Top 10 Political Crime Fiction Thrillers by Kris Calvin (in The Strand Magazine)
Some of you may be familiar with The Strand Magazine, which published many of the original Sherlock Holmes stories by Arthur Conan Doyle (starting for them with A Scandal in Bohemia in 1891). I have a connection with them, since I republish the public domain Sherlock Holmes stories (including ones originally published in The Strand) in my blog
I also have a connection with
first time novelist author of
In that case, the connection (well, one of them, anyway) is a genetic one: we are siblings. 😉
One Murder More is a mystery which stars a Sacramento lobbyist, and politics is definitely a main theme.
Like most good authors, Kris reads…a lot. I was proud (not that I get to take any responsibility for it) 😉 to see
in The Strand’s online version.
While unabashedly subjective (as lists like this generally are), I think it’s an interesting set of choices. I don’t want to take away from you reading it, but I suspect that you’ll agree with the inclusion of at least some of these titles. I was happy to see
by Hope Mirrless included, since it is undeniably geek-friendly (I’m a proud geek)…and that would often make many people exclude it.
There have been lots of science fiction and fantasy books which focus on politics, and could be called political thrillers.
One of the first ones that comes to mind is Isaac Asimov’s Foundation series…but certainly 1984 and Animal Farm qualify, as would The Hunger Games (and many dystopias). Even my beloved Oz series has very clear political plots, including a women’s rights revolution that overthrows the Scarecrow as ruler of the Emerald City.
What do you think? What are your favorite political thrillers? What makes for a good one? Would you include Game of Thrones? Tarzan (there is a battle for power to lead the Mangani, the “apes” who raise Tarzan)? Feel free to tell me and my readers what you think by commenting on this post.
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