10 Of The BEST
Top reads from DEADGOODBOOKS.CO.UK, exclusively for CRIMESCENE
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.