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Can you recommend me a really good thriller type book?

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shshiney Sat 15-Oct-11 19:27:00

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Incroyable Sat 15-Oct-11 19:58:28

Ok this may break the Scandanavian clause, but try The Redbreast by Jo Nesbo (sorry he is Norwegian!)

shshiney Sat 15-Oct-11 20:08:57

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Incroyable Sat 15-Oct-11 20:26:54

It certainly is utterly gripping! There are several other follow on books, with the same main character but different plots.

I actually thought it was much better, and easier to read, than that other, very well known, translated from Scandinavian thriller!

Even easier to read, but actually quite graphic at times, are Lee Child books (if you want a guaranteed easy read thriller!)

shshiney Sat 15-Oct-11 20:29:00

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Bunbaker Sat 15-Oct-11 20:31:18

Why not Scandinavian? The Millennium trilogy is brilliant.

shshiney Sat 15-Oct-11 20:32:58

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thesurgeonsmate Sat 15-Oct-11 20:41:04

You couldn't take to Jack Reacher?! I understand from recent publicity that you are the only person on Earth who doesn't want to be him / be with him. Certainly, this was going to be my recommendation. The most gripping book I have ever read was The Secret History by Donna Tart, but this might be classed more as murder/mystery than thriller.

shshiney Sat 15-Oct-11 20:42:00

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thesurgeonsmate Sat 15-Oct-11 20:44:27

What's a good book you've read?

shshiney Sat 15-Oct-11 20:48:41

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ElectricSoftPusPornParade Sat 15-Oct-11 20:49:08

Peter James. His Dead ... books are brilliant. Sorry am slightly piddled so cannot think of the names but I think they start at Dead Simple. Set in Brighton and very, very good.

I just cannot get on with all the Scandinavian books which loads of people love. I agree, clunky.

But loved The Secret History.

TheFarSide Sat 15-Oct-11 20:52:42

Another vote for Jo Nesbo.

And Lee Childs for that matter.

Neither produce great literature but they do produce high quality, well written thrillers.

I found Andrew Taylor's Roth Trilogy pretty gripping.

thesurgeonsmate Sat 15-Oct-11 21:06:15

I've just checked out Into the Darkest Corner on Amazon, looks like you're not alone there, it's got rave reviews! But, I'm not familiar with the other titles in "Other customers bought", when I think of thrillers I tend to think of more spy sort of stuff.

hanahsaunt Sat 15-Oct-11 21:09:17

SJ Bolton - really fabulous.

Are mediaeval ones your thing? If so, CJ Sansom.

Some of the Richard North Patterson ones are very good. Val McDermid?

I do love Jo Nesbo - I started with the The Redeemer and really liked it but probably best to read them in order.

David Baldacci? I'm reading Ann Cleeves at the moment and keep sneaking upstairs to read a bit more which is always a good sign. HTH.

happypotter Sat 15-Oct-11 21:11:38

David Baldacci - Absolute Power, The Winner
Richard North Patterson - Silent Witness, Degree of Guilt
Peter Robinson - earlier Inspector Banks novels, esp Aftermath
Dennis Lehane - the Patrick Kenzie/Angela Gennaro books 2000-2003

KurriKurri Sat 15-Oct-11 21:12:16

There's another thread here about The Blackhouse, by Peter May - very good, and most people seemed to like it (don't read the thread though, there's a spoiler on it smile)

MirandaGoshawk Sat 15-Oct-11 21:16:54

Have just re-read The Eye of the Tiger by Wilbur Smith. Couldn't put it down. It's a man's book really - easy to read, plenty of plot and action, is atmospheric - makes me want to up sticks and live where the hero lives - no fussy stuff or anything that shouldn't be there, falls down slightly over the romance (but we'll overlook that). I've read it before and once again really enjoyed it. I've read several of his books but I've enjoyed this one the most.

MirandaGoshawk Sat 15-Oct-11 21:18:12

And, um, there's always Ian Fleming!

shshiney Sat 15-Oct-11 22:35:37

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Allaboutcalm Sat 15-Oct-11 22:44:49

Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy absolutely brilliant and love love love Martina Cole's books. Karin Slaughter good too. smile

nothruroad Sun 16-Oct-11 00:16:15

A place of execution by Val McDermid is brilliantly gripping.

FairyBlueBell Sun 16-Oct-11 00:20:14

anything by Stuart McBride. . . Someone ^^ said 'into the darkest corner' which was fab. Going a bit into mild horror, try Scott Sigler.

DuchessofMalfi Sun 16-Oct-11 09:53:32

I really like Janet Evanovich's series beginning with One For The Money. There's 18 now in the series. They are thrillers but with loads of laugh out loud bits in, if that makes sense.

basildonbond Wed 19-Oct-11 08:44:19

Philip Kerr's Bernie Gunther novels should hit the spot

don't be put off by the fact that this is billed as Bernie Gunther mystery no.4 - it's actually the first in the new series - Kerr was revisiting the setting and characters he'd used in a trilogy several years ago, Berlin Noir

bit Chandleresque, bit misogynistic in places, but gripping and very well defined sense of time and place and definitely not translated from any Scandinavian language!!

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