The Votes Are In

NPR posts the list of Top 100 Killer Thrillers, as selected by 100,000 listeners. Critic Maureen Corrigan, noted that many of the choices are dark; “Even the [Agatha] Christie pick, And Then There Were None, is one of her creepier novels.” (Looking ahead, our own maven of all things creepy, Macmillan library marketing head, Talia Sherer has posted her picks of the upcoming fall and winter titles).

Below are the top ten:

1. The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris
2. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
3. Kiss the Girls, by James Patterson
4. The Bourne Identity, by Robert Ludlum
5. In Cold Blood, by Truman Capote
6. The Da Vinci Code, by Dan Brown
7. The Shining, by Stephen King
8. And Then There Were None, by Agatha Christie
9. The Hunt tor Red October, by Tom Clancy
10. The Hound of the Baskervilles, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

5 Responses to “The Votes Are In”

  1. Aj Says:

    “In Cold Blood” definitely fits as a fast moving tale. But it is not a novel.

  2. Maureen Says:

    Where is “Devil in the White City” that was creepy. A lot
    of these picks are spy/catch me books.

  3. Maureen Says:

    Added: Where is Peter Blatty’s “The Exorcist”?

  4. Margot Says:

    Both IN COLD BLOOD and DEVIL IN THE WHITE CITY are non-fiction, and I believe the survey only covered fiction.

  5. Maggie Says:

    I agree with Thomas Harris in the number 1 spot but I think The Red Dragon is much scarier…probably because I live in St. Charles County, MO where some of the story takes place. Creeeeepy.