knows good writing."

Of course, there will be arguments about whether some of these books truly count as "thrillers." (You know who you are, Shogun.) The many 19th-century novels, in particular, may raise eyebrows-But David Morrell, novelist and co-editor of the recent anthology Thrillers: 100 Must Reads, defends such choices-"A lot of people see 'thriller' and think 'spy book,' " Morrell says-But a book like The Last of the Mohicans is "unquestionably a thriller — filled with chases and derring-do." Morrell also mentioned Dracula ("take away the supernatural elements and it's a serial-killer novel") and The Count of Monte Cristo-"As long as you have that breathlessness and sense of excitement," Morrell says, "then they're in."

Who is the NPR audience's favorite thriller writer? It's the King, of course — Stephen King, who landed six titles in the top 100-Lee Child comes next, with four winning books-And, at three titles each, Michael Crichton, Dennis Lehane, Dan Brown and Stieg Larsson tie for third.

Polls can help us understand an audience — and even make predictions about it-Based on the some 100,000 votes cast in this survey, the following prediction seems a safe one: Armed with the list below, none of us will need to consult a psychic, supersleuth or Harvard "symbologist" to unearth pulse-quickening vacation reads during the rest of this summer and for many months to come.





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