Books by: Thriller


Angels & Demons

Angels & Demons

by Dan Brown
1,948,311 voters
When world-renowned Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to a Swiss research facility to analyze a mysterious symbol—seared into the chest of a murdered physicist—he disc...
The Da Vinci Code

The Da Vinci Code

by Dan Brown
1,423,540 voters
An ingenious code hidden in the works of Leonardo da Vinci. A desperate race through the cathedrals and castles of Europe. An astonishing truth concealed for centuries . . . unveil...
The Shining

The Shining

by Stephen King
770,874 voters
Jack Torrance's new job at the Overlook Hotel is the perfect chance for a fresh start. As the off-season caretaker at the atmospheric old hotel, he'll have plenty of time to spend ...
A Time to Kill

A Time to Kill

by John Grisham
587,967 voters
Before The Firm and The Pelican Brief made him a superstar, John Grisham wrote this riveting story of retribution and justice -- at last it's available in a Doubleday...
The Firm

The Firm

by John GrishamRobin A.H. Waterfield
479,274 voters
Mitch McDeere is young, intelligent and ambitious. When he gets a job with the law firm of Bendini, Lambert, & Locke it seems to be the path to money and power. But soon Mitch find...
Jurassic Park

Jurassic Park

by Michael Crichton
447,448 voters
En esta espectacular novela, los dinosaurios vuelven a conquistar la Tierra. En una isla remota, un grupo de hombres y mujeres emprende una carrera contra el tiempo para evitar un ...
Deception Point

Deception Point

by Dan Brown
444,571 voters
When a new NASA satellite spots evidence of an astonishingly rare object buried deep in the Arctic ice, the floundering space agency proclaims a much-needed victory...a victory tha...
Digital Fortress

Digital Fortress

by Dan Brown
412,082 voters
Before the multi-million, runaway bestseller The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown set his razor-sharp research and storytelling skills on the most powerful intelligence organization...
And Then There Were None

And Then There Were None

by Agatha Christie
389,415 voters
First, there were ten - a curious assortment of strangers summoned as weekend guests to a private island off the coast of Devon. Their host, an eccentric millionaire unknown to all...
Fight Club

Fight Club

by Chuck Palahniuk
357,218 voters
Every weekend, in basements and parking lots across the country, young men with good white-collar jobs and absent fathers take off their shoes and shirts and fight each other bareh...
The Silence of the Lambs

The Silence of the Lambs

by Thomas Harris
345,083 voters
There's a killer on the loose who knows that beauty is only skin deep, and a trainee investigator who's trying to save her own hide. The only man that can help is locked in an asyl...
Misery

Misery

by Stephen King
324,941 voters
Alternate cover edition here.

Paul Sheldon. He's a bestselling novelist who has fin...
The Bourne Identity

The Bourne Identity

by Robert Ludlum
321,636 voters
Alternate cover for this ISBN can be found here

Who is Jason Bourne? I...
The Gunslinger

The Gunslinger

by Stephen King
314,231 voters

Beginning with a short story appearing in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction in 1978, the publication of Stephen King's epic work of fantasy -- what he considers...

The Client

The Client

by John Grisham
313,536 voters
In a weedy lot on the outskirts of Memphis, two boys watch a shiny Lincoln pull up to the curb...Eleven-year-old Mark Sway and his younger brother were sharing a forbidden cigarett...
Along Came a Spider

Along Came a Spider

by James Patterson
303,253 voters
The classic thriller that launched the Alex Cross series, the #1 detective series of the past twenty-five years!

