While this list of mysteries and thrillers starts off with the likes of John le Carré and Michael Connelly, believe me when I say you should be sure to check out our complete list of the Best Mysteries & Thrillers of October. There you'll find big best sellers like John Grisham, Lee Child, and Nelson DeMille. You will also find Leigh Bardugo's first novel for adults. Plus, as they say, a whole lot more.
Agent Running in the Field by John le Carré
With novels like The Spy Who Came in from the Cold and Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy le Carré long ago established his dominance of the spy novel genre. Since then he has stayed relevant for more than 50 years. Le Carré’s new novel is the first he has written set in the present day. The story revolves around a 47-year-old veteran of Britain’s Secret Intelligence, who believes his career may be drifting to an end. When he teams up with a younger agent, Florence, who has her eye on a Ukrainian oligarch with a finger in the Russia pie, things start to heat up — much more than he had anticipated.
The Night Fire by Michael Connelly
Although this novel includes Harry Bosch and Mickey Haller — two long-recurring characters in Connelly’s novels — The Night Fire is technically only the second book in a series. That’s because it is book No. 2 in the Renée Ballard and Harry Bosch series. Ballard is a relatively new character, who first appeared in The Late Show in 2017. In this new book, Bosch and Ballard team up to tackle the decades-old, unsolved case of a murdered man. But their work together raises new questions around this old case.
The Butterfly Girl by Rene Denfeld
Rene Denfield’s previous novel, The Child Finder, established her as an author of haunting imagery and lyrical prose. In this new novel she continues the story of Naomi, an investigator with a talent for finding missing children, taking her to the Pacific Northwest, where Naomi’s own sister disappeared. Although her sister has been missing for years, and Naomi has nothing but childhood memories to rely on, she moves to Portland, Oregon to begin her search. And it is in Portland where she meets another homeless girl, a 12-year-old runaway who sees butterflies as her guides and guardians.
Full Throttle: Stories by Joe Hill
With books like Heart-Shaped Box, The Fireman, and NOS4A2, Joe Hill long ago established himself as a talented author who can write the heck out of a story. That’s good, because when your father is Stephen King, you’ve got quite the reputation to live up to. In Full Throttle, a collection of 13 stories, Hill’s talents shine through, and it is clear he just keeps getting better and better. These stories are suspenseful and gripping — and he co-wrote two of them with his father, including “In the Tall Grass,” which is slated to be a feature film from Netflix.
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