Best of
Thriller

1996

The Unlikely Spy


Daniel Silva - 1996
    The Nazis, however, have also chosen an unlikely agent: Catherine Blake, a beautiful widow of a war hero, a hospital volunteer - and a Nazi spy under direct orders from Hitler to uncover the Allied plans for D-Day...

The Poet


Michael Connelly - 1996
    So when his homicide detective brother kills himself, McEvoy copes in the only way he knows how--he decides to write the story. But his research leads him to suspect a serial killer is at work--a devious murderer who's killing cops and leaving a trail of poetic clues. It's the news story of a lifetime, if he can get the story without losing his life.

Nathan's Run


John Gilstrap - 1996
    Declared incorrigible by a judge, and sentenced to 18 months in the Juvenile Detention Center for stealing a car, there's simply no other explanation. Bailey's a thief, a jail breaker and a murderer, and he must be brought to justice. Or so it seems. In "Nathan's Run," first time novelist John Gilstrap displays a unique talent for reaching into today's headlines. His compelling story is woven around two timely issues: the ease with which the juvenile justice system warehouses kids and removes them from our collective consciousness, and the ability of the news media to alter the public's view of individual criminal acts.Fueled by the fiery rhetoric of J. Daniel Petrelli, a local prosecutor with Senatorial ambitions, the public is outraged at Nathan's cold-bloodedness. However, Nathan declares that he killed in self-defense. Polite and articulate, he unwittingly moves beyond the labels that have been thrust upon him -- "incorrigible" and "violent criminal" -- and becomes to the public at-large what he is in real life; a young boy who's alone in the world, pitted against forces too large for him to comprehend.With it's exceptional realism, suspenseful narrative, and an expertly conveyed sense of desperation, "Nathan's Run" is destined to capture the attention of readers and provide John Gilstrap with a legion of fans.

Choosers of the Slain


James H. Cobb - 1996
    In the fall of 2006, the Argentines invade a scientific outpost in Antarctica and begin stripping the continent's precious minerals, and only the USS Cunningham, commanded by Amanda Lee Garrett, is in a position to stop them.

Arc Light


Eric L. Harry - 1996
    Harry's powerful, fever-pitched first novel, nuclear war is just the beginning. Seen through the eyes of generals and civilians, soldiers and politicians, Arc Light is unlike any political thriller you have ever read--chilling, relentless, and all too real.

Dark Rose


Mike Lunnon-Wood - 1996
    As the truth dawns, an extraordinary collection of soldiers, farmers, students and expatriates gets together a Celtic resistance force and heads for a titanic confrontation...With a great cast of characters, packed with action, excitement and suspense, Dark Rose is a fascinating portrayl of a world event that couldn't happen...or could it?

Prejudicial Error


Bill Blum - 1996
    And it's the longest shot of his life. An LAPD vice cop is dead, gunned down outside a strip joint. Juan Thomas, a black gang leader, is the accused, and Solomon is Thomas's court-appointed attorney. As Solomon reviews the case file, he fights the urge to seek refuge in the solace of self-recrimination. If only he hadn't blown his career, a star position as chief trial deputy in the Los Angeles D.A.'s office. If only his life hadn't taken a nosedive, pulling an unraveling marriage with it. If only his opponent weren't his longtime nemesis, Howard Ainsworth, the man who replaced Solomon as chief deputy, and the ultraconservative, hyper-ambitious front-runner in the county's D.A. race. Though Solomon finds it hard to conclude that a county paycheck is worth the humiliation, he stubbornly - perhaps not altogether wisely - believes he can battle his way through kickbacks and back stabbings, legal loopholes and political land mines, cutthroat advocacy and emotional vertigo, and, maybe, still pull off some of his old courtroom magic.

