2009’s Most Satisfying Political Thrillers

With the holiday season upon us, the year’s major political thrillers are now in wide release. The genre’s most prolific authors put out another bumper crop of assassins, rogue intelligence agents, dirty politicians and bleeding edge technology. Relative newcomers stormed the scene, finding more readers than ever thanks to Amazon’s Kindle.  Here’s how our list […]

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Is Glenn Beck Really the Oprah of Thrillers?

A few weeks ago I posted a blog questioning  the business wisdom of Vince Flynn’s association with Rush Limbaugh and Bill O’Lielly (whoops – I mean O’Reilly). And while I realize that many of you disagreed with my assertion that Rush Limbaugh is too divisive of a figure for a mass market success like Vince […]

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David Rohde’s Harrowing Escape from the Taliban

This site often features authors or filmmakers that create exceptional works of fiction. However, we can conceive of no more harrowing – dare we say “thrilling” – story than the true story posted by New York Times journalist David Rohde, who recently escaped from the Taliban after being held hostage for several months. The story […]

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Thief Steals Proof Copy of Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol

Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol continues to tear up the bestseller lists, ranking #1 again on Publisher’s Weekly list of hardovers. But according to a report by the Associated Press, readers in Iceland will have to wait a little longer. A thief purportedly broke into the publisher’s office and made off with the proof copy […]

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Top 10 Psychological Thrillers on Film

When reviewing our candidates for best psychological thrillers, we looked for movies that (a) made a lasting impression on us personally, (b) were critical and/or box offices hits and (c) sustained a sense of gripping unease and dread throughout the entire film without resorting to cheesy conventions. And of course, these films had to have […]

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Vince Flynn Launches Book Tour, Flaunts Right-Wing Endorsements

The latest Vince Flynn blockbuster, Pursuit of Honor, hits shelves next week and is expected to shoot to the top of the hardcover bestseller list. Accordingly, Flynn’s book tour schedule has been posted. The author has also prominently posted endorsements from controversial right wing conservatives on his site, including Rush Limbaugh and Bill O’Reilly. Limbaugh? Seriously?  […]

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The 10 Best Crime Thrillers Set in Los Angeles

When it comes to staging crime thrillers, the stories almost always take place in New York, New Jersey, Chicago or Las Vegas.  Think about it. A significant portion of heist and gangster films involve the mafia as central or ancillary characters, making those places are practically automatic. Even when there isn’t a gangster component, you’ve […]

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Top 10 CIA Movies

Hardly a year goes by without a juicy international incident involving the CIA. Plotting to overthrow foreign governments. Using illegal interrogation techniques on suspected terrorists. Secret assassination squads. With so many real-life scandals, it’s no wonder that screenwriters love to feature protagonists from “The Company.”  With that said, my current Top 10 list features not […]

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Vampires Attack NYT Top 10 Book List

The most recent list of  NYT Hardcover Fiction Bestsellers features two (count ’em – 2) vampire thrillers. Bolstered by the success of the TV series True Blood, the latest Charlaine Harris Sookie Stackhouse novel “Dead and Gone” is in at #10, and fellow fang writer Christine Feehan’s novel “Dark Slayer” at #6. The Top 10 […]

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Latest John Le Carre Novel Touted as His Best

Legendary spy novelist John Le Carre apparently hasn’t missed a step. NYT reviewer (and spy novelist in his own right) Alan Furst calls Carre’s latest book, A Most Wanted Man, his “strongest, most powerful” novel. With a career as distinguished as Carre’s, that’s really saying something. Check out the full review.

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