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message 1: by Jeremy (new)

Jeremy (01jeremy) Hi, I just finished Gillian Flynn's Dark Places, which is a mystery that's not your typical detective-solving-crime series book, and I really liked it. I also like medical mysteries, psychological/cerebral thrillers. I guess I'm just looking for something a little different than police procedurals these days. And they're hard to find. Any recommendations? Thanks!


message 2: by A.G. (new)

A.G. (rockinghorse) | 75 comments Jeremy. I would like to introduce you to Susan Koski and Joesph Falk. They are the stars of my political thriller books. Try "Who's Killing all the Lawyers."
I think you would enjoy their adventures. Go to Amazon Books.
Sincerely,
A.G.Hayes.


message 3: by [deleted user] (new)

How about Barry Eisler's book. Japanese hitman with a conscious. Great series. Start from the first one.


message 4: by Jeremy (new)

Jeremy (01jeremy) Barry Eisler. I'll try that! Thanks. That sounds interesting.

Political thrillers aren't really my thing, but thanks for helping! I guess I prefer science heavy mysteries, or character driven/psychological//literary thrillers. One of those two. Maybe also alternative fiction thrillers. I liked "the city and the city" by china mieville. I like the Gillian Flynn books. I used to like Michael Crichton.


message 5: by [deleted user] (new)

No problem. Here is his site. You can start with Rain #1. Great series. Plenty of books to read.

http://www.barryeisler.com/works.php


message 6: by [deleted user] (new)

David Morrell is another great writer if you haven't tried him.


message 7: by [deleted user] (new)

Blake Crouch is another great writer. Writes stand alone books. Really enjoyed snowbound.


message 8: by Jeremy (new)

Jeremy (01jeremy) I'll check them out. Thanks!


message 9: by Georgia (new)

Georgia | 536 comments Ronhummer wrote: "How about Barry Eisler's book. Japanese hitman with a conscious. Great series. Start from the first one."

I agree, Ronhummer, Love Eisler's books. They were on amazon also under a different name for ebooks. Check it out!!!!!!!!


message 10: by A.G. (new)

A.G. (rockinghorse) | 75 comments WHO'S KILLING ALL THE LAWYERS is free June 6th and 7&th on Kindle books. I hope you get chance to read it.

A.G.Hayes.


message 11: by M.B. (new)

M.B. Brophy (mbbrophy) | 10 comments Hi Jeremy,

My mystery novel, Mayor of Hollywood, just earned an honorable mention in the 2013 Beach Book Festival. There is a police detective involved, but the narrator/protagonist is a historian and actress who gets drawn in because she knew one of the murder victims.

http://www.amazon.com/Mayor-of-Hollyw...

Also, Andrew Greeley's Blackie Ryan books are kind of fun. The author and the protagonist were both Catholic priests, and some of the details are really unusual. I remember reading one where some of the clues had to do with where priests buy their clothing.


message 12: by M.L. (new)

M.L. Doyle (mldoyle) | 7 comments A totally different type of heroine...Master Sergeant Lauren Harper gets herself in all kinds of trouble as she goes about doing Army business. First in Bosnia in The Peacekeeper's Photograph and then in Honduras in The Sapper's Plot Harper will take you on a wild ride. Peacekeeper's and Sapper's are the first two books in my new mystery series. I'd love to hear what you think of them!


message 13: by Kristen (new)

Kristen Elise (Kristenelisephd) | 18 comments Forgive me for plugging my own book, but please check out The Vesuvius Isotope. This is a science/historical thriller featuring a female scientist protagonist on a quest across Italy and Egypt. Hope it interests you, and happy reading!
Kris

The Vesuvius Isotope


Olivia "So many books--so little time."" | 831 comments I just started The Genesis Key by James Barney. The main character is a scientist, and so far it has been good.


message 15: by R.M.F. (new)

R.M.F. Brown | 239 comments Dissolution C.J. Sansom

Is a medieval murder mystery. Well worth a look.


message 16: by Sandi (new)

Sandi | 451 comments I just finished "The Hit" by David Balducci. Great book, as his usually are. This one had a constantly moving plot. Don't read at night, you need your sleep!


message 17: by Shirley (new)

Shirley | 6 comments Just finished First Night of Summer by Landon Parham
Fantastic psychological thriller that brought on emotions that I have never experienced from words on a page before. It is disturbing, graphic yet heart wrenching and enthralling all at once. Probably made my top three favorite books of all time. I don't really know how to describe it other than it just really moved me. He has already won awards for this debut novel.

