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The Thrill of It All

Hello fair readers,

Although the title maybe have led you to believe it, this is not a post about Roxy Music.

(I know, could that song be more awesome? probably not)

I’m writing about a fun little poll going on over at NPR, the Killer Thriller’s NPR Poll. Here is what they have to say about it.

Last month when we asked the NPR audience to submit nominations for a list of the 100 most pulse-quickening, suspenseful novels ever written, you came through with some 600 titles. It was a fascinating, if unwieldy, collection. Now, with your input, a panel of thriller writers and critics has whittled that list down to a manageable 182 novels. That roster, which we now offer for final voting, draws from every known thriller sub-genre — techno, espionage, crime, medical, psychological, horror, legal, supernatural and more.

This means you can vote for your favorite Thrillers (up to 10)! Now I don’t know about you but I have a wicked weakness for a fun thriller. I generally find that they really suit themselves to audiobooks and listen to them that way — during commutes and what not. So I thought I would share the books that are getting my votes on the list and then hopefully persuade you to go vote for your own favorite thrillers over on NPR.

Yay for participating!

Leah the Librarian’s Top Ten Thrillers (in no specific order, from the NPR Killer Thriller Poll)

  1. Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay
  2. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larsson
  3. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  4. Jurassic Park by Michael Critchon
  5. The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett
  6. The Passage by Justin Cronin (still reading this one but he’d have to really go astray to stop me from loving this book)
  7. The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris
  8. 206 Bones by Kathy Reichs (I wouldn’t have chosen this one but I love this author and it’s the only thing she has on this list)
  9. The Children of Men by P.D. James
  10. In the Woods by Tana French

Those are my top ten (from the list) but it’s hard to narrow down. They have some heavy contenders there and interestingly across multiple genres. For example, I almost voted for Contact by Carl Sagan. Because well…Carl Sagan is awesome.

But I haven’t read it and that just feels like cheating.

So those are mine, fair readers! Now what are yours? Have a lovely weekend <3