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Best Mysteries & Thrillers of 2014

  • FICTION

    WHISKEY TANGO FOXTROT

    AUG. 5, 2014

THRILLER & SUSPENSE

WHISKEY TANGO FOXTROT

by David Shafer

An edgy, darkly comedic debut novel whose characters and premise are as up-to-the-minute as an online news feed but as... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THE BONES BENEATH

    JUNE 3, 2014

FICTION

THE BONES BENEATH

by Mark Billingham

Thorne’s 12th is a tour de force of suspense that dares you to guess the secrets of a magician who’s made his intentions... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    NIGHT HERON

    MAY 27, 2014

THRILLER & SUSPENSE

NIGHT HERON

by Adam Brookes

One of the best and most compulsively readable spy-fiction debuts in years. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THE SILKWORM

    JUNE 19, 2014

FICTION

THE SILKWORM

by Robert Galbraith

Rowling proves once again that she’s a master of plotting over the course of a series; you can see her planting seeds,... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THE SECRET PLACE

    SEPT. 2, 2014

FICTION

THE SECRET PLACE

by Tana French

Everyone is this meticulously crafted novel might be playing—or being played by—everyone else. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    ONE KICK

    AUG. 19, 2014

FICTION

ONE KICK

by Chelsea Cain

An unsettling, near-perfect effort by Cain (Let Me Go, 2013, etc.) that leaves you eagerly awaiting the next installment. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    BROADCHURCH

    SEPT. 16, 2014

MYSTERY & DETECTIVE

BROADCHURCH

by Erin Kelly

Kelly (The Burning Air, 2013, etc.) folds a loving portrait of rural Dorset and a well-made whodunit into a painstaking... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    BIRD BOX

    MAY 13, 2014

THRILLER & SUSPENSE

BIRD BOX

by Josh Malerman

An unsettling thriller, this earns comparisons to Hitchcock's The Birds, as well as the finer efforts of Stephen King and... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THE KILLER NEXT DOOR

    OCT. 28, 2014

THRILLER & SUSPENSE

THE KILLER NEXT DOOR

by Alex Marwood

Marwood—whose first novel, The Wicked Girls (2013), won an Edgar Award—proves she’s got staying power in this addictive tale. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THE RED ROAD

    FEB. 25, 2014

FICTION

THE RED ROAD

by Denise Mina

In addition to the usual indelible character studies, Mina provides the most compelling plot of Alex’s four cases to date,... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THE SON

    MAY 13, 2014

FICTION

THE SON

by Jo Nesbø ; translated by Charlotte Barslund

One of Nesbø’s best, deepest and richest novels, even without Harry Hole. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THE LONG WAY HOME

    AUG. 26, 2014

FICTION

THE LONG WAY HOME

by Louise Penny

Gamache’s 10th outing (How the Light Gets In, 2013, etc.) culminates in one breathless encounter, and readers may feel they... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION

    MARCH 25, 2014

FICTION

CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION

by Peter Robinson

Robinson has won many awards for his Detective Banks novels (Watching the Dark, 2013, etc.), and with this latest, he... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    RECKLESS DISREGARD

    JUNE 3, 2014

FICTION

RECKLESS DISREGARD

by Robert Rotstein

Endless novelties, endless twists, endless complications, endless surprises in and out of the courtroom. Whatever you read... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    BROKEN MONSTERS

    SEPT. 16, 2014

FICTION

BROKEN MONSTERS

by Lauren Beukes

Beukes gave us a time traveling serial killer in The Shining Girls, and the monsters in her latest tale, whether they’re... Full review >

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