Mystery/Thriller Book Excerpt Archives
Here you will find excerpts and first chapters from the latest mystery/thriller novels. You can use the list below to navigate to specific titles. Click on the title to read an excerpt of the book.

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2nd Chance
by James Patterson (Warner Books)

4th of July
by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro (Little, Brown)

The 5th Horseman
by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro (Little, Brown)

The 6th Target
by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro (Little, Brown)

Absolute Friends
by John Le Carre (Little, Brown)

The Alexandria Link
by Steve Berry (Ballantine)

All the Flowers are Dying
by Lawrence Block (Morrow)

The Alpine Recluse
by Mary Daheim (Ballantine)

Angels & Demons
by Dan Brown (Pocket Books)

Bad Boy Brawly Brown
by Walter Mosely (Little, Brown)

Bad Business
by Robert B. Parker (Putnam)

Bangkok Tattoo
by John Burdett (Knopf)



Bannerman's Ghosts
by John R. Maxim (William Morrow)

The Beach House
by James Patterson and Peter Jonge (Little, Brown)

Beautiful Ghosts
by Eliot Pattison (Minotaur Books)

A Better Class of Murder
by Joyce Christmas (Fawcett Books)

Before I Say Good-Bye
by Mary Higgins Clark (Simon & Schuster)

The Big Over Easy
by Jasper Fforde (Viking)

Black Creek Crossing
by John Saul (Ballantine)

The Black Order
by James Rollins (William Morrow)

Blood is the Sky
by Steve Hamilton (Thomas Dunne Books)

The Blue Nowhere
by Jeffery Deaver (Simon & Schuster)

A Body to Die For
by Kate White (Warner Books)

Bone Mountain
by Eliot Pattison (St. Martin's Minotaur)

The Book of Fate
by Brad Meltzer (Warner Books)

The Book of Lies
by Brad Meltzer (Grand Central)

Breakout
by Richard Stark (Mysterious Press)

The Broker
by John Grisham (Doubleday Books)

The Burglar on the Prowl
by Lawrence Block (William Morrow)

The Bourne Sanction
by Eric Van Lustbader (Grand Central Publishing)

Chasing the Dime
by Michael Connelly (Little, Brown)

The Christmas Train
by David Baldacci (Warner Books)

Cinnamon Kiss
by Walter Mosley (Little, Brown)

City of Bones
by Michael Connelly (Little, Brown)

Cold Pursuit
by T. Jefferson Parker (Hyperion)

Conflict of Interest
by Nancy Taylor Rosenberg (Hyperion)

Creation in Death
by J.D. Robb (Putnam)

The Cross-Legged Knight
by Candace Robb (Warner Books)

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
by Mark Haddon (Random House)

Cyanide Wells
by Marcia Muller (Mysterious Press)

The Dakota Cipher
by William Dietrich (HarperCollins)

Danger Zone
by Shirley Palmer (Mira)

Dark Alchemy
by Sarah Lovett (Simon and Schuster)

Dark Horse
by Tami Hoag (Bantam)

Dark Tort
by Diane Mott Davidson (HarperCollins)

Dark Winter
by William Dietrich (Warner Books)

Dead Before Dying
by Deon Meyer (Little, Brown)

Death of a Celebrity
by M.D. Beaton (Mysterious Press)

Deep Storm
by Lincoln Child (Random House)

Dim Sum Dead
by Jerrilyn Farmer (Avon)

The Doomsday Key
by James Rollins (William Morrow)

Double Shot
by Diane Mott Davidson (HarperCollins)

Dying to See You
by Margaret Chittenden (Kensington)

Echo Burning
by Lee Child (Putnam)

The Enemy
by Lee Child (Delacorte Press)

Engaged to Die
by Carolyn Hart (William Morrow)

Evan Can Wait
by Rhys Bowen (St. Martin's Minotaur)

Every Secret Thing
by Laura Lippman (William Morrow)

The Eyre Affair
by Jasper Fforde (Viking)

The Fallen
by T. Jefferson Parker (William Morrow)

False Impression
by Jeffrey Archer (St. Martin's Press)

Firestorm
by Iris Johansen (Bantam)

Fleshmarket Alley
by Ian Rankin (Little, Brown)

Flight
by Jan Burke (Simon & Schuster)

Forged in Blood
by Joyce Christmas (Fawcett Books)

Four Blind Mice
by James Patterson (Little, Brown)

The Full Cupboard of Life
by Alexander McCall Smith (Pantheon)

Gone Tomorrow
by Lee Child (Delacorte Press)

