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./li>
- Twilight Eyes (Dean Koonts).
- 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.
- Presumed Innocent (Scott Turow). Turow’s first, and probably best. Great twists.
- The Thorn Birds (Colleen McCullough).
- 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).