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List of famous thriller books, listed alphabetically with jacket cover images of the books when available. Information for these popular thriller books is included as well, such as the author's name and the book's publication date. This list includes the best thriller novels, textbooks, and stories, so use it to find books you haven't already read and add them to your reading list.

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61 Hours is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Thriller Books and Novels
61 Hours Lee Child 61 Hours is the fourteenth book in the Jack Reacher series written by Lee Child. It was published on 18 March 2010 both in the United Kingdom and in the USA.

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77 Shadow Street is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Thriller Books and Novels
77 Shadow Street Dean Koontz 77 Shadow Street is a book written by Dean Koontz.

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7th Heaven is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Thriller Books and Novels
7th Heaven James Patterson, Maxine Paetro 7th Heaven is the seventh book in the Women's Murder Club series featuring Lindsay Boxer by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro. It was released first in the UK on the 14 January 2008 and then by ...more

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A Cage of Eagles is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Thriller Books and Novels
A Cage of Eagles James Follett A Cage of Eagles is a 1989 thriller by James Follet, taking place at 1941 in the POW Camp at Grizedale Hall at England's Lake District, where some of the most capable of the German officers ...more

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A Case of Need is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Thriller Books and Novels
A Case of Need Michael Crichton A Case of Need is a mystery novel written by Michael Crichton under the pseudonym Jeffery Hudson. It was first published in 1968 by The World Publishing Company and won an Edgar Award in 1969. ...more

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A Cry in the Night is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Thriller Books and Novels
A Cry in the Night Mary Higgins Clark A Cry in the Night is a suspense novel by American author Mary Higgins Clark.

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A Death in Vienna is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Thriller Books and Novels
A Death in Vienna Daniel Silva A Death in Vienna is a book written by Daniel Silva.

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A Fine Night for Dying is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Thriller Books and Novels
A Fine Night for Dying Jack Higgins A Fine Night for Dying is a 1969 novel by Jack Higgins originally published under the pseudonyms Martin J Fallon. Set on the high seas, it is a new adventure for super-spy Paul Chavasse.

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A Good and Happy Child is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Thriller Books and Novels
A Good and Happy Child A Good and Happy Child is a 2007 horror thriller novel by author Justin Evans and is his debut novel. The book was published on May 22, 2007 by Crown and concerns a new father's growing horror ...more

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A Hard Day's Death is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Thriller Books and Novels
A Hard Day's Death Raymond Benson A Hard Day's Death is the first of a planned series of original mystery/thrillers by former James Bond author Raymond Benson. Published in April 2008 by Leisure Books it has a rock and roll ...more

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A Long Way to Shiloh is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Thriller Books and Novels
A Long Way to Shiloh Lionel Davidson A Long Way to Shiloh is a thriller by Lionel Davidson. The book won the Crime Writers' Association's Gold Dagger Award.

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A Loyal Spy is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Thriller Books and Novels
A Loyal Spy Simon Conway A Loyal Spy is a book written by Simon Conway.

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A Matter of Honour is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Thriller Books and Novels
A Matter of Honour Jeffrey Archer A Matter of Honor is a book written by Jeffrey Archer.

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A Most Wanted Man is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Thriller Books and Novels
A Most Wanted Man John le Carré A Most Wanted Man is a thriller/espionage novel by John le Carré published in September 2008 by Hodder & Stoughton in the United Kingdom and in October 2008 by Scribner in the United ...more

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A Painted House is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Thriller Books and Novels
A Painted House John Grisham A Painted House is a February 2001 novel by American author John Grisham. It was made into a television film in 2003, starring Scott Glenn and Logan Lerman. Inspired by his childhood in ...more

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A Philosophical Investigation is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Thriller Books and Novels
A Philosophical Investigation Philip Kerr A Philosophical Investigation is a 1992 techno-thriller by Philip Kerr.

