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In reply to an earlier post on Jul 22, 2008 10:47:17 PM PDT
L. Irish says:
Hi Queen, I was amazed at your recommendations! Every single book and/or author you mentioned including ones with series characters are all books and/or authors that I love too. We have just about the same taste in good reading! I think my favorite is Lee Child and Stuart Woods would have to be second, but there are SO many good authors out there, its hard to find time to read, but then almost impossible to put down! Well, happy reading and enjoy! We KNOW GOOD books when we read them, don't we!!! God Bless ~ 'dogluvr'

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 22, 2008 10:51:36 PM PDT
L. Irish says:
Hi Ms. Walsh, thanks for recommending the new author, I can't wait to read it, (Conrad Jones) ~ a dogluvr

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 23, 2008 1:44:38 PM PDT
RickW says:
Joe -

Nobody's mentioned Stephen Hunter (author) and his character Bob Swagger. My God, he's good! I'd recommend starting with "The 47th Samurai" (2007 - his latest). Hunter's style has improved with every book he's written - I discovered the guy earlier this year and read all of his novels. I don't care much for his first four books. If you're hooked after reading his newest, I'd go back to "Point of Impact" (1993) and move forward from there.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 23, 2008 4:19:14 PM PDT
Queenvon says:
Thanks, L.Irish! It seems as though I am all caught up with my favorites right now--many new ones this summer and still to come this fall, but I am ALWAYS in the market for new series and characters, so am glad to get some suggestions from this discussion.
Happy reading to you!

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 23, 2008 8:43:46 PM PDT
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Lots of good ones mentioned...to those listed so far, I'd add Donald Harstad's Carl Houseman character...in a series of novels revolving around an Iowa Deputy Sheriff.. like Sanford's Lucas Davenport novels and others, there is a strong sense of locale in Harstad's writing.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 25, 2008 9:05:19 AM PDT
In my opinion and not mentioned so far is.......

Anything written by MATTHEW REILLY !!

The Shane Schofeild series

The Jack West Jr. series

Truly the most action packed, edge of your seat thrillers. Highly, highly recommended!! I have read thousands and thousands of books and if you like action with a capital A then look no futher.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 26, 2008 2:34:37 PM PDT
M. OBrien says:
I have read many of the authors mentioned here and discovered a new author last year. Her first novel won an Edgar called "In the Woods" and she is out with her second book. My husband loved it too and we can't wait to read the second with a recurring character from the first book.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 29, 2008 8:56:53 AM PDT
J.Flood says:
If they haven't been mentioned already, you could try the Detective Inspector Tom Thorne series of books, by Mark Billingham. These are pretty good, particularly the earlier books. If you are interested in history, the Matthew Shardlake series by C.J. Sansom. I've read the first three in the series, and I found them excellent!!

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 2, 2008 5:43:59 PM PDT
lifewontwait says:
How about Lindsey Davis' series featuring Marcus Didius Falco? Great characters and plots, and wonderful fun.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 3, 2008 12:30:09 PM PDT
Just looking through these posts and found your comment. I agree with you on LaHane. Great writer except for Shutter Island. He's probably still out spending his money on Mystic River as he hasn't written in ages. Sounds like burn-out from an interview I read.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 4, 2008 9:35:43 AM PDT
J. A. Dieltz says:
Joe doe -- Thanks for starting a great discussion. There are a number of recommendations by others that I am anxious to explore.

If you like the strong/dark side of Jack Reacher and Joe Pike, I would add the following:

John Rain (Rain Fall, Hard Rain, Rain Storm ... ) by Barry Eisler.

Kidd and his sidekick LuEllen (Empress File, Fool's Run, Devil's Code ...) by John Sanford (a.k.a John Camp)

Nicolas Linnear (The Ninja, The Miko, ...) by Eric (van) Lustbader

Of course Lustbader has taken over the Robert Ludlum's Jason Bourne series with three additional books.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 6, 2008 6:32:22 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 6, 2008 6:38:38 AM PDT
There have been some good ones suggested already, particularly the Jack Reacher and Harry Bosch characters, but one that has been left out is the Joe Pickett series by C.J.Box. They aren't as well known but great stories especially if you like the outdoors. They are all set in Montana and Wyoming.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 10, 2008 6:32:01 PM PDT
Ladyvolz says:
Almost all of the listed authors are my favorites too; some additional ones are:

Michelle Martinez, Richard Montanari, Randy Wayne White (Doc Ford series), Baron Birtcher (Mike Travis series), new to me last year was Nick Stone and his book Mr. Clarinet, Robert Ellis (Lena Gamble series), and James W. Hall (Thorn series).

