Thursday, March 7, 2019

Ten thrillers that explore mental health

Peter Swanson's new novel is Before She Knew Him.

At CrimeReads he tagged ten thrillers that explore mental health, including:
Red Dragon by Thomas Harris (1981)

A smorgasbord of disorder. You’ve got sociopathic psychiatrist Hannibal Lecter, the psychotically delusional Francis Dolarhyde (also known as the tooth fairy), plus the man who brings them both down, Will Graham, suffering from his own ability to imagine the interior lives of psychopaths. One of the great thrillers of all time.
Read about the other entries on the list.

Red Dragon appears on John Verdon's list of the ten best whodunits, Laura McHugh's list of ten favorite books about serial killers, Kimberly Turner's list of the ten most disturbing sociopaths in literature, John Mullan's lists of ten of the best dragons in literature and ten of the best tattoos in literature, and the (U.K.) Telegraph 110 best books; Andre Gross says "it should be taught as [a text] in Thriller 101."

--Marshal Zeringue