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Author: Lee Child

Genre: Thriller, Detective Fiction

Rating: ***** (5 Stars)

Summary:


Jack Reacher is a former military policeman who lost his job to military downsizing.  He is living off his severance package and drifting from place to place without much of a plan.  On a whim, he gets of a Greyhound bus and walks into the small town of Margrave, Georgia, where he is falsely arrested for murder.

Reacher is interrogated by the town’s only detective, a man named Finlay who formerly worked in Boston.  Reacher convinces Finlay of his innocence, and because of his military police background, ends up helping the police department with the case.  He learns, to his horror, that the murdered man is his own brother, Joe, who was working for the Treasury Department investigating and prosecuting counterfeiters.

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Author: Thomas Harris

Genre: Thriller

Subject: Serial Killer

Rating: ***** (5 Stars)

Summary:


Red Dragon is one of four novels (that I am aware of) featuring Hannibal Lecter. In two of them, Red Dragon and The Silence Of The Lambs, Lecter is a relatively minor character. Already in a hospital for the criminally insane, Lecter, a highly perceptive psychologist, is called upon to help interpret clues in a series of bizarre serial murders.

In Red Dragon, Will Graham is a former special investigator for the FBI. He retired after sustaining severe psychological and physical wounds during the capture of Hannibal Lecter. Graham is persuaded to come out of retirement by Jack Crawford, an FBI agent who is leading the investigation into the bizarre but similar murders of two families in two different cities a month apart. After a few days of fruitlessly looking for a common thread that could lead back to the killer, Graham turns to his old nemesis, Hannibal Lecter, for advice.

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Author: Robert Ludlum

Genre: Thriller

Subject: Espionage

Rating: *****(5 Stars)

Summary:


Hal Ambler is a patient in a mental hospital for former spies run by the US government. He is not insane, but believes he has been put there as part of a conspiracy. With the help of Laurel Holland, a sympathetic nurse, he escapes and begins trying to find out who locked him up and why. He discovers that his friends do not remember him, and that any record of his government employment has been erased.

As Ambler visits places where he used to live and work, he finds himself dodging “recovery teams” sent to retrieve him. At the same time, he begins to remember long-forgotten bits of his past, including the assassinations he participated in.

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Author: David Baldacci

Genre: Thriller

Subject: Politics, Law, Military Justice

Rating: **** (4 Stars)

Summary:


Like John Grisham, David Baldacci writes thrillers that prominently feature lawyers and legal proceedings. The Simple Truth is set in and around the U.S. Supreme Court, where Michael Fiske is a clerk. His brother, John is a former police officer turned defense attorney. Rufus Harms is an inmate at a military prison, sentenced to life for the brutal killing of a little girl years before. The story begins when Harms obtains new information that could lead to his exoneration. He writes an appeal and asks his lawyer, Sam Rider, to file it with the Supreme Court.

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Author: Michael Crichton

Genre: Thriller

Rating: **** (4 Stars)

Summary:


Airframe is about a fictional passenger jet accident, and the investigation and media frenzy that follow. It begins when Chinese operated Trans Pacific Airways Flight 545 suddenly and without warning goes from steady, level cruise flight to “porpoising,” making a series of steep climbs and dives. The passengers are hurled around the cabin like toys, sustaining serious injuries, some of which are fatal. Upon regaining control, the aircraft makes an emergency landing in Los Angeles, and the crew members are quietly spirited out of the country by the airline.

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