The Birthday Girl


Stephen Leather - 1996
    Now she's his adopted daughter, the perfect all-American girl, and it seems like her past is another country.But Mersiha has been trained to kill. And when she discovers that Freeman's company is being subjected to a sinister takeover bid, she decides to help - whatever the risks.The consequences of her actions are lethal, for Mersiha has unearthed a conspiracy of terrifying proportions . . .*********PRAISE FOR STEPHEN LEATHER'A master of the thriller genre'Irish Times'A writer at the top of his game'Sunday Express'In the top rank of thriller writers' Jack Higgins

Contest


Matthew Reilly - 1996
    A silent sanctuary of knowledge; a 100-year-old labyrinth of towering bookcases, narrow aisles and long marble hallways. For Doctor Stephen Swain and his daughter, Holly, it is the site of a nightmare. Because for one night this historic building is to be the venue for a contest. A contest in which Swain is to compete - whether he likes it or not.The rules are simple: Seven contestants will enter, only one will leave.With his daughter in his arms, Stephen Swain is plunged into a terrifying fight for survival. The stakes are high, the odds brutal. He can choose to run, to hide or to fight - but if he wants to live, he has to win. For in this contest, unless you leave as the victor, you do not leave at all.Readers all over the world have been cheering about Matthew Reilly’s lightning fast adventure thrillers. Contest, the action-packed extravaganza that launched this international bestselling career, is vintage Reilly at his explosive best.

Hungry Ghost


Stephen Leather - 1996
    His brief: to assassinate Chinese Mafia leader, Simon Ng. Howells devises a dangerous and complicated plan to reach his intended victim - only to find himself the next target . . .Patrick Dugan, a Hong Kong policeman, has been held back in his career because of his family connections - his sister is married to Simon Ng. But when Ng's daughter is kidnapped and Ng himself disappears, Dugan gets caught up in a series of violent events and an international spy ring that has spun out of control . . .

Stand By, Stand by


Chris Ryan - 1996
    Wounded in the Gulf War, he returns to Hereford to find his home life in tatters. As he trains with Northern Ireland Troop, a murder in his family fires him with personal hatred of the IRA. Posted to Belfast, he discovers that his adversary is Declan Farrell, a leading player in the Provisional IRA. Sharp sets out to stalk and kill his man.Relentlessly exciting and completely unoutdownable, Chris Ryan's Stand By, Stand By is as exciting as the military thriller can be. .

Four Scarpetta Novels: The Last Precinct / Blow Fly / Predator / The Book of the Dead


Patricia Cornwell - 1996
    Then she receives news that chills her to the core: Jean-Baptiste Chandonne-the vicious and unrepentant Wolfman, who pursued her to her very doorstep-has asked to see her..."Predator" Investigating the disappearance of two sisters in Florida, Dr. Kay Scarpetta follows clues that twist and turn, leading her into the psychopathic depths of a jailed serial killer's mind..."The Book of the Dead" The Book of the Dead is the morgue log, the ledger in which all cases are entered by hand. For Kay Scarpetta, however, it is about to acquire a new meaning.

Icon


Frederick Forsyth - 1996
    From the master of the novel of international intrigue comes a riveting new book as timely and unsettling as tomorrow's headlines.It is summer 1999 in Russia, a country on the threshold of anarchy.  An interim president sits powerless in Moscow as his nation is wracked by famine and inflation, crime and corruption, and seething hordes of the unemployed roam the streets.For the West, Russia is a basket case.  But for Igor Komarov, one-time army sergeant who has risen to leadership of the right-wing UPF party, the chaos is made to order.  As he waits in the wings for the presidential election of January 2000, his striking voice rings out over the airwaves offering the roiling masses hope at last--not only for law, order, and prosperity, but for restoring the lost greatness of their land.Who is this man with the golden tongue who is so quickly becoming the promise of a Russia reborn?  A document stolen from party headquarters and smuggled to Washington and London sends nightmare chills through those who remember the past, for this Black Manifesto is pure Mein Kampf in a country with frightening parallels to the Germany of the Weimar Republic.Officially the West can do nothing, but in secret a group of elder statesmen sends the only person who can expose the truth about Komarov into the heart of the inferno.  Jason Monk, ex-CIA and "the best damn agent-runner we ever had," had sworn he would never return to Moscow, but one name changes his mind.  Colonel Anatoli Grishin, the KGB officer who tortured and murdered four of Monk's agents after they had been betrayed by Aldrich Ames, is now Komarov's head of security.Monk has a dual mission: to stop Komarov, whatever it takes, and to prepare the way for an icon worthy of the Russian people.  But he has a personal mission as well: to settle the final score with Grishin.  To do this he must stay alive--and the forces allied against him are ruthless, the time frighteningly short....

