Drilled to the wall through the heart. Beaten and drowned in a river by droids. Stabbed through the heart with a stiletto. Poisoned with a pie. Suicide by hanging, induced by mind controlling virtual-reality goggles. Raped, sodomized and strangled with a Christmas garland. Bled by artificial vampire fangs. Bludgeoned with a Maltese Falcon statue. These are just some of the deaths in J.D. Robb’s bestselling series featuring Lieutenant Eve Dallas and her husband, Roarke: “In Death.” Robb’s latest installment, “Thankless in Death,” is her 46th in the series, and by now Eve has dealt with a lot of creative carnage. Here, we pay tribute to the thrillers that have given us the ghastliest murderers and the most deranged demises that fiction has to offer, from Sherlock Holmes to Stephen King.
Stephen King and John Grisham give fans sequels to their early classics; Lee Child, Sue Grafton and Michael Connelly all introduce new installments in their iconic thriller series; patriarch of the legal thriller Scott Turow has a new standalone novel and William Boyd reinvents James Bond–plus two novels starring identical twins and two new books that could be the next film vehicles for Matthew McConaughey.
This fall’s must-read fiction includes novels set in China, India, London, San Francisco and New York; two exciting debuts by Australian writers; stories from authors who’ve received the Nobel Prize, the Pulitzer and more; hotly anticipated titles from book-club favorites including Jhumpa Lahiri, Elizabeth Gilbert and Wally Lamb; triumphant returns from reclusive legends Donna Tartt and Thomas Pynchon; stories of revolutions both political and scientific; hilarious novels about misfired relationships and tomes that grapple with the meaning of life in the past and present.