a thrill a minute

August 5, 2010

NPR polled its listeners for the top thrillers evah and came up with a list of 600 which was whittled down to 100 from more than 17,000+ votes.  the top 10:

  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 for Red October” by Tom Clancy
  10. “The Hound of the Baskervilles” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

i do have to wonder how many of these top picks were influenced by their movie versions.  having loved “The Bourne Identity,” i tried to read the book shortly after the movie was released and i couldn’t get through it, it felt very dated.  and as much as i loved “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” it took me 3 tries to get into the book and the sequel is proving to be just as difficult – it’s clear that Larsson’s writing is influenced by his profession as every detail and fact is noted from genealogy to laptop batteries to Ikea furniture.  it’s Lisbeth Salander who keeps me reading.

any thrillers missing?  or a title in the top 10 that you’d bump for one further down the list?

(via Shelf Awareness)

posting by marin


3 Responses to “a thrill a minute”

  1. Kathryn Says:

    I am a children’s librarian, but Hunger Games was awesome! I could not put it down!

  2. Angela Says:

    I would add Jack Higgins’ “The Eagle Has Landed” to the list, and there’s also a movie version of it.

    I have read “The Hunt for Red October”, and that book was a bit hard to follow at times.

  3. Kathy S Says:

    I agree w/ the Hunger games!
    Also, I really enjoyed The Good Son

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