The Greatest "Thrillers, Massachusetts" Books of All Time

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Thrillers are a genre of books that are designed to keep readers on the edge of their seats. These books typically feature high-stakes plots, intense action, and suspenseful twists and turns that keep readers guessing until the very end. Thrillers can encompass a wide range of sub-genres, including crime, mystery, espionage, and horror, but they all share a common goal of keeping readers engaged and entertained through heart-pounding action and unexpected plot twists. Whether you're a fan of psychological thrillers or action-packed adventure stories, the thriller genre offers something for everyone who loves a good page-turner.


The category of "Massachusetts" books refers to literature that is set in or about the state of Massachusetts. These books may explore the history, culture, and people of Massachusetts, as well as the unique landscapes and landmarks that define the state. From classic works of American literature to contemporary fiction and non-fiction, the Massachusetts category offers a diverse range of books that capture the essence of this iconic New England state. Whether you're a history buff, a lover of nature, or simply looking for a great story, the Massachusetts category has something for everyone.

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  1. 1. The Friends Of Eddie Coyle by George V.Higgins

    The novel delves into the gritty underworld of Boston's organized crime scene through the eyes of Eddie Coyle, a small-time gunrunner and career criminal facing the prospect of a long prison sentence. As he navigates the treacherous waters of loyalty and betrayal, Eddie becomes entangled with a variety of dangerous characters, including bank robbers, hitmen, and corrupt law enforcement. Desperate to avoid jail time, he contemplates becoming an informant, a decision that forces him to weigh the value of his friendships against his own survival. The narrative unfolds with sharp dialogue and a realistic portrayal of the bleak lives of those on the fringes of the criminal world.

    The 1449th Greatest Book of All Time
  2. 2. Where Are The Children? by Mary Higgins Clark

    In this gripping psychological thriller, a young mother named Nancy Harmon finds herself living a nightmare when her two young children mysteriously disappear without a trace. Years later, after starting a new life and having two more children, Nancy's past comes back to haunt her as she becomes the prime suspect in a series of chilling murders. As she fights to clear her name and uncover the truth, Nancy must confront her darkest secrets and face a relentless killer who will stop at nothing to keep his own secrets hidden.

    The 1920th Greatest Book of All Time
  3. 3. Mystic River by Dennis Lehane

    "Mystic River" is a gripping tale set in a close-knit neighborhood in Boston, revolving around three childhood friends - Jimmy, Sean, and Dave. Their lives are irrevocably altered when one of them, Dave, is abducted and sexually abused. Years later, they are brought back together by a horrifying event - the murder of Jimmy's daughter. As Sean, now a detective, investigates the murder, suspicion falls on Dave, leading to a tense and tragic conclusion.

    The 3067th Greatest Book of All Time
  4. 4. Blanche Passes Go by Barbara Neely

    "Blanche Passes Go" is a compelling mystery novel that follows the life of Blanche White, an African-American housekeeper with a knack for solving crimes. When a prominent white family's matriarch mysteriously dies, Blanche becomes entangled in a web of secrets and deceit. As she navigates through racial tensions, family dynamics, and her own personal struggles, Blanche uses her wit and intelligence to uncover the truth behind the woman's death, exposing the dark underbelly of a seemingly perfect community.

    The 6164th Greatest Book of All Time
  5. 5. The Surgeon by Tess Gerritsen

    In this gripping thriller, a series of brutal murders shocks the city of Boston. As the police investigate, they uncover a disturbing pattern: all the victims have been targeted by a skilled surgeon who meticulously removes their organs while they are still alive. With the help of a brilliant female detective and a renowned trauma surgeon, the race is on to catch this sadistic killer before he strikes again. As the investigation deepens, the team discovers a shocking connection to a past crime, leading them down a dangerous path of secrets and betrayal. With its heart-pounding pace and shocking twists, this book will keep readers on the edge of their seats until the very end.

    The 6260th Greatest Book of All Time
  6. 6. The Emperor Of Ocean Park by Stephen L. Carter

    "The Emperor of Ocean Park" is a gripping novel that combines elements of mystery, legal drama, and family saga. Set in the affluent world of African-American elites in New England, the story follows Talcott Garland, a law professor and former Supreme Court nominee, as he investigates the mysterious death of his father, a prominent conservative judge. As Talcott delves deeper into his father's past, he uncovers a web of secrets, political intrigue, and corruption that threatens to unravel his own life and reputation. With its intricate plot and richly drawn characters, the book explores themes of power, loyalty, and the complexities of race and identity in America.

    The 6394th Greatest Book of All Time
  7. 7. The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley by Hannah Tinti

    "The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley" is a gripping novel that explores the life of a rugged, hardened criminal named Samuel Hawley, who attempts to protect his daughter Loo from his violent past. The narrative alternates between the present, where Hawley and Loo are trying to settle down in Massachusetts, and the past, where the circumstances surrounding Hawley's twelve bullet wounds (each representing a "life") are revealed. Through their journey, the book delves into themes of love, sacrifice, and survival.

    The 7163rd Greatest Book of All Time
  8. 8. Black Water by Joyce Carol Oates

    "Black Water" is a fictional account of a young woman's tragic death in a car accident. The novel is inspired by the infamous Chappaquiddick incident, where a young woman drowned when a senator drove his car off a bridge. The story unfolds from the perspective of the woman, revealing her thoughts and experiences in a stream-of-consciousness style as she remembers her life and the moments leading up to the accident. The narrative also explores the power dynamics and abuses that can occur in relationships between older, powerful men and younger, vulnerable women.

    The 9997th Greatest Book of All Time
  9. 9. Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh

    "Eileen" is a psychological thriller about a troubled young woman working in a boys' prison in the 1960s. Eileen Dunlop is a disturbed 24-year-old woman who is stuck in a dead-end job at a boys' prison in New England. She suffers from low self-esteem and is trapped in a toxic relationship with her alcoholic father. Her life takes a turn when a new counselor, Rebecca, joins the prison staff. Eileen becomes infatuated with Rebecca, leading her into a world of crime and violence that ultimately forces her to leave her hometown.

    The 10073rd Greatest Book of All Time

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