Best Mystery & Thriller 2017 — Goodreads Choice Awards
8 Murder Mystery Books That Will Keep You Up All Night
The Goodreads Choice Awards have three rounds of voting open to all registered Goodreads members. Winners will be announced December 05, Voting opens to 15 official nominees, and write-in votes can be placed for any eligible book see eligibility below. The top five write-in votes in each of the categories become official nominees. Additional write-ins no longer accepted. The field narrows to the top 10 books in each category, and members have one last chance to vote! Books published in the United States in English, including works in translation and other significant rereleases, between November 16, , and November 15, , are eligible for the Goodreads Choice Awards.
I n literature, as in boxing, great champions have compromised their reputations by going on too long. In stingingly topical style, the behaviours of its characters six decades ago, including George Smiley , are examined by the modern forces of political correctness.
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Tata, a retired brigadier general, combines distinctive characters and unconventional threats to thrilling effect in his terrific third novel featuring Jake Mohegan, a former Delta Force operative, who teams with an year-old autistic prodigy to thwart a terrorist plot to cripple American infrastructure. Daniel MacCormick, a year-old army veteran who was wounded in Afghanistan and is now a charter boat captain in Key West, Fla. Does it get any better than that? A searing exploration of motherhood at its most basic, this all-too-plausible thriller about a mother and her four-year-old son dodging multiple shooters in a zoo over a period of three hours may haunt even readers with steely nerves and strong stomachs. Winslow peers into the soul of modern America through the eyes of a supremely skilled and corrupt police officer, Dennis Malone, a veteran NYPD detective sergeant who leads the Manhattan North Special Task Force, in this epic novel of devastating moral complexity.
From a serial killer in mid-century Glasgow, to a Texas Ranger taking on white supremacists in the backwoods, to the deaths of hundreds in the Guyanese jungle, it was a hard-hitting, provocative year in crime literature, a genre well-suited to the messy brutality of modern times. We present to you our idiosyncratic selection of favorites from Denise Mina, The Long Drop. The short length of this brilliant, vicious send-off of mid-century Glasgow belies its thought-provoking complexities. As they get drunker, the lines between killer and mourner blur along with their vision.
This year, we saw a mix of old favorites and new voices achieving the highest heights in the mystery genre. This explosive thriller is timely, propulsive, and terrifying. East Texas plays by its own rules when it comes to the law. That is, until duty calls him back. He travels up Highway 59 to Lark, a small town where the murders of a black lawyer from Chicago and a local white woman has begun to cause the roiling of resentment. Darren must solve the crime and save himself before the racial lines of Lark unravel.