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Barbara Vine! Barbara Vine (1993)
A Dark-adapted Eye. (First published 1987) Plume
Ruth Rendell, writing as Barbara Vine, tells a gripping tale of family madness that keeps you guessing till the end. More...
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Jussi Adler-Olsen! Jussi Adler-Olsen (2012)
The Absent One. Dutton Adult
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...
Jo Nesbø! Jo Nesbø (2009)
Nemesis: A Novel. Harper Perennial; Revised edition
Have you ever been to Oslo? If not - read that novel from the best thriller writer of Norway. It captures the atmosphere of the city and their stubborn inhabitants like no other. And the book has an intelligent, complex plot with an unusual theme unlike most of the assembly-line thrillers of the more well-known authors. More...
Jo Nesbø! Jo Nesbø (2001)
The Redbreast. A Harry Hole Novel. Harper
“An elegant and complex thriller . . . Ingenious design. . . . Harrowingly beautiful scenes.” (New York Times Book Review ) More...
Nele Neuhaus! Nele Neuhaus (2013)
Snow White Must Die. Minotaur Books
Outstanding thriller from Germany. A small village mystery that is sucking you into a toxic web of human emotions. A nuanced and perfect plot. If you can, read the German original (the translation is less than perfect). More...
Jo Nesbø! Jo Nesbø (2012)
The Leopard. (A Harry Hole mystery) Vintage
Harry Hole is dealing with another psychopath in this tantalizing 600 page thriller. The story moves from Hong Kong to Norway - with side trips to the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Brutal and violent - but thought-provoking and addictive! More...
John Burdett! John Burdett (2011)
The Godfather of Kathmandu. Vintage
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...
Johan Theorin! Johan Theorin (2009)
The Darkest Room: A Novel. Delta
This excellent plot is deeply disturbing: A young couple, Joakim and Katrine, with two children is trying to make a new home in an old manor house on a desolate island. One day Joakim comes home to discover that Katrine has drowned in shallow water near Eel Point's twin lighthouses. More...

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