Like his Facebook and show him our love. <3
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Landon...

Also, only 99 cents on kindle, nook, and ibooks right now! Give it a read.


message 18: by Wendy (new)

Wendy Bird | 3 comments Jeremy wrote: "Barry Eisler. I'll try that! Thanks. That sounds interesting.

Political thrillers aren't really my thing, but thanks for helping! I guess I prefer science heavy mysteries, or character driven/psy..."


Hmm. Maybe you would enjoy Passage Graves. It's a techno-thriller.
Passage Graves Passage Graves by Madyson Rush


message 19: by David (new)

David Freas (quillracer) | 2275 comments You may want to look at Lisa Scottoline's non-series books: Final Appeal, Running From The Law, Devil's Corner, Dirty Blonde, Daddy's Girl, Look Again, and Save Me.


message 20: by Julie (new)

Julie (juliegreenart) | 6 comments The one's I'm going to suggest aren't procedural, but I thought I'd introduce them anyway - you may enjoy after all. I did - they're espionage/thriller/adventure type novels featuring part soldier and spy, star agent of Intrepid Alex Morgan on a mission. That's Defender or the second of the series, Hunter! I love them. Let me know if you like the suggestion and if you read them, I'd love to hear what you think considering your current interests. Like any good thriller, they have an element of 'psychological' in them, in my opinion, because you've gotta get into the minds of those characters, including the criminals, as a writer. Hope it's a useful suggestion for you. All the best with your reading.


message 21: by Matthew (last edited Sep 07, 2013 08:40AM) (new)

Matthew George | 6 comments I think you might enjoy "When the Cows Come Home"
What would you be willing to do in order to maintain your way of life? How many lives would you be willing to destroy to provide for the ones you love? Andrew Daniels is a seemingly normal man from central Kansas who is about to lose everything he has worked for in life. Forced into action by necessity, Daniels devises a scheme to save his family ranch, and in the process, begins to lose sight of what's really important. "When the Cows Come Home" will make readers wonder what secrets your own neighbors keep in their basements, and how far a normal person would go to save their version of the American dream.
When the Cows Come Home


message 22: by Marjorie (new)

Marjorie | 13 comments Jeremy wrote: "Hi, I just finished Gillian Flynn's Dark Places, which is a mystery that's not your typical detective-solving-crime series book, and I really liked it. I also like medical mysteries, psychological/..."

If you enjoy Janet Evanovich's novels, you might want to check out the novels by Donna White Glaser. Her inadvertent sleuth is Letty Whittaker, a psychotherapist and recovering alcoholic. Her first novel, The Enemy We Know, is currently free, and she has three other novels available also. Check them out.


message 23: by Eduardo (new)

Eduardo Casas (edcasas) | 13 comments Take a look at THE DEVIL'S AUDITOR and the THE DEVIL'S FOUNTAIN has medical phychological and legal themes


message 24: by John (new)

John I could always recommend my own stuff, but I'm perhaps biased in that regard. ;) So instead I'll recommend Joseph Finder's PARANOIA, which is a fast-moving thriller about corporate intrigue. It was recently adapted as a movie and was (according to reviews) really mediocre, but don't let that turn you off: the novel itself is good, tense fun.

