Stephen King is the "king" of horror, so he has to be on my list. "The Shining" is probably my favorite thriller, but that dates back 30 years. John Sanford writes mysteries I find terribly scary. They take place in Minneapolis with criminals being chased into Iowa on occasion. All of the titles of the series have "Prey" in the title. It is better to read them in order because the main character ages throughout the series, but each book stands on its own. "Rules of Prey" is the first book in the 20 book series. Newest on my scary book list is "The Hunger Games" by Suzanne Collins. A young adult book that will appeal to adults too, "The Hunger Games" features a fictitious country with 13 "states." A yearly tradition in the country is to choose two people from each state to participate in the games and fight to the death. The sequel, "Catching Fire," describes a second year of the games and the third installment is due out in September. I can't wait!

You can't talk about espionage books without mentioning Tom Clancy. "The Hunt for Red October" is a classic, but since the cold war is over, maybe not as timely as when it was written. Of course, there seem to be more countries with nuclear capabilities, so maybe it is same story, different country. I always caution readers not to read Tom Clancy in bed. If you fall asleep and the book hits you in the face, you can really get hurt! (They are thick, long books, but well worth the effort.) Two newer authors who are writing great espionage stories are Alex Berenson (start with The Faithful Spy) and Jack Coughlin (start with Kill Zone).