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Initial post: Jul 16, 2012 11:21:47 PM PDT
Anne says:
While I understand that a love interest is always a very convenient character to have, I want to read some mystery/thrillers that do not have too much romance in it, if possible. It seems that I can't find too many where the description doesn't include something along the lines of "and there's XXX, a mysterious, handsome/beautiful (depending on gender of the protagonist) character that our protagonist meets along the way..."

I am also ok if the main character is married/has a family, I find that family bonds, even with its cliches - parent looking for children seems like such a popular motif - touch me more than the "love met on the job" plots. Anyone has any recommendations?

I don't require there to be completely no romance; as long as it's not so center stage.

Thanks in advance!

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 17, 2012 2:58:52 AM PDT
gary bruell says:
Anything by Daniel Silva.

Posted on Jul 18, 2012 9:29:26 AM PDT
JPS says:
"Rebbecca"- Daphne du Maurier.

Posted on Jul 21, 2012 11:05:57 PM PDT
K. Murphy says:
I have yet to read The Devil in The White City by Erik Larson but I have heard nothing but good things about it. Peop;e I've talked to have all said they couldn't put it down and it's historical too.
books I have read though are The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime by Mark Haddon and Down the Rabbit Hole by Peter Abrahams. The latter's protagonist is 13 and downright hysterical. it's a YA novel but I laughed the entire book and it was mysterious enough to keep me hooked. I told my dad to read it and he loved it too.

Posted on Jul 22, 2012 11:35:05 AM PDT
Terri Bray says:
Harlen Coban

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 22, 2012 12:35:47 PM PDT
James Rollins, Harlen Coben, Donna Leon, P.B. Ryan,

Posted on Jul 22, 2012 2:08:44 PM PDT
linda stone says:
Reader says:
What's Going on at the Montcliff? by Linda Stone...humor, characters that you'll love, nothing grisly but many twists and turns. Check it out on Amazon for an idea of its story.

Posted on Jul 22, 2012 7:13:34 PM PDT
KevsterS says:
The Jack Reacher series by Lee Child is good. Reacher is a former military cop, now roaming the country with just the clothes on his back. He gets into various predicaments and uses his military experience to stand up for justice. There is mild romance or attraction to a female character in the stories but they don't overwhelm the plot. Overall, they are fun action stories.

Posted on Jul 23, 2012 2:50:58 AM PDT
I have been a fan of John Sandford and the "Prey" series for a long time. There are lots of relationships, but not a whole lot of romance. Kind of like what real people deal with.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 23, 2012 8:50:53 PM PDT
K. Wright says:
Great series but the first few books were incredibly violent for me. They have gotten much better. I tend to worry about him, that clothes on his back thing makes me a bit nervous. I find myself wanting him to have some kind of home. Too maternal I guess but he is a great hero and they are well written.

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Katy says:
Rebecca is one of my favorite books of all time

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 24, 2012 3:00:30 AM PDT
Have you tried the Tim Simpson series by John Malcolm? Try Mortal Ruin or Circles

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 24, 2012 3:55:50 PM PDT
pterry says:
Try the series by Christinge Kling - the Seychelle Sullivan series or the Bombay Family series by Leslie Langtry. Understated romance, but entertaining mysteries.

Posted on Jul 24, 2012 5:14:58 PM PDT
These are the best current writers.
1...Nelson DeMille
2...John Sanford
3...Robert Crais
4...Michael Connelly
5...Dennis Lehane
6...Steig Larson His Dragon Tattoo books were best of the year, but lots of sex.

Lonesome Dove, my favorite all-time book..
Dak 407

Posted on Jul 24, 2012 11:03:48 PM PDT
Anne says:
Hi everyone! Thanks for all the recommendations. I am a fan of John Sanford (Prey series), Michael Connelly (the Bosch universe, including the Mickey Haller ones), and Lee Child (Jack Reacher). I've also liked what I've read of Dennis Lehane (which is to say Mystic River and Shutter Island).

Definitely checking out all the other authors listed here (quite a couple names are authors I've wanted to read for a while but for some reason haven't started to; I guess there is a reason Amazon keeps recommending Robert Crais and Harlen Coban to me!)

Posted on Jul 30, 2012 10:27:06 AM PDT
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Posted on Jul 30, 2012 2:21:31 PM PDT
MommaCat says:
Try the Pendergast series by Preston and Child. It starts with Relic (Pendergast, Book 1).

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 30, 2012 2:55:13 PM PDT
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Ms. Reviewer says:
Recent read was The Jazz Cage. No romance; complete thriller, fast pace, not boring, on the "edge of seat" type (tensions) of a book. Saw the book I believe from a book reviewer that recommended it.

Posted on Aug 1, 2012 6:10:16 PM PDT
Jan T. says:
Mary Higgins Clark are all excellent mysteries with minimal to no romance. Also, The Bug Man Series are excellent.

Posted on Aug 1, 2012 6:50:36 PM PDT
Mack Garner says:
Two of the best are Raymond Chandlers books about Phillip Marlowe and Ross Macdonalds Lew Archer series. Private eye books, fantastic writing and no romance. Lehane and lawrence Block learned from these guys.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 1, 2012 7:26:55 PM PDT
Carol Mahnke says:
I agree, and the implication is that the poor, dear, sweet protagonist can't handle anything by herself. I fine that obnoxious.

So, what's out there that isn't offensive to feminist taste? By women writers?

Posted on Aug 1, 2012 10:02:05 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 1, 2012 10:06:01 PM PDT
K. Farr says:
lisa jackson sharon sala catherine coulter iris johanson kay hooper and some nora roberts are good thriller. I forgot the book "Perfect" by Linda Howard. I laughed out loud and laughed til I cried!

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 1, 2012 11:02:05 PM PDT
Carol S. says:
Anything by Lee Childs.
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