Espionage Thrillers

There’s just nothing like a great spy novel to get your heart racing and the pages turning! Of course, the espionage genre is filled with unforgettable classics by authors like John Le Carre, Graham Greene, Frederick Forsyth and Robert Ludlum.  However, the authors writing spy novels today can hold their own with even the best of these well-known novelists. Check out these titles, all written in the last ten years. There’s a lot of variety in the settings, including World War I, World War II, the Cold War, and post 9/11. I hope you will find at least one new author to love.

The Cairo Affair by Olen Steinhauer  Mission to Paris by Alan Furst  The Moroccan Girl by Charles Cummings

Moscow Sting by Ales Dryden  The Night Agent by Matthew Quirk  An Officer and a Spy by Robert Harris

Palace of Treason by Jason Matthews  Red Star Falling by Brian Freemantle  Dragonfly by Leila Meacham

The Shanghai Factor by Charles McCarry  Too Bad to Die by Francine Mathews  The Ways of the World by Robert Goddard

Young Philby by Robert Littell  Leaving Berlin by Joseph Kanon  The Alice Network by Kate Quinn

Let us know which spy is your favorite!

“Most spies were amateurs: frustrated revolutionaries of the left or right, people who wanted the imaginary glamour of espionage, greedy men or lovesick women or blackmail victims. The few professionals were very dangerous indeed; they were not merciful men.”
Ken Follett, Eye of the Needle

Thriller/Suspense Fiction

Thriller/Suspense Fiction is a genre of fiction that causes the reader to have several overwhelming feelings of anxiety, suspense, and excitement. While you’re reading this genre, you’ll be on the edge of your seat and biting your nails the whole way through the book. Thriller/Suspense Fiction is often riddled with plot twists and cliffhangers, and it often overlaps with other genres, such as Mystery, Crime/Detective, and Horror Fiction. The Aurora Public Library District has tons of Thriller/Suspense Fiction on its shelves and also in digital format as downloads from the Indiana Digital Download Center.


If you’re looking for a Psychological Thriller, then Karin Slaughter, Gillian Flynn, and Tana French are some great authors to start with. Psychological Thrillers play tricks with your mind as you read them; you might think you know how a story is going to end up, but the author will throw you through a loop right at the end. If you’re wanting to read a more Political or Spy Thriller, then some great authors to start with are Vince Flynn, Daniel Silva, David Baldacci, and John le Carré.


Lee Child is known for his complex writing with flawed protagonist Jack Reacher. His novels are often violent, but filled with every ounce of suspense that you could hope for. Start with Killing Floor.


Lisa Gardner writes fast-paced novels with realistic and natural characters. Her novels are often richly detailed with accurate forensic details and descriptions. Start with The Perfect Husband.


Jeffery Deaver is also known for his twisting plots and fast-paced writing, as well as his strong, believable characters. He also explores the antagonist’s (or the bad guy’s) side of the story. Start with The Bone Collector.


Mary Higgins Clark is considered to be the “benchmark” of the Thriller/Suspense genre. She writes fast-paced fiction, typically about women and children, but without the vulgarity that usually accompanies a Suspense novel. Start with The Anastasia Syndrome and Other Stories.


Stuart Woods captivates his readers immediately with complex twists and non-stop action. While his books are often political or legal, readers will enjoy the fast pacing and quick dialogue as they breathlessly turn the pages. Start with Under the Lake.


Tami Hoag is another Thriller/Suspense writer whose novels typically feature women in danger. Readers will get the perspectives of both the protagonist and the antagonist of the story, as well violence and an edgy atmosphere. Start with Ashes to Ashes.


Other notable Thriller/Suspense writers include James Patterson, Harlan Coben, Tom Clancy, Michael Crichton, Ken Follett, Jeffrey Archer, Dan Brown, Ruth Rendell, and Jo Nesbo. Do you have a favorite Thriller/Suspense writer? Maybe you know someone new that you think we should have on our shelves. Stop in and let us know!

Happy Reading!