Killer Thrillers


National Public Radio (NPR) recently had readers vote on the best murder mystery/thrillers. Now they’ve published the top 100 list.

Since I’m obsessive that way, I counted the number of books on the list that I’ve read. The total is 22 1/2 (I have to go back and finish The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown). For this list, I can say that many of the books don’t appeal – they’re horror as much as thriller. I refuse to read the top rated book, Silence of the Lambs.

The Woman in White by Wilkie CollinsThe list goes from very new to very old mysteries – many not what I would call thrillers. The newest is the recent Stieg Larsen book, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Next. The oldest is Wilkie Collins’ Woman in White. While I haven’t read the Larsen trilogy yet, I wouldn’t call Collins’ book a thriller in the modern sense. The same would be true of Daphne Du Maurier’s Rebecca or Arthur Conan Doyle’s Hound of the Baskervilles.

The list is an interesting collection. If you like mysteries and/or horror, check it out.

One Comment

  1. Comment by Aravis:

    I’ve read 24 of them. You’re right, there are some there that I wouldn’t think qualify. I wouldn’t have included The Last of the Mohicans, or Timeline, for example. But then, I’m not exactly sure how I would classify them (other than LotM as a classic), so I guess they work as well here as elsewhere.