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Initial post: Feb 11, 2012 9:23:14 AM PST
N. Rourke says:
Big fan of Daniel Silva (Gabriel Allon) and Baldacci (The Camel Club) and similar authors. Have been trying new (well, not all are new) writers of this genre (thriller...or whatever it's called...depends on definition I suppose) Most are disappointing. Yeah, good fast "reads" but really weary of the comic book action type characters. Sort of like Chuck Norris: Good guy surrounded by 10 bad guys with heavy weaponry, but our hero (Norris in this example) beats them all!

All that's needed in these books are comic strip balloons with the words: "OOF!" and "UGH!" and other words indicating being hit.

Enough already!

Would appreciate suggestions on Silva/Baldacci type books with characters that have some depth and not all muscle bound one man armies. Have same feelings about crime/mystery genre. Prefer A Christie style: Takes some thinking to solve crime and not so heavy on gore and blood.

Open to Brit writers of this style.


In reply to an earlier post on Feb 11, 2012 9:38:53 AM PST
As a fan of both Silva and Baldacci-I think it is safe to say that if you enjoy them you would also enjoy Vince Flynn, Brian Haig, and Brad Thor. I alo read all Alex Berenson, Lee Child and Christopher Reich.
I enjoyed the two books by Ben Coes. Greg Iles writes some good books too.

That should give you some names to start!

Posted on Feb 11, 2012 9:43:01 AM PST
N. Rourke says:
Know Flynn & Thor. Agree. Might try others you suggest. Thanks!

Posted on Feb 11, 2012 9:44:08 AM PST
If you are looking for mystery writer with good character development, solid plots and an ongoing back story of police conspiricy, try author Louise Penny's Armand Gamache series of murder mysteries. You will also get some insight into the Anglo-Franco conflicts in Canada, a rare setting for a mystery series.

Posted on Feb 11, 2012 9:47:05 AM PST
L Leitner says:
Tami Hoag (but not her romances - make sure they're her mysteries). The Thin Dark Line got me hooked on her.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 11, 2012 10:12:45 AM PST
N. Rourke says:
Have read early Hoag work, but nothing recently. Will check out. Thanks!

Posted on Feb 11, 2012 10:16:26 AM PST
Chelsea Cain, Cody McFayden, Brian Freeman. Connelly is good but am sure you know his work. Jillian Hoffman is another, Lisa Gardner, Tess Gerritsen, my oh my. Had to get a kindle so hubby still had room for pool table!! Too many good ones out there. Enjoy!!

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 11, 2012 10:20:20 AM PST
Giving the topic more thought-I also enjoyed James Huston, John Hart and Mike Lawson.
For Brits-I read & enjoyed Stephen Leather's series.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 11, 2012 1:18:57 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 11, 2012 1:23:44 PM PST
Cphe says:
Tami Hoag - Dark Horse was very good in my opinion.
Dark Horse (Elena Estes)
Slightly more gritty is Lisa Gardner
The Perfect Husband (Quincy / Rainie)
]Martina Cole certainly writes grim and gritty (British) with strong, no nonsense females.
The Runaway

Posted on Feb 11, 2012 1:33:46 PM PST
Alice says:
I know it must be difficult to break in as a beginning author, but I really don't take recommendations seriously when they come from the authors themselves.

Posted on Feb 12, 2012 8:02:26 AM PST
Susan Solin says:
Harlan Coben - I've only read his stand alones but they are great Gone for Good is one
Linwood Barkley - another thinking author...No Time for Goodbye
anything by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child writing together - The Cabinet of Curiosities: A Novel (Pendergast)

Posted on Feb 12, 2012 8:18:30 AM PST
MontclairMD says:
I'm a big fan of Amsterdam 2012, and anything by Vince Flynn.

Posted on Feb 12, 2012 10:49:16 AM PST
Dev Aldread says:
No one mentioned Nelson DeMille or Robert Crais, I think they are much more in the vein of Baldacci than Thor, or especially Chelsea Cain. Also, James Rollins is good, and if you want to step back a few years you should consider the early Ludlum (Bourne and Covert One, make sure they were written by him and not just using his name).
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