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Thriller: Stories To Keep You Up All Night (Scot Harvath)

3.49  ·  Rating Details ·  2,367 Ratings  ·  207 Reviews
Featuring North America's foremost thriller authors, Thriller is the first collection of pure thriller stories ever published. Offering up heart-pumping tales of suspense in all its guises are thirty-two of the most critically acclaimed and award-winning names in the business. From the signature characters that made such authors as David Morrell and John Lescroart famous, ...more
Paperback, 664 pages
Published May 22nd 2007 by Mira (first published June 1st 2006)
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William Herschel
A book of thrilling short stories, what could go wrong? Choosing James Patterson as an editor is one answer.

My edition features a typo in the introduction page THANKING the editor to start the book. The stories are not even that interesting and feature characters that, if not familiar with the authors in the first place, render them rather pointless.

The only reason this (and it's sequel) are going to sell is because of who's name's are on the book. To be fair, one of my favorite authors has a st
I find myself enjoying short story anthologies more and more these days so I was looking forward to reading this one.
I actually read this while reading the third anthology in the series and I found the commentary from James Patterson before each story to be so long and tedious. I much preferred Sandra Brown’s in Thriller. I read this book for the short stories and while I find a little bit of commentary interesting, I don’t need another short story telling me about the short story before I start
May 10, 2010 Bex rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
I thought this product would be a good way to broaden my horizon of thriller writers, especially since I drive a lot and get sick of the radio. It certainly includes a lot of stories from a lot of writers, many of them famous. But I was disappointed. The stories are weak, compared to the novels of those writers I've read. One of the best stories is the first, by Lee Child, who is probably my current favorite thriller writer. Beyond that I would say there are three stories that really work out of ...more
Mauoijenn ~ *Mouthy Jenn* ~
I enjoyed 75% of this book.
As always some stories were better than others.
I'll be brief: This is a 500+ book with a LOT of stories. Some of them are good, others are pretty boring, and some I had to FORCE myself to finish. If you're the type that can pick up a book of short stories and ONLY read the ones that interest you . . . . go right ahead! If you're the annoyingly anal type that has to read a book cover to cover . . . . you may want to plunge needles deep into your eyes to make it stop. There are a lot of spy/espionage thriller stories that just aren't my favori ...more
Sep 02, 2011 Jody rated it liked it
Shelves: thriller
I was hesitant about reading this one as James Patterson's name is on the front but once I realized it was a collection of short stories by various authors I decided to try it out. Like most books with a variety of authors sharing a short story you will find some you read just to get through the book and some you read where you wish the story would just go on. This is a good way to get introduced to some authors you have probably never even heard of. Go ahead and try it but do not be fooled by t ...more
Chad Schimke
Mar 01, 2015 Chad Schimke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
THRILLER - How can I get a snapshot of thirty established—and, rising writers--in the thriller genre? I love to read but don’t always have as much time as I would like. That’s the phenomenal thing about Thriller, edited by James Patterson, something not seen often in publication. Sure, there are anthologies focused on single authors, examples like the Norton Anthology or the Best-of-the-Year compilations. It’s awesome to have these short stories compiled. I read one when I have time and take lon ...more
Преди около месец издателство “Enthusiast” ни представи първия том на новия си сборник с криминални разкази - “Трилър”. В моето семейство почти всички имаме слабост към криминалния жанр и веднага купихме книгата. Мина още около седмица докато и аз успея да се добера до томчето. Когато най-накрая то се озова в ръцете ми вече знаех, че ще го изгълтам на един дъх. Затова не бързах да започна.
Насладих се на оформлението(поздравявам дизайнерите на корицата- Вихра Стоева и Лиляна Карагьозова), мириса
Monica Willyard
Apr 28, 2014 Monica Willyard rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bookshare, nls
Most of the stories in this anthology are excellent. I have discovered several new authors whose novels I'm eager to explore. Some of the stories have really stuck with me, making me think and ask new questions.
Jun 27, 2016 Tim rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I severely miss the development of novels. Short stories leave me unfulfilled. Hence, I am finished with short stories. 2 of 10 stars
Jan 27, 2016 Chris rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It proves that novelist shouldn't write short stories...although Steve Berry did it...
Nov 17, 2013 Jan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read a lot of short stories when my children were young and I couldn't have finished anything else and have since gotten out of the habit. "Thriller" short stories were authored by some of my favorites, Lescroart, Child, Konrath, Berry, just to name a few, which I enjoyed. I was also introduced to many authors I haven't read before, Denise Hamilton, Gregg Hurwitz, David Morrell, James Siegel, just to name a few, and will be adding to my TBR list because of it! A definite win/win situation.
Aug 02, 2016 Sandie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I used to absorb anthologies by the score because they were so easy to get through, especially if I didn't have a lot of time to sit and read for hours at a time. I am very glad my sister lent me this book. No only did it give me the opportunity to "read on the fly" so-to-speak, it also opened up a whole new list of authors I'd like to continue following.
Most of the stories were great, many made me wish they were longer works, and a few confused or frustrated me. Such is the case of a collectio
I think I read this for the same reason a lot of other people read this. There was one, maybe two, recognizable authors in this anthology, and as dedicated fans, we wanted to treat ourselves to more of the same writing we love and follow. Like other reviewers have commented on, however, the main negative anti-attraction to this book is the fact James Patterson has written his name right across the front of it. I've never read any of his adult thrillers, but I have read some of his "young adult" ...more
Aug 01, 2015 Megargee rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This collection of supposedly thrilling short stories has more losers than winners. I enjoyed the opening story by Lee Childs but it was downhill from there. (BTW, Editor James Pstterson is not one of the contributors.)
I suspect the problem is that many of the authors viewed this as a chore rather than as an opportunity to showcase their best work. They each were asked to contribute a "thrilling" story of about 20 pages to help fund the newly formed International Thriller Writers Association.
Billy Maise
A fast, entertaining collection of stories.
Well, most of them.
Inconsistency is the main flaw.
Some of the stories were tasty little morsels.
Others were little piles of poop.
Jun 24, 2014 Jason rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller, anthology
I have not ventured often into anthologies. I enjoy short stories, but I consider myself a less than enthusiastic fan of the form. I enjoy anthologies, though, because variety of authors and their styles provides an exciting template to be introduced to new writers and new niche areas of the genre I have not otherwise been exposed to yet.

