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21+ Of Your Favorite Historical Thrillers

Kelly Jensen


Kelly is a former librarian and a long-time blogger at STACKED. She's the editor/author of (DON'T) CALL ME CRAZY: 33 VOICES START THE CONVERSATION ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH and the editor/author of HERE WE ARE: FEMINISM FOR THE REAL WORLD. Her next book, BODY TALK, will publish in Fall 2020. Follow her on Instagram @heykellyjensen.

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Spying and politics and danger and government/crime shenanigans are obviously not modern inventions, which means we’ve got a whole sub-genre of historical fiction to enjoy: the historical thriller.

We asked you to share your favorite political thrillers and you answered. Here are 21 of your favorites. Note: many of these authors, like Silva, Baldacci, and Flynn, are big-time writers in this genre:


Absolute Power by David Baldacci

The Alienist by Caleb Carr

Berlin Noir by Philip Kerr

Black Wind by F. Paul Wilson

A Conspiracy of Paper by David Liss

A Death in Vienna by Daniel Silva

Gates of Fire by Steven Pressfield

The Ghost by Robert Harris

The God’s Eye View by Barry Eisler

HHhH by Laurent Binet

His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae Burnet

The Hunt for Red October by Tom Clancy

The Inner Circle by Brad Meltzer

The Insider Threat by Brad Taylor

It’s About Time by Lyle Howard

The Neon Lawyer by Victor Methos

The Odessa File by Frederick Forsyth

Private Screening by Richard North Patterson

The Short Drop by Matthew FitzSimmons

Transfer of Power by Vince Flynn

War and Remembrance by Herman Wouk