One book on the list:
Marathon Man by William GoldmanRead about the other books on McEuen's list.
When I was in the 9th grade, my English teacher slipped me this classic about runner Babe Levy and his mysterious brother, Doc, setting off a lifetime of thriller reading. Goldman's versatility is amazing — how do you write Marathon Man and The Princess Bride in the space of a year?
Marathon Man is on Howard Gordon's list of the five best thriller plots with terror themes.