A Tough Question?
We could argue for ever about this, and I argued with myself too, and still do, in fact. Just who makes the grade as best thriller books author? I thought about the best thriller I’d ever read- and remember we’re talking about probably ten sub-genres spanning techno-, horror, supernatural, espionage, action/adventure, war, political, crime/mystery and even some old sci-fi (much of which has now become reality – apart from talking to aliens).
What book really got your nerves jangling or made you stay awake until 3am reading it? Fine, that’s a great place to start, but then did that author consistently churn out that level of nerve-tingling suspense? The ‘best thriller ever’ (measured, say, by a poll) was not necessarily written by the ‘best thriller author’ (semantics maybe, but there is a difference).
Anyway, who do you reckon is the best thriller author, bearing in mind that subtle distinction? Is he/she on this list? Here’s one list to think about (including the books considered their best):
- The Bride Collector, by Ted Dekker.
- Pet Sematary, by Stephen King.
- Dead Zone, by Stephen King.
- The Manchurian Candidate, by Richard Condon.
- Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, by John Le Carre.
- The Talented Mr. Ripley, by Patricia Highsmith.
- Tell No One, by Harlan Coben.
- Consent to Kill, by Vince Flynn.