Alexander Söderberg’s Top 5 “Up All Night” Thrillers

Weekly Lizard

The Andalucian Friend is a bracing international crime novel that kept us up way, way past our bedtimes—so it’s only fair that author Alexander Söderberg should tell us which thrillers kept him up all night. Grab a flashlight and call in sick, ’cause you’re not getting any sleep tonight…

The Stand, Stephen King
Stephen King is one of the best storytellers there is. I love the epic scope of this novel—the end of the world as we know it, good versus evil, and the page-turning suspense that he maintains for hundreds of pages. One of my favorites.

Harlot’s Ghost, Norman Mailer
Another novel with a big cast. Mailer crafts a terrific portrait of the CIA, very paranoid and atmospheric. I was sucked into this world completely.

American Tabloid, James Ellroy
I love James Ellroy, and this book is among my favorites. It’s the perfect mix of violence and history—like a structured maelstrom. Ellroy never pulls a punch and he writes completely without remorse. I could read this book again and again.

Prayers for Rain, Dennis Lehane
What I love about Lehane is his range. He can write the great detective novel or the historical epic with a big sweep. This one is a favorite. I just fell into it and read it in one sitting. A great writer.

The Bourne Identity, Robert Ludlum
Ludlum is one of the all-time major talents. I was inspired to revisit his cold, cinematic, masterfullystructured thrillers when the movies were so popular a few years ago. I forgot how pace-y they are, The Bourne Identity especially. A very sophisticated book and a lot of fun.

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