Graham Greene (1991)
Our Man in Havana: An Entertainment. (First published in 1958)
Mr. Wormold, a vacuum cleaner salesman in a city of power brokers becomes a spy to earn extra income. This crisply written novel will drag you down with unbearable tension, while at the same time make you giggle with its satirical parodies and absurd plot. A masterpiece! More...
Jussi Adler-Olsen (2012)
The Absent One.
This mixture of Nordic noir and shrewd humour is certainly less depressing and more quirky than some of the other Scandinavian thrillers. A relentless ride of twisty puzzles! More...
John Burdett (2011)
The Godfather of Kathmandu.
Inspector Sonchai Jitpleecheep, half-caste son of a prostitute and an American GI, is a bad-ass cop and gentle follower of Buddha. He hunts down crazy criminals in Bangkok while trying to get promoted by his drug-dealing boss. Hilarious plot - but more complex than it seems. More...
Joseph Finder (2011)
St. Martin's Press
Clearly one of the best action thrillers of 2011. Too bad it is so short! More...
Len Deighton (1995)
The Ipcress File.
Cold war spy thriller that set the standards for the genre. Highly unusual, with a shrewd sense of humour. More...
Ed McBain (1981)
King's Ransom. (87th Precinct Mystery)
Stupid, but ruthless thugs try to kidnap the son of a rich tycoon, but mistakenly take the son of his chauffeur. This wise-cracking police procedural from Ed McBain, the inventor of the genre (and script writer for Hitchcock's The Birds), is as fresh as if it was written yesterday. More...