Best Thriller Books to Buy for Gifts in 2015

18 Nov 2015

We all know that one bibliophile whose shelves are stacked with the likes of Vince Flynn, David Baldacci, and James Patterson. Gifts for book lovers who are into high-octane thrillers are easy – pick up a new thriller they haven’t read yet! We pulled together the best thriller books, all released in Fall 2015, to gift this year. All of these books are written by authors who aren’t quite household names yet (but are handpicked by NewInBooks – they’re all awesome), so there’s a good chance your favorite book lover hasn’t heard of these titles.

The Best Thriller Books to Buy for Gifts in 2015

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American Blood: A Novel

Ben Sanders

American Blood is a story of Marshall, an ex-NYPD officer living in witness protection. But he can’t escape the action. Bradley Cooper is adapting this new book into a movie. Gift it to your favorite thriller reader before it’s in theaters!

Buy it for book lovers who read: Lee Child’s Jack Reacher series

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The Girl in the Ice (Konrad Simonsen Thriller)

Lotte Hammer, Søren Hammer

Danish siblings Lotte and Sørem Hammer teamed up for the Konrad Simonsen thrillers – complex crime thrillers with intelligent plots and incredible prose. This new release has elements of noirs and and is a wonderful police procedural.

Buy it for book lovers who read: Jussi Adler-Olsen Department Q series.

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Bavo Dhooge

Black Humor sets Styx apart from other thrillers. This book crosses genres, but is a serial killer novel at its core with a fantastic literary lens. It’s hilarious, witty, suspenseful, atmospheric, and an all-around excellent gift.

Buy it for book lovers who read: Robert Galbraith, Jo Nesbø.

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Rob Leninger

Gumshoe is a masterpiece PI novel from author Rob Leninger. If you know a book lover who loves a good entertaining mystery (with plenty of thrills), this book makes a fantastic gift. Your favorite thriller reader will find a lot to love in Mortimer Angel, the protagonist and their new favorite PI.

Buy it for book lovers who read: Robert Crais, Michael Connelly.

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The Short Drop

Matthew FitzSimmons

Matthew FitzSimmons’ debut novel The Short Drop is a fantastic new piece of crime fiction that weaves in conspiracies, politics, and kidnapping. Your favorite thriller reader deserves to know about this new author.

Buy it for book lovers who read: Vince Flynn, David Baldacci.

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Taylor loves books with a heavy dose of absurdity, hilarity, and beautiful prose. She is a marketer, adventurer, nature-lover, Hufflepuff, wannabe world traveler, and advocate of laughter.