Countdown to the MysteryPeople Top 100: Jeff Abbott’s Top 20

Jeff Abbott has found success in several of the mystery & suspense subgenres. Whether whodunnits, everyman thrillers like Panic, or his action spy series featuring Sam Capra, Abbott navigates through the genre fluidly to provide thrills, kills and chills.  It’s no surprise that his list was one that showed the range of the genre.

  1.  And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
  2. The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler
  3. The Talented Mr Ripley by Patricia Highsmith
  4. A Judgement in Stone by Ruth Rendell
  5. The Glass Key by Dashiell Hammett
  6. The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey
  7. The Spy Who Came In from the Cold by John le Carre
  8. Eye of the Needle by Ken Follett
  9. Gaudy Night by Dorothy L Sayers
  10. Epitaph for a Spy by Eric Ambler
  11. The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
  12. Tales of Mystery and Imagination by Edgar Allan Poe
  13. The Dreadful Lemon Sky by John D MacDonald
  14. Beast in View by Margaret Millar
  15. The Day of the Jackal by Frederick Forsyth
  16. A Dark Adapted Eye by Barbara Vine
  17. Roseanna by Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo
  18. Green For Danger by Christianna Brand – Available on e-book from Mysterious Press.
  19. Shroud for A Nightingale by P. D. James
  20. Dance Hall of the Dead by Tony Hillerman

We’ll be putting up more top ten lists for the rest of the week, leading up to the unveiling of the MysteryPeople Top 100 Crime and Suspense Novels at our Fifth Anniversary Party, this Saturday, November 7th, starting at 3 PM.

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