Paranoia


message 25: by Charles (last edited Sep 09, 2013 07:33AM) (new)

Charles Ameringer (cda1) | 79 comments You could give the spy/thriller, THE OLD SPOOK, a try. It's about a fictional CIA operative who interacts with real people and actual events in reent history on the global stage. I think you'll enjoy it; the reviews have been very positive. The Old Spook


message 26: by Eduardo (new)

Eduardo Casas (edcasas) | 13 comments I could always recommend my own stuff, but I'm perhaps biased in that regard. ;) .....nonetheless I will, I am not shy about it and very proud of it . I leave it is up to the reader to decide, because if you don’t know it exists how are you going to ever know that it is good or bad. Just take a look at the previews and you decide. THE DEVIL’S AUDITOR and THE DEVIL’S FOUNTAIN


message 27: by Eduardo (last edited Sep 09, 2013 08:22AM) (new)

Eduardo Casas (edcasas) | 13 comments “Never ask people. Not about your work. Don't you know what you want? How can you stand it, not to know?”
― Ayn Rand, The Fountainhead

“For different tastes God created the colors”
― Eduardo R. Casas, The Devil's Fountain

“… ya can't please everyone, so ya got to please yourself
Ricky Nelson

(Referring to creative works, not other things)”
― Eduardo R Casas

“Different strokes for different folks “


message 28: by William (new)

William Davis | 132 comments Two great non-detective thrillers are Doha 12 by Lance Charnes and Brilliance by Marcus Sakey.


message 29: by Matt (new)

Matt Liggins | 10 comments Headhunters by Jo Nesbo is a fantastic read filled with dark humour told through a really likeable non-detective protagonist. And the original Bourne trilogy by Robert Ludlum is an immersive experience.

And it would be remiss of an author to pass up an opportunity to plug my own brand new 5* rated non-detective thriller, Deliberate Coincidence: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00EBCIUMS

If the ending is already written, does anyone have the power to change their fate?

In seven days, five paths will cross, five lives will change, as a group of disparate strangers will come to depend on and compete with each other in a game of chance for the highest stakes.

You can read the full blurb and download a free sample on the link above.

Cheers
Matt


message 30: by Charles (new)

Charles Ameringer (cda1) | 79 comments The spy novel HAVANA QUEEN by James Bruno is a terrific read. And it's been banned in Cuba!


message 31: by Sophia (new)

Sophia Martin | 27 comments Have you tried John Grisham? And then there are Ken Follett's spy novels, like Lie Down With Lions and The Key to Rebecca. I also like F. Paul Wilson's medical thrillers. And of course, Robin Cook.


message 32: by Ann (new)

Ann | 151 comments Hey Jeremy,
I think I might have an Author that will fit your request quite nicely, I hope.
Have you read any books by Dick Francis?
He died a few years back, but He was the Jockey for the Queen of England in real life. He started writing after he retired from racing and has been in the New York Times Bestseller List for decades. I never liked to read as a kid, until my Mom gave me a Dick Francis book, & the rest is history. (I was in my teens) He is by far my absolute favorite author in the world. I'm new here & I haven't had a chance to figure out how to connect a feed, so I'm just going to recommend a few titles I think you will really enjoy. Bone Crack; Dead Cert; Comeback. I will get you the link ASAP! Happy Reading =)


message 33: by Lisa (last edited Sep 11, 2013 06:05PM) (new)

Lisa Temple | 35 comments I agree with Ann's suggestion - though I haven't thought of Dick Francis for years, I went through many of his books years ago - very good.

Now, though - I would say almost ANYTHING by David Baldacci - he is wonderful (like most writers, he has a few where he steps out of his comfort zone when he shouldn't have). A great place to start with Baldacci is his Camel Club series - thrilling, a little wry humor - real page turners. The main character is a man that goes by the name of Oliver Stone - he is somewhere in his 60s and is a former black op/gvt. killer type who splits his time between a cemetery(as custodian) and a tent in front of the White House. Oliver has collected a group of unusual men (one with OCD, one a librarian, the third a Vietnam Vet and recovering alcoholic) - the group quietly investigates government conspiracies (the books are set in D.C.). Really very entertaining reads. Baldacci has written several books that have been made into movies - including Absolute Power with Clint Eastwood. You will not be disappointed. The Camel Club (Camel Club, #1) by David Baldacci


message 34: by Feliks (last edited Sep 11, 2013 06:23PM) (new)

Feliks (dzerzhinsky) Such a recommendation is not at all difficult to dispense. There's a slew of non-detective thrillers in this world.

