Favorite Fiction Books

Here are the best fictions books I’ve read–at least, the ones I could think of.

  • The Bourne Identity (Robert Ludlum). Blew me away. The best thriller I’ve read.
  • The Hunt for Red October (Tom Clancy). Couldn’t put it down. Lean and mean, unlike his later books.
  • The Lord of the Rings (JRR Tolkien). I’ve read the entire trilogy (plus the Hobbit) thrice.
  • It (Stephen King). Scared the pants off me.
  • The Covenant (James Michener). An amazing piece of historical fiction about South Africa.
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Stieg Larsson). Introducing Lizbeth Salander, the most interesting protagonist you’ll find.
  • Twilight Eyes (Dean Koonts). A superb horror novel about monsters living among us.
  • The Lady in the Lake (Raymond Chandler). This was my favorite of Chandler’s books.
  • Silence of the Lambs (Thomas Harris). A case where the movie was as good as the book.
  • The Red Tent (Anita Diamant). Can’t recommend this one highly enough. About the women around Jacob in the Bible.
  • Blood Safari (Deon Meyer). A fascinating tale from South Africa, by a South African novelist. Great protagonist.
  • Presumed Innocent (Scott Turow). Turow’s first, and probably best. Great twists.
  • The Thorn Birds (Colleen McCullough). An epic set in Australia.
  • Along Came a Spider (James Patterson). Patterson’s first, and maybe still the best.
  • The Firm (John Grisham). Launched Grisham’s career. This remains my favorite.
  • The Winter of Frankie Machine (Don Winslow). A wonderful piece of roman noir.
  • Bel Canto (Ann Patchett). A beautiful, beautiful book based on a hostage situation in an unnamed Latin American country.
  • The White Lioness (Henning Mankell). The best of the Kurt Wallander series, with related stories going back and forth between Sweden and South Africa.
  • Pop. 1280 (Jim Thompson). Told first-person by a lazy, laid-back–and sociopathic–town sheriff. A quick read. My favorite Jim Thompson book (though “The Killer Inside Me” is better-known).
  • City of Thieves¬†(David Benniot). Set in St. Petersburg, Russia, during World War 2.
  • No Country for Old Men (Carmac McCarthy). A man comes across some drug money, and a ruthless killer hunts him down.
  • The Light Between Oceans (M.L. Stedman). A couple who care for a lighthouse on an island off the coast of Australia come upon a baby girl.

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