At this time of year, many people out in the blogosphere start making their 'best of' lists, and often the books that make the lists are dominated by the big hitters. My reading this year has primarily been dominated by authors that I admire, alongside authors that I have grown to admire in a very short period.
I'm a huge fan of John Connolly, Robert Crais, Jack (J.A.) Kerley, Dean Koontz etc, and will read and enjoy their books every time, as do many thousands of others, therefore when thinking about the best books I've read this year, I decided to go with the books that might not have been spotted by everyone yet and give these lesser known authors a nudge up the ladder (hopefully).
So in no particular order and without further ado:
Books I'd recommend to you the reader are...
Free Country by Jeremy Duns
Deadlock by Sean Black
The Interrogator by J J Cooper
The Twelve by Stuart Neville
Nightfall by Stephen Leather
Switch by Grant McKenzie
Red Station by Adrian Magson
Mr Shivers by Robert Jackson Bennett
These are my stand out choices of the books I've read this year (off the bookshelves). I've also had the honour of reading a few books in manuscript form - including Thorn in my Side by Sheila Quigley, Revenge School by Myles Knapp, Dead Beat by Remy Porter, and these are all books I would recommend to anyone.
I hope you decide to pick up a couple of these books (remember that Christmas is coming and books make ideal presents), as well as hope you continue to pick up my Joe Hunter series.
Happy reading, and I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.