Crime Novelist, Lisa Gardner's Top Ten!

1. The Silence of the Lambs - Thomas Harris
Arrow £7.99

"Introduces two of the best characters in the crime genre. An amazing book."

2. Cujo - Stephen King
Hodder £8.99

"Leave it to the master to turn something as common as a rabid dog into a page-turner."

3. Winter Prey - John Sandford
Simon and Schuster £7.99

"One of the best in this iconic series, as tough guy Lucas Davenport takes on a serial killer and mental illness."

4. Jurassic Park - Michael Crichton
Arrow £7.99

"None of us have ever looked at amber - or dinosaurs - the same way since this book!"

5. The Hunt for Red October - Tom Clancy
HarperCollins £8.99

"Sure, the attention to technical details made Clancy famous, but the cat-and-mouse duel between the lead characters is what makes this book such a stand-out."

6. First Blood - David Morrell
Headline £5.99

"One of the best action/survival thrillers ever written, it also introduces a character worthy of bringing back from the dead for the massive movie franchise."

7. Cop Town - Karin Slaughter
Arrow £7.99

"A gritty, compelling look at policing in 1970's Atlanta."

8. Killer Instinct - Joseph Finder
Head of Zeus £3.79

"Winner of the International Thriller Associations Best Book of the Year, the twists just keep on coming as a corporate retreat is turned into a killing zone."

9. The Enemy - Lee Child
Bantam £7.99

"This title offers a rare look at Jack Reacherís family life before he became one of the most famous loners in suspense."

10. The Bone Garden - Tess Gerritsen
Bantam £7.99

"A rare historic thriller from an author better known for her Rizzoli & Isles books, it offers fascinating insights into 1830s cadaver smuggling for prestigious medical schools."