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Best Mysteries and Thrillers of 2021

  • FICTION

    NORTHERN SPY

    APRIL 6, 2021

FICTION

NORTHERN SPY

by Flynn Berry

A poignant and lyrical novel that asks what is worth sacrificing for peace—and provides some answers. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    RAZORBLADE TEARS

    JULY 6, 2021

FICTION

RAZORBLADE TEARS

by S.A. Cosby

Violence and love go hand in hand in this tale of two rough men seeking vengeance for their murdered sons. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    INFINITE

    MARCH 1, 2021

MYSTERY & DETECTIVE

INFINITE

by Brian Freeman

This cockeyed, suspenseful exploration of roads not taken is a dizzying delight. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THE CORPSE FLOWER

    OCT. 12, 2021

THRILLER & SUSPENSE

THE CORPSE FLOWER

by Anne Mette Hancock ; translated by Tara Chace

Scandinavian noir at its noirest. It’s hard, maybe unthinkable, to imagine how Hancock will follow it up. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THE OTHER BLACK GIRL

    JUNE 1, 2021

THRILLER & SUSPENSE

THE OTHER BLACK GIRL

by Zakiya Dalila Harris

A biting social satire–cum-thriller; dark, playful, and brimming with life. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    BILLY SUMMERS

    AUG. 3, 2021

FICTION

BILLY SUMMERS

by Stephen King

Murder most foul and mayhem most entertaining. Another worthy page-turner from a protean master. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    UNTRACEABLE

    FEB. 2, 2021

THRILLER & SUSPENSE

UNTRACEABLE

by Sergei Lebedev

A darkly absorbing intellectual thriller by one of Russia's boldest young novelists. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THE MAN WHO DIED TWICE

    SEPT. 28, 2021

FICTION

THE MAN WHO DIED TWICE

by Richard Osman

A clever, funny mystery peopled with captivating characters that enhance the story at every quirky turn. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    UNTHINKABLE

    JULY 27, 2021

THRILLER & SUSPENSE

UNTHINKABLE

by Brad Parks

A textbook one-sitting read whose fiendishly inventive details only intensify its remorseless momentum. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    A LONELY MAN

    MAY 4, 2021

FICTION

A LONELY MAN

by Chris Power

An entertaining literary thriller that traces intrigue from the writer’s mind to the latest headlines. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    FALSE WITNESS

    JULY 20, 2021

THRILLER & SUSPENSE

FALSE WITNESS

by Karin Slaughter

Combines disarming sensitivity to the nuances of the tangled relations among the characters with sledgehammer plotting. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    LADY JOKER, VOLUME 1

    APRIL 13, 2021

THRILLER & SUSPENSE

LADY JOKER, VOLUME 1

by Kaoru Takamura ; translated by Allison Markin Powell & Marie Iida

Takamura’s challenging, genre-confounding epic offers a sweeping view of contemporary Japan in all its complexity. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    HARLEM SHUFFLE

    SEPT. 14, 2021

THRILLER & SUSPENSE

HARLEM SHUFFLE

by Colson Whitehead

As one of Whitehead’s characters might say of their creator, When you’re hot, you’re hot. Full review >

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