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Subject: Suspense/Thriller Suggestions?
Date Posted: 1/12/2009 4:43 PM ET
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I am a very big fan of Dean Koontz.  I like all of the twists and turns that his books give you.  I also like the creepy-crawly factor...LOL!  But the most important thing to me is that his books GRAB my attention within the first few pages.

I was hoping that some of the avid suspense/thriller readers could suggest some new authors or books to me.

Date Posted: 1/12/2009 5:03 PM ET
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I really like the Jane Rizzoli/ Maura Isles series by Tess Gerritsen.  I was hooked from her first book in the series called The Surgeon.

The Surgeon, The Apprentice, The Sinner, Body Double, Vanish , The Mephisto Club, The Keepsake

Also, the Jack Daniels series by J.A. Konrath

I too like Dean Koontz, .....I will be back if I think of more!

Subject: Suspense book recommendations
Date Posted: 1/12/2009 9:15 PM ET
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Have you tried Thomas Perry? He writes so well that I keep re-reading some of his earlier ones, even though I know what's going to happen. No creeepy-crawly like Dean Koontz, but great suspense and characters. My favorite is 'Metzger's Dog', then 'Island' and also the Jane Whitefield series, starting with 'Vanishing Act.'
Date Posted: 1/13/2009 2:37 PM ET
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Thanks for all of the suggestions!  I am going to keep them all in mind!  I decided to go to the local book store last night and found Still Life with Crows by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child which was suggested to me by the guy working there.  To my surprise it is a really good book so far.  I am hooked and can't wait to finish it.  It may take me a while with four kids and very little ME time...LOL!

Date Posted: 1/13/2009 7:05 PM ET
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I liked The Eiger Sanction : A Novel by Trevanian. It is partly satire on the whole suspense genre but is suspensful and entertaining.

Date Posted: 1/13/2009 7:31 PM ET
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I liked Mystic River and especially Shutter Island - both by Dennis Lehane.

Date Posted: 1/13/2009 7:31 PM ET
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I liked Mystic River and especially Shutter Island - both by Dennis Lehane.

Date Posted: 1/14/2009 5:31 PM ET
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some of my favorites are lee child's jack reacher novels also f. paul wilson's repairman jack novels both are very fast paced lots of suspense and theres a little of the supernatural stuff in the repairman jack novels.

Date Posted: 1/14/2009 5:57 PM ET
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I just started reading THE VIRGIN OF SMALL PLAINS BY Nancy Pichard.  Wow!  It's mesmerizing, it will keep me up all night !  A lot of suspense.    "After the naked frozen body of a teenage girl is found, the lives of three families are changed forever.  In the two decades following her death, strange miracles happen to those who faithfully tend her grave".   This is a "hard to put down" kind of book.

Date Posted: 1/14/2009 7:59 PM ET
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Some of my faves are:

The Straw Men - Michael Marshall

Deception Point - Dan Brown

The Black Dahlia - James Ellroy

The Killing Floor - Lee Child

Also, I just read Heartsick by Chelsea Cain, and it was excellent.


Date Posted: 1/15/2009 12:56 PM ET
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I am reading the third book in the Smoky Barrett series by Cody McFadyen.  I highly recommend them.  In order:

Shadow Man

The Face of Death

The Darker Side

Date Posted: 1/15/2009 1:06 PM ET
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One of my all-time faves is Newton Thornburg's CUTTER AND BONE -- out of print but that's why they invented PBS.

Date Posted: 1/22/2009 12:41 AM ET
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The Charlie "Bird" Parker Series by John Connolly ...

These are hard boiled mysteries with a bit of the creepy thrown in without making them "campy"


The Smokey Dalton Series by Kris Nelscott


If you don't mind hard boiled mysteries I would suggest:

The Joe Kurtz Series by Dan Simmons (Yes, the horror writer...no supernatural in the books...just nonstop action)


I read an unusually written book called Run by Douglas E Winter...it is also hard boiled but it's name says it all...the book RUNS... once I became accustomed to the writing style I couldn't put it down.