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Political Thriller Novels




Superpower politics is an eternal subject for thriller writers. The genre matured with the Cold War - which also led to many classic espionage thrillers. What will be the next big topic for political thrillers? China? I think so, and I wrote about it at length here.

There are, though, other types of political thrillers, which may just cover the politics within a particular government, even a political party. 'Gorky Park' by Martin Cruz Smith is one that comes to mind, although some would describe it as detective fiction. There are, inevitably overlaps between genres and sub-genres, and many books will be tagged with several categories.

'The Hunt for Red October' is a political thriller in many aspects, but also one of the classic techno-thrillers.

  • Hunt For Red October
    The book that Reagan read - maybe the only one? I don't know, but this is a master expostion of the techno-thriller. Certainly, for most afficionados of thriller novels, this ranks up there with Day of the Jackal. There's a Video Trailer too.