Seattle Picks: Thrillers
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.