Two books that can be classed as thrillers, one from a new author, and one from a guy who turns them out regularly.
Mohammed Hanif's "A Case of Exploding Mangoes" is great book, dark and funny. It starts and ends with the same plane crash. The book investigates what happened leading up to this, and while this is violent it does has humour, witness the role of the mangoes in the title.
Tom Clanchy's "Red Rabbit" is set more than a decade ago when Russia was still a strong communist force with plenty of agents, and a plan to kill the Polish-born Pope. A good page-turner.
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