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Best Crime Thriller Books Everyone Should Read

Until you’ve consumed all of the best Crime Thriller books, can you even claim to be a true fan?

1. The Crime (Thaddeus Murfee Legal Thrillers) (2019)

Best Crime Thriller Books Everyone Should ReadHe couldn’t keep his hands off his stepdaughter. The question becomes, who shot him? The mother or the stepdaughter? Or maybe it was even the woman he was seeing? Or the husband of the woman he seduced?Thaddeus defends the mother on murder charges. The case goes to trial. Midway, the trial takes an unexpected turn and it looks as if the real killer has been exposed. Thaddeus isn’t finished with the case, however, and soon he’s back in trial yet again. The police and the District Attorney are certain they now have the killer in a death penalty case.Of all his cases,…
Author(s): John Ellsworth

2. Crime Thriller: How to Write Detective, Noir, Caper & Heist, Gangster, & Police Procedural Thrillers (Genre Writer) (2019)

Best Crime Thriller Books Everyone Should ReadCreate Tough Guy Detectives and Femmes FatalesThe crime thriller first became popular in the 1930s and has been a best-selling genre ever since. Readers and viewers love stories about private investigators, police detectives, forensic pathologists, serial killers, gangsters, conmen and thieves.To write a crime thriller you need to know the conventions of the genre – what elements people expect to find and what plot structure you should use. In this book you will find analyses and templates to write novels or screenplays featuring: In these pages you will…
Author(s): Paul Tomlinson

3. True Blue Son: A Gripping Crime Thriller (Syndicate-Born Trilogy) (2017)

Best Crime Thriller Books Everyone Should ReadThe Son–born to save them all.Dr. Zander Ride grew up a son of The Syndicate, his fate as a career criminal all but sealed. With the help of his mother, he escaped a life of crime… until the night he heard The Syndicate had shot his mother in cold blood.Zander soon finds refuge in the hands of his mother’s hacktivist group, who want his help bringing down the notorious group once and for all. But it comes with a cost. Managed by a different leader and guided by a new deadly mission, the hacktivists force Zander to confront the truth about his…
Author(s): K M Hodge , Lane Diamond, et al.

4. Nichelle Clarke Crime Thriller Series, Books 1-3: Front Page Fatality / Buried Leads / Small Town Spin (2018)

Best Crime Thriller Books Everyone Should ReadTHE FIRST THREE BOOKS OF THE NICHELLE CLARKE CRIME THRILLER SERIES. From award-winning journalist and bestselling author LynDee Walker.What people are saying about the Nichelle Clarke series:★★★★★ “Nichelle Clarke has become my newest addiction.”★★★★★ “A must read for any mystery fan.” – Literary, etc.★★★★★ “I took a chance on these mysteries. I like police procedural, and this is about a reporter, but I gave the series a try. I loved the books! Nichelle is thoroughly likeable, not hard nosed and arrogant, but very human. The cast of…
Author(s): LynDee Walker

5. Deadly Politics: A Nichelle Clarke Crime Thriller (2019)

Best Crime Thriller Books Everyone Should ReadWhen a call girl is found dead in a popular governor’s office, investigative reporter Nichelle Clarke must risk everything to uncover the dangerous truth behind the murder.”I did not see the end coming…”Perfect for fans of James Patterson, J.D. Robb, and Melinda Leigh.Reporter Nichelle Clarke’s dream of covering a presidential speech is dashed when she finds herself intertwined in a high-profile murder investigation. While Nichelle is no stranger to facing dangerous situations in pursuit of the truth, the stakes in this story are higher than ever…
Author(s): LynDee Walker

6. Wired Truth (Paradise Crime Thrillers) (2019)

Best Crime Thriller Books Everyone Should ReadWhat if diamonds aren’t a girl’s best friend?A heist at a high-end auction house sends tech specialist Sophie on a new case hunting down a thief whose skills match her own. Even as she chases a cache of precious gems, events begun in a distant land threaten the fragile happiness Sophie’s building—and an enigmatic new partner brings challenges close to home, luring Sophie into the world of vigilante justice. #372,296 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #450 in African American Mystery, Thriller and Suspense #1051 in Heist Thrillers #1472…
Author(s): ToNeal

