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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."