10 Of The BEST

Top reads from DEADGOODBOOKS.CO.UK, ex­clu­sively for CRIMESCENE

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1. THE SPY WHO CAME IN FROM THE COLD BY JOHN LE CARRÉ

John le Carré is a mas­ter sto­ry­teller, and this grip­ping novel of love and be­trayal is a truly genre-defin­ing Cold War thriller. So it comes as no sur­prise that the BBC are adapt­ing the book fol­low­ing the huge suc­cess of The Night Man­ager last year.

2.CRI­SIS BY FRANK GARDNER

Cri­sis is the best­selling de­but by BBC se­cu­rity correspondent Frank Gardner. Fea­tur­ing Luke Carl­ton, an ex-spe­cial Boat Ser­vice com­mando, the book’s fly-on-thewall in­sights, fast-paced writ­ing and tense plot guar­an­tee Gardner’s new novel a place in our list of thrillers.

3. CASINO ROYALE BY IAN FLEM­ING

Flem­ing’s first James Bond novel (pub­lished in 1953) is packed with thrills and sus­pense, show­cas­ing ev­ery­thing we know and love about the Bond sto­ries – chill­ing, sadis­tic vil­lains, sen­su­ous, fiery love af­fairs and the smooth, so­phis­ti­cated se­cret agent him­self.

4. THE HUNT FOR RED OC­TO­BER BY TOM CLANCY

The Hunt For Red Oc­to­ber launched Tom Clancy’s phe­nom­e­nal ca­reer and in­tro­duced read­ers to his hero, CIA an­a­lyst Jack Ryan. It’s a hugely au­then­tic de­but novel packed with drama and sus­pense that will grip you right up un­til the end.

5. SLOW HORSES BY MICK HER­RON

Slow Horses is an orig­i­nal, clever novel and the first of the Jack­son Lamb thrillers. Her­ron has a huge amount of tal­ent – for plot­ting, char­ac­ter­i­sa­tion and won­der­fully dark hu­mour. This series is quickly be­com­ing one of our favourites (see Spook Street review on p90).

6. THE DAY OF THE JACKA L BY FRED­ER­ICK FORSYTH

This de­but novel by the for­mer RAF pi­lot and in­ves­tiga­tive jour­nal­ist is one of the most fa­mous and cel­e­brated thrillers ever writ­ten. First pub­lished in 1971, It’s an in­tel­li­gent and en­dur­ing spy novel which tells the story of the strug­gle to catch an as­sas­sin be­fore it’s too late.

7. I AM PIL­GRIM BY TERRY HAYES

The Day Of The Jackal meets Home­land with a dash of Bourne in this in­cred­i­ble de­but thriller in which an un­usual and chal­leng­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion be­comes a ter­ri­fy­ing race against time across the world to save Amer­ica from obliv­ion. The much an­tic­i­pated fol­low-up, The Year Of The Lo­cust, is out later this year.

8. AN OF­FI­CER AND A SPY BY ROBERT HAR­RIS

This award-win­ning novel is an un­miss­able his­tor­i­cal spy thriller. Robert Har­ris man­ages to turn fact (it’s based on the French scan­dal of the Drey­fus Af­fair) into fic­tion with ex­ten­sive re­search and qual­ity writ­ing. The end re­sult is an en­gag­ing, com­pelling and be­liev­able story.

9. THE 39 STEPS BY JOHN BUCHAN

The 39 Steps is a tense and grip­ping tale com­plete with se­cret codes, un­der­cover agents and mur­der. It’s an ab­so­lute clas­sic that’s been adapted a num­ber of times over the years, but in our minds the book is truly un­beat­able.

10. A DI­VIDED SPY BY CHARLES CUM­MING

Charles Cum­ming’s lat­est thriller fea­tur­ing dis­graced MI6 of­fi­cer Thomas Kell is a thought-pro­vok­ing, en­gross­ing read with be­liev­able char­ac­ters and a twisty plot that keeps you guess­ing. The third book in the series is a bril­liant mod­ern spy novel that you won’t be able to put down.

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