Best thrillers of all time

by Bill - 2014-05-05 - in culture / writing / stories


Best thrillers of all time.

According to the Telegraph, anyway. An interesting list.

Several if not most of these were that author's first novel (first published novel, anyway).

I've actually read half of these, though it's been years. I should read them again.

  • The Manchurian Candidate by Richard Condon (1959)
  • The Hunt for Red October by Tom Clancy (1984)
  • Killing Floor by Lee Child (1997)
  • On Her Majesty's Secret Service by Ian Fleming (1963)
  • The Spy Who Came in from the Cold by John le Carré (1963)
  • Where Eagles Dare by Alistair MacLean (1967)
  • The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton (1969)
  • Carrie by Stephen King (1974)
  • Marathon Man by William Goldman (1974)
  • The Bourne Identity by Robert Ludlum (1980)
  • Jaws by Peter Benchley (1974)
  • The World at Night by Alan Furst (1996)
  • The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown (2003)
  • The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan (1915)
    Honorable mention:
  • The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas (1844)
  • The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers (1903)
  • The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy (1905)
  • The Third Man and other stories by Graham Greene (1949)
  • The Day of the Jackal by Frederick Forsyth (1971)
  • Gorky Park by Martin Cruz Smith (1981)
  • A Time to Kill by John Grisham (1989)
  • Los Alamos by Joseph Kanon (1997)
  • Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (2012)

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