August 4, 2010
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NPR AUDIENCE'S "KILLER THRILLER" PICKS REVEALED

FULL LIST OF TOP 100 BOOKS AVAILABLE AT NPR.ORG

Gasp! Thriller novel fans can finally catch their breath as NPR ends the suspense and reveals the top 100 pulse-quickening literary picks chosen by the audience. As part of its ongoing, popular Summer Books series, NPR asked readers to vote on the ultimate list of "Killer Thrillers" from a list of 200 of the genre's most popular titles. The more than 17,000 ballots cast resulted in a final roster ranging in style and period from Dracula to The Da Vinci Code, and Presumed Innocent to Pet Semetary. With the dust settled, all of the last books standing can be found online at npr.org/killerthrillers

In addition to the poll results, the NPR series “Thrilled to Death” gives bibliophiles even more excitement by presenting interviews and recommendations from noted thriller writers, including Stephen L. Carter, Tess Gerritsen and Richard North Patterson. The stories air during the NPR afternoon newsmagazine All Things Considered and are archived along with must-read recommendations at www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=127374393

The Killer Thrillers poll and “Thrilled to Death” are part of NPR Books' Summer Books 2010 series. NPR Books – www.NPR.org/books – generates nearly 500,000 page views per month and is specifically designed to help a busy audience find great reads. NPR Books combines the best of NPR's literary radio interviews and news with original Web reviews, commentaries and bestseller lists, and includes popular recurring series such as "What We're Reading," which features NPR staff picks of new titles with candid comments from our reporters, hosts and critics; “You Must Read This,” in which well-known authors share passionate recommendations; and "My Guilty Pleasure," presenting thoughts from writers about books they love but are embarrassed to be seen reading.