Friday, March 30, 2007

Top 10 psychological thrillers

Dublin-born Alex Barclay's much-praised debut novel Darkhouse will be released in the U.S. in May; her second novel The Caller comes out in Britain this week.

She named her top 10 psychological thrillers for the Guardian.

One title from her list:
The Straw Men by Michael Marshall

Michael Marshall had me at "we're not dead": Ex-CIA agent Ward Hopkins comes home from his parents' funeral to discover these words scrawled on a note in his father's handwriting. Two other seemingly unconnected events open the book and suck you into an intriguing, action-packed ride, structured on a disturbing and original premise. Marshall is master of creating the unsettling feeling of "something is very wrong" and cranking it up to "everything is very wrong".
Read about the book that topped Barclay's list.

--Marshal Zeringue