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Top 25 Thrillers of 2005

J. A. KONRATH "Thriller Author"
 
Killing Rain (John Rain Thrillers)
Killing Rain (John Rain Thrillers)
"Eisler's latest John Rain book is his best. And this time, along with the non-stop action, exotic locales, and graphic sex, he adds a welcome touch of humor."
The Death Collectors
The Death Collectors
"Kerley's follow-up to The Hundredth Man is every bit its equal. Fast paced, disturbing, and lots of fun. But then, I am biased toward serial killer books..."
Creepers
Creepers
"Prepare yourself---not only is this Morrell's best book, it's one of the best thrillers ever written. Non-stop terror from page one. This book blew my mind."
Bloody Mary (Jack Daniels Mysteries)
Bloody Mary (Jack Daniels Mysteries)
"A serial killer thriller that piles on the laughs as well as the scares. Plus, my wife liked it more than my first book, Whiskey Sour, and I've learned not to argue with my wife."
In the Company of Liars
In the Company of Liars
"Written backwards, this thriller is nothing short of ingenious. Ellis has raised the bar for the genre."
Dance of Death
Dance of Death
"Special Agent Pendergast is back, in one of his best adventures. And he finally has a worthy opponant; his twisted brother Diogenes. Thriller fans rejoice!"
One Shot (Jack Reacher, No. 9)
One Shot (Jack Reacher, No. 9)
"Child keeps getting better and better. But you probably already knew that."
Map of Bones (Sigma Force)
Map of Bones (Sigma Force)
"Rollins is the King of the Technothriller, and his latest is the reason why.  Loaded with gadgetry, heroics, action, and suspense, with a touch of the supernatural. The perfect beach read."
The Loch
The Loch
"Alten's best book, which says a lot considering how much I loved the Meg series. If you liked Jaws, you'll love The Loch."
Still River (Lee Henry Oswald Mystery Series #1)
Still River (Lee Henry Oswald Mystery Series #1)
"One of the best mystery debuts of this, or any, year. If you like PI novels, don't even hesitate... buy this."
Infernal: A Repairman Jack Novel
Infernal: A Repairman Jack Novel
"Wilson is my favorite writer, and Infernal is among his best. Repairman Jack (The Tomb, Crisscross) is back, and he's the greatest protagonist ever created. Edgy, supsenseful, and perfect."
Killer Swell: A Noah Braddock Novel (Noah Braddock Mysteries)
Killer Swell: A Noah Braddock Novel (Noah Braddock Mysteries)
"Another great PI debut. Shelby writes like early Robert Crais, funny and exciting with twists-a-plenty."
Dearly Devoted Dexter: A Novel
Dearly Devoted Dexter: A Novel
"Everyone's favorite serial killer hero is back, and this one is even better than the first in the series. Dr. Danco will freak you out."
4th of July
4th of July
"Patterson continues his reign as the #1 Thriller author in the world."
Frozen
Frozen
"This book kicks ass. A serial killer is using an MO similar to one that happened thousands of years ago. Creepy and brilliant."
Cut and Run
Cut and Run
"Pearson puts Lou Boldt on hold for a satisfying and scary stand-alone, and it's one of his best."
The Forgotten Man: A Novel (Elvis Cole Novels)
The Forgotten Man: A Novel (Elvis Cole Novels)
"It took a while, but was worth the wait. Elvis Cole returns, but the wisecracks take a back seat as we delve deeper into Elvis's psyche and discover keys to his past."
The Devil of Nanking: A Novel
The Devil of Nanking: A Novel
"This novel will warp your mind. Revolting but engrossing, and written with intense passion. Beware the ultra violence..."
Locked Doors: A Thriller (Andrew Thomas)
Locked Doors: A Thriller (Andrew Thomas)
"Crouch's follow-up to Desert Places is even better. Once you meet Luther and the family you'll never think of serial killers the same way again."
Body Double
Body Double
"Rizzoli is back! Rizzoli is back! Scary as hell, the best in the series, and Gerritsen's best as well."
Chill of Fear
Chill of Fear
"Hooper's follow up to the psychic thriller Hunting Fear."
The Black Angel: A Thriller
The Black Angel: A Thriller
"The latest Charlie Bird Parker novel, a mixture of classic mystery and supernatural horror, delivered like only Connolly can. Intense stuff."
Eleven on Top
Eleven on Top
"La Janet is back, in a book that I found funnier than Ten or Nine."
Trace Evidence
Trace Evidence
"Newcomer Becka begins her career with an engaging, suspenseful read that reminded me a lot of early Patricia Cornwell. She's one to watch."
The Twelfth Card: A  Lincoln Rhyme Novel (Lincoln Rhyme Novels)
The Twelfth Card: A Lincoln Rhyme Novel (Lincoln Rhyme Novels)
"Deaver may be the most brilliant plotter in the business, and the latest Rhyme book doesn't disappoint."