My Favorite Authors of Fiction (Mystery, Spy, Thriller, Espionage)


Baldacci, David
Series: Camel Club  
Virginia writer David Baldacci practiced law for nine years before becoming a full-time writer. As a student at the University of Virginia, he wrote short stories in his spare time. None of those met with much success. After three years of work, his first novel, Absolute Power, was published and became an immediate bestseller. It was also made into a movie starring Clint Eastwood and Gene Hackman. His books have been translated into 45 languages and sole in over 100 countries, making him one of the bestselling writers in history. Baldacci participates in charity work, including his own foundation for literacy, Wish You Well Foundation. He lives in Virginia with his wife and two children.

Brown, Dan
Series: Robert Langdon  
Most of the book series involving Robert Langdon, have been turned into "historical-archeology" movies. These books, I have NOT read, but have see and enjoyed the movie. The other books written by Dan Brown, mostly take place in a 24-hour time span.

Connelly, Michael
Series: Lawery Mickey Haller  
I enjoy reading the Mickey Haller Series. The book title "The Lincoln Lawyer" was made into a movie starring Matthew McConaughey

Davis, Jim
Series: Garfield - Comic Strip  
I have all of the Garfield Comic Strip Books !!

Flynn, Vince
Series: Mitch Rapp  

In Vince Flynn's First Book Term Limits the character "Mitch Rapp" is only introduced in this book and is not the main character. Therefore, the "American Assassin" is considered, by the author, to be the First Book in the Mitch Rapp Series, followed by Kill Shot and then Transfer of Power, The Third Option, Separation of Power, Executive Power, Memorial Day, Consent to Kill, Act of Treason, Protect and Defend, Extreme Measures, Pursuit of Honor, The Last Man and The Survivor.
As a child, Vince Flynn was diagnosed with dyslexia in sixth grade, making reading and writing difficult for him. He graduated from college with a degree in Economics and worked for Kraft in account and sales marketing. While at Kraft, Flynn decided to go to the Marine Aviation Program, but at the last minute he was medically disqualified. He went back to work in marketing and in his spare time began work on his book, which eventually led him to start writing full time. After five years and many rejections, Flynn decided to self publish his book. It paid off. After hitting number one in the Twin Cities, he got a book deal with Pocket Books and "Term Limits" became a New York Times Best Seller. Since then, he has written 13 novels, all of which have been bestsellers. Flynn lives in the Twin Cities with his family.

Vince passed away in 2013 after a long battle with cancer.

Emily Bestler, Senior VP and Editor-in-Chief of Emily Bestler Books, and who was Vince Flynn's only editor throughout his entire career and whose imprint is a division of Simon & Schuster's Atria Books, signed a three book deal with New York Times bestselling author Kyle Mills. Mr. Mills will complete The Survivor, the book Flynn was writing at the time of his death on June 19, 2013, and then write two additional Mitch Rapp novels.


Higgins, Jack
Series: Sean Dillion Facebook -
Jack Higgins was born as Henry Patterson on July 27, 1929 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. His father abandoned him soon after he was born, his Irish mother returned with him to her home town of Belfast, Northern Ireland, to live with her mother and grandfather. Currently, he lives on Jersey in the Channel Islands (England). He is one of the best-selling authors of popular thrillers and espionage novels.

The third phase of Patterson's career began with the publication of Eye of the Storm in 1992, a fictionalized retelling of an unsuccessful mortar attack on Prime Minister John Major by a ruthless young Irish gunman-philosopher named Sean Dillon, hired by an Iraqi millionaire.

Morrell, David
Series: The Brotherhood  
One of the first spy/thriller books I read. The first book title "The Brotherhood of the Rose" was made into a move starring Peter Strauss and Robert Mitchum

Patterson, James
Series: Alex Cross
James Patterson....Alex Cross Series....Enough Said !!...a very very popular author!

Patterson, James
Series: The Private Novels  
A new series, in which a "private" maximum discretion, international detective agency that will get the job done, even if they have to break a few rules to do it.

Silva, Daniel
Series: Gabriel Allon  
Gabriel Allon, a Mossad agent and art restorer, whose missions take him into dangerous places everywhere from the Middle East to Vienna and even to the Vatican.

Thor, Brad
Series: Scott Haravath  
Brad has served as a member of the Department of Homeland Security’s Analytic Red Cell Unit, and has lectured to law enforcement organizations on over-the-horizon/future threats. He has been a keynote speaker for the National Tactical Officers Association annual conference, the Young America’s Foundation, and the Ronald Reagan 100 celebration. A supporter of The Heritage Foundation, Brad has spoken at their national headquarters on the need for robust missile defense. In 2008, Brad shadowed a Black Ops team in Afghanistan to research his thriller, The Apostle.

Brad Thor received his degree (cum laude) from the University of Southern California, where he switched from business to creative writing and film. He was the creator, writer, producer and host of the award winning television program, Traveling Life. On his honeymoon with his wife, she urged him to follow his dream of writing a novel. When they returned, Thor began writing and the result was his first novel, The Lions of Lucerne.

Thor is a New York Times Bestselling author and his novels have been published all over the world. Many of his novels have won awards or been included on best of lists including NPR naming his novel, Blowback, as one of the Top 100 Killer Thrillers of All Time. He has also appeared on numerous television and radio programs, including hosting Glenn Beck's television and radio show, to discuss terrorism.

Truman, Margaret

The Washington Post Newspaper - Obituary of Margaret Truman Daniels

Series: Capital Crimes Series  
The only daughter of former President Harry S. Truman, she started her career in 1947 as an opera signer, which lasted until around 1956. Then she started writing books. Her first murder/mystery book "Murder in the White House" was written in 1980. She went on to write many, many more books in her "Murder at" series. She was 83 when she died in January 29, 2008.

Author Donald Bain, who worked closely with bestselling author Margaret Truman for many years on her bestselling series of thrillers set in Washington, D.C., will continue to write novels in Margaret Truman's Capital Crime series after her death. In 2011, "Monument to Murder" was published, followed in 2012 by "Experiment in Murder", which carries his byline. Another book, "Undiplomatic Murder", was also bylined by him and was published in July of 2014, and "Internship in Murder" will be released in 2015.


Woods, Stuart

Series: Stone Barrington  
Stuart Woods, writes a really "easy to read" page turning series of Stone Barrington.