Intern Assassins, Deadly Manuscripts, and Other Must-Read Mysteries & Thrillers

Intern Assassins, Deadly Manuscripts, and Other Must-Read Mysteries & Thrillers

If you want a relaxing read, mysteries and thrillers probably aren’t for you. But if you’re up for an exhilarating and maddening reading experience, this spring’s releases have great things in store: Bite your nails through Josh Malerman’s chilling debut, revisit a thrilling favorite with a Philip Marlowe revival, and prepare for many a sleepless night after catching up on Mo Hayder’s latest Jack Caffery novel.

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    1. Wolf

    Bringing to mind the taut psychological thriller Funny Games, two men force their way into a wealthy family’s home and hold them for ransom. The family members quickly become aware that they weren’t randomly selected—these men are living out a personal vendetta. In Mo Hayder’s seventh Jack Caffery novel, the Detective Inspector races against the clock to save the family, all while bargaining with the Walking Man for information about the childhood abduction of his brother.

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    2. The Cairo Affair

    Civil war has just erupted in Libya, but over in Budapest, Sophie Kohl is in her own waking hell. Her diplomat husband has been shot in the head, and the only person she can turn to is Stan Bertolli, the CIA agent she had an affair with in Cairo. In this tale of deception and espionage, Olen Steinhauer delivers a thrilling standalone novel sure to please fans of his acclaimed Milo Weaver trilogy.

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    3. A Circle of Wives

    A doctor is found dead in a hotel room, and Detective Samantha Adams is tasked with figuring out what happened. She knows this: The doctor was heavily involved in the community, and was generally very well-liked by his peers. But as Adams’ investigation unfolds, it yields a shocking revelation: He was married to three women in three different cities. All three wives show up to the doctor’s funeral, and chaos ensues. Alice LaPlante spins a gripping and unnerving tale about marriage and deception.

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    4. The Black-Eyed Blonde

    Beloved detective Philip Marlowe of Raymond Chandler’s The Big Sleep is back—and Benjamin Black (a pen name of John Banville’s) has taken Chandler’s character to Bay City, California, in the 1950s. Marlowe takes on a new case concerning a beautiful woman’s missing former lover, Nico Peterson. In his search for Peterson, Marlowe encounters a web of deceit ensnaring many of Bay City’s most prominent families. Continuing the story of the mystery genre’s much-loved protagonist must have been a significant challenge for Black, but he delivers a novel that is tonally and thematically on point, and is sure to delight Raymond Chandler fans.

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    5. Hyde

    They say there are two sides to every story. In this reimagining of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic tale of a man split between two moral grounds, debut author Daniel Levine delves into the personality of Mr. Hyde, who shares a mind and body with Dr. Jekyll. Kept dormant with potions, Hyde awakens to a world where girls have gone missing and all evidence is pointing towards him. Hesitant memories and blurred consciousness terrify and confuse Hyde. Is he truly responsible for actions committed by his hand but not his mind? What makes this reimagining especially captivating is how Levine reveals that Dr. Jekyll may not be as good-hearted as he seems.

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    6. Citadel

    In the summer of 2005, Kate Mosse’s archaeological mystery Labyrinthclimbed the ranks to become the second-bestselling book in the United Kingdom, after The Da Vinci Code. In the thrilling conclusion to the Languedoc Trilogy, readers follow “Citadel”—an all-female group of Resistance fighters. As they smuggle exiles out of Nazi-occupied France, they also stand strong in protecting an ancient secret that can never fall into the wrong hands.

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    7. The Intern’s Handbook

    HR, Inc. operates under one overarching principle: No one notices the interns. That’s why HR, Inc. employee John Lago, who infiltrates high-profile companies as an intern, is such a successful hit man. At 25, Lago is nearing the end of the window where he can convincingly pose as an intern, but he has one last assignment: Take out one of the partners at a major law firm in New York City. This thriller by Shane Kuhn will keep readers on the edge of their seats, but also impart some strategic wisdom to aspiring intern-assassins.

  8. 8. The Accident

    This March release from Chris Pavone is already generating bestseller buzz. A follow-up to his smash success The Expats, The Accident opens with a literary agent glued to the final pages of an anonymous manuscript. Unimaginable secrets are contained within, penned by an author attempting to atone for his own sins. The publication could ruin powerful reputations and companies, but protecting it may cost her her life.

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    9. Bird Box

    The end is near—that much seems certain in Josh Malerman’s terrifying psychological thriller Bird Box. In a calm, pretty suburb of Detroit, something sinister is happening. Malorie doesn’t know much, other than that once you see it—whatever “it” is—you go insane and become intensely violent until you’ve committed suicide, homicide, or both. Malorie must train her children to survive—and this means no peeking, ever. She boards up the windows and doors, and shuts out the outside world for as long as she can. Malerman’s Bird Box is intensely creepy, and not recommended for anyone counting on a good night’s sleep.

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