Top Thrillers of 2011
Last week, I shared with you my favorite books of 2011, the Girl Power edition. Next up was the list that was hardest for me to compile, to whittle down. Thriller is a genre of book I find myself reading more and more, one of my favorite genres overall.
Scandinavian thrillers: I suppose we can thank The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo for the resurgence of Scandinavian thrillers: those books set in Sweden, Iceland, Finland, etc. There were quite a few published this year, but these were my favorites:
- Three Seconds by Anders Roslund and Borge Hellstrom (Set in Sweden)
- Lucifer’s Tears by James Thompson: hands down my favorite Scandinavian author; a follow up to Snow Angels, a dark, cold, atmospheric thriller.
It’s genetic: This year I discovered books by father & son, Michael & Daniel Palmer. What a talented family of writers:
The Informationist by Taylor Stevens-Set in Central Africa, the main character, Vanessa Michael Munroe is a tough, no-nonsense, kick-ass female protagonist.
The Third Rail by Michael Harvey-Set in Chicago, the city I referred to as home for a large portion of my life. Harvey does a tremendous job of getting down into the gritty side of Chicago: the political scandal, religious controversy, and more.
The Ridge by Michael Koryta: I adored Koryta’s So Cold the River and with The Ridge, Koryta continues to write a stunning thriller (with a tinge of the supernatural), a truly unique book.
Fun & Games by Duane Swierczynski : I just discovered this series. It’s fast-paced, gritty…and addictive. I’m looking forward to reading more!
What are your favorite thrillers of 2011? Which ones are you most looking forward to in 2012?