In Thrillers: 100 Must Reads, David Morrill and David Wagner have compiled one of the year’s more controversial essay collections. Employing a very broad definition of a thriller — pretty much anything that “quickens the reader’s heartbeat” — the collection makes a case for a top 100 list of thrillers that includes everything from Dan Brown’s DaVinci Code and Ian Fleming’s Dr. No to Homer’s Iliad and the Odyessy.
The rankings, a grab-bag of action-oriented books ranging from Ancient Greece to modern American mass market fiction, are introduced through essays from modern-day genre stalwarts such as Lee Child, Barry Eisler and David Baldacci.
Hmmm. As fellow Thriller listmaniacs, our humble opinion is that the definition for such lists needs to be rather narrow to be truly satisfying in and of itself. If nothing else, however, it’s fascinating to see notable contemporaries discuss their personal takes on these stories.