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21 of Your Favorite Crime 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.

This Riot Recommendation is sponsored by Underground Airlines by Ben Winters.

underground airlinesIn a present-day America where slavery still exists, a gifted young man called Victor has struck a bargain with law enforcement, working as a bounty hunter for the U.S. Marshals Service. On the trail of a runaway known as Jackdaw, Victor arrives in Indianapolis knowing that something isn’t right—with his case file, with his work, and with the country itself. But nothing will prepare him for the unspeakable truth. Read Underground Airlines, a ground-breaking novel, a wickedly imaginative thriller, and a story of an America that is more like our own than we may want to believe.

We asked you to share your favorite crime thrillers, and you answered. Dig into these delicious Riot reader recs.

Before I Go to Sleep by S.J. Watson

The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler

Blindsighted by Karin Slaughter

The Bone Collector by Jeffery Deaver

The Cartel by Don Winslow

Claire DeWitt and the Bohemian Highway by Sara Gran

The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith

Ghost Riders of Ordebec by Fred Vargas

The Glass Key by Dashiell Hammett

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware

Into the Woods by Tana French

The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson

The Lady in the Lake by Raymond Chandler

Little Face by Sophie Hannah

Money Shot by Christa Faust

Mystic River by Dennis Lehane

The Poet by Michael Connelly

The Surgeon by Tess Gerritsen

The Thief by Fuminori Nakamura

Winter’s Bone by Daniel Woodrell