I've recently finished Marcus Sakey's Brilliance
and Max Barry's Lexicon
and I'd like more thrillers like them. By "like them", I mean: fast paced, lots of twists and action, an intelligent, speculative, science-fictiony central idea, but the book is not marketed as genre science fiction, but rather as a thriller. Some literary aspiration is a plus, as is a good Bechdel test score (both of the above books kind of failed on that latter criterion). Already read: Atwood, Gibson, Stephenson. I read a lot of "literary mysteries" like Tana French and the like, but here I'm more interested in action/thrillers and not so much mysteries or procedurals.
posted by matildaben
on Mar 6, 2014 -
Another ReadMe Question. Lately I've been really enjoying literary-leaning thrillers and mystery type books authored by women. Can you recommend some more? [more inside]
posted by Lutoslawski
on Feb 5, 2014 -
My partner and I were remembering our differing childhood experiences of homemade spaghetti. At one point, she brought up using the leftovers in a spaghetti sandwich. I've never had one, but this triggered a vivid memory of a favorite picture book which had at least one illustration of a spaghetti sandwich. Among other odd sandwiches, possibly. I'd love to remember the title of the book and, ideally, see that illustration. [more inside]
posted by gilrain
on Jan 14, 2014 -
What are some particularly intelligent or well-written novels in the suspense/mystery/detective fiction genre? [more inside]
posted by Bardolph
on Dec 12, 2013 -
I've just been put in charge of the mystery section at my bookstore. I enjoy reading mystery, but I haven't read a lot of contemporary stuff. What authors/books/series would you suggest to give me a good survey of the past 10 years? And what mysteries can you suggest for my tastes (after the break)? [more inside]
posted by wintersonata9
on Oct 9, 2013 -
I think I'd like to begin following an author who writes mysteries featuring a regular protagonist and cast of recurring characters, but I have some d'ruthers. Can you help match me up? [more inside]
posted by taz
on Jul 20, 2013 -
It's actually a series. The protagonist is a female detective, who seems to be in love with her ex-husband, and at some point has to live with him and his new wife because she is injured. I think she has lived with her elderly mother, too. Sorry, not much to go on!
posted by cherrybounce
on May 8, 2013 -
Seeking recommendations for (non-American/British) crime novels that also serve as interesting social commentary [more inside]
posted by 1901gunner
on Dec 2, 2012 -
Book search: looking to find the title/author of a mystery set in Venice.
Likely NOT Donna Leon, the mystery features a married British couple in Venice on vacation. Plot elements may include a suitcase of books, a murder that takes place at a film festival or fashion show. The couple become involved in solving the case.
Published in the last decade, perhaps.
posted by kidelo
on Jul 21, 2012 -
Help me identify a book I read in the mid-90's! All I remember about it is that it was a crime novel, about a guy on death row, and the big surprise at the end of the book is that he and his lawyer (an ostensibly straight married man) wind up having some kind of sexual encounter before the client is executed. At least I think that is what happened - I could be making up some of the details. But hopefully this is enough to go on - thanks, book sleuths!
posted by Neely O'Hara
on Jun 1, 2012 -
I'm trying to track down a series of mystery novels to surprise my mother with this Christmas. [more inside]
posted by joelhunt
on Oct 20, 2011 -
What-was-that-book-filter: 70's or 80's (?) heist (?) novel that involved shutting down L.A. by closing a couple of freeways and the central telephone switching system. [more inside]
posted by dersins
on Jul 15, 2011 -
I need mystery novel recommendations! Looking for good mysteries with unconventional characters as the lead. [more inside]
posted by echo target
on Jun 3, 2011 -
I'm looking for "manor house" mystery novels, that take place in a single location (including a manor house, but variety would be appreciated), and involve tracking down a killer. [more inside]
posted by codacorolla
on May 15, 2011 -
Need some book recommendations. Just finished reading Bram Stoker's Dracula...and am getting through the Historian. In the past I have enjoyed The List of Seven, Club Dumas, The Alienist, Name of the Rose and so forth. So I guess I like the mystery-within-history sort of suspense/horror/thriller. The things I didn't get into were Dan Brown, Ian Pears, and anything having to do with Templars or Mary Magdalene. Can you recommend me your favorites? -- Thanks so much.
posted by snap_dragon
on Aug 15, 2009 -
Need help remembering the title of a line of young adult books from the 80s involving mysteries and requiring a mirror to solve. [more inside]
posted by charlesv
on Mar 18, 2009 -
Nero Wolfe Filter: Give me your choices for best Nero Wolfe novels. I recently finished my first Wolfe mystery -- Some Buried Caesar
-- and of course I need more. Here's the thing: I refuse to let myself get obsessed. There is no way I am going to allow myself to plow through all 30-plus novels and god knows how many short stories. [more inside]
posted by dzot
on Feb 24, 2009 -
Help me figure out what book this person is reading based on the cover, a mostly obscured title, and guesstimate of letters in the author's last name. [more inside]
posted by zoomorphic
on Feb 24, 2009 -
Help me remember the book series I loved as a kid. I can't even remember the genre, but I think it had sci-fi elements, and the kids possibly solved mysteries. I don't remember much, but I know one of the main characters was called Watch, because he always wore multiple watches. [more inside]
posted by spockette
on Feb 16, 2009 -
I will be traveling through Toronto (from Detroit area) on the way to Muskoka soon and I am looking for some good bookstores in the region. I am interested in everything, but I really have a yen for good mystery and crime fiction.
posted by cows of industry
on Oct 1, 2008 -
I'm looking for novels that are pageturners (genres preferred: science fiction/fantasy, magic realism, mystery/suspense/thriller) but also have psychologically acute character development. Any recs?
posted by Malad
on Dec 20, 2007 -
I'm doing research (for a writing project) into Film Noirs and Mystery Pulps, and I'm looking for good selections of a certain plot type: the "missing person" scenario. [more inside]
posted by SmileyChewtrain
on Mar 11, 2007 -
What's the most exciting novel you've ever read? I mean this in the simplest sense: an exciting plot. I'm looking for page-turners. Novels that keep you on the edge of your seat and refuse to let you sleep until you finish them. I'm looking for genre novels -- but I don't care what genres: Mystery, thriller, sci-fi, etc. (though sci-fi/fantasy has been done-to-death here, so I'm really more interested in other genres.) Oh, I care about words. So no matter how exciting, I'll quit reading if the prose is crappy. [more inside]
posted by grumblebee
on May 25, 2006 -