Thrilled To Death
August 4, 2010 The NPR audience cast more than 17,000 ballots in our Killer Thrillers poll. The winning novels are a diverse mix, ranging in style and period from Dracula to The Da Vinci Code. All are fast-moving tales of suspense and adventure.
August 4, 2010 Author Anthony Horowitz loves nothing more than when a young fan asks him to sign a battered copy of a book in his Alex Rider series — young adult fiction featuring a skateboard-riding teen spy. When it comes to his favorite thriller, he recommends Ian Fleming's "Crime de la Crime" in Goldfinger.
July 27, 2010 Thriller writer Richard North Patterson knows about engrossing political dramas — he served as the SEC liaison to the Watergate special prosecutor. As his favorite thriller, he recommends Allen Drury's Pulitzer Prize-winning Advise and Consent, a political novel that still rings true after 50 years.
July 23, 2010 Author and law professor Stephen Carter started reading the novels of John le Carre in college and he hasn't stopped. After all these years, he says his favorite is still Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, a Cold War spy story that demonstrates le Carre's marvelous craftsmanship.
July 19, 2010 NPR is assembling a list of the most pulse-quickening, suspenseful novels ever written.
July 15, 2010 George Orwell's dystopian vision offers such devastating political commentary that it's rarely described as a suspense novel. But author and former CIA operative Barry Eisler says the book simply proves just how powerful a thriller with a message can be.
July 12, 2010 Tess Gerritsen — a physician turned thriller writer — is the author of more than 15 thrillers. Her series about police detective Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles has been adapted into TV show, which debuts Monday on TNT. She recommends Ken Follett's Eye of the Needle.
July 5, 2010 Slaughter is a master of the thriller genre; her latest book, Broken, is full of twists and turns and technical details. In the latest installment of our "Thrilled to Death" series, Slaughter talks with NPR's Michele Norris about the stories that keep her in suspense.