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July 23, 2010 3:21 PM Subscribe
What are some great mystery/thriller novels focused on investigation?
posted by fryman to media & arts (18 answers total) 41 users marked this as a favorite
I'm looking for mystery/thriller novels that focus on the nuts-and-bolts of the investigative process. I'd prefer a realistic depiction of investigation - be it historical or contemporary - rather than science fiction or supernatural, but I'm really open to anything, as long as it features a compelling picture of the investigative process, i.e. finding clues, interrogating suspects, creating profiles, dealing with bureaucracy, etc.
- I'd prefer the novel to focus on an investigative body, such as the FBI or Interpol, rather than on local police departments or private eyes, but it's not a deal breaker.
- I'd also prefer the novels to focus on hunting down a serial killer, or something dealing with gruesome murder, rather than bank robbers or counterfeiters. But again, not a deal breaker.
- I like novels featuring strong female protagonists, not deal breaker though.
An example of what I'm looking for would be Thomas Harris's The Silence of the Lambs.