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A Prisoner of Birth is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Thriller Books and Novels
A Prisoner of Birth Jeffrey Archer A Prisoner of Birth is a mystery novel by English author Jeffrey Archer, first published on 6 March 2008 by Macmillan. This book is a contemporary retelling of Dumas's The Count of Monte Cristo. ...more

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A Quiet Belief In Angels is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Thriller Books and Novels
A Quiet Belief In Angels Roger Jon Ellory A Quiet Belief In Angels is a thriller novel written by R. J. Ellory. The novel was released on 22 August 2007, and is Ellory's fifth novel. A Quiet Belief In Angels has sold over 1 million ...more

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A Simple Plan is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Thriller Books and Novels
A Simple Plan Scott Smith A Simple Plan is a 1993 thriller novel by Scott Smith. The New York Times review said the book had "emotional accuracy with an exceptionally skilled plot." A film adaptation, directed ...more

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A Small Town in Germany is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Thriller Books and Novels
A Small Town in Germany John le Carré A Small Town in Germany is a 1968 espionage novel by British author John le Carré. It is set in Bonn, the "small town" of the title, against a background of concern that former ...more

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A Stranger Came Ashore is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Thriller Books and Novels
A Stranger Came Ashore Mollie Hunter A Stranger Came Ashore is a 1975 young adult novel written by Scottish author Mollie Hunter. The plot revolves around a boy called Robbie Henderson, a resident on the island of Black Ness, where ...more

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A Stranger Is Watching is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Thriller Books and Novels
A Stranger Is Watching Mary Higgins Clark A Stranger Is Watching is a suspense novel by Mary Higgins Clark.

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A Wanted Man is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Thriller Books and Novels
A Wanted Man Lee Child A Wanted Man is the seventeenth book in the Jack Reacher series written by Lee Child. It was published on 30 August 2012 in the United Kingdom, Australia, & New Zealand and on 11 September ...more

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Abduction is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Thriller Books and Novels
Abduction Robin Cook Abduction is a 2000 novel written by Robin Cook.

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Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunte... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Thriller Books and Novels
Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter Seth Grahame-Smith Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter is a biographical action horror novel by Seth Grahame-Smith, released on March 2, 2010, through New York–based publishing company Grand Central Publishing.

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Absolute Power is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Thriller Books and Novels
Absolute Power David Baldacci, Ray Russell Absolute Power is a 1996 book by David Baldacci, which was made into a 1997 film starring Clint Eastwood.

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Acts of Violence is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Thriller Books and Novels
Acts of Violence Ryan David Jahn Acts of Violence is a book written by Ryan David Jahn.

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Adam is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Thriller Books and Novels
Adam Ted Dekker Adam, a novel by renowned author Ted Dekker, was released on April 1, 2008. This book is not directly tied to any others, as many of Dekker's novels are.

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Adams Fall is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Thriller Books and Novels
Adams Fall Sean Desmond Adams Fall is writer Sean Desmond's first novel. It recounts the events which occur to a college student in his senior year at Harvard University. In the midst of completing his thesis and ...more

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Against All Enemies is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Thriller Books and Novels
Against All Enemies Tom Clancy, Peter Telep Against All Enemies is a 2011 spy novel by Tom Clancy and Peter Telep. It appears not to be part of the Jack Ryan series of novels, and instead introduces a new hero, ex-Navy SEAL and CIA ...more

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Agent S.E.V.E.N. is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Thriller Books and Novels
Agent S.E.V.E.N. Todd Downing

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Aggressor is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Thriller Books and Novels
Aggressor Andy McNab

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Air Battle Force is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Thriller Books and Novels
Air Battle Force Dale Brown Air Battle Force is a 2003 thriller novel written by Dale Brown.

