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Top 25 Thriller Authors of All Time!

TOP 25 MUST READ THRILLER WRITERS!
If you’re looking for book recommendations and thrills, you’ve come to the right place! These are the greatest thriller authors throughout history! They are guaranteed to get your heart racing!

These are the most epic adventures, with incredible action, suspense, mystery, drama and intrigue. Featuring espionage, terrorist threats, conspiracy theories, spy stories, naval battles, psychological plots, and techno warfare, these colossal novels will leave your nerves jumping, your adrenaline pumping and your heart thumping!



TOP 5 ACTION THRILLER NOVELS
1.  Patricia Highsmith - Strangers on a Train - 1950
Two men plot murder, aiding each other’s problems.


2.  Hubert Selby Jn - Last Exit to Brooklyn - 1964
A six-part banned cult classic depicting Brooklyn underclass.


3.  Chuck Palahniuk - Fight Club - 1996
A man leaves his job to box at underground street matches.


4.  Dennis Lehane - Shutter Island - 2003
An investigation into an escaped murderess from a barren island’s insane asylum leads to disturbing discoveries of human experimentation.


5.  Steven J Watson - Before I Go to Sleep - 2011
To discover the truth about her past, an amnesia sufferer attempts to recover lost memories by reading her journal.



TOP 5 SPY THRILLER NOVELS
1.  Edward Phillips Oppenheim - Great Impersonation - 1920
A spy plans to murder his doppelganger and assume his identity.


2.  Ian Fleming - Casino Royale - 1953
For James Bond’s first adventure he is sent to bankrupt a member of the Russian secret service.


3.  Lionel Davidson - Night of Wenceslas - 1960
A glassmaker gets caught up with the secret police during a business trip to Prague.


4.  John le Carre - Call for the Dead - 1961
Cleared from investigation, an ex-suspect commits apparent suicide leading to inquiry.


5.  Charles Cumming - Spy by Nature - 2001
After failing to get into MI6, a young slacker is manipulated into a life of industrial espionage.



TOP 5 SCIENCE THRILLER NOVELS
1.  Len Deighton - ICPRESS File - 1962
Sent to find a missing chemist, a nameless spy, uncovers a sinister conspiracy.


2.  Michael Chrichton - Andromeda Strain - 1969
A group of scientists work to discover what caused the death of civilians when a space probe falls to Earth.


3.  Luke Rhinehart - Dice Man - 1971
A psychiatrist starts to lead his life by the roll of a dice.


4.  Dan Brown - Digital Fortress - 1998
A code-breaking mathematician uncovers a web of deceit as she attempts to crack an unbreakable code.


5.  Peter Hoeg - Miss Smilla's Feeling for Snow - 1992
A snow expert investigates a child’s death after an accidental fall as she suspects murder.



TOP 5 MILITARY THRILLER NOVELS
1.  Gavin Lyall - Wrong Side of the Sky - 1961
An ex-RAF pilot gets caught in a global race to find missing jewels.


2.  Desmond Bagley - Golden Keel - 1963
A group of adventurers plot to find Mussolini’s missing treasure.


3.  Robert Ludlum - Scarlatti Inheritance - 1971
An elite Nazi is willing to defect to shorten the war but the defection entails the release of documents that can destroy many big reputations.


4.  Robert Littell - Defection of AJ Lewinter - 1973
A US scientist lures the Russians with military secrets.


5.  Tom Clancy - Hunt for Red October - 1984
The Soviet Navy chase their submarine when its crew defects to the US.



TOP 5 CRIME THRILLER NOVELS
1.  Frederick Forsyth - Day of the Jackal - 1971
An assassin is contracted to kill French president, Charles de Gaulle.


2.  James Patterson - Along Came a Spider - 1993
A crazed killer with ambition to become famous abducts two wealthy kids as the police and secret service track them.


3.  David Liss - Conspiracy of Paper - 2000
A bare-knuckle boxer investigates corruption in 18th Century London when he learns his father’s death wasn’t an accident, but murder.


4.  John Hart - King of Lies - 2006
A son must clear his name after becoming a suspect following the death of his estranged father.


5.  Dan Wells - I Am Not a Serial Killer - 2009
A teenage sociopath afraid of his homicidal urges gets ensnared in a serial killer case.



7SS STAR PICK - DAY OF THE JACKAL!
What are your favourite books and which top thriller novelists have I missed? Hopefully you found a new favourite!


 Happy Reading!





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