After reading this compilation of thriller short stories, I have my eyes set on reading a few more authors' works in the future, including Gayle Lynds, J. A. K
Erica Patricia
Nov 15, 2015 Erica Patricia rated it liked it
Not bad for an anthology thriller of short stories. The first half of the book had better stories. I also noticed as pages went on the stories were longer. Seemed like the shortest stories led the way.
I really enjoyed the first 8 stories. Most of the authors I have never heard of.

There were a few I skipped- BORING
1. The Abelard Sanction
2. Spirit Walker (I read its entirety but was lame)
3. At the drop of the hat

Any way I was actually more interested in Thriller 2, because Blake Crouch contribute
Dec 26, 2014 Jjudyfl rated it really liked it
----I bought this book by accident. I had seen the name James Patterson on the spine and added it to the others I was purchasing.
----THRILLER is a book of short stories. I do not like short stories, but Lee Child wrote the first one, sooo...
----I could not have been more pleased! There are 30 stories here, almost all of them, a "good read." (2 I didn't like, 3 were so-so)
----Being introduced briefly to some new-to-me authors was fun. All of the stories were "thrilling" in some way.
Michael Obiora
James Patterson’s name is cleverly splashed across the front cover of this title, luring in his fans. Sorry to disappoint all you Patterson Heads out there - this book was only EDITED by the prolific, best-selling novelist. Perhaps other prospective readers weren’t duped like myself but ultimately I’m fine with this because I enjoyed the majority of this collection of short stories.
Although all under the Thriller genre, the tales varied. Each chapter begins with an introduction (written by Patt
Nov 21, 2014 Kristin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
Most of these stories were written by authors whose other works I have not read but of whose names I am familiar, so I figured I'd get a small taste of their writing and maybe find a new favorite. Unfortunately, while these stories were good, there weren't any particularly memorable ones that left me with the feeling of needing to read more. One good thing was that with the exception of Alex Kava, Michael Palmer, and F. Paul Wilson, I legitimately had no idea what any of these authors tended to ...more
Narrators include: Joyce Bean, Jim Bond, Susie Breck, Mel Foster, Dick Hill, Laural Merlington, Michael Page, and Bill Weideman.

