The Best Thrillers of All Time

If you’re anything like me, you appreciate a lot of different types of books. To help you land on some reads you may not have considered, I’ve put together a list of the best books of all time from various genres. I did exhaustive research to come up with the best of the best. What you’ll see comes from several sources and my own opinions. Just so you know, an author makes only one appearance on the list no matter how many outstanding books he or she has written, and some obvious choices aren’t here because they are on another genre’s list. The following list is in alphabetical order (the words “a” and “the” don’t count) because I’m a geek that way.

We’re going to start off with the THRILLER genre. Thrillers are dark, engrossing, and suspenseful plot-driven stories. Any novel can generate excitement, suspense, interest, and exhilaration, but because these are the primary goals of the genre, thriller writers have laser-focused expertise in keeping a reader interested.

Ready? These are the best thrillers of all time:

Blowback by Brad Thor

The Alienist by Caleb Carr

The Bone Collector by Jeffery Deaver

The Bourne Identity by Robert Ludlum

The Boys from Brazil by Ira Levin

The Bride Collector by Ted Dekker

Cape Fear by John D. MacDonald

Casino Royale by Ian Fleming

Contact by Carl Sagan

The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas

The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Gorky Park by Martin Cruz Smith

The Hunt for Red October by Tom Clancy

Intensity by Dean Koontz

Jaws by Peter Benchley

Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton

Killing Floor by Lee Child

Kiss the Girls by James Patterson

The Manchurian Candidate by Richard Condon

Marathon Man by William Goldman

Metzger’s Dog by Thomas Perry

Mystic River by Dennis Lehane

No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy

Presumed Innocent by Scott Turow

Psycho by Robert Bloch

The Red Dragon by Thomas Harris

Rules of Prey by John Sandford

The Stand by Stephen King

Subterranean by James Rollins

The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith

Tell No One by Harlan Coben

A Time to Kill by John Grisham

What the Dead Know by Laura Lippman


Next up: The best Historical Fiction of all time!

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