Ever since the days of Sherlock Holmes, most mysteries and thrillers have been part of series that develop characters over time — sometimes decades. But there are also superb examples of the genre that stand by themselves. Here are 15 I’ve found and reviewed in the last five years. The author and title link to my reviews.
You will never forget Alice.
Impossible to see more than a few pages ahead.
Espionage on the brink of World War II.
Another brilliant novel of the American South.
The old master of spy stories pulls it off again.
A haunting novel of The Troubles.
Putin’s Russia in the spotlight.
Special Forces run amok in 1983 El Salvador.
An unusually clever tale about a religious cult.
A new twist on the greatest spy scandal in history. Suspense galore.
Crime-fighting in contemporary Ireland.
A brilliant and timely conspiracy.
A story of skullduggery in South Florida, and it’s full of laughs.
There’s a sensational secret that you’ll never guess.