Red


Jack Ketchum - 1996
    He smells gun oil too, too much oil on a brand-new shotgun. These aren't hunters, they're rich kids who don't care about the river and the fish and the old man.Or his dog. Red is the name of the old man's dog, his best friend in the world. And when the boys shoot the dog -- for nothing, for simple spite -- he sees red, like a mist before his eyes. And before the whole thing is done there'll be more red. Red for blood...

The Sett


Ranulph Fiennes - 1996
    How would you react to the murder of your family? Alex Goodman took it personally. And now he has a fight on his hands. A fight that starts when Alex wakes up in a Lancashire hospital severely battered and with no memory of the brutal attack that put him there. A year's struggle reveals his identity. But Alex is driven to spend a further nine years delving into a global criminal underworld, seeking revenge on his family's killers and becoming dangerously entangled with both the Mafia and the CIA, and with some of the most savage and powerful men in the world.

Valentine


Tom Savage - 1996
    Her writing has captivated thousands of fans, but she has always been safe from the terrifying scenes she creates. Until now. Somewhere in the shadows of New York City, someone is watching her. He knows her every move, her every fear, almost before she knows it herself. He is as devoted as a lover, courting her in his own mysterious way - leaving notes in her mailbox, gifts on her doorstep, messages on her answering machine. His motives are as cryptic as the name he goes by: Valentine. But his intentions are deadly clear. For Jill Talbot, the terror has just begun. Wherever she runs, he will find her. And soon she will meet him on his terrible day of judgment. His triumphant day. Her darkest day. Valentine's Day.

Richard III


Ian McKellen - 1996
    I never want it to stop.' Sir Ian McKellen, one of the great Shakespeare actors, spent the glorious summer of 1995 fulfilling that wish. The result is a breathtaking piece of cinematography, starring Ian McKellen and written by him with Richard Loncraine, the director. In both his introduction to the screenplay and the extensive notes which run parallel to the text, Ian McKellen describes the genesis of the film, how the Royal National Theatre's highly praised stage production of Richard III was transformed into two hours of celluloid magic. He explains why this Richard III is set squarely in the 1930s and comments on the advantages as well as the pitfalls of trying to make Shakespeare more accessible to a general cinema audience. And finally he gives an insight into the way an actor prepares himself, both physically and mentally, to play one of Shakespeare's greatest villains. Illustrated with stunning black-and-white stills from the film, this book provides a fascinating and intensely personal view of the creation and filming of a masterpiece of modern cinema.

Last Resort


Susan Lewis - 1996
    Her partner will be the man she once tried — and humiliatingly failed — to seduce. When she is then passionately attracted to a mysterious and elusive man, who is wanted by the FBI, her feelings for the two men lead her deeper and deeper into a web of deceit with terrifying consequences.From the Trade Paperback edition.

Windswept House


Malachi Martin - 1996
    With a scope and daring not possible until now, an unlikely international alliance of top-level political, financial, and religious interests sees the way clear at last to its ultimate goal: the establishment of a single global society. Utopia.These are men with nothing in common but immense power and a towering ambition for still more. With world unity and prosperity as their slogan--and with betrayal, scandal, and murder as their ready weapons--they have the means and the will to capture as their own the perfect global machinery for their plans: the oldest, wiliest, and most stable political chancery in the world--the Vatican.At the vortex of this lethal struggle stands the embattled Pope, a geopolitical genius whose elimination is the short-term solution to a long-term goal, and two American brothers, Paul and Christian Gladstone, one a lawyer and the other a priest, who appear to be the perfect pawns. One falls prey to the sharp teeth of greed for power. The other will become one of the Slavic Pontiff's closest allies...and will discover the darkest secrets at the very heart of papal Rome.From America to Europe to Russia, in broad landscapes and clandestine corridors, a rich and varied cast--presidents and politicos, simple saints and savvy sinners, popes and pope-makers--clash with one another amid dramatic and sometimes bloody events that will affect the destiny of every person alive today.

