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Subject: Recommendations for mystery/thriller/suspense/horror
Date Posted: 7/13/2009 2:45 PM ET
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Help, I'm running out of authors.   Have read all Dean Koontz, Stephen King in the horror genre.   Read some Bentley Little, but not really into him.  In the other categories, I have read all Michael Connelly, Nelson DeMille, David Baldacci, John Grisham, Greg Iles, all Jeffery Deaver (Lincoln Rhyme series).  Tried James Patterson - not crazy about his writing style.  Any suggestions would be appreciated!

Date Posted: 7/13/2009 3:28 PM ET
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Try Harlan Coben - I have yet to read one I didn't like or get caught up in the mystery ....... or John Sanford - he writes the "Prey" series which I've really enjoyed.

Marilyn

Date Posted: 7/13/2009 5:31 PM ET
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Harlen Coben is excellent.   Also, Tess Gerritsen, James Rollins (adventure and suspense), Scott Turow (legal thrillers), David Morrell and John Saul.

Date Posted: 7/13/2009 5:33 PM ET
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Lee Childs' Jack Reacher series is interestingly above average -- http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw_0_10?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=lee+childs+jack+reacher&sprefix=lee+childs

Date Posted: 7/13/2009 6:21 PM ET
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Jeff Lindsay's Dexter series (except the third one), the first two are great and the fourth one is due out in August.  Also Thomas Harris- the man's a classic, start with Red Dragon.  And anything by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child, Relic is my favorite.

Date Posted: 7/14/2009 12:07 PM ET
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thanks for the suggestions.  This should keep me busy for awhile.

Date Posted: 7/15/2009 3:10 PM ET
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I second James Rollins, Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child (anything they wrote together or by themselves). The books get a little....strange later on, but they're still pretty good. Tess Gerritsen is definitely my favorite author right now, so I also second her. Karin Slaughter is good as well, but not quite as good.
Date Posted: 7/17/2009 7:39 PM ET
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As Greg H. said, yry Lee Child's Jack Reacher series. They are amazing. I'm pretty sure that there are a few more than 10 in the series (and counting). I have four of them listed on my bookshelf. I'd be willing to make a deal with you if your interested. Just send me a PM.
Subject: Horror writers that you might like:
Date Posted: 7/17/2009 9:54 PM ET
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Hi Cherin, I have a few books listed that are all horror and some are not well known, but you will enjoy them....For example, try Campbell Black.

Date Posted: 7/18/2009 11:32 AM ET
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The Thomas Perry books about Jane Whitfield, who can make people in trouble vanish.

F.Paul Wilson's Repairman Jack series ( once in a while a little taste of the supernatural gets thrown in).

If you like legal thrillers, the classic John Grisham (so talented!).  Also Steve Martini,John Lesccroart.

  If you like thrillers with a slightly hysterial funny  edge, try the Stephaine Plum novels by Janet Evanovich.

  Thrillers with a psychological slant (protagonists are psychologists) Jonathan Kellerman, Stephen White.

  Police Procedural thrillers Faye Kellerman (a Jewish slant),  Iris Johanesson,

  Not so much thrillers as straight police procedurals: Dell Shannon ((one of the first) Ed McBain (also one of the first,a  little grittier than Shannon), Ruth Rendell, classics like Agatha Christie and Ngaio Marsh, Josephine Tey.

Classic, just straight detective fiction (and my favorites): Dorothy Sayers' Lord Peter Wimsey novels, Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe mysteries.

  It's a big field with lots of great authors.

 

Subject: Gillian Flynn - new "creepy" author
Date Posted: 7/19/2009 2:33 PM ET
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Cherin: Gillian Flynn has two books - Dark Places and Sharp Objects...both sure to be an "unsettling" read...she has a wicked sense of imagination.  Also, Katrina Kittle wrote, "Two Truths and a Lie" and I stayed up all night reading it...also, a twisted story.  Enjoyed all three!

Date Posted: 7/22/2009 1:33 PM ET
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I have read most of the authors listed... though my favorite authors were not listed by anyone.

For me, the author's ability to write well is absolutely necessary; the story/plot is secondary.  Occasionally, you find an extremely literate author who developes interesting stories/plots.  Here are some of my favorites:

Ian Rankin is Scotish (Edinburgh); his John Rebus series (approx 20 books) is set in that city.  Rebus is a detective inspector and a very interesting character.  Rankin humor is typical understated British.

James Lee Burke is from south Louisana and has a series set there(approx 20 books) involving Dave Robicheaux, a sheriff detective.  Burke's writing is close to true literature, but his books can be very violent.

Martin Cruz Smith has a series (approx 6 books) involving a Moscow detective, Arkady Renko, who is a very compelling character.  The first book (Gorky Park, made into a movie) was written in 1980 when the Soviet Union was in full bloom.  Subsequent books are set during the break up of the USSR and the current form of government.... very interesting stories and great writing

Good reading.

 

 

 

 

Date Posted: 7/22/2009 4:38 PM ET
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Robert McCammon is good..Swan Song is one of my favorites. It's a WL book right now but some of his other books are good too.

Date Posted: 7/23/2009 8:04 PM ET
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Author: Stacey Klemstein

Title: Bitter Pill

Date Posted: 8/7/2009 7:12 PM ET
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James W. Hall

Nevada Barr

Jessica Speart

Randy Wayne White-Randy Striker

Date Posted: 8/7/2009 7:19 PM ET
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Jefferey Archer and Eric Segal.. Both are authors a few of my library patrons love and they too have enjoyed the same authors.