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Thriller: Stories To Keep You Up All Night

(Scot Harvath)

3.49  ·  Rating details ·  3,088 ratings  ·  291 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 t ...more
Hardcover, 576 pages
Published May 30th 2006 by Mira Books
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Dec 06, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked the idea of a collection that introduces readers to various writers of a certain genre.

Looking back the story that must have made this biggest impact was the Lee Child’s one - as I’ve read most of the Reacher books since!
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
Chad Schimke
Jan 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
I enjoyed 75% of this book.
As always some stories were better than others.
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
Mar 20, 2010 rated it it was ok
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
Aug 23, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Disclosure: I did not read the whole book. In fact, I read only one of the short stories included inside its covers, Kowalski's in Love by James Rollins. I love his Sigma series and requested this from the library to specifically read this particular tale. Rollins does not write romance and I was delighted that the character remained true to his straight forward self and laughed at the end. It was a fun add-on, little extra snippet of one of the supporting characters to his more than a dozen boo ...more
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
I read this off and on throughout the past year or so, usually one or two stories a month. Billed as "the first collection of pure thriller stories ever published," THRILLER was released by International Thriller Writers, Inc., with James Patterson serving as editor. I'm guessing Patterson's "editing" boiled down to calling up his writing buddies to ask them for submissions and brief personal bios. (He claims to have written the author bios himself, but I call total B.S. on that.) Patterson also ...more
Alondra Miller
*Freebie from work! What can I say; my patients love me; LOL*
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
Aug 12, 2013 rated it liked it
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. ...more
Apr 19, 2017 rated it liked it
The good thing about an anthology is that you can read 15-20 pages and get a complete story. Some of these were so-so, others were too deep in espionage and/or politics for me, and a handful were really good page-turners. The last story, though, belonged in a horror anthology because it was creepy and scary to the extreme (and graphically violent). Why do I feel as though that's the one that's going to take up permanent residence in my mind? ...more
Midu Hadi

A collection of 25-30 stories, which were less horrifying than full of suspense. Most of the contributors chose to submit a story about a character from their ongoing series. The introductions at the beginning of each story helped put it in the right context for readers who aren’t following those series. Some were good, others were just average stories. In all, this was an entertaining read but not one that I’d remember five years from now.
Monica Willyard Moen
Apr 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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. ...more
Michael W. Boleware
May 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Simply outstanding short stories by a wide variety of outstanding suspense writers. Many of the stories are more enjoyable than some novels by the same authors. Enjoying the stories one of two at a time was like attending a dinner party that serves nothing but your favorite appetizers from three or four of your favorite restaurants.
Sheila Myers
Feb 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller
This one is tough to rate because there are various authors. Some of the stories are good, others not so good. If you'd like to get to know each author before you buy one of their novels, this would be a good book for that. ...more
Jan 08, 2021 rated it did not like it
Shelves: thriller
Read around 6 stories and can't drag myself to read more. ...more
Jul 03, 2020 added it
It$s pretty throlling!
Ken Karcher
Oct 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good stories

Some of the authors take the opportunity to revisit some old characters in some very intriguing ways. I enjoyed the brief tales written by some of my favorite authors and especially liked finding new authors to read.
Arun Divakar
Feb 12, 2017 rated it it was ok
There are times when no matter how hard you press down on the accelerator, the vehicle does not seem to go any faster. The needle appears to stay stationary and you feel frustration welling up inside you. Until I finished this book, I had bucketed these feelings to the time spent on a vehicle. There is a sense of stasis that this book imparts which is hard to break free of. While occasionally there are stories which help you breathe free, most of the reading experience is like swimming in amber. ...more
Oct 14, 2016 added it
Shelves: 2016-2017
Candice L. Hope OBrien
October 11, 2016
English 10
Thriller by James Patterson

Author’s Background
He was born on March 22, 1947. He released 13 book in both 2012 and 2013. 14 books in 2011. His first published book was The Thomas Berryman Number which came out in 1976

Literary time period
This book was written in 2006.

“James Penney”
In Laney California, a man named James Penney is layed off after seventeen years on the duty; James burns down his house and tries to start a replacement life.
Rob Trans
Feb 14, 2018 rated it liked it
This book is fairly mediocre. I would rate most of the stories a 'C,' with just a few as 'B's.' Several of the plots have interesting premises and some have good writing, but few have both.

Some reviewers at Goodreads were put off by the amount of introduction provided by Patterson, but I found it interesting. In many cases the background that resulted in each story was often more interesting than the story itself. In many cases the writing was better as well.

This is a book that could be kept o
Dec 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This collection, featuring thirty-two well-known, award-winning authors, offers readers a wonderfully diverse collection of thriller tales. Highlights in the impossible-to-set-aside volume include Lee Child’s Jack Reacher tale, James Grippando’s Jack Swyteck story, and Steve Berry’s Cotton Malone narrative. Lieutenant Vincent D’Acosta, the creation of Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, makes an appearance and Brad Thor heads to Greece for a thriller about the 17 November terrorist organization. ...more
Yosef Shapiro
This is a collection of short stories featuring many well know authors and featuring their most famous characters . There is an up and downside to this collection. On the upside, you can get a feel for some authors you might not have read before. This may encourage you to read their books. On the downside, the authors often use these short stories to fill in gaps in their characters back stories. So, you are at a disadvantage if you are not familiar with the characters . But , an overall good re ...more
Oct 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
A great way to introduce/re-introduce yourself to authors! Writing short-stories is an art form and a pleasure to read when done well. Overall, I enjoyed most of the stories and some really stood out.
Melva Clark
Jul 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
This a book of short stories. Some of them I liked and some I did not. I believe that was the premise behind the book, to give you a glimpse of different authors . I found a couple of new authors I will check out .
Billy Maise
May 30, 2009 rated it liked it
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.
Jan 27, 2016 rated it it was ok
It proves that novelist shouldn't write short stories...although Steve Berry did it... ...more
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