NPL Best Thrillers of 2011
Annotation:Jackson Brodie is hired by an Australian woman to locate her birth parents in England but can find no trace of them. Meanwhile, a retired cop who worked on a troubling case involving a child years ago makes an impulsive decision when she sees a child being abused.
Annotation:An unemployed woman accepts an offer to manage an art gallery, but when she turns up to find the gallery empty, her boss dead, and herself a suspect, she realizes she’s been set up.
Annotation:Police Chief Kate Burkholder—who was raised Amish—tries to determine whether three deaths on a farm are linked to a series of escalating hate crimes in the Amish community.
Annotation:In 1997, Major Jack Reacher of the Military Police is sent undercover to investigate a murder near an army base that turns out to be connected to other deaths, in a case that causes Reacher to leave the army and pursue justice on his own.
Annotation:Two NYPD detective with differing outlooks become partners and work on cases including the apparent suicide of a recently arrived Mexican immigrant woman, gangland slayings by rival drug dealers, and a serial rapist.
Annotation:A scholar of Russian history is intrigued when a friend tells him the notorious Cambridge Five KGB cell had a sixth member—and then finds himself in danger after his friend turns up dead.
Annotation:David Sloane gets romantically involved with a fellow attorney and agrees to defend her when she’s accused of killing a Russian gangster who allegedly supplied the drugs that caused her daughter to die of an overdose.
Annotation:An intelligence expert tries to find a teenage girl who’s been buried alive with video of her captivity streamed on the Internet, and he discovers that the girl’s wealthy father is hiding dangerous secrets.
Annotation:Detective Warren investigates when a state trooper claims to have killed her husband in self-defense but cannot say what happened to her missing daughter.
Annotation:A hand found on the street in Boston’s Chinatown leads to a body on the roof of a restaurant where a massacre was allegedly committed by a cook 19 years earlier, sending Rizzoli and Isles on a hunt for the link between the crimes.
Annotation:Working on the pro bono case of an accused terrorist at Guantanamo Bay, Jack Swyteck learns that his client is also suspected of murdering of his girlfriend and blowing up her house to destroy the evidence.
Annotation:A man tries to help his brother and sister-in-law after the apparent suicide of their troubled son and discovers a link to his brother’s involvement with a cult leader imprisoned 30 years ago for a series of gruesome murders.
Annotation:Imprisoned as a teen, a woman is released after five years and is shunned by her family and townspeople, but a child holds the key to the truth about what really happened.
Annotation:Two brothers raised in a grim orphanage take different paths as one is adopted and becomes an author while the other flees after a boy is murdered and is taken in by a notorious mobster.
Annotation:A math teacher helps his neighbor cover up the death of her abusive ex-husband, whose attempt to extort money from her turned into a violent confrontation.
Annotation:A man who was abandoned as a child finds himself and his wife and child threatened by shadowy figures from his past, and he turns for help to a dangerous man he met while in foster care.
Annotation:A man who can foresee death flees from a train doomed by a hurricane with another passenger and ends up at a boarding house run by a woman linked to a corrupt judge.
Annotation:A retired surgeon with dementia is suspected of killing her best friend, who is found with her fingers surgically removed, but she doesn’t remember what happened.
Annotation:After a man accused of killing maids working for his wealthy and influential parents is released from prison on a technicality, people associated with his trial are murdered in similar ways.
Annotation:A freelance bodyguard agrees to save two black rhinos by smuggling them out of Zimbabwe, while a South African woman leaves her abusive husband and goes to work for a shadowy government organization.
Annotation:An Iraq war vet working as an investigator for a defense attorney gets in over his head when he agrees to track down a drug dealer’s stolen marijuana shipment.
Annotation:A rookie Border Patrol agent is recruited to infiltrate a Mexican crime family and he pursues a gangster to the lawless “Triple Border” region of Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil.
Annotation:After the leader of a gang of thieves is killed in a possible setup, a former CIA agent recruited by him takes charge of the group as they plan an intricate heist.