Audience Picks: Top 100 'Killer Thrillers'
The Winner: The Silence Of The Lambs by Thomas Harris beat out two other serial killer books -- The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson and Kiss the Girls by James Patterson -- for the No. 1 spot. hide caption toggle caption It's been a cliffhanger, but now the final page can be turned. The NPR audience nominated some 600 novels to our "Killer Thrillers" poll and cast more than 17,000 ballots. And menace. Co-panelist, novelist and critic Patrick Anderson was more impressed with the overall quality of the choices: "The vast majority of these are very good books or classics ... Of course, there will be arguments about whether some of these books truly count as "thrillers." Who is the NPR audience's favorite thriller writer? Polls can help us understand an audience — and even make predictions about it. 1. 11. 21. 31. 41. 51. 61. 71. 81. 91. toggle caption It's been a cliffhanger, but now the final page can be turned. And menace. Who is the NPR audience's favorite thriller writer? 1.