Wednesday, August 04, 2010

NPR Listeners Select 100 Most Thrilling Novels Ever Written

The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris
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Earlier today NPR published a list of the Top 100 Killer Thrillers, the most pulse-quickening suspenseful novels ever written, as chosen by its listeners. From over 17,000 ballots, the top title is The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris.

Arguably, there are very few books that don't belong on this list, but what's most interesting is how broad the category of "thriller" fiction is. We recently said as much in our review of Thrillers: 100 Must Reads, co-edited by David Morrell and Hank Wagner and published last month, which also has a rather diverse selection of titles.

And the author most represented on the NPR list: Stephen King (with 6 titles) followed by Lee Child (with 4).


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