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Thrillers that respect the readerís intelligence

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Pompeii
Pompeii
"Harris achieves the impossible in this book!  We know that Pompeii is going to erupt, and yet the narrative grip is relentless."
We Need To Talk About Kevin (Serpent's Tail Classics)
We Need To Talk About Kevin (Serpent's Tail Classics)
"Psychological thriller of the hghest order."
Dead in the Water
Dead in the Water
"Utterly gripping from the first chapter.  Unlike so many thrillers, the characters remain credible throughout, and the situation is totally plausible."
The Honourable Schoolboy
The Honourable Schoolboy
"My favourite Smiley novel - perhaps because the characters here are so well drawn; and by now le Carre was well into his stride."
Archangel
Archangel
"Brilliant evocation of the darkness beneath the surface of contemporary Russia; and as always with Harris, the characters are 3D."
Dark Star
Dark Star
"Such a great novel - and Alan Furst is so underrated."
Fatherland
Fatherland
"Another Robert Harris.  The device of the alternative history never gets in the way of the plot or the well drawn characters.  There's a powerful political message here as well - but it never preaches"
Talking To Strange Men
Talking To Strange Men
"Similar territory to Michael Frayn's Spies, but far more credible."
The Good Soldier: A Tale of Passion (Oxford World's Classics)
The Good Soldier: A Tale of Passion (Oxford World's Classics)
"Not exactly a thriller in the conventional sense, but the unreliable narrator at the centre is v dangerous..."
Wolves Eat Dogs
Wolves Eat Dogs
"Powerful evocation of place - set in the post apocayptic landscape of Chernobyl.  Brilliant plotting."
Live Flesh
Live Flesh
"Chillingly insighftul psychological thriller.  Rendell is so prolific that the quality of her work has been easily overlooked."
The Monkey Wrench Gang (Penguin Modern Classics)
The Monkey Wrench Gang (Penguin Modern Classics)
"Only recently discovered this (through Listmania).  What a great read - a wonderful antidote to the likes of Freddie Forsyth's right wing diatribes."