Guardian of the Horizon
by Elizabeth Peters (HarperCollins)

Hard Revolution
by George Pelecanos (LIttle, Brown)

Honeymoon
by James Patterson and Howard Roughan (Little, Brown)

The Hunted
by Alan Jacobson (Pocket Books)

The Husband
by Dean Koontz (Bantam)

I, Richard
by Elizabeth George (Bantam)

Ice Run
by Steve Hamilton (St. Martin's Minotaur)

Judgment Calls
by Alafair Burke (Henry Holt)

Just Take My Heart
by Mary Higgins Clark (Simon and Schuster)

Kill the Messenger
by Tami Hoag (Bantam)

Killer Smile
by Lisa Scottoline (HarperCollins)

The King of Torts
by John Grisham (Doubleday)

The Last Cato
by Matilde Asensi (Rayo)

The Last Juror
by John Grisham (Doubleday)

Last Man Standing
by David Baldacci (Warner)

The Legacy
by D.W. Buffa (Warner Books)

The Last Spymaster
by Gayle Lynds (St. Martin's Press)

Left to Die
by Lisa Jackson (Zebra)

The Lighthouse
by P. D. James (Knopf)

London Bridges
by James Patterson (Little, Brown)

Lost City
by Clive Cussler and Paul Kemprecos (Putnam)

Lost Light
by Michael Connelly (Little, Brown)

Love Her Madly
by Mary-Ann Tirone Smith (Henry Holt)

Louisiana Hotshot
by Julie Smith (Forge)

Map of Bones
by James Rollins (William Morrow)

Mesmerized
by Gayle Lynds (Pocket Books)

The Messenger
by Daniel Silva (Putnam)

Metro Girl
by Janet Evanovich (HarperCollins)

Midnight Come Again
by Dana Stabenow (St. Martin's Minotaur)

Missing Justice
by Alafair Burke (Henry Holt)

The Mission Song
by John le Carré (Little, Brown)

Moment of Truth
Christiane Heggan (Mira)

The Mummy Case
by Elizabeth Peters (William Morrow)

Murder on the Gravy Train
by Phyllis Richman (HarperCollins)

The Naming of the Dead
by Ian Rankin (Little, Brown)

The Narrows
by Michael Connelly (Little, Brown)

No Place Like Home
by Mary Higgins Clark (Simon & Schuster)

One Dead Under the Cuckoo's Nest
by Lori Avocato (Avon)

The Orion Protocol
by Gary Tigerman (William Morrow)

The Overlook
by Michael Connelly. (Little, Brown)

A Question of Blood
by Ian Rankin (Little, Brown)

Point Deception
by Marcia Muller (Warner Books)

Prey
by Michael Crichton (HarperCollins)

Prince of Fire
by Daniel Silva (Putnam)

The Protector
by David Morrell (Warner Books)

Put a Lid on It
by Donald E. Westlake (Warner Books)

R is for Ricochet
by Sue Grafton (Putnam)

The Reporter
by Kelly Lange (Warner Books)

Resurrection Men: An Inspector Rebus Novel
by Ian Rankin (Little Brown)

The Rule of Four
by Ian Caldwell and Dustin Thomason (Dial Books)

Small Town
by Lawrence Block (Morrow)

Someone to Watch Over Me
by Judith McNaught (Atria)

State of Fear
by Michael Crichton (HarperCollins)

Toasting Tina
by Evan Marshall (Kensington)

Sandstorm
by James Rollins (William Morrow)

Shot
by Jenny Siler (Henry Holt)

Sinister Heights
by Loren Estleman (Mysterious Press)

Soul Circus
by George P. Pelecanos (Little, Brown)

Split Second
by David Baldacci (Warner Books)

Step on a Crack
by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge (Little, Brown)

Still Life With Crows
by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child (Warner Books)

The Surgeon
by Tess Gerritsen (Ballantine)

The Templar Legacy
by Steve Berry (Ballantine)

Tracking Time
by Leslie Glass (Dutton)

Under Orders
by Dick Francis (Putnam)

Up Country
by Nelson DeMille (Warner Books)

The Venetian Betrayal
by Steve Berry (Ballantine)

Unfit to Practice
by Perri O'Shaughnessy (Delacorte)

Whisker of Evil
by Rita Mae Brown and Sneaky Pie Brown (Little, Brown)

White Hot
by Sandra Brown (Simon and Schuster)

Without Fail
by Lee Child (Putnam) The Zero Game
by Brad Meltzer (Warner Books)