The best thriller and fiction writers available!

I have many favourite authors of spy novels, crime and thrillers. There are the older greats of the writing world and many new entrants who have immense talent. Some of my favourites include: John Verdon, Jo Nesbo, Ian Rankin, Agatha Christie, James Ellroy, Michelle Rowe, Hjorth Rosenfeldt, James Lee Burke, J. D. Robb, Philip Kerr, Karin Slaughter, Ragnar Jonasson, Maurizio De Giovanni and Peter James.

Other great writers and books are:

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Doctor Sleep by Stephen King

Hour of the Wolf by Hakan Nesser

Alex by Pierre Lemaitre

Heartstone by C J Sansom

The Lock Artist by Steve Hamilton

Innocent by Scott Turow

Hypothermia by Arnaldur Indridason

Frozen Moment by Camilla Ceder

Djibouti by Elmore Leonard

The Collini Case by Ferdinand von Schirach

Ghost Riders of Ordebec by Fred Vargas

Splinter by Sebastian Fitzek

An Officer and a Spy by Robert Harris

Cell 8 by Roslund & Hellstrom

The Vault by Ruth Rendell

Natchez Burning by Greg Iles

In Memory of David’s Buick by Bob Saar

August Heat by Andrea Camilleri

Bad Monkey by Carl Hiaasen

Someone to Watch Over Me by Yrsa Sigurdadottir

Thirteen Hours by Deon Meyer

Critical Mass by Sara Paretsky

A Delicate Truth by John le Carré

The Frozen Dead by Bernard Minier

Bed of Nails by Antonin Varenne

A Foreign Country by Charles Cumming

Bleeding Heart Square by Andrew Taylor

61 Hours by Lee Child

Ghostman by Roger Hobbs

Darkside by Belinda Bauer

Blue Lightning by Ann Cleeves

See Glass by Ido Graf

The House at Sea’s End by Elly Griffiths

Before I Go To Sleep by S. J. Watson

A Deniable Death by Gerald Seymour

Camino Winds by John Grisham

Win by Harlan Coben

The Fox by Frederick Forsyth

The Prague Cemetery by Umberto Eco

Truth by Peter Temple

One of my last all time favourite is the Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown. Thrillers and fiction generally has been taken to new heights by companies such as Netflix and Amazon.

Many authors who are listed above are very popular and they have been translated into many other languages such as French, German, Spanish and Japanese.

Why not pick up a book from one of these great writers and spend a few hours enjoying being with yourself and the author.

The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett

The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett

The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett

American writer Dashiell Hammett wrote the classic novel The Maltese Falcon.

It was originally serialized, like many of Charles Dickens’ works, in the Black Mask magazine in 1929 to 30. The book was made into the classic film of the same name with actors Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Gladys George, Sydney Greenstreet and incredible Peter Lorre.

Sam Spade is the main character and practises as a private detective, in partnership with Miles Archer, in San Francisco.

A glamorous beauty, Miss Wonderly, hires them to follow a man called Floyd Thursby, who she says has run away with her sister. Archer sets off to follow Thursby, but winds up dead that night. He’d been shot. Next Thursby gets himself killed and the police suspect Spade.

Miss Wonderly is unmasked. She is actually called Brigid O’Shaughnessy. It transpires that she is  on the hunt for a very valuable black statue of a falcon. She is not the only one. A shady Greek called Joel Cairo and Casper Gutman are also after the falcon. Gutman has in his service, one Wilmer Cook, a young, volatile, gun-totting thug. O’Shaughnessy will not spill the beans to Spade, though she is desperate for his help.

I can’t tell you the rest as it would spoil such a wonderful plot.

It is a story which is full of mystery, intrigue and thrills set off with a touch of the exotic.

Dashiell Hammett wrote this best seller novel, The Maltese Falcon, while living at 891 Post Street in downtown San Francisco. He is one of the worlds finest writers of detective novels and his work endures.

The Freedom Trap by Desmond Bagley

The freedom trap

The freedom trap

Another novel by Desmond Bagley, author of The Vivero Letter, one of my all time favourite writers. I only wish I could have met him.

The Freedom Trap was first published in 1971 and is said to be loosely based on the escape of, spy, double agent and traitor depending on your point of view, George Blake from prison five years earlier. It was made into a film in 1973, called The Mackintosh Man, starring Paul Newman.

The fiction story starts with Joseph Rearden who is a villain from South Africa . He meets an agent of MI5 in London called Mackintosh, who recruits him for an assignment. It is a dangerous task and is to trap The Scarperers  who are a well known gang of criminals who gaol-breaking long-term prisoners. He is also to catch Slade who is a Russian double agent whom they recently helped to escape. Rearden is told to rob a postman with a packet of uncut diamonds. He is then  ‘caught’ and sent to jail in hopes that he can contact the Scarperers. It is a clever and exciting plot which races to Malta and beyond……well worth a read.

In the mid 20th century, British writers such as Hammond Innes, Alistair MacLean, Desmond Bagley set out the conventions of the thriller genre. Their heroes were  a resilient and resourceful ordinary individuals facing tremendous odds. The villains were utterly ruthless in pursuit of their goals.

Desmond Bagleyren beste nobela bat, The Vivero Letter-en egilea, nire idazle gogokoenetako bat. Ezagutzea bakarrik nahi nuke.

Freedom Trap 1971n argitaratu zen lehen aldiz, eta bost urte lehenago George Blake kartzelatik zetorren, espioiaren, agente bikoitzaren eta traidorearen ihesean oinarrituta omen dago. 1973an film bat egin zuten, The Mackintosh Man izenekoa, Paul Newman protagonista zuela.

Fikzio istorioa Hegoafrikako gaiztoa den Joseph Reardenekin hasten da. MI5 agenteko agente bat ezagutuko du Londresen Mackintosh izenekoa, eta honek zeregin baterako kontratatuko du. Zeregin arriskutsua da eta epe luzeko presoak hausten dituzten gaizkile talde ezaguna diren Scarperers harrapatzea da. Gainera, duela gutxi ihes egiten lagundu zioten agente biko errusiarra den Slade harrapatzekoa da. Reardenek postari bati ebaki gabeko diamante pakete batekin lapurreta egiteko esan dio. Gero “harrapatu” eta espetxera bidali dute Scarperers-ekin harremanetan jartzeko itxaropenarekin. Trama argia eta zirraragarria da, Maltara eta haratago lasterketetan ibiltzen dena … irakurtzea merezi du.

Mendearen erdialdean, Hammond Innes, Alistair MacLean, Desmond Bagley bezalako idazle britainiarrek thriller generoaren konbentzioak zehaztu zituzten. Haien heroiak izugarrizko probabilitateak zituzten gizabanako arrunt erresilienteak eta aberatsak ziren. Gaizkileak erabat gupidagabeak ziren helburuak lortzeko.

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