Riot Recommendation

Riot Recommendation: What Are Your Favorite Crime Thrillers with Badass Female Leads?

Vanessa Diaz

Managing Editor

Vanessa is a writer, reader and generally bookish Latina from San Diego. If loving Agatha Christie is wrong, she doesn't want to be right. Vanessa’s penchant for books, travel and tea is rivaled only by her serious addictions to milk, avocado and floral lattes. When not reading books or selling them, she can be found blogging, working on her first novel or cozying up at a library.

Grand Central Publishing and Iris Johansen’s CHAOS.

CIA agent Alisa Flynn is willing to go rogue if it means catching the most heartless band of criminals she's ever encountered. In a ripped-from-the-headlines plot, schoolgirls in Africa have been kidnapped, and Alisa knows that billionaire Gabe Korgan has the courage, financial means, and high-tech weaponry to help rescue them. With additional assistance from renowned horse whisperer Margaret Douglas, Alisa and Gabe lay their rescue plans, only to see them descend into chaos. But with the help of a brave team and a horse with the heart of a warrior, they might just get out of this alive.

We love a pulse-pounding crime read on its own: the mystery, the action, the thrill of–hopefully—solving the case and bringing the bad guys to justice. Now throw in an ass-kicking, name-taking female lead and we’re furiously adding to cart! So come tell us: what are your favorite crime thrillers with badass female leads? Share those with us on Facebook and Twitter, then we’ll round up your answers and share that reading list with your fellow Riot readers next week. We’ll just be sitting here waiting to badassify our TBRs!