NPR asked audiences last month to submit nominations for a list of the 100 most suspenseful novels ever. After receiving some 600 titles, NPR’s panel of thriller writers and critics has narrowed the list down to a still hefty, but manageable 182 novels.
The station is basing their contest on an answer once given by James Patterson, which defines a thriller by the “intensity of emotions they create…of apprehension and exhilaration, of excitement and breathlessness…By definition, if a thriller doesn’t thrill, it’s not doing its job.”
I’m so happy to say that author Harry Dolan made the list for his clever Ann Arbor mystery, Bad Things Happen. I read Mr. Dolan’s book late last year and absolutely loved it. You can read NLR’s review without any fear of plot spoilers and catch the book’s trailer here.
For the full NPR article and a chance to weigh in, link to ‘Killer Thrillers’: Vote For The 10 Best Ever. You can cast your vote and submit as you please, however, don’t overlook Michigan’s beloved Elmore Leonard; he hits the list with Killshot and Road Dogs. You can check out more on these two titles with the following links to the Killshot movie trailer as well as the book trailer contest for Road Dogs.
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-Post by Megan Shaffer