Sunday, August 22, 2010


NPR has published a list of the top 100 "Killer Thrillers." The NPR audience nominated about 600 novels to the poll and cast over 17,000 ballots. Stephen King has six titles in the top 100 list. Below is the top ten. 

This is the Top 50, if you want to see the top 100 books click here 

 1. The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris                       
 2. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
 3. Kiss the Girls, by James Patterson
 4. The Bourne Identity, by Robert Ludlum
 5. In Cold Blood, by Truman Capote
 6. The Da Vinci Code, by Dan Brown
 7. The Shining, by Stephen King
 8. And Then There Were None, by Agatha Christie
 9. The Hunt tor Red October, by Tom Clancy
10. The Hound of the Baskervilles, by Sir Arthur C.Doyle

  11. Dracula, by Bram Stoker
  12. The Stand, by Stephen King
  13. The Bone Collector, by Jeffery Deaver 
  14. Jurassic Park, by Michael Crichton
  15. Angels and Demons, by Dan Brown 
  16. A Time to Kill, by John Grisham
  17. The Andromeda Strain, by Michael Crichton
  18. Mystic River, by Dennis Lehane
  19. The Day of the Jackal, by Frederick Forsyth
  20. Rebecca, by Daphne du Maurier

 21. Eye of the Needle, by Ken Follett
 22. It, by Stephen King
 23. The Count of Monte Cristo, by Alexandre Dumas
 24. The Girl Who Played with Fire, by Stieg Larsson
 25. Jaws, by Peter Benchley
 26. The Alienist, by Caleb Carr
 27. Red Dragon, by Thomas Harris
 28. Presumed Innocent, by Scott Turow
 29. The Maltese Falcon, by Dashiell Hammett
 30. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, by Stieg Larsson

 31. No Country for old men By Cormac McCarthy        
 32. Gone Baby Gone, by Dennis Lehane
 33. Gorky Park, by Martin Cruz Smith
 34. Rosemary's Baby, by Ira Levin
 35. Subterranean, by James Rollins
 36. Clear and Present Danger, by Tom Clancy
 37. Salem's Lot, by Stephen King
 38. Shutter Island, by Dennis Lehane
 39. The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, by John Le Carre
 40. The Poet, by Michael Connelly

 41. The Boys from Brazil, by Ira Levin
 42. Cape Fear, by John MacDonald
 43. The Bride Collector, by Ted Dekker
 44. Pet Sematary, by Stephen King
 45. Dead Zone, by Stephen King
 46. The Manchurian Candidate, by Richard Condon
 47. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, by John Le Carre
 48. The Talented Mr. Ripley, by Patricia Highsmith
 49. Tell No One, by Harlan Coben
 50. Consent to Kill, by Vince Flynn

Why not take a look at the list and see whether you agree with it.

What would definately make your list of Top Thrillers?


  1. This would be a awesome challenge! Maybe we should introduce it for fun? And you can do it over a 2 year period or something?

  2. Or you could nominate it as your last challenge nomination and people choose 25 books to read of the list for the challenge?

  3. Yeah that would be pretty cool Lu. Maybe we should do that, like you said we would need time. Lots of books to read here.

  4. I love Thriller books!!!!!
    But I always have to read them in the day time because I get really scared haha

  5. I love IT by Stephen King - I love Jonathan Brandis in that movie! I remember that was the best horror movie my brother and I watched when we were young. Haha after watching that movie, he never watched any movie/tv with clowns!

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  6. I never watched IT, but my cousin would scare me by telling me about the movie! And I was really really scared!!!! Also Childs Play...

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