100 Best Thrillers — from 2010

I just ran across The Top 100 Killer Thriller list from NPR’s audience poll of 2010. As the moderators explained, one person’s thriller is not necessarily another person’s. I always think of Stephen King as Horror not Thriller, though he certainly has the thrilling part down. And because this list is 3 years old now, it is definitely missing books like Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn.  What else should be added?

I was pleased that I have read 25 since thrillers is not my go-to genre (I like fantasy, mysteries and nonfiction if I’m not reading for the book discussion group.)

Here’s the list reprinted.

  1. The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris
  2. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
  3. Kiss the Girls, by James Patterson
  4. The Bourne Identity, by Robert Ludlum
  5. In Cold Blood, by Truman Capote
  6. The Da Vinci Code, by Dan Brown
  7. The Shining, by Stephen King
  8. And Then There Were None, by Agatha Christie
  9. The Hunt tor Red October, by Tom Clancy
  10. The Hound of the Baskervilles, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  11. Dracula, by Bram Stoker
  12. The Stand, by Stephen King
  13. The Bone Collector, by Jeffery Deaver
  14. Jurassic Park, by Michael Crichton
  15. Angels & Demons, by Dan Brown
  16. A Time to Kill, by John Grisham
  17. The Andromeda Strain, by Michael Crichton
  18. Mystic River, by Dennis Lehane
  19. The Day of the Jackal, by Frederick Forsyth
  20. Rebecca, by Daphne du Maurier
  21. Eye of the Needle, by Ken Follett
  22. It, by Stephen King
  23. The Count of Monte Cristo, by Alexandre Dumas
  24. The Girl Who Played with Fire, by Stieg Larsson
  25. Jaws, by Peter Benchley
  26. The Alienist, by Caleb Carr
  27. Red Dragon, by Thomas Harris
  28. Presumed Innocent, by Scott Turow
  29. The Maltese Falcon, by Dashiell Hammett
  30. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, by Stieg Larsson
  31. No Country For Old Men, by Cormac McCarthy
  32. Gone Baby Gone, by Dennis Lehane
  33. Gorky Park, by Martin Cruz Smith
  34. Rosemary’s Baby, by Ira Levin
  35. Subterranean, by James Rollins
  36. Clear and Present Danger, by Tom Clancy
  37. Salem’s Lot, by Stephen King
  38. Shutter Island, by Dennis Lehane
  39. The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, by John Le Carre
  40. The Poet, by Michael Connelly
  41. The Boys from Brazil, by Ira Levin
  42. Cape Fear, by John MacDonald
  43. The Bride Collector, by Ted Dekker
  44. Pet Sematary, by Stephen King
  45. Dead Zone, by Stephen King
  46. The Manchurian Candidate, by Richard Condon
  47. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, by John Le Carre
  48. The Talented Mr. Ripley, by Patricia Highsmith
  49. Tell No One, by Harlan Coben
  50. Consent to Kill, by Vince Flynn
  51. The 39 Steps, by John Buchan
  52. Blowback, by Brad Thor
  53. The Children of Men, by P.D. James
  54. 61 Hours, by Lee Child
  55. Marathon Man, by William Goldman
  56. The Woman in White, by Wilkie Collins
  57. 206 Bones, by Kathy Reichs
  58. Psycho, by Robert Bloch
  59. The Killing Floor, by Lee Child
  60. Rules of Prey, by John Sandford
  61. The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins
  62. In the Woods, by Tana French
  63. Shogun, by James Clavell
  64. The Relic, by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
  65. Intensity, by Dean Koontz
  66. Casino Royale, by Ian Fleming
  67. Metzger’s Dog, by Thomas Perry
  68. Timeline, by Michael Crichton
  69. Contact, by Carl Sagan
  70. What the Dead Know, by Laura Lippman
  71. The Shadow of the Wind, by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  72. The Cabinet of Curiosities, by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
  73. Charm School, by Nelson DeMille
  74. Feed, by Mira Grant
  75. Gone Tomorrow, by Lee Child
  76. Darkly Dreaming Dexter, by Jeff Lindsay
  77. The Secret History, by Donna Tartt
  78. The First Deadly Sin, by Lawrence Sanders
  79. Cryptonomicon, by Neal Stephenson
  80. The Brotherhood of the Rose, by David Morrell
  81. Primal Fear, by William Diehl
  82. The Templar Legacy, by Steve Berry
  83. The Hard Way, by Lee Child [tie]
  84. The Last of the Mohicans, by James Fenimore Cooper
  85. Six Days of the Condor, by James Grady
  86. Fail-Safe, by Eugene Burdick and Harvey Wheeler
  87. Strangers on a Train, by Patricia Highsmith
  88. The Eight, by Katherine Neville
  89. The Lost Symbol, by Dan Brown
  90. Goldfinger, by Ian Fleming
  91. Bangkok 8, by John Burdett
  92. The Kill Artist, by Daniel Silva
  93. Hardball, by Sara Paretsky
  94. The Club Dumas, by Arturo Perez-Reverte
  95. The Deep Blue Good-by, by John MacDonald
  96. The Monkey’s Raincoat, by Robert Crais
  97. Berlin Game, by Len Deighton [tie]
  98. A Simple Plan, by Scott Smith
  99. Child 44, by Tom Rob Smith
  100. Heartsick, by Chelsea Cain