A missing little girl named Maggie Rose . . . a family of...
It

It

by Stephen King
291,945 voters
The story follows the exploits of seven children as they are terrorized by an eponymous being, which exploits the fears and phobias of its victims in order to disguise itself while...
The Pelican Brief

The Pelican Brief

by John Grisham
283,227 voters
In suburban Georgetown a killer's Reeboks whisper on the front floor of a posh home... In a seedy D.C. porno house a patron is swiftly garroted to death... The next day America lea...
Kiss the Girls

Kiss the Girls

by James Patterson
271,296 voters
In Los Angeles, a reporter investigating a series of murders is killed. In Chapel Hill, North Carolina, a beautiful medical intern suddenly disappears. In Washington D.C. Alex Cros...
The Hunt for Red October

The Hunt for Red October

by Tom Clancy
265,195 voters
Here is the runaway bestseller that launched Tom Clancy's phenomenal career. A military thriller so gripping in its action and so convincing in its accuracy that the author was rum...
Pet Sematary

Pet Sematary

by Stephen King
256,064 voters
Sometimes dead is better....When the Creeds move into a beautiful old house in rural Maine, it all seems too good to be true: physician father, beautiful wife, charming little daug...
The Godfather

The Godfather

by Mario PuzoRobert ThompsonPeter Bart
252,729 voters
The Godfather—the epic tale of crime and betrayal that became a global phenomenon.

Almost fifty years ago, a classic was born. A searing portrayal of the Mafia underworld,...
1st to Die

1st to Die

by James Patterson
226,567 voters
James Patterson, bestselling author of the Alex Cross novels Along Came a Spider, Kiss the Girls, and Pop Goes the Weasel, offers the first of a new series dubbed The Women's Murde...
'Salem's Lot

'Salem's Lot

by Stephen King
224,716 voters
Thousands of miles away from the small township of 'Salem's Lot, two terrified people, a man and a boy, still share the secrets of those clapboard houses and tree-lined streets. Th...
The Runaway Jury

The Runaway Jury

by John Grisham
219,086 voters
Every jury has a leader, and the verdict belongs to him. In Biloxi, Mississippi, a landmark tobacco trial with hundreds of millions of dollars at stake begins routinely, then swerv...
Sharp Objects

Sharp Objects

by Gillian Flynn
207,196 voters
Fresh from a brief stay at a psych hospital, reporter Camille Preaker faces a troubling assignment: she must return to her tiny hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls. ...
Odd Thomas

Odd Thomas

by Dean Koontz
202,979 voters
"The dead don't talk. I don't know why." But they do try to communicate, with a short-order cook in a small desert town serving as their reluctant confidant. Odd Thomas thinks of h...
Red Dragon

Red Dragon

by Thomas Harris
189,053 voters
Will Graham stands in a silent, empty house communing with a killer. An FBI instructor with a gift for hunting madmen, Graham knows what his murderer looks like, how he thinks, and...
In the Woods

In the Woods

by Tana French
180,014 voters
A gripping thriller and New York Times bestseller from the acclaimed author of Broken Harbor and The Secret Place

As dusk approaches a small Dublin suburb in the summer o...
The Green Mile

The Green Mile

by Stephen King
169,934 voters
At Cold Mountain Penitentiary, along the lonely stretch of cells known as the Green Mile, killers are depraved as the psychopathic "Billy the Kid" Wharton and the possessed Eduard ...
The Andromeda Strain

The Andromeda Strain

by Michael Crichton
169,377 voters
The United States government is given a warning by the pre-eminent biophysicists in the country: current sterilization procedures applied to returning space probes may be inadequat...
The Secret History

The Secret History

by Donna Tartt
161,569 voters
Under the influence of their charismatic classics professor, a group of clever, eccentric misfits at an elite New England college discover a way of thinking and living that is a wo...
American Psycho

American Psycho

by Bret Easton Ellis
161,552 voters
Patrick Bateman is twenty-six and he works on Wall Street, he is handsome, sophisticated, charming and intelligent. He is also a psychopath. Taking us to head-on collision with Ame...
Killing Floor

Killing Floor

by Lee Child
158,708 voters
Ex-military policeman Jack Reacher is a drifter. He's just passing through Margrave, Georgia, and in less than an hour, he's arrested for murder. Not much of a welcome. All Jack kn...
Cujo