The narrators aren't identified with their stories, but some of the voices are known to me and distinctive, so in theory I could match up some of them. Also, these are skilled narrators, which is good to see, as often these short story compilations end up with only so-so narrators.

Unfortunately the quality of the stories ran from engaging to exceedingly poor.

James Pe
Michelle Plass
Jan 15, 2011 Michelle Plass rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a great collection of short thrillers! I loved the concept behind the book: Thriller writers taking a character (or more!) from their stories and creating stand-alone stories about them! Just fabulous!

My favorites:

The Face in the Window by Heathe Graham: A nice little who-dun it!

The Hunt for Dmitri by Gayle Lynds: I loved the characters in this one! I need to read more by her.

Disfigured by Michael Palmer and Daniel Palmer: Creepy, twisted, and a great all-around thriller

The Abelard Sanctio
Yordan Eftimov
Какво е важно за трилъра? Най-малкото – познание за живота. Или чудовищно владеене на езика. Дрън-дрън. Трилърът не е литература. Очаквам веднага някой да се обиди. Някой читател на кримки, който гледа на себе си като на културен човек. Човек, който ще бъде моментално уязвен от признаването на простата истина, че има изкуство за забавление, в което всичко е не само клиширано, ами живее от и заради клишето. Но при този тип четива има майсторски увлекателни и не толкова успешни в увличането. Както ...more
Nov 12, 2011 Kyle rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

James Penny’s New Identity tells the story of war veteran James Penny, who is laid off from his job after 17 years. Penny acts out on his anger at being fired and is now on the run from the cops. He meets a precarious army police officer that befriends him, and helps him, yet has an even more mysterious past than his own.
At the beginning of the story, Child sets up an apathetic mood by describing the setting using short, descriptive sentences. “There was one industry in
Mark Soone
Feb 15, 2012 Mark Soone rated it liked it
Based upon my ratings I go with a 3.1....I would probably call it 3.5 just because I love short story anthologies and found this fun. I enjoyed the chance to get to read some stories by authors whom I have heard but not really read, as well as to meet characters from their mostly reknowned series. Through this collection I found some authors I will certainly check out in the future, while others I will continue to ignore. I am not sure that the title thriller is appropriate as close to half of t ...more
Mike Kazmierczak
This book was given to me by my mom who tends to read more mystery and suspense than the horror that I read. I have nothing against the thriller genre and in fact after my first love of horror, it battles with science fiction for second place. With all the well-known author names on the cover, I was looking forward to reading the collection. Unfortunately I wasn't too pleased with it.

While I thought the "gimmick" behind the book was simply a bunch of good thriller authors, there turned out to be
Aug 22, 2014 Trisha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2007
Maak kennis met de beste misdaadauteurs ter wereld!
In dit unieke boek bundelt de crème de la crème van de Amerikaanse misdaadauteurs zijn krachten. Het resultaat van dit bijzondere project is een zeer divers overzicht van alles wat het misdaadgenre haar lezers te bieden heeft.
Naast een kennismaking met de meesters van het genre vormt Thriller ook een extraatje voor de fans van de verschillende auteurs: alle verhalen zijn speciaal voor deze bundel geschreven en niet eerder uitgebracht.
Usually not a fan of short stories but this was a good collection. At first I was annoyed by the "chapters" preceding each story that spoke about the author and their work, but eventually grew to appreciate it. And as a fan of thrillers, I can go back and look at the ones for my favorites when I want more from that author. No, I didn't love EVERY story but some were wonderful, most were good, and I only DNF one. A very commendable rating for a book that was 400+ pages (although not 500+ as Goodr ...more
Gevera Bert
I really didn't like this anthology. Every story in it was related to a book series and most of the series I haven't read. At the end of some stories I was left scratching my head. Maybe for a longtime reader of those series, these stories were interesting, but I was left cold. The story about Greece was unreadably boring and I skipped most of it.
Also, why are so many characters called JACK?
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