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Subject: Looking for Crime Thriller Recommendations
Date Posted: 11/9/2013 1:54 AM ET
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I really love twisted and scary crime thriller stories. Some of my favorites are Mr. Clarinet by Nick Stone, The Rabbit Factory by Marshall Karp, and all of the Hannibal Lecter books by Thomas Harris. I'm looking for something to read that'll challenge my mind while scaring the crap outta me.



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Bruce -
Date Posted: 11/9/2013 12:03 PM ET
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I don't know about scary but Chelsea Cain's Archie and Gretchen series is certainly twisted.

Date Posted: 11/9/2013 12:42 PM ET
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Stuart MacBride's books are very intense.  Police procedurals set in Scotland. 

Date Posted: 11/9/2013 2:10 PM ET
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Thanks Bruce and Marla! Both authors sound really great. I can't wait to read some of their books.

Date Posted: 11/9/2013 5:09 PM ET
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For other creepy, scary thrillers, try books by Tess Gerritsen and Karin Slaughter. Some of Lisa Gardner's works fit into this category, too.

Date Posted: 11/9/2013 9:28 PM ET
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Thanks Anna! I love the Rizzoli and Isles books but I haven't read anything by Karin Slaughter or Lisa Gardner yet.

Date Posted: 11/10/2013 3:10 PM ET
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Have you looked at any of Greg Iles books yet ? (unsure if you're referring to him in your earlier post). Some of his earlier books are very creepy/scary, like the ones you mention.

Date Posted: 11/10/2013 3:15 PM ET
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John Connolly's "charlie parker" series is also dark scary crime thriler, but walks a very fine line with paranormal.....you're not quite sure whether it's a twisted person's mind, or some other force, at work. But I think they do not cross into true paranormal, especially the earlier ones, but they really do need to be read in order.



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Date Posted: 11/10/2013 6:41 PM ET
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Betty, I was talking about the Rizzoli and Isles series by Tess Gerritsen but I also love Greg Iles, True Evil is one of my favorites by him. Also thanks for the recomendation on John Connolly, I've never head of him before.

 

Date Posted: 11/11/2013 1:08 AM ET
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Jeffrey Deaver has some pretty twisted bad guys. The Blue Nowhere, for example, will make you think twice about going online. And all of his Lincoln Rhyme series. I'm not that thrilled with the Kathryn Dance series.

The Alex Delaware series by Jonathan Kellerman is often pretty creepy. The Web was one of the creepiest.

Really creepy/twisted/gory is the Tony Hill/Carol (?) series by Val McDermid.

And quite a few of Sandford's Prey series are twisted, e.g., Eyes of Prey, and the ones about the mental hospital and the hitwoman, for which I can't remember the titles.

 

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Date Posted: 11/11/2013 1:45 PM ET
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Thanks Mary. All of those are new to me so I'm very interseted in looking into them.

And Tess, I love the Dexter tv show and have been wanting for awhile to read the books. I'm on the waiting list for the first one but I might just have to give in and go to the bookstore to get it.

Date Posted: 1/26/2014 8:41 AM ET
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You might want to check out Chris Carter, he writes a really good gory thriller with creepy villians!  Tania Carver is another good writer that has creepy stories--but both of these authors are hard to get---good luck!

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Date Posted: 1/26/2014 3:12 PM ET
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Dont bother with the first Dexter book, it's practically word for word the first season. They supposedly go off on their own after the first one but I didn't read any more myself.

Lars Kepler is quite twisted and scary. There are 3 books in the series now starting with The Hypnotist. It's about a hypnotist that tried some new controversial technique on a group of damaged people and it went way wrong, wrong enough that he vows never to hypnotise anyone again, and comes back to bite him in the butt years later. It can be quite graphic too violence wise.

Date Posted: 1/27/2014 10:19 AM ET
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Karin Slaughter - the early Grant County ones especially.  They are all twisted, but the newer ones leave a little more to the imagination.

JA Konrath's "Jack Daniels" series.  One gets more twisted than the next.  Good, funny in spots, but check-the-door-locks scary.

Date Posted: 2/6/2014 8:42 AM ET
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If you like Dexter, you will love Serge....That's Serge Storms, the inventive, more than several bubbles off of level, serial killer of bad people.  Tim Dorsey is the author. Its Carl Hiaasen way out of the box.  Read em in order.

Also Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child, The Pendergast series, is outstanding.  Read em in order.

-RD



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