Oline Cogdill, friend of the blog and an expert at reviewing thrillers for the Sun Sentinel - the Herald's close personal friend now, no longer The Enemy, which I'm finally getting used to - chooses her top thrillers of 2009. Her favorite of the year? It's a tie between Michael Connelly (for The Scarecrow) and Michael Connelly (for 9 Dragons).
I've already documented that I liked The Scarecrow a lot and didn't care for 9 Dragons (I have yet to meet another reader who didn't like it). Oline reads a lot more thrillers than I do these days so she's got a better handle on a best-of list. But here are the thrillers I enjoyed most this year:
1. The City & the City, China Mieville: Half sci fi, half detective story, this novel accomplishes something rare: It made me think: I've never read anything like this.
2. The Girl Who Played with Fire, Stieg Larsson: Yup. Obvious, wasn't it? I'm addicted to these Lisbeth Salander novels.
3. Await Your Reply, Dan Chaon: A tricky literary thriller that takes three separate stories and melds them breathlessly into one.