Pandora's Helix


Ken McClure - 1996
    The biotechnology company involved believes that it has come up with a treatment for malignant tumours, and the hospital administrators, reeling after a recent bout of bad publicity, see this as an opportunity to get some good press coverage for a change.But as the trials progress, the press - largely in the form of journalist, Eve Sayers - becomes more interested in the deaths of two young girls. Originally thought to have died from viral pneumonia, post-mortem examinations reveal the presence of an underlying cancer, so severe that only recent exposure to a powerful carcinogen can account for it.As more deaths follow and the city's Public Health Deapartment fails to trace the source of the carcinogen, all the signs point towards a horrifying scenario, though the powers-that-be refuse to take any of the evidence seriously. Alarm bells ringing, it is up to Neef, with the aid of Eve, to set about trying to find the cause of this deadly - and seemingly infectious - disease before any more fall victim to it. And it would appear that someone is determined he won't live to find out . . .Ken McClure is the internationally bestselling author of over twenty medical thrillers such as The Lazarus Strain, The Gulf Conspiracy, White Death and Dust to Dust. His books have been translated into twenty-three languages and he has earned a reputation for the accuracy of his predicitions. McClure's work is informed by his background as an award-winning research scientist with the UK's Medical Research Council.This book was first published by Simon & Schuster Ltd. (UK) in 1996.

Vertical Run


Joseph R. Garber - 1996
    . . Get ready for the FASTEST thriller of the summer!Each morning in his 45th floor executive office, David Elliot savors the quiet moments until the workday begins.Until today, when his boss walks in and aims a gun at him.For the rest of the day, he will be trapped in his midtown office building, and everyone David Elliot meets will try to kill him.He has 24 hours to find out why. . .In "Vertical Run," you can escape into a world on fast forward, a dramathat plays out with electrifying intensity. No one who reads this book willever see the office the same way again. "Vertical Run" is available now -- run for it!A Book-of-the-Month Club featured selectionSoon to be a major motion picture from Warner Brothers and Peters Entertainment Company

Official Privilege


P.T. Deutermann - 1996
    While the cause of death is clear, the officer's identity is not. With nerve ends raw from the media focus on recent scandals, the Pentagon bypasses its own investigative service and appoints a commander, Dan Collins, and a civilian, Grace Snow, to conduct an inquiry. Together they resolve to ignore the Navy's political sensitivities and conduct a by-the-book murder investigation. But then they uncover evidence that points back to Washington, D.C., and a two-year-old unsolved case involving another black Navy lieutenant, a beautiful young woman, who died under violent circumstances. While they search for links between the two deaths, they attract the attention of one Malachi Ward. Cunning, ruthless, well paid, and ferociously resourceful, he will do whatever it takes to protect his hidden client's privilege. In a tense, deadly game of cat-and-mouse, Malachi tracks Collins and Snow through Washington's streets and corridors of power, determined to keep them from learning the secret behind the body in the battleship.

A New Collection of Three Complete Novels (A Perfect Spy / The Russia House / The Secret Pilgrim)


John le Carré - 1996
    This hardcover trilogy features three of the masters most exciting and best-selling stories: The Russia House, The Secret Pilgrim. and A Perfect Spy. A perfect set-up for his millions of fans.

White Viper


Terence Strong - 1996
    Infiltrator, investigator and sometimes executioner. A freelancer to be used whan all else fails. Uniquely qualified to operate in dangerous territory where even government agencies fear to tread - against state tyranny, terrorism and narcotics traffickers. Reaching out beyond the arm of international law to dispense justice, however rough. Working for Amnesty International, the Red Cross, the DEA and several intelligence agencies. And for the anonymous organisation to which he has made a very personal pledge. A man driven by a hatred if intimidation and an unquenchable thirst for revenge. Pursued by a dark demon from his past. So when vast quantities of WHITE VIPER - an exceptionally pure and branded cocaine - threatens to flood Britain, Europe and the USA, Mallory is the natural choice to head up a deniable search-and-destroy operation. One that is to plunge him into deadliest, most harrowing and unnerving mission of his life. In his tenth bestselling thriller, Terence Strong has created a startling different anti-hero and a stunning page-turner of a story that is inspired by real people and events.

