Best thriller novels of Decade
- 1. Doctor Sleep
The master of horror returns in a much-anticipated sequel to his 1977 classic, "The Shining." Grown up and struggling with alcoholism (like his father before him) along his terrible memories of that fateful winter at the Overlook Hotel, Danny Torrance has found his calling--using his power of "the shine" to comfort the dying. But he is soon faces a bigger task: He and a young girl named Abra must stop a band of wanderers called The True Knot--quasi-immortals who torture children gifted with the shine, living off the "steam" that rises from their writhing bodies.
Mega-prolific author Joyce Carol Oates is no stranger to horror herself, having written "Zombie, " a novel about a serial killer based on Jeffrey Dahmer; the story collection "Haunted: Tales of the Grotesque" and, recently, the gothic horror novel "The Accursed." In her new book, "Evil Eye: Four Novellas of Love Gone Wrong, " Oates returns to the darker corners of the human psyche in stories about adultery, abuse, terrible secrets and crimes against family.
The son of a war hero, Jack Reacher was raised in the military and became a decorated military cop himself before exiting a life of service and turning into something of a drifter who thought he would never return. But in "Never Go Back, " Lee Child's 18th novel featuring Reacher, the ex-cop gets a call from the headquarters of his old unit and is accused of a homicide that took place 16 years ago. Trying to clear his name, Reacher is pulled back into a past he thought he'd escaped.
Sue Grafton is winding down to the end of the alphabet in her Kinsey Millhone series, which began more than 30 years ago with "A is for Alibi." In "W is for Wasted, " Grafton's sparky private detective is trying to connect the dots between two seemingly unrelated deaths in Santa Teresa, Calif.--those of another PI with a bad reputation and of an unidentified, possibly homeless man who'd been sleeping on the beach, with Kinsey's name and number in his pocket.
Another thriller writer returns to a classic from decades past: John Grisham's "Sycamore Row" is the follow-up to his 1989 debut novel, "A Time to Kill, " in which attorney Jake Brigance (played by Matthew McConaughey in the film) takes on as a client his friend Carl Lee Hailey, a black man charged with the murder of two white men who'd raped his 10-year-old daughter. Now, we return the same courthouse in Grisham's fictional Ford County, Miss., as Jake is embroiled in the racially fraught case of a wealthy man who's hanged himself from a sycamore tree, leaving a handwritten will bequeathing most of his fortune not to his children--but to his black maid.
After he wrote "A Time to Kill, " Grisham cited as an influence Scott Turow's classic 1987 novel, "Presumed Innocent, " which established the legal thriller as one of fiction's most compelling genres. In a new, standalone novel, "Identical, " Turow follows Greek-American identical twins Paul and Cass Giannis--the former a candidate for mayor, the latter newly released from a 25-year prison sentence for the murder of his girlfriend, Athena Kronon. There is no statute of limitations on suspicion and betrayal, and the Kronons are delving back into the murder case. Turow loosely based the book on the Greek myth of twins Castor and Pollux, one mortal and the other divine.
Michael Connelly joined John Grisham among the ranks of thriller authors whose protagonist lawyers have been portrayed onscreen by Matthew McConaughey in 2011 with "The Lincoln Lawyer, " based on the first of Connelly's thrillers to feature attorney Mickey Haller. "The Gods of Guilt" picks up where "The Lincoln Lawyer" left off, with a prostitute Haller thought he'd rescued. But now he discovers she's been murdered, and it may have been Haller himself who put her into harm's way.
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Best-sellers over time in different categories2003-05-30 11:54:59 by notanothertop10list
Can anyone tell me where I can find information on best-selling non-fiction books by category (eg, history, psychology, art - more refined categories are even better).
I'm not looking for this week's best sellers but something that looks at best-sellers over time ... preferably at least 5 years.
Even best selling books sell remarkably few copi2007-10-26 10:57:00 by Gospel
Copies in an overall sense. It's tough to track down solid numbers, but I would be STUNNED if most of these atheism books have sold even half a million copies world wide.
Readers of non-fiction are, over-all, a rare breed. Especially when you discount cooking and self help.
Not to inflate anyone's ego, but I think the high sales have more to do with the generally higher level of education among atheists, and they're correspondingly higher interest in reading.
Seeking Submissions For Best-Selling Book Series2004-04-12 16:28:33 by erichicken
I have a welcoming opportunity to let you in on. I am helping put together the next Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul. (You know these books, you have seen them on the bestsellers lists and either read them and gotten something good out of them, or possibly scoffed at them and refuse to read them; thats fine I did too ) Look, based on the thousands of letters we get, kids love these books and find inspiration, comfort, and strength from them. So, now you can help our youth and get some money for it. Get published in Teens IV and get a few hundred dollars for it if selected. Wanting to help boost the number of submissions I am opening it up to you all and to anyone else you know who is a good writer
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