Riot Recommendation

30+ Books About Bad Guys Gone Good

Amanda Nelson

Staff Writer

Amanda Nelson is an Executive Director of Book Riot. She lives in Richmond, VA.

Amanda Nelson

Staff Writer

Amanda Nelson is an Executive Director of Book Riot. She lives in Richmond, VA.

This week’s Riot Recommendation is sponsored by Sins of Our Fathers by Shawn Lawrence Otto.

sins of our fathersFrom the screenwriter of the Oscar-nominatedHouse of Sand and Fog, a fierce, elegant, page-turning novel about race, money, and the American Dream.

JW is a small-town banker. His specialty: teaching other bankers in towns near Indian reservations how to profit from casino deposits without exposing themselves to risk. His problem: having lost his son in a car accident a year ago, JW is depressed, his wife is leaving him, and he can’t stop gambling.

When he is caught embezzling funds to support his addiction, JW’s boss offers him a choice. He can either accept responsibility and go to prison, or use his talents to sabotage a competing Native American banker named Johnny Eagle. With the clock ticking, JW moves into a trailer on the reservation within sight of his prey. But as he befriends Eagle and his son, JW finds that his plan to reclaim his freedom will be more dangerous than he ever could have imagined.


In this Riot Recommendation, we asked for your favorite books about bad guys gone good- about villains who, instead of gettin’ what’s coming to them, get a chance to make it right. Here’s what you came up with:

The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling (Snape, Malfoy)

Going Postal by Terry Pratchett

Blackbirds by Chuck Wendig (Miriam)

The Redemption of Althalus by David Eddings

Hook & Jill by Andrea Jones

Crime & Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky

The Game of Kings by Dorothy Dunnett

Son of the Shadows by Juliet Marillier

Holly Black’s Curseworkers trilogy

The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell (Rhett)

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

Karen Marie Monings’ Fever series

Gena Showalters’ Lords of the Underworld series

The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

The Sacred Art of Stealing and A Snow Ball’s Chance in Hell by Christopher Brookmyre

Midnight Falcon by David Gemmell

Hamlet by William Shakespeare

The MacKade Brothers series by Nora Roberts

Without Remorse by Tom Clancy

Villians By Necessity by Eve Forward

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

The Burke novels by Andrew Vachss

Law Man by Shon Hopwood

Under the Dome by Stephen King

Confessions of an Economic Hit Man by John Perkins

Wiseguy by Nicholas Pileggi