Sunday, January 17, 2016

Ten top serial killer novels

Elizabeth Heiter likes her suspense to feature strong heroines, chilling villains, psychological twists, and a little bit (or a lot!) of romance. Her research has taken her into the minds of serial killers, through murder investigations, and onto the FBI Academy’s shooting range.

Heiter's newest novel is Seized.

One of the author's ten favorite serial killer novels, as shared at The Strand Magazine:
Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris

Harris took three real-life serial killers and merged them into one to create Buffalo Bill, and then he made the infamous Hannibal Lecter – a serial killer himself – to profile Buffalo Bill. Throw in FBI trainee Clarice Starling, who somehow gets the job of interviewing Lecter, and you have a seriously creepy thriller.
Read about another entry on the list.

The Silence of The Lambs is among Jill Boyd's five books with the worst fictional characters to invite to Thanksgiving, Monique Alice's six great fictional evil geniuses, sixteen book-to-movie adaptations that won Academy Awards. Red Dragon appears on Kimberly Turner's list of the ten most disturbing sociopaths in literature and John Mullan's lists of ten of the best dragons in literature and ten of the best tattoos in literature, and the (U.K.) Telegraph 110 best books; Andre Gross says "it should be taught as [a text] in Thriller 101."

--Marshal Zeringue