Thrillers are action-packed, plot- driven stories that feature a hero or group of heroes racing against time to solve a crime or stop a threat.
Popular Series Authors:
- James Patterson
- David Baldacci
- Lisa Gardner
- John Grisham
- Karin Slaughter
- Harlan Coben
- Lee Child
- Tess Gerritsen
The Alienist / Caleb Carr (1994)
In late 1890s New York, criminal psychology begins to challenge society’s beliefs about crime.
Before the Fall / Noah Hawley (2016)
A poor painter and the young son of a powerful family survive a plane crash that may not have been an accident.
Bluebird, Bluebird / Attica Locke (2017)
A black Texas ranger solves two murders that have sparked racial tensions in a small town.
The Bone Garden /Tess Gerritsen (2007)
A medical student in 1830s Boston is accused of murder and must track down the only witness to the crime.
The Couple Next Door / Shari Lapena (2016)
When a baby disappears, suspicion falls on her seemingly perfect parents, who were at a dinner party next door.
Defending Jacob / William Landay (2012)
A Massachusetts ADA must defend his fourteen-year-old son, who has been charged with murder.
The Dinner / Herman Koch (2009)
Two couples meet to discuss how far they will go to protect their sons, who are both accused of a terrible crime.
The Girl on the Train / Paula Hawkins (2015)
A woman sees something shocking from her train and gets involved in a mysterious disappearance.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo / Stieg Larsson (2005)
A journalist and a hacker team up to solve the decades-old disappearance of a Swedish financier’s niece.
Give Me Your Hand / Megan Abbott (2018)
An ambitious woman is held back from her goal by the estranged best friend who knows her terrible secret.
The Hunt for Red October / Tom Clancy (1984)
When a Soviet submarine goes rogue, CIA operative Jack Ryan theorizes that its captain intends to defect to the U.S.
The Ice Princess / Camilla Läckberg (2003)
A writer returns to her hometown and begins to question the suicide of her childhood friend.
In the Woods / Tana French (2007)
A detective, sole survivor of a terrible crime in childhood, must delve into long- buried memories to solve a murder.
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy / John Le Carré (1974)
A man is assigned to uncover a Russian mole planted in the highest ranks of British Intelligence.