7. Le Crime: A Thriller (A Louis Morgon Thriller) (2008)

Best Crime Thriller Books Everyone Should ReadA cross between The Spy Who Came in from the Cold and A Year in Provence, this ingenious thriller gets stunning raves from one and all:”Unforgettable . . . combines elements of Agatha Christie and Robert Ludlum.”—Bookreporter.com”A riveting murder mystery.”—France Today”Steiner sketches such a rich life for his tiny town that he makes you want to get on the next plane.”—Chicago Tribune”A beautiful crime novel.”—Thomas Perry, New York Times bestselling author of Nightlife”A page-turner—like a good Alan Furst or Graham Greene novel.”—The…
Author(s): Peter Steiner

8. Into Oblivion: An Icelandic Thriller (An Inspector Erlendur Series) (2017)

Best Crime Thriller Books Everyone Should ReadInto Oblivion, the follow-up to the gritty prequel Reykjavik Nights, gives devoted fans another glimpse of Erlendur in his early days as a young, budding detective.It’s 1979. A woman swims in a remote, milky-blue lagoon. Steam rises from the water and as it clears, a body is revealed in the ghostly light. Miles away, a vast aircraft hangar rises behind the perimeter fence of the US military base. A sickening thud is heard as a man’s body falls from a high platform.Many years before, a schoolgirl went missing. The world has forgotten her. But Erlendur…
Author(s): Arnaldur Indridason

9. What Have You Done (2018)

Best Crime Thriller Books Everyone Should ReadWhen a mutilated body is found hanging in a seedy motel in Philadelphia, forensics specialist Liam Dwyer assumes the crime scene will be business as usual. Instead, the victim turns out to be a woman he’d had an affair with before breaking it off to save his marriage. But there’s a bigger problem: Liam has no memory of where he was or what he did on the night of the murder.Panicked, Liam turns to his brother, Sean, a homicide detective. Sean has his back, but incriminating evidence keeps piling up. From fingerprints to DNA, everything points to Liam, who must race against time and…
Author(s): Matthew Farrell

10. Day Zero: A Jericho Quinn Thriller (2015)

Best Crime Thriller Books Everyone Should Read“Awesome.” –Brad Thor Special agent Jericho Quinn is a wanted man. Suspected of murder and marked for death by a network of conspirators embedded in the White House, Quinn knows he has to get out of the country–fast–before a team of contract killers find him and his daughter. To set things right at home, he’ll have to take a nonstop flight from Anchorage, Alaska, to Vladivostok, Russia, aboard a massive Airbus A380. But soon after takeoff, it becomes apparent that Quinn and his daughter picked the wrong plane. First, a passenger is brutally murdered. Then, Quinn is mistaken…
Author(s): Marc Cameron

11. Burden of Truth (Cass Leary Legal Thriller Series) (2018)

Best Crime Thriller Books Everyone Should ReadTo defend her client, she must dig up a town’s darkest secrets. Defense attorney Cass Leary thought she’d escaped her hometown for good. But after leaving her high-paying job in Chicago, she decides to revisit her troubled past. When someone murders the beloved high school basketball coach and Cass steps in to defend the girl accused of the crime, she doesn’t expect the death threats that follow…Confronting the town that shunned her as a child, she unearths secrets that some would kill to keep buried. And after her client confesses to the crime, Cass detects a…
Author(s): Robin James

Best Crime Thriller Books Everyone Should Read

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some crime thriller books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

The Legal Thriller from Gardner to Grisham: See you in Court!

Author(s): Lars Ole Sauerberg
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan UK, Year: 2016, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1582400

The Noir Thriller

Author(s): Lee Horsley
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan UK, Year: 2009, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1457024

The American Thriller: Generic Innovation and Social Change in the 1970s (Crime Files)

Author(s): Paul Cobley
Publisher: , Year: 2001, Size: 895 Kb, Download: pdf
ID: 467797

The American Thriller: Generic Innovation and Social Change in the 1970s

Author(s): Paul Cobley
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan UK, Year: 2000, Size: 1 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1476962

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