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Genre Guide: Thrillers

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Welcome to another installment in our Genre Guide series! This post covers Thrillers-- so, not mysteries. That's another topic for another day. Let's not get carried away. 

Thrillers are products of their own times. We read them for the page-turning, heart-pounding story, of course, and for the satisfying moment when our hero triumphs over the bad guys -- but we also read thrillers because they are very much about life as we know it. Current events, politics, contemporary values, and state-of-the-art technology form the backdrop of the story. Subgenres include: legal thrillers, military thrillers, political thrillers, medical thrillers, eco-thrillers, techno-thrillers, and psychological thrillers.

Top 5 Classic Authors

Robin Cook Alistair MacLean Michael Crichton John Le Carré Patricia Highsmith

Top 5 Up-and-Coming Authors

Tana French Chris Holm Lori Rader-Day Robert Karjel Kate Moretti



Top 5 Classic Books

The Silence of the Lambs Cover
Strangers on a Train by Patricia Highsmith 
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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Cover
The Hunt for Red October Cover
The Firm Cover

Top 5 New Titles

Dark Matter Cover
You Will Know Me Cover
The One Man Cover
Collecting the Dead Cover
I'm Thinking of Ending Things Cover


My Favorite 5

Black-Eyed Susans Cover
Sharp Objects Cover
The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton
The Andromeda Strain Cover
The Fever by Megan Abbott
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The Good Girl by Mary Kubica

The Good Girl Cover