London has been a hub for literature for centuries. Scores of great works are set on its streets. Thriller novels set in London are especially gripping, as they combine the fast-paced action of the genre with the rich history and culture of the city. Here's a selection of 4 of my favourites.
1. "The Cuckoo's Calling" by Robert Galbraith (pseudonym of J.K. Rowling). After the Harry Potter books, I didn't think JK had it in her to write something like this. I was glad I was wrong. "The Cuckoo's Calling" is the first book in a series of detective novels written by the world's most successful author. The book follows private investigator Cormoran Strike as he investigates the death of a supermodel. The novel is set in various locations in London, and Rowling's vivid descriptions of the city bring it to life. It helps that Strike's favourite beer is also mine, Doom Bar, brewed by Sharp's Brewery in Cornwall, where Strike originates from. Ok, the beers are not a crucial part of the plot but anyone who likes a pint of Doom Bar must have something going for them. It's also a terrific thriller ... well worth a read.
2. "White Teeth" by Zadie Smith "White Teeth" explores the lives of two families in London. The novel touches on themes of race, identity, and culture, but it is also a thrilling and suspenseful read. The book is set in various locations in London, and the city itself is almost a character in the story. Smith's writing is vivid and immersive, and the novel is a must-read for anyone who loves thrillers set in the city.
3. "London Large: Blood on the Streets" by G & R (Garry and Roy) Robson "London Large: Blood on the Streets" is the first book in a series of crime novels by G & R Robson. The book follows Detective Inspector Harry 'H' Hawkins and his partner Amisha as they investigate a string of murders in London. The novel is set in various locations in the city, and the gritty descriptions of the streets and neighbourhoods of London give the book a vivid and immersive feel. The language is colourful and honest, and remember to breathe, because the novel is a fast-paced roller coaster that will keep you on the edge of your seat from start to finish.
4. "London Rules" by Mick Herron "London Rules" is the fifth book in a series of spy novels set in London. The book follows a group of MI5 agents as they investigate a Russian plot to destabilize the British government. The novel is set in various locations in London, and Herron's writing is sharp and witty. The book is a thrilling and suspenseful read, and it will keep you in suspense right until the very end.
In conclusion, London has been the setting for many great thriller novels over the years, and these 4 books are some of the best. Whether you're a fan of classic thrillers, detective novels, or crime fiction, there's something on this list for everyone. So, if you're looking for a thrilling read set in one of the most iconic cities in the world, give one of these books a try!
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