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Thriller: Stories To Keep You Up All Night (Thriller #1)

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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 January 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 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
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
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
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
Chad Schimke
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
Jennifer Crawford
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
Monica Willyard
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.
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.
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
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.
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
----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.
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
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

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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

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
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
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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.
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?
Adrielle Pottle
I enjoyed the majority of the short stories in this anthology. I like short stories because they can be punchy, quick and over before you real know what happened, then leave you thinking. There are a number of stories here that did that for me. And thrillers, who doesn't enjoy a little twist and scare every now and then?
Anne Martin
so disappointing... You would think picking up short stories is easy and the result would be a very pleasant book. |Not at all, most of the stories are either boring, or not to be understood (the one by K. Neville!!!) or lame. It was collected at the top times of Patterson, but shame on him for lack of work.
I picked up this book to read only the story Kowalski in Love by James Rollins because I wanted to see how Kowalski encountered and became part of SIGMA Force. I liked the story and give it 4 stars.

I also read the story The Devil's Due by Steve Berry which I liked. It was an interesting story about Cotton Malone going after Osama Bin Laden. I give this story 3 stars.

The Hunt for Dmitri by Gayle Lynds was another story I read. The story was interesting and held my interest enough to finish it. Th
Not being a fan of short stories, I will still try them at times. This one had some good ones, some lousy ones but most were just so so. I had not read most of the authors featured [and don't plan to]. However, I did really enjoy the story by Heather Graham and may read some of her books.
I am new to reading novels, well I have read in the past but not that much, basically I love books now, and this book is excellent, the stories in this book are exciting and thrilling. I took this book to school and I didn't take my eyes off it all day. I think another thing about this book is to find a new author you like, for example I found James Patterson and J.A. konrath. The stories didn't keep me up all night by the horror but by the fact that i just couldn't stop thinking what was going ...more

"Be prepared to be thrilled as you've never been before

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 to four of the hottest new voices in the genre, this blockbuster
A collection of thirty-two tales of suspense features contributions from Heather Graham, Lincoln Child, Denise Hamilton, Michael Palmer, Douglas Preston, Alex Kava, Michael Palmer, and John Lescroart.
Joshua Alberts
I give it a solid 4 stars cause it really puts you on the edge of your seat, It's definitely an young adult read due to some pretty strong Language. It's a must read cause when you're reading it you really don't know what to expect. If you don't like horror or thriller type stories then this definitely not the book for you.
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