Authors of our favorite mystery, thriller & suspense books of the year should be grateful that 2013 was a non-Gone Girl year. Last year, Gillian Flynn's surprise bestseller seemed to suck all the air out of the room. This year, though no one book rose to the all-consuming blockbuster level, crime fiction fans like myself have enjoyed a steady supply of great books, from the works of the masters (Lee Child, John Grisham, John LeCarre, and Stephen King--twice) to some surprisingly assured debuts (Elizabeth Silver, Jenni Fagan). Not to mention the alleged debut from an author named Galbraith.
Here's a look at four of the twenty books on our Best of the Year list.
Joyland by Stephen King
The English Girl by Daniel Silva
Night Film by Marisha Pessl
Visitation Street by Ivy Pochoda