We have a lot of interviews with writers and other experts choosing the best thriller books.
On sub-genres of thrillers Scott Turow recommends the best legal novels. Anders Roslund and Borge Hellstrom recommend their best Swedish crime writing. Peter James recommends his best crime fiction and Simon Brett the best Whodunnits.
On political thriller books, Peter Hitchens chooses his best anti-communist thrillers and Jeremy Duns his best forgotten Cold War thrillers. Ben Macintyre chooses The Spy Who Came in from the Cold by John Le Carré and Casino Royale by Ian Fleming in his best books on spies. Charles Cumming chooses Le Carré’s The Constant Gardener among his best books on espionage.
We have selected the best thriller audiobooks if you prefer to listen.
Our interviewees have chosen a very wide range of books, but, some thrillers come up multiple times. Both Lucy Atkins and Tess Gerristen chose Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier. Jeffrey Archer and Sam Bourne both selected The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan. Sam Bourne also chose The Day of the Jackal by Frederick Forsyth. That thriller also makes James Twining’s list. Tess Gerritsen and Louise Bagshawe both choose Eye of a Needle by Ken Follett.
With the end of the Soviet Union, many thought the spy novel was dead. Within a decade, it was back, with old antagonists back in different guises and a new raft of international flashpoints to keep both fictional and real-life spies busy. Here, British spy novelist Charles Cumming, author of more than ten books, recommends five key post-Soviet spy thrillers and explains how the genre has evolved since the fall of the Berlin Wall.
Looking for a fantastic new thriller to read? We asked Tosca Lee, the bestselling author, to talk us through the International Thriller Writers 2021 shortlist. With their amazing characters, palpable tension, unique voices and incredible plot twists these thrillers achieve what every reader is looking for: a book they can’t put down.
Psychological thrillers play on our fears that those closest to us can’t be trusted and that even our homes aren’t safe, explains Tammy Cohen, author of Stop at Nothing and They All Fall Down. She recommends five psychological thrillers and explains what it is that makes them so deeply unsettling and utterly gripping.
Every year, the International Thriller Writers awards highlight the best new thrillers of the previous year. Anthony Franze, administrator of the awards and an acclaimed thriller author in his own right, talks us through their 2020 shortlist for the best new thriller published in hardback.
Looking for a pacy, suspenseful thriller that keeps you racing through the pages? Look no further. Anthony Franze, author and coordinator of the International Thriller Writers’ annual awards, talks us through some of the books that made the shortlist for the best thrillers of 2019.
The British public-school system, with its hidden homosexuality and feelings of loneliness, encouraged subterfuge and led to a generation of great spy writers and spies, suggests author and journalist Ben Macintyre. He picks the best books on spies.
The best books are the ones that tell great stories, says bestselling author and former British politician Jeffrey Archer. Here, he shares some of his favourites, popular novels that went down well with readers but are sometimes still looked down on by the literary establishment.
Right-wing journalist and political commentator Peter Hitchens says the Left has been liberated by the fall of the Berlin Wall and that speech is probably freer in modern Russia than it is in Britain. He recommends some great anti-Communist thrillers.