100 Killer Thrillers

This list of recommended thrillers was recently compiled by NPR. Bold are the ones I’ve read, italics are the one I want to read. I’m not much of a thriller fan, evidently. What I find interesting about this list is the number of books I see in it that I had no idea are thrillers. I thought books like No Country for Old Men and The Count of Monte Cristo fall under the literary fiction/literature genres.

* 1. The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris
* 2. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
* 3. Kiss the Girls, by James Patterson
* 4. The Bourne Identity, by Robert Ludlum
* 5. In Cold Blood, by Truman Capote
* 6. The Da Vinci Code, by Dan Brown
* 7. The Shining, by Stephen King

* 8. And Then There Were None, by Agatha Christie
* 9. The Hunt tor Red October, by Tom Clancy
* 10. The Hound of the Baskervilles, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

* 11. Dracula, by Bram Stoker
* 12. The Stand, by Stephen King
* 13. The Bone Collector, by Jeffery Deaver
* 14. Jurassic Park, by Michael Crichton
* 15. Angels & Demons, by Dan Brown
* 16. A Time to Kill, by John Grisham
* 17. The Andromeda Strain, by Michael Crichton
* 18. Mystic River, by Dennis Lehane
* 19. The Day of the Jackal, by Frederick Forsyth
* 20. Rebecca, by Daphne du Maurier

* 21. Eye of the Needle, by Ken Follett
* 22. It, by Stephen King
* 23. The Count of Monte Cristo, by Alexandre Dumas
* 24. The Girl Who Played with Fire, by Stieg Larsson
* 25. Jaws, by Peter Benchley
* 26. The Alienist, by Caleb Carr
* 27. Red Dragon, by Thomas Harris
* 28. Presumed Innocent, by Scott Turow
* 29. The Maltese Falcon, by Dashiell Hammett
* 30. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, by Stieg Larsson

* 31. No Country For Old Men, by Cormac McCarthy
* 32. Gone Baby Gone, by Dennis Lehane
* 33. Gorky Park, by Martin Cruz Smith
* 34. Rosemary’s Baby, by Ira Levin
* 35. Subterranean, by James Rollins
* 36. Clear and Present Danger, by Tom Clancy
* 37. Salem’s Lot, by Stephen King
* 38. Shutter Island, by Dennis Lehane
* 39. The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, by John Le Carre
* 40. The Poet, by Michael Connelly

* 41. The Boys from Brazil, by Ira Levin
* 42. Cape Fear, by John MacDonald
* 43. The Bride Collector, by Ted Dekker
* 44. Pet Sematary, by Stephen King
* 45. Dead Zone, by Stephen King
* 46. The Manchurian Candidate, by Richard Condon
* 47. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, by John Le Carre
* 48. The Talented Mr. Ripley, by Patricia Highsmith
* 49. Tell No One, by Harlan Coben
* 50. Consent to Kill, by Vince Flynn

* 51. The 39 Steps, by John Buchan
* 52. Blowback, by Brad Thor
* 53. The Children of Men, by P.D. James
* 54. 61 Hours, by Lee Child
* 55. Marathon Man, by William Goldman
* 56. The Woman in White, by Wilkie Collins
* 57. 206 Bones, by Kathy Reichs
* 58. Psycho, by Robert Bloch
* 59. The Killing Floor, by Lee Child
* 60. Rules of Prey, by John Sandford

* 61. The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins
* 62. In the Woods, by Tana French
* 63. Shogun, by James Clavell
* 64. The Relic, by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
* 65. Intensity, by Dean Koontz
* 66. Casino Royale, by Ian Fleming
* 67. Metzger’s Dog, by Thomas Perry
* 68. Timeline, by Michael Crichton
* 69. Contact, by Carl Sagan
* 70. What the Dead Know, by Laura Lippman

* 71. The Shadow of the Wind, by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
* 72. The Cabinet of Curiosities, by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
* 73. Charm School, by Nelson DeMille
* 74. Feed, by Mira Grant
* 75. Gone Tomorrow, by Lee Child
* 76. Darkly Dreaming Dexter, by Jeff Lindsay
* 77. The Secret History, by Donna Tartt
* 78. The First Deadly Sin, by Lawrence Sanders
* 79. Cryptonomicon, by Neal Stephenson
* 80. The Brotherhood of the Rose, by David Morrell

* 81. Primal Fear, by William Diehl
* 82. The Templar Legacy, by Steve Berry
* 82. The Hard Way, by Lee Child [tie]
* 84. The Last of the Mohicans, by James Fenimore Cooper
* 85. Six Days of the Condor, by James Grady
* 86. Fail-Safe, by Eugene Burdick and Harvey Wheeler
* 87. Strangers on a Train, by Patricia Highsmith
* 88. The Eight, by Katherine Neville
* 89. The Lost Symbol, by Dan Brown
* 90. Goldfinger, by Ian Fleming

* 91. Bangkok 8, by John Burdett
* 92. The Kill Artist, by Daniel Silva
* 93. Hardball, by Sara Paretsky
* 94. The Club Dumas, by Arturo Perez-Reverte
* 95. The Deep Blue Good-by, by John MacDonald
* 96. The Monkey’s Raincoat, by Robert Crais
* 96. Berlin Game, by Len Deighton [tie]
* 98. A Simple Plan, by Scott Smith
* 99. Child 44, by Tom Rob Smith
* 100. Heartsick, by Chelsea Cain


3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Sajib
    Aug 06, 2010 @ 20:42:30

    I guess you’re talking about books, right? I’ve seen some movies with a few of the same titles so I guess most of them have their movie version as well. I saw the bourne identity, the bone collector, hound of the baskervilles, jurassik park, etc. I’ll try to watch the other ones as well. Thanks for listing up. Sent a tweet @you. 🙂 hope you follow back.

    nylusmilk: i was talking about books but now that you mention it, it does look like a movie list too doesn’t it? thanks, i will reply soon!


  2. lovelyloey
    Aug 06, 2010 @ 20:55:38

    Yea, I have seen a couple of these movies too. I liked The Manchurian Candidate; it’s more conspiracy thriller more that murder I would say. Worth checking out.

    nylusmilk: lol, you’re recommending me to watch the movie, not read the book? yeah, it is probably easier to do the former than the latter when one is not keen on the genre!


  3. kathy
    Aug 07, 2010 @ 01:33:39

    10 MUST read, 11,14, 17, 20(Thriller meh?),28& 33(ok-ok la), 53(read but forgotten :P), 56 must read, 60, 68(hmm..for me not that good), 78(i have got quite a few of this LS series, the 2nd…3rd…)

    wei i have The Last Symbol…wana borrow or not? Contact me on how to pass to you. Maybe i leave it with one of ur kaki at BX next weekend?

    nylusmilk: wah, you do read a lot of thrillers. i’ve never read sir arthur conan doyle’s books before, even though i had plenty of opportunities to do so. too much of an agatha christie fan. 😛 but i will try to some day. hehe, sent you a message on facebook about it, thanks for the offer!


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