What is perhaps more bold here is my directing your attention to a galaxy of classic books for whom their authors are mostly dead; or else (if they are alive) they're simply not present here promoting their own titles. (This GR group certainly attracts self-published authors in spades--although I'm sure whatever romance groups are around they're experiencing it too).

Anyway, please read through the following thread on espionage, action, and adventure to come a-cropper with scads of titles.

http://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/1...-


message 35: by Lisa (new)

Lisa Temple | 35 comments Feliks wrote: "Such a recommendation is not at all difficult to dispense. There's a slew of non-detective thrillers in this world.

What is perhaps more bold here is my directing your attention to a galaxy of cla..."


There is certainly no shame in self-publishing - many traditional authors - living and dead - started the same way. However, most groups take great pains to not only spell out the rules as they pertain to self-published authors, but also to provide ample opportunity for writer's to get their books in front of the GR audience. When the rules aren't followed, a bad light is cast on self-published authors as a whole, making it harder for us to take advantage of the privileges afforded to us on Goodreads.


message 36: by Erin (new)

Erin | 65 comments Brad Meltzer's The Inner Circle and Fifth Assassin are really good and a little different.


message 37: by Carmen (new)

Carmen | 2477 comments If you want thrillers that aren't cop related, try:

Steve Berry
Chris Kuzneski
Lewis Perdue
James Rollins


message 38: by Cphe (new)

Cphe | 3 comments Stephen Hunter,

Point Of Impact - really started my love of thrillers.

About a Vietnam veteran - Bob Lee Swagger who was a master sniper.

For something a little different

In the Name of the Father - Puppet Master in the Vatican


message 39: by Carmen (new)

Carmen | 2477 comments @Cefa

I've never heard of either one of these, but I checked them out and now I've got them on my TBR list. Thanks for the heads up! :D


message 40: by Amy (new)

Amy Norris | 1 comments I really liked Night Film. It is dark and similar to Gilian Flynn's books.


message 41: by David (new)

David Piper | 1 comments Peter Higgs, a British physicist, won the nobel prize today. His work inspired my crime thriller, Church of the God Particle. The novel's main character is a landscape painter who develops a unique perspective as the book evolves. www.DavidPiperWriting.com


message 42: by Paul (new)

Paul (paullev) | 69 comments Check out Hell Scrolls by J. Charles Sterin.


message 43: by Tatiana (new)

Tatiana Boncompagni | 21 comments Michael Connelly
Bryan Gruley
Megan Abbott
all write non detective books.
I'm not that into detective mysteries--I prefer the amateur sleuths--but I just finished the Cuckoo's Calling and it was fantastic. I also enjoy the books from Lisa Gardner and Alafair Burke and those often have detective leads.


message 44: by Martyn (new)

Martyn Halm (amsterdamassassinseries) | 103 comments Jeremy wrote: "I guess I'm just looking for something a little different than police procedurals these days. And they're hard to find. Any recommendations? Thanks!..."

I don't know if you'd like dark suspense stories, but if you do, check out:

The Amsterdam Assassin Series revolves around freelance assassin and corporate troubleshooter Katla Sieltjes. Under the name Loki Enterprises, Katla specialises in disguising homicide and providing permanent solutions for both individuals and corporations.

The Novels
The first novel in the Amsterdam Assassin Series, Reprobate: A Katla Novel, marks the first time Katla breaks one of her own rules, and how this affects both her personal and business life. The second novel, Peccadillo: A Katla Novel, shows what happens if you corner an assassin’s legitimate business cover. The third novel, Rogue, is planned for release in 2013. While the novels can be read out of order, reading them in chronological order might be more enjoyable.


message 45: by Carolien (new)

Carolien (carolien_s) | 104 comments Try The Shining Girls. It's very different to most thrillers. Similar to Gone Girl in that it is written from the perspective of both the time traveling serial killer and his victim who survived and is tracking him. I'm really enjoying it.


message 47: by Barbara (new)

Barbara (cinnabarb) | 8123 comments Manugw wrote: "The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty"

I just finished that book. Really good.


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