Have you heard about The Great American Read on PBS? It’s aimed at finding—you guessed it—the great American read out of a list of 100 titles voted for by readers across the country. Here are just nine of the best mysteries and thrillers on the list—but if you want even more, we’ve got a list of 8 more fantastic reads on the Great American Read list.
It's hard to imagine today, but there was once a time when one of the world's bestselling authors, James Patterson, didn't have a hundred titles under his belt. It all started with his character Alex Cross, the complex D.C. homicide detective, who tackles some seriously tough cases, including a killer looking to pull off the crime of the century and a set of serial killers.
Related: All Alex Cross Books In Order
Ten people, each with something to hide and fear, are invited to an isolated mansion on Indian Island. One by one, the guests share the darkest secrets of their wicked pasts. And one by one, they die… Which among them is the killer and will any of them survive?
Simultaneously lightning-paced, intelligent, and intricately layered with remarkable research and detail, Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code is a thrilling masterpiece—from its opening pages to its stunning conclusion.
V. C. Andrews
Kept on the top floor of their grandmother’s vast mansion, Cathy, Chris, and twins Cory and Carrie, realize their survival is at the mercy of their cruel and superstitious grandmother . . . and this cramped and helpless world may be the only one they ever know.
Somewhere under the freezing Atlantic, a Soviet sub commander has just made a fateful decision. The Red October is heading west. The Americans want her. The Russians want her back. The chase for the highly advanced nuclear submarine is on—and there’s only one man who can find her...
Brilliant CIA analyst Jack Ryan has little interest in fieldwork, but when covert photographs of Red October land on his desk, Ryan soon finds himself in the middle of a high-stakes game of hide-and-seek played by two world powers—a game that could end in all-out war.
Mary Shelley; Walter James Miller (Foreword by)
The classic story of the scientist Frankenstein, who assembles a human being from stolen body parts. But upon bringing it to life, he recoils in horror at the creature's hideousness. Tormented by isolation and loneliness, the once-innocent creature turns to evil and unleashes a campaign of murderous revenge against his creator.
Mario Puzo; Francis Ford Coppola (Introduction by); Anthony Puzo (Notes by); Robert J. Thompson (Afterword by)
A searing novel of the Mafia underworld, The Godfather introduced readers to the first family of American crime fiction, the Corleones, and the powerful legacy of tradition, blood, and honor that was passed on from father to son.
Nick's beautiful wife has disappeared. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer?
Tim Lahaye; Jerry B. Jenkins
An airborne Boeing 747 is headed to London when, without any warning, passengers mysteriously disappear from their seats. Terror and chaos slowly spread not only through the plane but also worldwide as unusual events continue to unfold. For those who have been left behind, the apocalypse has just begun.