Seattle Picks: Thrillers

The Last Minute
The Last Minute By Abbott, Jeff (Book - 2012 ) FIC ABBOTT 2012 Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 7 copies

Annotation:Jeff Abbott writes relentless, high-octane intrigue with action on every page. Also try: Robert Ludlum, James Patterson, Thomas Perry, Ridley Pearson, Andrew Grant and Rick Mofina.

The School of Night
The School of Night A Novel By Bayard, Louis (Book - 2010 ) FIC BAYARD 2010 Available in some locations

Annotation:Louis Bayard writes atmospheric historical suspense that vividly evokes distant places and ideas. Also try: Arturo Pérez-Reverte, S. J. Parris, Rebecca Stott, David Pirie, David Liss, Francis Cottam, Iain Pears and Michael Cox.

Phantom By Bell, Ted (Book - 2012 ) FIC BELL 2012 Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 7 copies

Annotation:Ted Bell writes swashbuckling adventures in which superspy Alex Hawke saves the world. Also try: Clive Cussler, Ian Fleming, James Rollins, Matthew Reilly, Jeff Long, Lincoln Child, Richard Doetsch, William Dietrich and Forrest DeVoe.

Kill You Twice
Kill You Twice By Cain, Chelsea (Book - 2012 ) FIC CAIN 2012 Available in some locations

Annotation:Chelsea Cain writes gruesome, grimly sardonic thrillers that peer within the twisted brains of serial killers. Also try: Jeffery Deaver, James Patterson, Jane Casey, Anne Holt, Alan Jacobson, Jack Kerley, Mark Billingham, Karin Slaughter and Jeffry P. Lindsay.

Thicker Than Water
Thicker Than Water By Carey, Mike (Book - 2010 ) FIC CAREY 2009 Available in some locations

Annotation:Mike Carey writes supernatural thrillers featuring the hardboiled freelance exorcist Felix Castor. Also try: Dean Koontz, F. Paul Wilson, Jim Butcher, John Connolly, Charlie Huston, Ted Dekker, Michael Koryta, Félix J. Palma and Francis Cottam.

Guilt by Degrees
Guilt by Degrees A Novel By Clark, Marcia (Book - 2012 ) FIC CLARK 2012 Available in some locations

Annotation:Marcia Clark writes morally complex legal thrillers that explore the gray areas between good and evil. Also try: Scott Turow, John Hart, William Landay, Greg Iles, Linda Fairstein, Richard North Patterson and Sheldon Siegel.

A Foreign Country
A Foreign Country By Cumming, Charles (Book - 2012 ) FIC CUMMING 2012 Available in some locations

Annotation:Charles Cumming writes intelligent, contemporary spy fiction with three-dimensional morally-conflicted characters. Also try: John Le Carré, Chris Morgan Jones, Adrian Magson, Olen Steinhauer, Alex Dryden, David Ignatius, Charles McCarry, Dan Fesperman and Gerald Seymour.

The Wrong Man
The Wrong Man By Ellis, David (Book - 2012 ) FIC ELLIS 2012 Available in some locations

Annotation:David Ellis writes swiftly-paced legal thrillers with action that extends well beyond the courtroom. Also try: John Grisham, Steve Martini, Justin Peacock, Robert Dugoni, William Lashner, Joseph Finder and Phillip Margolin.

Gone Girl
Gone Girl A Novel By Flynn, Gillian (Book - 2012 ) FIC FLYNN 2012 All copies in use Availability details Holds: 257 on 107 copies

Annotation:Gillian Flynn writes creepy psychological suspense that explores the dark places in our minds. Also try: Stieg Larsson, Chevy Stevens, Elizabeth Haynes, Natsuo Kirino, Nicci French, Cornelia Read, S. J. Watson and Patricia Highsmith.

Touch & Go
Touch & Go A Novel By Gardner, Lisa (Book - 2013 ) MYSTERY GARDNER 2013 Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 28 copies

Annotation:Lisa Gardner writes swiftly-paced romantic suspense often involving forensic criminal investigation. Also try: Iris Johansen, Tami Hoag, Tess Gerritsen, Catherine Coulter, Sandra Brown, Meg Gardiner, April Smith and Lisa Jackson.

