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Abir Mukherjee's Top Thrillers About Terrorism

Posted on 8th May 2024 by Mark Skinner

In his latest thriller Hunted, the author of the bestselling Wyndham and Bannerjee historical crime series spins the pulsating story of two sets of parents trying to track down their children who are accused of terrorist atrocities. In this exclusive piece, Abir Mukherjee selects his favourite thrillers that deal in the theme of terrorism. 

Terrorism is a tough subject to centre a novel around. The best deal with the subject sensitively and intelligently. Here are, in my opinion, five of the best, offering a diverse range of perspectives and storytelling styles, yet all sharing a common thread of exploring the complexities and consequences of terrorism in today's world. Each book delivers pulse-pounding action, compelling characters, and thought-provoking themes that will keep readers hooked from beginning to end.

The Day of the Jackal by Frederick Forsyth

A masterpiece of suspense and espionage that has captivated readers for decades. Set against the end of French rule in Algeria and a backdrop of political intrigue and international espionage, it follows an English assassin known only as the Jackal as he meticulously plans to assassinate French President Charles de Gaulle. 

Forsyth takes readers on a thrilling journey through the world of covert operations and high-stakes espionage, and his meticulous research and attention to detail lend authenticity to the novel's political backdrop, while his ability to ratchet up the tension with each passing chapter ensures you’re always on the edge of your seat. Whether you're a fan of espionage thrillers or simply enjoy a well-crafted tale of cat-and-mouse suspense, The Day of the Jackal is a must-read that continues to stand the test of time as a classic of the genre.

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With a narrative like a tightly coiled spring and a structure that piles on the tension with every chapter, Forsyth’s speculative thriller about the potential assassination of Charles de Gaulle continues to set pulses racing.
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The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid

An exploration of identity, belonging, and the clash of cultures in a post-9/11 world, The Reluctant Fundamentalist follows the journey of Changez, a young Pakistani man who moves to the USA in search of the American Dream but finds himself increasingly disillusioned with Western society in the wake of the September 11th attacks. What makes this book exceptional is its narrative structure, which takes the form of a conversation between Changez and an unnamed American stranger in a Lahore cafe. Through this intimate exchange, Hamid examines the complexities of cultural identity and the impact of geopolitical events on individual lives, inviting readers to question their own preconceptions and biases.

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Narrated to a stranger in a Lahore cafe, Hamid's groundbreaking thriller focuses on the fragmentation and paranoia of American society post-9/11 through the voice of a Pakistani immigrant.
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Patriot Games by Tom Clancy 

Set against the backdrop of the Cold War, it follows Clancy’s popular hero, ex-Marine turned CIA analyst, Jack Ryan as he becomes embroiled in a deadly game of cat and mouse with an IRA splinter group. It’s a thriller that plunges  into the heart of international espionage and political intrigue and what makes it the best Jack Ryan novel for me is the complex, morally ambiguous situations which Clancy engineers, forcing you to grapple with questions of duty, loyalty, and the greater good. With its vividly drawn characters and expertly researched setting, Patriot Games offers a fascinating glimpse into the shadowy world of international espionage and the lengths to which individuals will go to protect their country and loved ones. Whether you're a seasoned Clancy fan or new to the genre, it’s a must-read.

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Arguably Clancy's most accomplished Jack Ryan thriller, Patriot Games confronts the redoubtable hero with the full force of Irish terrorism in this blockbuster thriller.
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The Ghost by Robert Harris

Not strictly a novel about terrorism, but no list of modern, intelligent thrillers is complete without one novel by Robert Harris. The Ghost is a political thriller that delves into the world of international politics, power and corruption. It follows a ghost writer hired to pen the memoirs of a former British Prime Minister, only to uncover dangerous secrets that could jeopardize his own life. What makes this book particularly compelling is its timely exploration of political machinations and the ethical dilemmas faced by those in positions of power. Add to that its taut suspense, clever twists, and richly drawn characters and Harris serves up a masterpiece.

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A modern classic amongst political thrillers, Harris' unbearably suspenseful novel centres on a ghostwriter sent out to finish drafting an ex-Prime Minister's memoirs and the deadly secrets these manuscripts contain.
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The Siege by Adrian Levy and Cathy Scott-Clark

A meticulously researched and deeply affecting account of the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks. Through extensive interviews and first-hand reporting, the authors offer a comprehensive and chilling portrayal of the events that unfolded over the course of three harrowing days. What sets this book apart is its human focus, as Levy and Scott-Clark weave together the stories of survivors, victims, and perpetrators to create a vivid and emotionally resonant narrative. Their exhaustive research and compassionate approach to storytelling make for a gripping and enlightening read that sheds light on one of the most significant terrorist attacks of the 21st century. Whether you're interested in contemporary history, geopolitics, or simply enjoy immersive nonfiction narratives, The Siege is an essential read that offers a sobering yet ultimately hopeful reflection on the enduring power of courage and compassion in the face of adversity.

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A riveting account of the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks that places the emphasis firmly on the human stories, The Siege reads like the purest fictional thriller.
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