Cujo

by Stephen King
153,934 voters
Outside a peaceful town in central Maine, a monster is waiting. Cujo is a two-hundred-pound Saint Bernard, the best friend Brett Camber has ever had. One day Cujo chases a rabbit i...
Needful Things

Needful Things

by Stephen King
151,682 voters
Leland Gaunt opens a new shop in Castle Rock called Needful Things. Anyone who enters his store finds the object of his or her lifelong dreams and desires: a prized baseball card, ...
The Hound of the Baskervilles

The Hound of the Baskervilles

by Arthur Conan DoyleAnne Perry
150,495 voters
Holmes and Watson are faced with their most terrifying case yet. The legend of the devil-beast that haunts the moors around the Baskerville family's home warns the descendants of t...
Christine

Christine

by Stephen KingMarie Milpois
149,437 voters
“This is the story of a lover’s triangle…It was bad from the start. And it got worse in a hurry.”

It’s love at first sight for high school student Arnie Cunningham when he...
Darkly Dreaming Dexter

Darkly Dreaming Dexter

by Jeff Lindsay
147,518 voters
Meet Dexter Morgan, a polite wolf in sheep's clothing. He's handsome and charming, but something in his past has made him abide by a different set of rules. He's a serial killer wh...
The Lincoln Lawyer

The Lincoln Lawyer

by Michael Connelly
146,834 voters
Mickey Haller is a Lincoln Lawyer, a criminal defense attorney who operates out of the backseat of his Lincoln Town Car, traveling between the far-flung courthouses of Los Angeles ...
It

It

by Stephen King
145,986 voters
To the children, the town was their whole world. To the adults, knowing better, Derry, Maine was just their home town: familiar, well-ordered for the most part. A good place to liv...
Timeline

Timeline

by Michael Crichton
145,537 voters
In an Arizona desert, a man wanders in a daze, speaking words that make no sense. Within twenty-four hours he is dead, his body swiftly cremated by his only known associates. Halfw...
Firestarter

Firestarter

by Stephen King
139,138 voters
First, a man and a woman are subjects of a top-secret government experiment designed to produce extraordinary psychic powers.

Then, they are married and have a child. A da...
The Bourne Supremacy

The Bourne Supremacy

by Robert Ludlum
138,107 voters
A killer with no face, no identity and a name the world wanted to forget:

Jason Bourne

Reenter the shadowy world of Jason Bourne, an expert assassi...

Patriot Games

Patriot Games

by Tom Clancy
136,723 voters
Tom Clancy's Patriot Games is filled with the exceptional realism and authenticity that distinguished the author's two previous bestsellers, Hunt for Red October ...
Death Note, Vol. 1: Boredom

Death Note, Vol. 1: Boredom

by Tsugumi OhbaTakeshi Obata
136,421 voters
Light Yagami is an ace student with great prospects - and he's bored out of his mind. But all that changes when he finds the Death Note, a notebook dropped by a rogue Shinigami,...
The Rainmaker

The Rainmaker

by John Grisham
135,094 voters
John Grisham's five novels -- A Time To Kill, The Firm, The Pelican Brief, The Client, and The Chamber -- have been number one best-sellers, and have a combined total...
The Dead Zone

The Dead Zone

by Stephen King
130,393 voters
Also see: Alternate Cover Editions for this ISBN [ACE]
ACE #1 - ...
Prey

Prey

by Michael Crichton
128,503 voters
In the Nevada desert, an experiment has gone horribly wrong. A cloud of nanoparticles -- micro-robots -- has escaped from the laboratory. This cloud is self-sustaining and self-rep...
Bag of Bones

Bag of Bones

by Stephen King
127,995 voters
Four years after the sudden death of his wife, forty-year-old bestselling novelist Mike Noonan is still grieving. Unable to write, and plagued by vivid nightmares set at the wester...
Congo