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Alex Cross's Trial is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Thriller Books and Novels
Alex Cross's Trial James Patterson Alex Cross's Trial is the 15th novel in James Patterson's Alex Cross series. It follows Cross Country in the series, and comes before his novel I, Alex Cross. It is written by Patterson and ...more

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Alex Cross, Run is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Thriller Books and Novels
Alex Cross, Run James Patterson Alex Cross, Run is the 20th novel in the Alex Cross series written by American author James Patterson. The novel focuses on the protagonist, detective Alex Cross, who must solve three cases at ...more

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All Fun and Games until Somebo... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Thriller Books and Novels
All Fun and Games until Somebody Loses an Eye Christopher Brookmyre All Fun and Games until Somebody Loses an Eye is the ninth novel by Scottish writer Christopher Brookmyre.

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All the Rage is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Thriller Books and Novels
All the Rage F. Paul Wilson All The Rage is the fourth volume in a series of Repairman Jack books written by American author F. Paul Wilson. The book was first published by Gauntlet Press in a signed limited first edition ...more

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Along Came a Spider is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Thriller Books and Novels
Along Came a Spider James Patterson, Athena Alexis Along Came A Spider is the first novel in James Patterson's series about forensic psychologist Alex Cross. First published in 1993, its success has led to eighteen sequels as of 2012. It was ...more

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Already Dead is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Thriller Books and Novels
Already Dead Charlie Huston Already Dead is a 2005 pulp-noir / horror novel by Charlie Huston and published in 2005. This is the first of the Joe Pitt Casebooks.

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Amelia Peabody series is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Thriller Books and Novels
Amelia Peabody series The Amelia Peabody series is a series of nineteen historical mystery novels and one non-fiction companion volume written by Egyptologist Barbara Mertz under the pen name Elizabeth Peters. The ...more

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Amnesia is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Thriller Books and Novels
Amnesia Douglas Anthony Cooper Amnesia is a 1994 novel by Douglas Anthony Cooper and is his debut novel. The book was published in March 1994 by Hyperion Books and is the first entry in the Izzy Darlow series.

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Among the Missing is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Thriller Books and Novels
Among the Missing Richard Laymon Among the Missing is a horror novel by American author Richard Laymon. It was first published in 1999 by Headline Publishing.

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An Act of Terror is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Thriller Books and Novels
An Act of Terror André Brink An Act of Terror is a novel by Andre Brink, first published in 1991.

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Angel of Death is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Thriller Books and Novels
Angel of Death Jack Higgins, Anthea Cohen Angel of Death is a novel by Jack Higgins written in 1995. It tells the story of a famous actress who joins a bloody terrorist movement named after Bloody Sunday's date, 30 January. This ...more

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Angelology is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Thriller Books and Novels
Angelology Danielle Trussoni Angelology is a first novel by Danielle Trussoni. It was published by Viking Press in March 2010.

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Angels & Demons is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Thriller Books and Novels
Angels & Demons Dan Brown Angels & Demons is a 2000 bestselling mystery-thriller novel written by American author Dan Brown and published by Pocket Books. The novel introduces the character Robert Langdon, who is ...more

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Antispin is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Thriller Books and Novels
Antispin Richard Bronson Antispin is the first novel by Richard Bronson, Professor of Mathematics at Fairleigh Dickinson University. It was published as an e-book in 2010. The novel is concerned with weapons of mass ...more

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Are You Afraid of the Dark? is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Thriller Books and Novels
Are You Afraid of the Dark? Sidney Sheldon Are You Afraid of the Dark? is a 2004 novel and the last novel by bestselling thriller writer Sidney Sheldon.

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Ark Angel is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Thriller Books and Novels
Ark Angel Anthony Horowitz Ark Angel is the sixth book in the Alex Rider series written by British author Anthony Horowitz. The book was released in the United Kingdom on April 1, 2005 and in the United States on April ...more

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Ashes to Ashes is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Thriller Books and Novels
Ashes to Ashes Tami Hoag Ashes to Ashes is a crime/thriller novel written by Tami Hoag. It is the first novel in the Kovac/Liska Series.