There is a discussion board deep within AOL where we discuss mystery/thriller books in depth (no spoilers though), list ones we like, ones we dislike, debut books we've discovered, just about everything you can think of. It's called mystery/thriller board and it's in their message boards under... research and learn, then click books community boards, click bookreporter messages, then at last the mystery/thriller board. The board is very active in their discussion and many list their books read for the previous month at the beginning of the new month. Great way to discover new authors and new books. or old authors and old books.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 11, 2008 1:28:13 AM PDT
Conrad Jones says:
hey Ladyvolz.....can you post a link on here I cant find it anywhere !!! thanks
Conrad Jones....author of the `Tank` novels. (John Tankersley makes Jack Reacher look like a pussycat!!)
Look for the `Soft Target` novels. parts one and two are available now (five star reviews so far!!) part three of the series is out September. Tanks again for the tip.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 12, 2008 1:46:42 PM PDT
I can't recommend John Connolly's Charlie Parker series enough. It's right up there with James Lee Burke, who is absolutely superb. Connolly's work is far darker, and sometimes much meatier, but it's just as well-written.

Also, but not quite as meaty, series by Harry Hunsicker and Charlie Huston. Awesome!

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 9, 2008 5:25:45 PM PST
I just started reading Soft Target after purchasing both 1 and 2 on your recommendation (not noticing that you were the author recommending your own work), and I just have to say that I hope the second one is more carefully edited than the one I am reading now. The punctuation and grammatical errors are driving me crazy and I'm no english major. I don't mean to be rude, but I think others who might spend the money to order the books should be aware of this shortcoming.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 10, 2008 12:06:03 PM PST
JP Books says:
Barry Eisler's-John Rain Series
James Rolins-Sigma Force Characters
Matthew Reilly's - Scarecrow
John Donohue's -Conner Burke Series
Greg Rucker's - Atticus Kodiak
Alex Berenson's-John Wells
Jim Butcher's-Harry Dresden Series

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 10, 2008 12:18:32 PM PST
Saul Panzer says:
The top? If you are starting at the top, start with Sherlock Holmes, Sam, Spade and Raymond Chandler. Also don't forget Ross MacDonald.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 29, 2008 10:19:54 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 31, 2008 1:03:44 AM PST
Topanga Rose says:
I too love harry bosch; he is like an old friend, and I particularly like his VALUES and descriptions of living in the canyons of the Santa Monica Mtns, where i also reside. Michael Connelly's last book, The Brass Verdict, with Lincloln lawyer, Mickey Haller and Bosch almost a subtext, i found this book terrific.
And I do enjoy baldacci and ridley pearson, greg iles, lee childs and many of those named here...but I am amazed that no one has mentioned Barry Eisler's John Rain character. He is my ABSOLUTE favorite for interest. Rain is a quite likeable and remarkable assassin, which gives a new perspective to the genre. His first book, Rain Fall, dazzled with the culture and life of Japan, and his second book, Hard Rain, best of the series, even topped the first. I have gotten so much out of the milieu provided int the series, including some really fine music! Now there are many books in the John Rain series.
Check Eisler out! Recommended and guaranteed to entertain!
Also Barry Eisler has a very cool blog that is published alongside his latest book selling on Amazon; the blog can also be accessed online as 'The Heart of the Matter'. He identifies the blog as being about politics and language, and has some interesting things to say.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 5, 2009 10:47:49 PM PST
Dommo says:
I would try Brian Freeman's books - a cop called Jonathon Stride. Really - and I mean really - great books for anyone who enjoys top notch thrillers/crime. Up there with the best of them.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 5, 2009 3:08:28 PM PST
Larry Stein says:
Try Milan Jackovich<<<<<<<<Hero
Les Roberts -Author

Start with "Pepper Pike"

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 5, 2009 9:16:03 PM PST
KR says:
Maybe Brian Freeman's Jonathan Stride character from Immoral & Stripped and he has two new one's coming out next month, 3/31, "In the Dark" & another one under the pseudonym Ally O'Brian "The Agency." Also check out "Green River Rising" by Tim Willocks. It's a used book in HC & PB but well worth the hunt. I found it on another feed like this nad have given out several copies to friends. Good luck. --KRH

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 6, 2009 7:28:35 PM PST
Carol O"Connell's Mallory series is top notch.

Posted on Feb 6, 2009 7:34:01 PM PST
Also a new author, Tana French for her "In The Woods"

Posted on Feb 6, 2009 10:53:51 PM PST
Terry Powell says:
Another possibility that I haven't seen mentioned is Chuck Logan's Phil Broker. The first book was the Pricew of Blood and there have been about 5 others in the series. He's kind of in the mold of John Corey/Lucas Davenport with a little Jack Reacher.
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