Okay Angie, this is where I have to show my ignorance of something. Where the hell did this whole thriller thing come from? All my life I've read mysteries (or crime novels, depending on where you're living), but now all of a sudden some of my favorite authors are considered thriller writers. So is it the same thing? Why are some mysteries considered thrillers but others aren't, and it doesn't just seem to be the difference between a cozy and a 'regular' mystery. When did a mystery novel stop just being a mystery novel?
Yeah, yeah. Okay, lets say...books where the emphasis is on the suspense. So, not so much a p.i. or procedural, but an edge-of-your-seater.
I know "thriller" is an ambiguous, hard to define kinda deal. Just...play along, 'kay? As for the mystery thing...well, I generally prefer "crime fiction" to cover all the bases. Some of the crime fic. novels that I love best are more about character psychology within a crime setting than it is about "who-dunnit." But that's just me!
Zoe Sharp (definite thriller writer and finally a truly kickass series heroine in Charlie Fox)
Vicki Hendricks (Steamy florida noir, utterly brilliant)
Sara Gran (I've only read CLOSER, which is a superb horror novel... but everyone tells me DOPE is amazing)
Laura Lippman (I haven't read the Tess Monaghan books, but WHAT THE DEAD KNOW and THE POWER OF THREE are brilliant)
I don't know if the other three fit entirely into what most people would class as a thriller (Zoe Sharp writes thrillers, no question), but damm if they don't just write brilliant crime novels.
I just started reading Zoe Sharp, but yeah, she's definitely going to be a favorite, I can tell already. Tess Gerritsen's incredibly good. Lisa Unger's definitely one to keep an eye on. Laura Lippman? Love her madly, but she's not a thriller writer. Toni McGee Causey? I guess you could call her a thriller writer, but her stuff's funny as well, which doesn't really fit the "thriller" mold.