10 Thrillers Thatíll Make Your Head Spin

A Listmania! list by Robert Moore
The list author says: "Some books can be interesting, some can be exciting, but some can have such a visceral effect on you that your mind starts doing 360s. Here are 10 novels that have made my head feel like Linda Blairís in The Exorcist."
Dead Line (The Quinn McShane Stories Book 6)
1.  Dead Line (The Quinn McShane Stories Book 6) by Richard Sanders
The list author says:
  "A mysterious murder from the past? Power battles behind big-time media? Indira Gandhiís assassination? Sanders combines all these weird elements in a wild thrill ride through the seamier streets of San Francisco. Great writing, great characters, and the surprises donít stop coming until the very end."
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Angels: A Novel
2.  Angels: A Novel by Denis Johnson
The list author says:
  "Technically not a thriller, but thrilling nonetheless. Johnson follows a set of desperate losers in the build up to, and the aftermath of, a bank robbery, and he blows your mind on every page."
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Crack-Up: A Psychological Thriller
3.  Crack-Up: A Psychological Thriller by Eric Christopherson
The list author says:
  "Whoís better qualified to protect wealthy clients than a high-functioning paranoid schizophrenic? And he does a good job of it, too--until he kills one of his clients. Or does he? A fascinating mind-game of conspiracy and madness."
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The Switch
4.  The Switch by Elmore Leonard
The list author says:
  "Which side are you on? You can ask that question about almost all of Elmore Leonardís characters, but never more so than in this tale of a kidnapping caper gone wrong. The changing loyalties of the central characters are amazing, believable and ultimately very satisfying."
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When Will There Be Good News?: A Novel
5.  When Will There Be Good News?: A Novel by Kate Atkinson
The list author says:
  "If you prefer thrillers with one-dimensional characterization and plain-jane plots, this isnít for you. In fact, Atkinson lays down so many threads in telling this story of the aftermath of a murdered family, it can seem like too much at first. But once she starts pulling those threads together, the excitement is truly exhilarating."
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The Lock Artist: A Novel
6.  The Lock Artist: A Novel by Steve Hamilton
The list author says:
  "Howís this for a premise? The hero is a safecracker who can get through any lock ever made, but the one thing he canít do is speak. Not in the last 10 years, anyway, ever since he became known as the Miracle Boy. What happened to him? Thatís why you read."
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The Tree of Hands
7.  The Tree of Hands by Ruth Rendell
The list author says:
  "Rendell is a master of psychological suspense, and this tale of kidnapping, murder and desperate mothers worms its way right into the middle of your mind."
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The Grift: A Novel
8.  The Grift: A Novel by Debra Ginsberg
The list author says:
  "What happens when, in the middle of ripping off clients, a bogus psychic discovers she really has psychic powers? Itís a fascinating question, and Ginsberg addresses it with some truthful and redeeming answers."
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The Havana Room: A Novel
9.  The Havana Room: A Novel by Colin Harrison
The list author says:
  "The Havana Room seems like just another steakhouse in midtown Manhattan, but the story of what goes on insideóand outsideóis a thriller of hallucinogenic intensity."
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Shaken (Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels Mysteries) Book 7
10.  Shaken (Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels Mysteries) Book 7 by J. A. Konrath
The list author says:
  "Not only a showdown between Konrathís famous hero, Lieutenant Jacqueline ďJackĒ Daniels, and a prolific serial killer, but a look back at Jackís career and the way if affected her life."
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