The Sunday Times 50 Best Crime and Thriller Books - Dead GoodIt is no exaggeration to say that technology has transformed the spy novel as comprehensively as the discovery of fingerprinting changed the detective story. Once upon a time, spies like Alec Leamas could move across borders with ease. Passports were not biometric, photographs were not sealed under laminate, and there were no retinal scanners at airports which, incidentally, can't be fooled by fitting a glass eye or wearing contact lenses manufactured by 'Q' branch. With computers in their infancy, cover stories would stand up to considerable scrutiny. If the contacts book on his Gmail account looks wrong, or his text messages are out of character, his entire false identity will start to fall apart. Villains in spy novels are just as vulnerable to these advances in technology.
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The Sunday Times has pulled together the best 50 crime and thriller novels of the past five years. Sansom, these are the books that have made our hearts race and our pulses jump. See the list online at www. We wanted to celebrate this fantastic selection of crime books and have collected them together here for you to enjoy. Heartstone by C. England is at war.
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Love a tense, mysterious read? Whether as a weekend read or for an all-at-once reading binge, working your way through the right thriller can be a fun experience. Tense, smart and engrossing, Gone Girl is a nail-biting thriller that generated a massive amount of critical acclaim when it was first released. Released in , Gone Girl was one of the most popular books of the year, rising to 1 on the New York Times Hardcover Fiction Bestseller List shortly after its release and staying there for almost two months. Gone Girl was also adapted into a film in , winning just as much praise on the big screen as it did as a novel.
I n literature, as in boxing, great champions have compromised their reputations by going on too long. In stingingly topical style, the behaviours of its characters six decades ago, including George Smiley , are examined by the modern forces of political correctness. Mick Herron has carved out his own distinctive territory by focusing on a squad of failed spooks whom Sir George would never tolerate. Locke is progressively dramatising black US history; with this book she reaches the Obama era. Denise Mina, a worthy regular on crime book award shortlists, showed her range by taking the Gordon Burn prize , established to honour a great explorer of the borders between fact and fiction. In The Long Drop Harvill Secker Mina combines two genres unusual for her — faction and historical — in a superb recreation of a Glasgow serial murder trial and risk of miscarriage of justice in