Critical Judgment


Michael Palmer - 1996
    Abby Dolan was on the fast track at a major San Francisco hospital when she made a critical choice: to follow her fiance, Josh Wyler, to the picturesque California town of Patience, where he has a new job with manufacturing giant Colstar. Working in a small-town emergency room, knowing that her every move sparks gossip, Abby nonetheless begins to feel at home - until the first undiagnosable patients start showing up.Abby calls them NIWWs: No Idea What's Wrong. And despite her considerable skills, she can't crack these baffling, seemingly random cases. At the same time, Josh is experiencing blinding headaches and pain-driven episodes of manic, even violent, behavior.Abby wonders whether Colstar could somehow be poisoning the town. Her suspicions are shared by ER colleague Dr. Lew Alvarez, whose investigating committee has shrunk from several dozen members to a cautious three. When Abby finds herself playing a dangerous game of cat and mouse with Colstar's steely head of security, Lew warns her that her predecessor in the ER, a Colstar detractor, died in a dubious climbing accident.But Abby cannot back off. She loses a patient in the ER, the victim of a murderous rage in a normally easygoing man. Another patient nearly dies during a routine diagnostic test. And Abby starts to question everyone and everything in the now hostile town of Patience - while her most dangerous enemy is far closer than she thinks.

Bushfire


Paul Anthony - 1996
    The action spans the oceans, from Colombia to the British Isles and is set against the inferno of a raging drugs' culture. Cumbrian undercover detective Boyd, and the covert power of the State, battle against globally organised crime syndicates unaware that some amongst them have different plans: Private and personal revenge... A gripping tale from Paul Anthony. Paul Anthony is the pseudonym of a policeman. As a detective, he served with Cumbria CID, the Regional Crime Squad in Manchester, the Special Branch, and other national agencies in the UK

The Enemy Within


Larry Bond - 1996
    Its majestic landmarks are in ruins. Electronic sabotage cripples its far-flung communications systems. Race battles against race in a raging civil conflagration. The first waves of a meticulously orchestrated international terrorist campaign have achieved a stunning and terrifying success. As grim national leaders hunker down with advisors, as the finest living minds in strategic intelligence together with state-of-the-art computers link up to search out and destroy the source of the savagery, as armies both with and without uniforms mobilize to win the ultimate unconventional war, two men - once friends, now adversaries to the death - race to a decisive confrontation. On one side is General Amir Taleh, an implacable foe of the United States, a nimble survivor of the brutal cross-currents of Iran's internal politics, and a shrewd fighter who believes that killing for revenge is pointless but killing for a higher purpose is justified. Opposing him are two American operatives who become tactical allies as well as unexpected lovers: Colonel Peter Thorn, the Delta Force veteran who has faced down the masters of terror on foreign soil and now feels powerless to defeat them at home; and Special Agent Helen Gray, as beautiful as she is a formidable player in the old-boy network of special operations. Together, they must find a way to defeat Taleh and his forces before the West awakens to its greatest nightmare of all.

Cage of Night


Ed Gorman - 1996
    In the well, a Voice. . . . The Voice speaks of lust, and blood, and murder to any who listen. Under the spell of Cindy Brasher, almost any young man will listen. In its first general release, here is Ed Gorman's underground classic of dark suspense--"An amazing noir like no other," declares Duane Swierczynski. Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine describes Gorman as "one of suspense fiction's best storytellers." Bestselliing author Dean Koontz adds: "Gorman's writing is strong, fast and sleek as a bullet.

By My Hands


Alton Gansky - 1996
    Who's healing these patients? And why do they suddenly disappear? As the hospital, the media, and the police all scramble to answer these questions, Pastor Adam Bridger launches his own investigation--and finds himself in harm's way in the process.

Felony Murder


Joseph T. Klempner - 1996
    It seems the only defense is a plea bargain, for the evidence is overwhelming. But little by little strange anomalies in the prosecution's case show up, and following these, Dean is plunged into danger. He joins forces with a young woman, the prosecution witness in the case, to uncover a giant official conspiracy.

Ordenes Ejecutivas I = Executive Orders I


Tom Clancy - 1996
    Dazed and confused, the man who only minutes before had been confirmed as the new Vice President, is now told that he is the president--President John Patrick Ryan. Now suddenly, an incalculable weight has fallen on Jack Ryan's shoulders.

Incubus


Joe Donnelly - 1996
    Ginny Marsden, a young woman leading a quiet, uneventful life, inextricably disapears. Two apparently ordinary cases for police officers David Harper and Helen Lamont to investigate.

Don't Look Now


Mark Sanderson - 1996
    It looks at du Maurier's original text and the traditions of Gothic writing which underpin the film's combination of horror, melodrama and black comedy. There is also an interview with Nicholas Roeg.

Casino


Nicholas Pileggi - 1996
    The film makes daring use of voice-over and rapidly shifting points of view and time frame, leaving conventional film language far behind.