Thriller

A Most Violent Year, review: mesmerising performances - and coats

24 January 2015 9:00 am

A Most Violent Year is a riveting drama even though I can’t tell you what it’s about, or even what…

Channing Tatum and Steve Carell

Foxcatcher: piercing, shattering, spellbinding

10 January 2015 9:00 am

Foxcatcher is a crime drama (of sorts) that has already been dubbed ‘Oscarcatcher!’ as it barely puts a foot wrong.…

James Ellroy’s latest attempt to unseat the Great American Novel

11 October 2014 9:00 am

Aficionados of detective fiction have long known that the differences between the soft- and hard-boiled school are so profound that,…

David Fincher plays Gone Girl for laughs - at least I hope he is

4 October 2014 9:00 am

Gone Girl is David Fincher’s adaptation of the bestselling thriller by Gillian Flynn, a relentless page-turner which I’ve heard people…

You know something’s up when MI6 moves its head office to Croydon

21 June 2014 9:00 am

Alan Judd’s spy novels occupy a class of their own in the murky world of espionage fiction, partly because they…

Stephen King – return of the great storyteller

21 June 2014 8:00 am

Stephen King’s latest novel, Mr Mercedes, is dedicated to James M. Cain and described as ‘a riveting suspense thriller’ —…

A Colder War, by Charles Cumming - review

31 May 2014 9:00 am

The title of Charles Cumming’s seventh novel is both a nod to the comfortable polarities of Cold War and also…

A thriller that breaks down the publishing office door

19 April 2014 9:00 am

Like teenage children and their parents, authors and publishers have a symbiotic relationship characterised by well-justified irritation on both sides.…

The spy who came in from le Carré

8 March 2014 9:00 am

The single most terrifying moment of my adult life occurred at 8.55 a.m. on the morning of Tuesday 5 August…

Isabel Allende's Ripper doesn't grab you by the throat

15 February 2014 9:00 am

Isabel Allende is not an author one usually associates with the thrillers about serial killers. Ripper, however, lives up to…

‘The Goldfinch’ by Carl Fabritius, the theft of which is central to Donna Tartt’s new novel

Donna Tartt can do the thrills but not the trauma

12 October 2013 9:00 am

Donna Tartt is an expert practitioner of what David Hare has called ‘the higher hokum’. She publishes a long novel…