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The English Teacher Reflects: Thrillers

Our maverick English Teacher and genre enthusiast looks at the loosely defined category known as the thriller. Originally called the sensation novel, and often grouped with the mystery or the action/adventure categories, the thriller is more a set of tropes and motifs than it is a specific genre; nobody can really define it, but everyone knows one when they see it. Anyway, here are some pretty good ones.
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The 6 Messiahs (Mark Frost)
The 6 Messiahs (Mark Frost)
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61 Hours (Lee Child)
61 Hours (Lee Child)
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Airport (Arthur Hailey)
Airport (Arthur Hailey)
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Angels & Demons (Dan Brown)
Angels & Demons (Dan Brown)
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Archangel (Robert Harris)
Archangel (Robert Harris)
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Assignment in Brittany (Helen Macinnes)
Assignment in Brittany (Helen Macinnes)
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At Risk (Stella Rimington)
At Risk (Stella Rimington)
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Background to Danger (Eric Ambler)
Background to Danger (Eric Ambler)
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Bad Luck and Trouble (Lee Child)
Bad Luck and Trouble (Lee Child)
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The Bourne Identity (Novel)
The Bourne Identity (Novel)
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Brothers in Arms (Kirst)
Brothers in Arms (Kirst)
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Cause for Alarm (Eric Ambler)
Cause for Alarm (Eric Ambler)
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The Chancellor Manuscript (Robert Ludlum)
The Chancellor Manuscript (Robert Ludlum)
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Clear and Present Danger
Clear and Present Danger
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A Coffin for Dimitrios
A Coffin for Dimitrios
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Coma (Novel)
Coma (Novel)
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The Count of Monte Cristo (Alexandre Dumas)
The Count of Monte Cristo (Alexandre Dumas)
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The Crook Factory (Simmons)
The Crook Factory (Simmons)
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Dark Star (Alan Furst)
Dark Star (Alan Furst)
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Darwin's Blade (Simmons)
Darwin's Blade (Simmons)
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The Day of the Jackal (Frederick Forsyth)
The Day of the Jackal (Frederick Forsyth)
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Dead Line (Stella Rimington)
Dead Line (Stella Rimington)
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The Devil's Alternative
The Devil's Alternative
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The Dogs of War (Frederick Forsyth)
The Dogs of War (Frederick Forsyth)
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The Da Vinci Code (Dan Brown)
The Da Vinci Code (Dan Brown)
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The Eagle Has Landed
The Eagle Has Landed
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The Eiger Sanction
The Eiger Sanction
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Erskine Childers: The Riddle of the Sands (Erskine Childers)
Erskine Childers: The Riddle of the Sands (Erskine Childers)
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The Expendable Spy (Hunter)
The Expendable Spy (Hunter)
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Eye of the Needle
Eye of the Needle
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Fatherland (Robert Harris)
Fatherland (Robert Harris)
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First Blood (David Morrell)
First Blood (David Morrell)
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Force 10 From Navarone (MacLean)
Force 10 From Navarone (MacLean)
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The Fourth Protocol (Frederick Forsyth)
The Fourth Protocol (Frederick Forsyth)
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Funeral in Berlin (Deighton)
Funeral in Berlin (Deighton)
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The Girl on the Train (Paula Hawkins)
The Girl on the Train (Paula Hawkins)
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The Golden Rendezvous (MacLean)
The Golden Rendezvous (MacLean)
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Gone Girl
Gone Girl
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The Good German (Kanon)
The Good German (Kanon)
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The Guns of Navarone (MacLean)
The Guns of Navarone (MacLean)
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