Congo

by Michael Crichton
127,359 voters
Deep in the African rain forest, near the legendary ruins of the Lost City of Zinj, an expedition of eight American geologists is mysteriously and brutally killed in a matter of mi...
Thinner

Thinner

by Stephen KingRichard Bachman
127,147 voters
Billy Halleck, good husband and loving father, is both beneficiary and victim of the American good life: He has an expensive home, a nice family, and a rewarding career as a lawyer...
Sphere

Sphere

by Michael Crichton
125,364 voters
A group of American scientists are rushed to a huge vessel that has been discovered resting on the ocean floor in the middle of the South Pacific. What they find defines their imag...
The Exorcist

The Exorcist

by William Peter Blatty
120,781 voters
Four decades after it first shook the nation, then the world, William Peter Blatty's thrilling masterwork of faith and demonic possession returns in an even more powerful form. Raw...
The Bone Collector

The Bone Collector

by Jeffery Deaver
117,995 voters
Lincoln Rhyme was once a brilliant criminologist, a genius in the field of forensics -- until an accident left him physically and emotionally shattered. But now a diabolical killer...
A is for Alibi

A is for Alibi

by Sue Grafton
112,950 voters
A tough-talking former cop, private investigator Kinsey Millhone has set up a modest detective agency in a quiet corner of Santa Teresa, California. A twice-divorced loner with few...
The Waste Lands

The Waste Lands

by Stephen KingNed Dameron
112,673 voters
Roland, The Last Gunslinger, moves ever closer to The Dark Tower of his dreams and nightmares—as he crosses a desert of damnation in a macabre world that is a twisted image of our ...
Shutter Island

Shutter Island

by Dennis Lehane
110,856 voters
The year is 1954. U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels and his new -partner, Chuck Aule, have come to Shutter Island, home of Ashecliffe Hospital for the Criminally Insane, to investigate th...
Watchers

Watchers

by Dean Koontz
107,331 voters
From a top secret government laboratory come two genetically altered life forms. One is a magnificent dog of astonishing intelligence. The other, a hybrid monster of a brutally vio...
Clear and Present Danger

Clear and Present Danger

by Tom Clancy
103,462 voters
CIA man Jack Ryan, hero of Patriot Games, finds that he will probably never have a boring summer: The sudden and surprising assassination of three American officials in Colombia. M...
Different Seasons

Different Seasons

by Stephen King
103,179 voters
A "hypnotic" (The New York Times Book Review) collection of four novellas from Stephen King bound together by the changing of seasons, each taking on the theme of a journey with st...
Night Shift

Night Shift

by Stephen KingJohn D. MacDonald
102,345 voters
Never trust your heart to the New York Times bestselling master of suspense, Stephen King. Especially with an anthology that features the classic stories "Children of the Corn," "T...
The Chamber

The Chamber

by John Grisham
101,151 voters
In the corridors of Chicago's top law firm:
Twenty -six-year-old Adam Hall stands on the brink of a brilliant legal career. Now he is risking it all for a death-row killer and...
Jaws

Jaws

by Peter Benchley
99,851 voters
"Relentless terror." The Philadelphia Inquirer.
The classic, blockbuster thriller of man-eating terror that inspired the Steven Spielberg movie and made millions of beachgoers ...
Gerald's Game

Gerald's Game

by Stephen King
98,879 voters

Stephen King cranks up the suspense in a different kind of bedtime story. A game of seduction between a husband and wife goes horribly awry when the husband dies. But the nightm...

Déjà Dead

Déjà Dead

by Kathy Reichs
98,343 voters
Her life is devoted to justice; for those she never even knew. In the year since Temperance Brennan left behind a shaky marriage in North Carolina, work has often preempted her wee...
No Country for Old Men

No Country for Old Men

by Cormac McCarthy
98,110 voters
In his blistering new novel, Cormac McCarthy returns to the Texas-Mexico border, setting of his famed Border Trilogy. The time is our own, when rustlers have given way to dr...
We Need to Talk About Kevin

We Need to Talk About Kevin

by Lionel Shriver
97,249 voters

The gripping international bestseller about motherhood gone awry.

