Best Thriller Book Lists

Our editors rank the top thriller and mystery books by year, decade or subgenre. These lists include legal thrillers, crime thrillers, cozy mysteries, FBI thrillers and more.

The Best Crime Thriller Books of All Time

What are the best crime thriller books of all time? To answer that question and compile our list of recommendations, we must start at the beginning. The father of the modern crime thriller, Edgar Allan Poe, authored the short story “The Murders in the Rue Morgue” in 1841. In the story, Poe introduced many elements that would become hallmarks of crime fiction, like the brilliant […]

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The Best C.J. Box Books, Ranked in Order

What are the best CJ Box books? For newcomers to Box’s work, deciding which book to pick up first is a serious challenge. That’s because Box has been incredibly prolific in the years since the publication of his first novel. Box is best known for his Joe Pickett series, featuring an honest, upright, hardworking and faithful Wyoming Game and Fish warden. Pickett’s famous flaw is

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The Best Psychological Thriller Books

Psychological Thriller Books 2024: The Best New and All-Time

Looking for a list of the best psychological thriller books? You’ve come to the right place. Readers love psychological thrillers because deep down, we all crave experiences that delve deep into the labyrinthine depths of the human mind, exploring the murky and unpredictable terrain of the human psyche. Through intricately layered and intensely drawn characters, these works explore themes of memory, identity, and psychology, exposing

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Ranking The Best of Vince Flynn’s Mitch Rapp Books (Updated)

In the late 1990s, when Vince Flynn published his first book featuring counter-terrorism hero, Mitch Rapp, few could have predicted the series would go on to spawn 24 novels (and counting) as well as movie adaptations. After Flynn died far too young at age 47, having completed 13 novels, the series continued through author Kyle Mills, who wrote nine additional Mitch Rapp books (some of

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The Best Stephen King Audiobooks Ranked In Order (Updated for 2024!)

Newly updated to include King’s newest story collection, You Like it Darker! The reigning master of suspense is the author of more than 60 books and audiobooks, all of which have been international bestsellers, and many have been translated to the screen. The names are instantly recognizable:  It. Pet Cemetery. Misery. Thinner. All instant classics, and yet King’s craft seems to sweeten with age, with King

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The Best Lucy Foley Books in Order (Updated!)

Looking for a list of Lucy Foley books in recommended reading order? You’ve come to the right place. Bestselling British author Lucy Foley is a favorite among fans of contemporary mystery and crime fiction and critics alike. She also writes historical fiction. Further, one of her short stories is included in a collection of Agatha Christie fan fiction focusing on Christie’s iconic character Mrs. Marple.

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The 20 Best FBI Thriller Books (Updated!)

What are the best FBI Thrillers? If you’re asking that question, you’re hardly alone. FBI thrillers are pervasive throughout the entertainment landscape. Almost since the FBI was founded during the Teddy Roosevelt presidency in 1908, novelists and filmmakers alike have been cooking up fictional episodes of the legendary G-men. Some of these classic tales are tributes, and many more are conspiracy theories. More often than

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Best Legal Thrillers of the 21st Century, Ranked (Updated for 2024)

Looking for the best legal thriller books? We share your passion. Conflicted, flawed lawyers. Trials about twisted crimes. Ninth-hour evidence discoveries. Few things in American culture create as much tension as our legal system, which is why courtrooms, law offices, and even the Supreme Court can make perfect backdrops for thrillers. The masters of the legal thriller—a genre that routinely tops the bestsellers lists—have been

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The Best C.J. Tudor Novels Ranked

C.J. Tudor is an award-winning novelist who is fast-becoming one of the world’s most popular contemporary British writers. The Chalk Man won the International Thriller Writers Award for Best First Novel, the Barry Award, and the Strand Critics Award for Best Debut Novel. She’s also the author of The Burning Girls, The Other People and The Hiding Place. As her Amazon author page states, her love of

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