The Cradle in the Grave
The Cradle in the Grave By Hannah, Sophie (Book - 2011 ) FIC HANNAH 2011 Available in some locations

Annotation:Sophie Hannah writes contemporary British crime stories suffused with taut psychological suspense and a haunting mood. Also try: Ruth Rendell, Minette Walters, Frances Fyfield, Elizabeth George and Martha Grimes

The Burning Air
The Burning Air By Kelly, Erin (Book - 2013 ) FIC KELLY 2013 Available in some locations

Annotation:Erin Kelly writes moody, slightly gothic suspense in which the present is haunted by the sins of the past. Also try: Tana French, Ann Cleeves, Thomas H. Cook, S. J. Bolton, Rosamund Lupton, Sarah Rayne, Kate Morton and John Harwood.

House Blood
House Blood By Lawson, Michael (Book - 2012 ) FIC LAWSON 2012 Available in some locations

Annotation:Michael Lawson writes political thrillers seething with corruption and high-level intrigue. Also try: David Baldacci, Brad Meltzer, Richard North Patterson, Brian Haig, Jeffrey Archer and Stuart Woods.

The Romanov Cross
The Romanov Cross A Novel By Masello, Robert (Book - 2013 ) FIC MASELLO 2013 Available in some locations

Annotation:Robert Masello writes intricately-plotted thrillers involving arcane societies, hidden treasures and occult conspiracies. Also try: Dan Brown, Steve Berry, M. J. Rose, David Hewson, Ross King, Katherine Neville and Simon Toyne.

The Border Lords
The Border Lords By Parker, T. Jefferson (Book - 2011 ) MYSTERY PARKER 2011 Available in some locations

Annotation:T. Jefferson Parker writes gritty cop thrillers where dogged procedural investigation often gives way to unpredictable action. Try also: Joseph Wambaugh, Michael Connelly, James Patrick Hunt, Edward Conlon, Dan Mahoney and Ed Dee.

The Second Son
The Second Son By Rabb, Jonathan (Book - 2011 ) FIC RABB 2011 Available in some locations

Annotation:Jonathan Rabb writes stylish historical espionage edged with danger and romance. Also try: Alan Furst, Eric Ambler, Phillip Kerr, Joseph Kanon, Paul Grossman, Francine Mathews, Sam Eastland and John Lawton.

Parker By Stark, Richard (Book - 2013 ) MYSTERY STARK 2013 Available in some locations

Annotation:Richard Stark writes gritty action-packed thrillers starring tough-guy anti-heroes. Also try: Lee Child, Harry Dolan, Barry Eisler, Andrew Klavan, Roger Hobbs, Derek Haas, Stephen Hunter and Andrew H. Vachss.

Fun and Games
Fun and Games By Swierczynski, Duane (Book - 2011 ) FIC SWIERCZ 2011 Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 4 copies

Annotation:Duane Swierczynski writes intensely violent noir thrillers in which bad leads to worse. Also try: Elmore Leonard, Colin Harrison, Charlie Newton, Jason Starr, Don Winslow, Jean-Patrick Manchette, James Sallis, Marcus Sakey and Jim Thompson.

Enemy of Mine
Enemy of Mine By Taylor, Brad (Book - 2013 ) FIC TAYLOR 2013 Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 6 copies

Annotation:Brad Taylor writes explosive international action in which capable heroes vie with terrorists for the highest of stakes. Also try: Vince Flynn, Brad Thor, Kyle Mills, Robert Ludlum, Jack Higgins, David Rollins, Alex Berenson, David Hagberg and Tom Clancy.

Heartbroken A Novel By Unger, Lisa (Book - 2012 ) FIC UNGER 2012 Available in some locations

Annotation:Lisa Unger writes taut suspense in which everyday people find their normal lives turned upside down. Also try: Mary Higgins Clark, Linwood Barclay, Joy Fielding, Tami Hoag, Jesse Kellerman and Jacquelyn Mitchard.

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