Eva never really wanted to be a mother - and certainly not the mother of the unlovable boy who murdered ...

The Black Echo

The Black Echo

by Michael Connelly
95,894 voters
For maverick LAPD homicide detective Harry Bosch, the body in the drainpipe at Mulholland Dam is more than another anonymous statistic. This one is personal...because the murdered ...
The Alienist

The Alienist

by Caleb Carr
95,123 voters
The year is 1896, the place, New York City. On a cold March night New York Times reporter John Schuyler Moore is summoned to the East River by his friend and former Harvard classma...
The Dark Half

The Dark Half

by Stephen King
93,592 voters
Thad Beaumont would like to say he is innocent. He'd like to say he has nothing to do with the series of monstrous murders that keep coming closer to his home. But how can Thad dis...
Eye of the Needle

Eye of the Needle

by Ken Follett
91,807 voters

One enemy spy knows the secret to the Allies' greatest deception, a brilliant aristocrat and ruthless assassin -- code name: "The Needle" -- who holds the key to ultimate Nazi v...

Presumed Innocent

Presumed Innocent

by Scott Turow
90,394 voters
Rusty Sabich is chief deputy prosecuting attorney in a large mid-western city. His boss is in the midst of a bitter campaign for re-election. A fellow prosecuting attorney, Carolyn...
The Tommyknockers

The Tommyknockers

by Stephen King
87,226 voters
Librarian's Note: This is alternate cover edition #2
ISBN 10: 0451156609
ISBN13: 9780451156600

See: ...
The Surgeon

The Surgeon

by Tess Gerritsen
86,951 voters
IN BOSTON, THERE'S A KILLER ON THE LOOSE...

A killer who targets lone women, who breaks into their apartments and performs terrifying ritualistic acts of torture on...
The Partner

The Partner

by John Grisham
85,340 voters
They watched Danilo Silva for days before they finally grabbed him. He was living alone, a quiet life on a shady street in Brazil; a simple life in a modest home, certainly not one...
The Day of the Jackal

The Day of the Jackal

by Frederick Forsyth
84,163 voters
Librarian note: an alternate cover for this edition can be found here.

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Cruel & Unusual

Cruel & Unusual

by Patricia Cornwell
82,392 voters
Virginia Chief Medical Examiner Kay Scarpetta is called in to autopsy the body of convicted murderer Ronnie Waddell after his execution. Several days after the execution, a young b...
Mystic River

Mystic River

by Dennis Lehane
82,182 voters
When they were children, Sean Devine, Jimmy Marcus, and Dave Boyle were friends. But then a strange car pulled up to their street. One boy got into the car, two did not, and someth...
The Lost World

The Lost World

by Michael Crichton
81,247 voters
The Lost World: Jurassic Park Junior Novelisation captures all the thrills and chills of The Lost World story - with heart-stopping suspense, hair-raising action, and illustrated w...
The Mist

The Mist

by Stephen King
79,515 voters
It's a hot, lazy day, perfect for a cookout, until you see those strange dark clouds. Suddenly a violent storm sweeps across the lake and ends as abruptly and unexpectedly as it ha...
The Testament

The Testament

by John Grisham
79,328 voters
In a plush Virginia office, a rich, angry old man is furiously rewriting his will. With his death just hours away, Troy Phelan wants to send a message to his children, his ex-wives...
The Street Lawyer

The Street Lawyer

by John Grisham
79,238 voters
Michael was in a hurry. He was scrambling up the ladder at Drake & Sweeney, a giant D.C. law firm with eight hundred lawyers. The money was good and getting better; a partnership w...
The Amityville Horror

