I’m honored, and dare I say it, thrilled, that CHILD 44 has been included in a recent vote, conducted by NPR, of the top 100 thrillers of all time. Here is an extract from their website explaining the process.
It’s been a cliffhanger, but now the final page can be turned.
The NPR audience nominated some 600 novels to our “Killer Thrillers” poll and cast more than 17,000 ballots. The final roster of winners is a diverse one to say the least, ranging in style and period from Dracula to The Da Vinci Code, Presumed Innocent to Pet Sematary. What these top 100 titles share, however, is that all of them are fast-moving tales of suspense and adventure.
And menace. Critic Maureen Corrigan, who served on the advisory panel of experts for this project, was surprised by how dark many of your choices are. “Even the [Agatha] Christie pick, And Then There Were None, is one of her creepier novels.”
Co-panelist, novelist and critic Patrick Anderson was more impressed with the overall quality of the choices: “The vast majority of these are very good books or classics … Thomas Harris, Dennis Lehane, Patricia Highsmith — this audience knows good writing.”
For the full article and the complete list, which includes many of my favorite novels, you go can to the website. If that link doesn’t work, the full address is below.