The Amityville Horror

by Jay Anson
78,895 voters
On December 18, 1975, a young family of five moved into their new home, complete with finished basement, swimming pool, and boathouse. Twenty-eight days later, they fled in terror,...
Naked in Death

Naked in Death

by J.D. Robb
77,977 voters
In hardcover for the first time, here is the novel that started it all-the first book in J. D. Robb's number-one New York Times-bestselling In Death series, featuring New Yo...
Rosemary's Baby

Rosemary's Baby

by Ira Levin
76,383 voters
Rosemary and Guy Woodhouse, an ordinary young couple, settle into a New York City apartment, unaware that the elderly neighbors and their bizarre group of friends have taken a dist...
Tell No One

Tell No One

by Harlan Coben
76,065 voters
For Dr. David Beck, the loss was shattering. And every day for the past eight years, he has relived the horror of what happened. The gleaming lake. The pale moonlight. The piercing...
Four Past Midnight

Four Past Midnight

by Stephen King
75,612 voters
You are strapped in an airline seat on a flight beyond hell. You are forced into a hunt for the most horrifying secret a small town ever hid. You are trapped in the demonic depths ...
Kane and Abel

Kane and Abel

by Jeffrey Archer
72,499 voters
Born on the same day near the turn of the century on opposite sides of the world, both men are brought together by fate and the quest of a dream. These two men -- ambitious, powerf...
Duma Key

Duma Key

by Stephen King
72,092 voters
Six months after a crane crushes his pickup truck and his body self-made millionaire Edgar Freemantle launches into a new life. His wife asked for a divorce after he stabbed her wi...
The Eyes of the Dragon

The Eyes of the Dragon

by Stephen King
71,452 voters
A fantasy of heroic adventure, set in the kingdom of Delain. It involves a king who is poisoned, a young and beautiful queen, a prince locked in a high tower while his younger brot...
Cryptonomicon

Cryptonomicon

by Neal Stephenson
71,041 voters
Cryptonomicon zooms all over the world, careening conspiratorially back and forth between two time periods--World War II and the present. Our 1940s heroes are the brilliant mathema...
Dolores Claiborne

Dolores Claiborne

by Stephen KingDominique Dill
70,987 voters
À Little Tall, on ne sais toujours pas exactement ce qui s'est passé il y a trente ans, et si l'accident qui, le jour de l'éclipse, a coûté la vie au mari de Dolores Claiborne étai...
Absolute Power

Absolute Power

by David Baldacci
70,947 voters
A grizzled professional cat burglar gets trapped inside the bedroom closet of one of the world's richest men, only to witness, through a one-way mirror, two Secret Service agents k...
'Salem's Lot

'Salem's Lot

by Stephen KingJerry N. Uelsmann
70,827 voters
Upon its initial publication in 1975, 'Salem’s Lot' was recognized as a landmark work. The novel has sold millions of copies in various editions, but it wasn’t until Centipede Pres...
The Hot Zone: The Terrifying True Story of the Origins of the Ebola Virus

The Hot Zone: The Terrifying True Story of the Origins of the Ebola Virus

by Richard Preston
70,512 voters
The bestselling landmark account of the first emergence of the Ebola virus. A highly infectious, deadly virus from the central African rain forest suddenly appears in the su...
The Long Walk

The Long Walk

by Stephen KingRichard Bachman
70,343 voters
On the first day of May, 100 teenage boys meet for a race known as "The Long Walk." If you break the rules, you get three warnings. If you exceed your limit, what happens is absolu...
This Present Darkness

This Present Darkness

by Frank E. Peretti
70,137 voters
"For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces ...
Rose Madder

Rose Madder

by Stephen King
69,380 voters
Alternate cover for this ISBN can be found here

Roused by a single drop of blo...
The Brethren

The Brethren

by John Grisham
68,443 voters
Trumble is a minimum-security federal prison, a "camp," home to the usual assortment of relatively harmless criminals--drug dealers, bank robbers, swindlers, embezzlers, tax evader...